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.
26th January 2009
Maryland gay rights group was monitored as terrorist threat 6
4:42 PM — Democratic party politicians in Maryland have announced plans to legislate against surveillance of non-violent groups after a gay rights activists were targeted by state police.
Video: Gay Mayor ignores resignation calls and goes back to work 5
3:15 PM — The Mayor of Portland, Oregon has said he "still has a very positive contribution to make" despite admitting he lied about his relationship with a teenager.
Disgraced preacher Ted Haggard in new gay sex revelations 9
1:12 PM — A leading US evangelical pastor who was forced to resign in 2006 after revelations of a three-year gay relationship with a prostitute has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a young church member.
Activists consider new ballot measures at Prop 8 strategy meeting 1
12:49 PM — More than 400 activists gathered in California on Saturday to consider the best way to overturn a ban on gay marriage in the state.
Tom Hanks backtracks on un-American comments about gay marriage opponents 7
12:30 PM — Actor Tom Hanks has said he should not have described Mormons as un-American for their support of a ban on gay marriage.
Teenager says he did not have illegal sexual contact with gay Mayor
12:11 PM — A young gay man has given an interview to an Oregon paper about his relationship with the Mayor of Portland.
Sean Penn wins Screen Actors Guild award for role as gay politician Harvey Milk 3
9:15 AM — Sean Penn last night won the Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of the gay politician Harvey Milk in the film Milk.
23rd January 2009
Hillary Clinton’s Senate replacement backs federal protections for LGBT people
5:19 PM — The Governor of New York has announced that he has chosen Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate vacancy left by Hillary Clinton, who was confirmed as US Secretary of State earlier this week.
Hollywood cop turned reality TV star suspended amid porn accusations 12
3:14 PM — A police officer in Hollywood has been taken off duty after it was alleged he starred in a porn film five years before he joined the force.
Texas attorney general vows to fight gay divorce case 2
1:47 PM — A gay couple who legally married in Massachusetts may be denied the right to divorce in the current home state. The men, who have not been identitified, got married in Cambridge in 2006.
Religious zealots find White House website’s entry on gay rights 100
12:11 PM — Homophobic Christian groups in America have discovered the new President's support for gay rights. The White House website contains information about the administration's plans for the LGBT community.
22nd January 2009
Gay mayor faces multiple calls to resign after lying about sex with teen 13
3:00 PM — The first gay person elected as Mayor of Portland should resign, a local LGBT publication has said. Just Out has taken a similar stance to local Oregon newspapers.
Biopic of gay politician Harvey Milk nominated for eight Oscars 5
2:26 PM — A dramatisation of the life of assassinated gay politician Harvey Milk has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards.