20th January 2009
Martin Luther King’s dream “comes a step closer” with Obama
1:44 PM — America's largest LGBT civil rights organisation marked the birthday of civil rights activist Martin Luther King yesterday with a message of hope for Barack Obama's administration.
Obama urged to fight for gay rights across the world
1:17 PM — The new President of the United States should "defend the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex people, in the US and worldwide," according to a leading gay activist.
Gay mayor of Portland admits to relationship with teenager 14
12:54 PM — The Mayor of the American city of Portland has apologised for lying about a relationship he had in 2005 with an 18-year-old.
14-year-old charged with gay murder should be in juvenile court claims lawyer 3
12:29 PM — A defence lawyer has spoken out about the treatment of a 14-year-old accused of the murder of a gay classmate.
Obama team “regrets” that gay bishop’s prayer was not broadcast 5
11:07 AM — A spokesman for the US Presidential Inauguration Committee has confirmed that a prayer by Bishop Gene Robinson was supposed to be televised as part of a celebration concert on Sunday.
19th January 2009
Anger as gay bishop’s inauguration prayer is left out of broadcast 6
6:26 PM — A US broadcaster has been criticised for starting their live coverage of a concert in Washington DC celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama after the opening prayer led by an openly gay bishop.
Lesbian Congresswoman to serve as honorary inauguration co-chair 1
4:27 PM — President-elect Barack Obama has named the only out lesbian in Congress as one of 16 honorary co-chairs for his inauguration tomorrow.
Corporations and trade unions condemn California’s ban on gay marriage
3:48 PM — Major corporations and groups representing Mexican-Americans, Christians, and African-Americans have filed friend of the court briefs in support of gay marriage.
Gay bishop kicks off inauguration celebrations in Washington DC
3:14 PM — Openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson delivered the opening prayer at an Obama inauguration concert last night.
Gene Robinson: God, we give you thanks for your child Barack 3
1:14 PM — Yesterday Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, led prayers at the start of a free outdoor celebration concert in Washington DC.
Analysis: Obama’s comprehensive support for gay equality 10
12:21 PM — What can lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans expect from the new President of the United States?
16th January 2009
Obama urged to consider gay rights when appointing federal judges
2:09 PM — A legal organisation that fights for the civil rights of lesbians and gay men has urged the President-elect of the United States and the Senate to appoint judges who will treat the LGBT community fairly.
Maine politician moves to end discrimination in civil marriage 4
1:04 PM — A Democrat politician in Maine is putting forward a bill to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage in the state. It revokes the state's Defence of Marriage Act, which defines a marriage as between a man and a woman only.
15th January 2009
Gay State Department staff hope Clinton will grant more partner benefits
3:11 PM — An organisation representing US State Department gay and lesbian personnel and their families has welcomed comments from Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton about same-sex partners.
President-elect Obama picks gays for key government positions 1
12:23 PM — The President-elect of the United States has nominated a gay man to the high-profile position of director of the Office of Personnel Management.
14th January 2009
Obama publicly supported gay marriage during state Senate run 3
4:54 PM — President-elect Barack Obama said he was in favour of same-sex marriage while he was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate more than a decade ago.
Spiderman creator’s new teen hero hiding super powers and homosexuality 7
4:08 PM — Cartoon creator Stan Lee is in the process of developing the world's first gay superhero for a new television show. The character, reportedly the son of another superhero, is a high school student called Thom Creed.
Video: TV ad campaign uses scare tactics to oppose trans toilet access 6
2:27 PM — A law protecting the rights of transgender people in Gainesville, Florida has divided the people that live there. Last year, it was decided that transgender people should be given the option to use whichever toilet they want.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell supporters ignore “real news” about gays in the military 2
12:45 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has said the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the Armed Forces will come to an end.
13th January 2009
Murders highlight increasing violence against trans people in Honduras 3
3:01 PM — A leading human rights group has claimed that the murder of a trans activist in Honduras is part of a series of violent attacks on the community.