4th March 2009
German MP to speak at gay equality rally in Philadelphia
4:50 PM — A programme of events has been announced for America's National Equality Rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday May 3rd.
Pelosi cites hate crimes and employment protection as priorities 2
12:16 PM — The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has said that three gay equality issues will be tackled. The Democrats control both Houses of Congress as well as the White House.
California Attorney General: ‘Prop 8 comparable to 1960s racism’ 4
10:41 AM — The Attorney General of California, Jerry Brown, has called for Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the US state, to be deemed unconstitutional and stricken down.
Barack Obama ‘consulting advisers on lifting military gay ban’
9:57 AM — Barack Obama is discussing how to lift the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military, according to reports.
3rd March 2009
Increased rights for Colombian same-sex partners “not automatic”
1:17 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia still face challenges after a ruling granting them increased rights.
Legislators propose Harvey Milk Day in California 5
11:40 AM — Politicians in California have announced they are to introduce a bill to mark the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected in the state.
Gay couples launch suit for US federal benefits 2
10:47 AM — Gay married couples in the US state of Massachusetts are suing the federal government for benefits received by straight married couples.
2nd March 2009
Obama moves to end “moral” opt-out for health care providers 12
5:35 PM — The President of the United States has moved to overturn regulations that allow doctors, nurses and others to refuse to treat people who they disapprove of on "moral" grounds.
Congresswoman introduces bill to allow gays to serve openly in US military 1
3:01 PM — A bill to repeal the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military is to be introduced today.
Sean Penn wants to take Milk to the White House 4
11:28 AM — Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has said that his film Milk is "one of the steps forward" in the battle for gay marriage. Mr Penn won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk.
27th February 2009
Gay marriage vigils planned ahead of Prop 8 appeal to Supreme Court 2
5:53 PM — Lesbian, gay and bisexual Californians and their supporters will take to the streets of more than a dozen cities next month to protest against a ban on gay marriage in the state.
Catholic bishops ‘helped defeat’ domestic partnerships bill in New Mexico 5
5:26 PM — Lesiglation to provide gay and straight unmarried couples with the right to enter into domestic partnerships under state law has been rejected by the New Mexico state Senate.
Republican politician partially apologises for comparing gays to murderers 18
4:32 PM — A state Senator in Colorado has admitted he has caused insult by comparing gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers.
Homophobia is “rampant” on XBox claims gay media group 10
2:46 PM — A cyber-row has broken out after a woman was banned from playing XBox Live online because her open lesbianism "offended" other players.
26th February 2009
Hawaii Senate’s 3am vote on civil unions ends in tie 1
12:24 PM — New legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been given a 3-3 vote in a state Senate committee.
25th February 2009
Gay Republicans condemn party chair’s comments on “crazy” civil unions 3
3:40 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has condemned the chairman of the party's national committee for dismissing gay civil unions.
Asian TV network censored gay references from Oscar speeches 7
3:28 PM — One of the world's largest broadcasters has been criticised for editing out mentions of gay and lesbian people in acceptance speeches made by Oscar winners.
24th February 2009
Video: BBC’s camp comedy Beautiful People sold to US gay network Logo 4
6:41 PM — A hit BBC series about the adventures of a gay teenager in suburban Reading will be shown in America. Beautiful People is based on the best-selling wild childhood memoirs of Simon Doonan.
Republican party chair rejects civil unions as going “loosey-goosey on marriage” 3
3:43 PM — Hopes that the Republicans may become more accepting of the rights of gay and lesbian Americans suffered a setback yesterday when a party leader attacked civil unions.
Civil rights group backs challenge to California gay marriage ban 1
2:57 PM — The national president of America's leading civil rights group has said banning gay marriage interferes with a "fundamental freedom."