3rd February 2009
Obama moves to fill last Cabinet posts as gays appointed to lower ranks 1
6:10 PM — The appointments of more openly gay people to posts in the Obama administration have been announced. LGBT rights activists were disappointed that no out people were appointed to the new President's Cabinet.
Gay Republicans welcome election of first black party chairman 8
5:36 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has said that the election of Michael Steele as chairman of the party's national committee will mark a change of direction after two successive election defeats.
Obama seeks military assessment before repealing ban on gays 6
2:17 PM — The President of the United States could wait several months before he moves to end a ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the country's armed forces.
Bipartisan call for Hillary Clinton to grant full benefits to gay staff 1
11:39 AM — Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress have called on the newly-appointed Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to take action to ensure that gay and lesbian employees get full partner benefits.
2nd February 2009
Nassau man freed after using gay panic defence at murder trial 17
3:06 PM — A 25-year-old man in the Bahamas has walked free from court after claiming a man he murdered made a sexual advance towards him.
Pope promotes priest who claimed hurricane was God’s punishment for tolerating gays 34
2:17 PM — A priest who thinks Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has been made a bishop.
30th January 2009
Video: US “family values” group targets Pepsi’s British gay advert 20
5:33 PM — A US pressure group that "motivates and equips citizens to change the culture to reflect Biblical truth and traditional family values" has complained about a new advert from drinks manufacturer Pepsi.
Washington state may approve full equality for same-sex couples 1
4:26 PM — Legislators in the US state of Washingon have unveiled proposals to extend all the rights of married couples to same-sex partners.
Donors to California campaign against gay marrige denied anonymity 4
3:43 PM — Californians who donated money to the campaign to pass Proposition 8 will not have their identities kept secret, a US federal court has ruled.
Wall St firm sued by straight vegetarian over gay jibes
3:06 PM — A heterosexual man who was mocked by his boss as "gay" because he does not eat meat is suing his Wall St employer. Ryan Pacifico, 28, claims he was harassed by his boss, Robert Catalanello, at French company Calyon.
MEPs call for EU to pressure Honduras on trans murders 1
12:57 PM — Members of the European Parliament are demanding that the EU raise the issue of violence against trans people with the Honduras government.
29th January 2009
Colombian court confirms equal rights for same-sex couples
12:33 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia are entitled to the same rights as straight couples in common-law marriages, the country's Constitutional Court ruled yesterday.
Haggard’s wife reveals she knew he was attracted to men 10
11:47 AM — The wife of a disgraced evangelical preacher has said she thought his homosexual feelings would ruin him. Gayle Haggard appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday.
28th January 2009
UN marks Holocaust Memorial Day with plea for gay acceptance 3
3:17 PM — The President of the United Nations General Assembly has said that all people share a capacity for cruelty to each other. A ceremony was held at UN headquarters in New York yesterday marking Holocaust Memorial Day.
US Christian school wins right to expel lesbian pupils 13
11:43 AM — A Christian high school in California can expel or exclude students based on their sexual orientation, an appeals court has ruled.
27th January 2009
Elton John accused of snubbing Argentina’s President 5
5:23 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has left Argentina without meeting the President after she postponed a scheduled encounter after his concert in Buenos Aires.
Skins and Torchwood nominated for GLAAD media awards 1
2:35 PM — Two British TV programmes have been nominated for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.
Interview: Gay director’s debut feature blurs reality and fiction
2:17 PM — Film director Patrick McGuinn's feature debut features an all-gay cast and has been hailed as "a brilliant debut."
Hawaii politicians back civil unions legislation 2
2:01 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has the backing of a majority of state House members.
US State Department gays ask for equal treatment for same-sex partners 1
1:05 PM — More than 2,000 employees of the US federal government who work overseas have written to the new Secretary of State asking for equal treatment for same-sex partners.