18th February 2009
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.
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.