20th February 2009
US state moves to grant workplace protection to LGBT people
5:03 PM — The state Senate of North Dakota has passed legislation that will bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in matters of employment.
US President’s aide was investigated for homosexuality by Hoover’s FBI 1
4:11 PM — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected one of President Lyndon B Johnson's closest aides was gay, it has emerged.
Wisconsin will face challenge to domestic partnerships from ‘family’ groups
3:11 PM — The Governor of the US state of Wisconsin has announced plans to introduce domestic partnerships. Jim Doyle said that the issue was not about "gay or straight."
19th February 2009
Gay Portland Mayor’s former lover poses for naked photo shoot 3
2:58 PM — The former lover of gay Portland Mayor Sam Adams has posed naked for front cover photos for Unzipped magazine.
Utah Senator brands gays the ‘greatest threat to America’ 16
11:14 AM — Senator Chris Buttars has revealed homophobic attitudes in a new documentary. The senator compared gays to Muslim fundamentalists and claimed that they have no morals.
Hip-hop star Kanye West claims to have reinvented the word ‘gay’ 11
10:49 AM — Rapper Kanye West has claimed that the word 'gay' should not be an insult. Instead, the 808s and Heartbreak star said that the term will be used in future as synonymous with fashionable and stylish.
God Hates Fags preacher will be denied entry says UK Border Agency 45
10:03 AM — Two American fundamentalist Christians have been excluded from entering the UK after they threatened to protest in Basingstoke.
18th February 2009
Georgia court tells gay dad he cannnot “expose” kids to homosexuals 12
5:16 PM — A gay man in the US state of Georgia is disputing a child custody agreement restriction which prohibits him from "exposing his children to his homosexual partners and friends."
Lesbian entertainer to perform at prestigious White House event
4:34 PM — A comedian who publicly came out last year has been asked to appear at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
San Diego firefighers win damages in Pride case 6
2:23 PM — Four firefighters from California have been awarded damages of $34,000 (£23,000) after a jury agreed they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade they were compelled to take part in.
17th February 2009
Republican politician tries to ban gay couples from adopting in Kentucky 3
6:05 PM — A state Senator in Kentucky has introduced a bill that will ban "co-habiting" couples from adoption. Human rights group The Fairness Campaign called Senator Gary Tapp’s bill "deceptively-worded."
Utah battle for gay rights turns ugly with homophobic ad campaign 18
5:08 PM — Gay people are the same as "druggies and hookers," according to full page adverts carried by major newspapers in Utah over the weekend.
‘Family’ group accuses gay politicians of personal interest over partner benefits
3:12 PM — Two gay politicians in Colorado have dismissed suggestions they are trying to introduce benefits for the partners of same-sex couples of state employees for their own gain.
60% of America’s top companies ban gender identity discrimination
2:03 PM — A new report from a leading LGBT rights group in the US has revealed that 60 of the Fortune 100 largest businesses prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
Jamaican MP calls for gay group to be outlawed 6
12:24 PM — A homophobic politician generated more headlines in Jamaica with another attack on gay people. Ernest Smith caused controversy last week when he claimed the country's police force had been "over-run by homosexuals."
13th February 2009
Bill Clinton asked to cancel speaking event in row over Prop 8 donor
3:23 PM — A coalition of gay groups and trade unions have appealed to former US President Bill Clinton to reconsider a speaking engagement at a San Diego hotel this Sunday.
Civil unions legislation passes first stage in Hawaii
2:32 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been approved by the state House of Representatives.
Outrage as Jamaican MP asks why “violent” gays are allowed gun licences 15
1:39 PM — Gay equality activists in Jamaica have reacted with disgust at the latest homophobic outburst from one of the island's politicians.
12th February 2009
Legal battle in US federal court after HIV+ woman denied surgery 11
3:58 PM — A 35-year-old American woman living with HIV who was denied surgery to remove her gallbladder because of her status has filed a federal lawsuit.
Governor of Utah commits to equal rights for same-sex couples
3:49 PM — The Republican leader of the US state of Utah has said he backs civil unions for gay and lesbians. According to opinion polls, 70% of Utah citizens oppose civil unions.