5th February 2009
Gay equality rally to be held at birthplace of American independence 1
5:27 PM — The United States National Park Service (NPS) has issued a permit to Equality Forum for a National Equality Rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday May 3rd.
US “family” group tries to block health benefits for same-sex partners 4
5:11 PM — A state Senate committee in Colorado is facing opposition to a new plan to give health insurance benefits to the gay and lesbian partners of state employees.
Honduras trans killings “must be properly investigated” 2
12:41 PM — Amnesty International has put out an urgent appeal on behalf of a Honduran transgender woman who was arrested by the police, beaten up and threatened with death if she reported what happened to her.
4th February 2009
Chronicler of New York’s gay liberation movement dies aged 76 1
4:33 PM — One of the founders of one of the first gay rights groups in America who later chronicled the movement has died. G Donn Teal was 76 years old.
Mormon accused of polygamy to use gay marriage as defence 11
3:45 PM — A man in Canada charged with polygamy is to argue that the legalisation of gay marriage should lead the way for multiple wives.
Mayor explains why he decided not to resign over teen sex story 4
1:29 PM — The Mayor of the US city of Portland has apologised for embarassing the gay community after it emerged he had a sexual relationship with a teenager.
Wyoming legislators protecting “traditional” marriage with gay ban 7
12:23 PM — Politicians in America's least populous state have said that a proposed ban on same-sex marriage recognition is not homophobic.
California Supreme Court will hear Prop 8 challenges in March
11:48 AM — Legal challenges to a ballot measure that denied gays the right to marry in California will begin oral arguments on March 5th, the state Supreme Court has announced.
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.