8th January 2010
Gay marriage bill fails in New Jersey Senate 15
12:35 PM — A bill which would legalise gay marriage in New Jersey failed in the state Senate yesterday. It was defeated by 20-14 votes.
7th January 2010
New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7
4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.
Tatchell says Iris Robinson is a ‘hypocrite’ 16
3:33 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson of being a hypocrite for having an affair. He expressed sympathy over her suicide attempt and mental breakdown but said she had offered no apology for her comments about gay people.
California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5
11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.
6th January 2010
Amnesty International joins calls for release of gay Malawi couple 4
5:15 PM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International has joined the calls for a gay couple in Malawi to be released from prison. The group said that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were arrested on December 28th, were "prisoners of conscience".
Graham Norton signs £4m deal with BBC 24
12:00 PM — Gay presenter Graham Norton has signed a two-year, £4 million deal to stay at the BBC. According to the Sun, he accepted a pay cut of £500,000, having previously been on £2.5 million a year.
5th January 2010
Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8
1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.
30th December 2009
The gay highs and lows of 2009 13
7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.
Gay Malawi couple plead not guilty to indecency charges 5
2:12 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who held a wedding ceremony last weekend have denied charges of gross public indecency. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza had a traditional ceremony in the south African country on Saturday.
Mexico City hopes to attract gay marriage tourism 14
2:01 PM — Tourism officials in Mexico say they hope to attract gay couples who want to marry in the capital city. The city became the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America last week.
23rd December 2009
Katy Perry in trouble over ‘transphobic’ tweet 19
2:48 PM — Katy Perry has been accused of transphobia after using Twitter to mock a photo of trans man. The singer, who found fame with her faux-lesbian hit I Kissed A Girl, posted a photo of a naked man with a beard, hairy chest and breasts.
21st December 2009
Canadian MP gets widespread support after Christmas card controversy 16
2:15 PM — Openly gay Novia Scotia MP Scott Brison has been given the support of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff after a Christmas card featuring his partner stirred controversy.
Chinese government backs first official gay bar 11
11:01 AM — China's first official gay bar has opened after a three-week delay sparked by intense media attention. Opening on Saturday evening, the bar is situated in the tourist town of Dali in the southwestern province of Yunnan. It is the first venue of its kind to receive government backing.
18th December 2009
Convictions for homophobic hate crime increase 5
4:28 PM — Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have shown a ten per cent rise in four years in the numbers of people being convicted for homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.
17th December 2009
Tatchell says BBC ‘invited’ homophobia 10
1:11 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the BBC for allowing online readers to debate whether gays should be executed. He praised open debate but said the BBC put forward a "weak" argument against the question.
Homophobic singer Buju Banton ‘innocent’ of drug charges 22
11:45 AM — Buju Banton, the homophobic Jamaican reggae star, is innocent of the drug charges against him, his lawyer has said. The Grammy-nominated singer was arrested last Thursday in Miami.
16th December 2009
Groups welcome Ladele ruling over civil partnerships 10
4:48 PM — Secular and libertarian groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that a council did not discriminate against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships.
More schools running ‘anti-gay’ Christian crash-courses 16
2:19 PM — Increasing numbers of schools are opting to run a youth version of the Alpha course, it has been reported. The adult ten-week evangelical courses act as an introduction to Christianity but have been criticised for being anti-gay and manipulative.
Rwanda to vote on criminalising homosexuality 31
11:11 AM — Rwanda's lower house will reportedly vote today on a revision to the penal code which would criminalise homosexuality. It would impose prison sentences of five to ten years, or fines higher than the average yearly wage.
15th December 2009
Elton John: ‘Gordon Brown doesn’t understand AIDS problem’ 16
10:27 AM — Gay singer Elton John has said he cannot guarantee the Labour Party his vote. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph's Mandrake column at his AIDS Foundation Winter Ball, the star said he did not feel Brown had grasped the "extent" of the rise in HIV infections.