17th February 2009
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.
11th February 2009
Prosecutors argue teen deserves adult trial for murder of gay classmate 14
3:32 PM — A 15-year-old boy who shot a gay classmate twice in a computer room and then walked away deserves to be tried as an adult, prosecutors in California have said.
Florida school board faces legal challenge over ban on gay-straight alliance group 1
2:50 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a lawsuit yesterday after a school board denied against student requests to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at Yulee High School last year.
Tennessee man pleads guilty to shootings at gay-friendly church 2
1:00 PM — An 58-year-old jobless man in Tennessee has admitted to the killing of two people and the wounding of six others at a church last year.
10th February 2009
US Congress returns to equal immigration rights for same-sex couples
5:10 PM — A 2007 bill that would offer binational same-sex relationships the same recognition and treatment afforded to binational married couples is to be introduced in the US House of Representatives.
Hip hop star Kanye West admits he used to be scared of gay people 7
3:43 PM — American music star Kanye West has said he "used to be scared to talk to a gay person" and clarified comments that gay people dress better than heterosexuals.
Wyoming legislators reject changing state constitution to ban gay marriage 1
3:00 PM — The state legislature in the US state of Wyoming has rejected a bill that would have cleared the way for a statewide ballot to ban recognition of any out of state gay marriage.
New “Mr Gay World” is a leader and a spokesman claims contest organiser 11
1:33 PM — A 37-year-old from Dublin has won an international beauty contest and now has the right to refer to himself as "Mr Gay World."
9th February 2009
Iraq veteran dismissed from National Guard for being a lesbian 6
6:16 PM — A woman who served for nine years in the Kansas Army National Guard has been discharged after a co-worker told authorities she is a lesbian.
Gay marriage in New York delayed by rebel Democrats 2
12:54 PM — The New York state Senate Majority leader has said he does not have enough support to win a vote on same-sex marriage.
6th February 2009
Obama’s choice of gay rights foe for Cabinet slammed by activist 12
7:03 PM — President of the United States Barack Obama's Cabinet choices are dividing the gay community. Some activists have questioned the nomination of Republican Senator Judd Gregg for Commerce Secretary.
Tony Blair talks of his religious experiences at prayer breakfast 5
5:21 PM — When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."
Comment: Tony Blair’s call to restore religious faith “to its rightful place” 15
5:08 PM — It is an honour to be here. A particular honour to be with you Mr. President. The world participated in the celebration of your election.
Obama criticised for creating office for “faith-based” partnerships 7
4:39 PM — American civil rights groups have expressed concern at the formation of a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships.