6th January 2009
111th United States Congress convenes with new gay member 4
10:47 AM — The first openly gay man to be elected to the United States House of Representatives as a non-incumbent will be sworn in today in Washington DC.
5th January 2009
Conservatives and Labour ignore gay victims of domestic abuse claims charity 3
12:38 PM — A new Tory party plan to spend an extra £2.6m on help for women experiencing domestic violence has been attacked by a gay charity.
Richardson withdrawal raises hopes of gay nominee for Obama’s top team 2
11:37 AM — An American organisation that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in government has suggested that President-elect Obama nominate a gay man as Commerce Secretary.
Blow for Obama as Commerce Secretary nominee withdraws
10:57 AM — The Governor of New Mexico has told the US President-elect Barack Obama that he wishes to withdraw his name from nomination for the position of Commerce Secretary.
2nd January 2009
Portland becomes largest US city to have gay mayor 1
10:43 AM — The US city of Portland, Oregon, swore in its openly gay mayor Sam Adams on New Year's Day.
Four arrested after lesbian attacked and raped 6
10:21 AM — Four males have been arrested in Richmond, California, during investigations over the alleged gang rape of a lesbian.
31st December 2008
Three black gay men gunned down in New Orleans 3
2:13 PM — New Orleans police are searching for the killers of three black gay men after they were found dead at their home on December 18th.
Gay and bisexual black men have lowest rate of prostate testing, research finds 1
11:23 AM — A new study published in the December issue of Medical Care claims that African-American gay and bisexual men are the least likely to be tested for prostate cancer than any other men.
30th December 2008
Lawrence King murder suspect denied access to files 4
5:19 PM — 14 year old murder suspect Brandon McInerney's lawyers requested that a judge allow them access to files demonstrating how prosecutors decide to try under-18s as adults in court. McInerney stands accused of shooting classmate Lawrence King in February, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, at a junior high school in Oxnard, California.
Mother fights against ban on sleeping with lesbian partner 8
3:46 PM — Divorcee and mother of two Angel Chandler has approached the Tennessee Court of Appeals to allow her to have her female partner stay overnight. Ms Chandler, who has been with her partner for almost a decade, is appealing against a child custody restriction known as a paramour clause, in which she is not permitted to have her lover stay overnight if her children are present.
Church group discrimination against New Jersey lesbians ruled unlawful 4
10:43 AM — A church group yesterday lost its case to a lesbian couple who it barred from holding a civil ceremony on their property. Civil unions were introduced in New Jersey after the state Supreme Court's 2006 ruling that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to equal civil rights.
Sean Penn to win award for gay politician role
10:22 AM — Holllywood actor Sean Penn will be honoured at January's Palm Springs International Film Festival for his role in new film Milk.
29th December 2008
Obama advisor supports choice of anti-gay preacher for inauguration 5
3:09 PM — President-elect Barack Obama's senior advisor David Axelrod has spoken in support of the decision invite evangelical preacher Rick Warren to his inauguration. Mr Axelrod is a chief advisor to President-elect Obama. Speaking on NBC, Mr Axelrod defended the controversial decision to include Warren in the ceremony.
Campbell Soup’s gay ads attacked by American Family Association 19
2:39 PM — An ad for Campbell's Soup Company appearing in gay magazine The Advocate has been condemned by the American Family Association (AFA). The double-page ad features two female restaurateurs and a young boy. The text accompanying the picture identifies the women as a couple and the boy as their son.
Senator sex scandal toilet no longer a tourist hot-spot
1:51 PM — The public toilet where Rebulican Senator Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting sex became something of a tourist favourite in 2007.
24th December 2008
US federal judge orders Louisiana registrar to recognise out of state adoption 1
1:44 PM — An organisation that furthers gay rights through litigation has hailed a federal court decision on same-sex adoption as "a major victory for same-sex parents."
23rd December 2008
New York Times admits publishing fake letter from gay Mayor of Paris 3
1:02 PM — One of America's most respected newspapers has had to apologise after it published a letter they claimed was written by the Mayor of Paris.
22nd December 2008
Documentary about shamed US evangelical Ted Haggard airs next month 5
4:02 PM — Preacher Ted Haggard will talk publicly about his fall from grace at the American Television Critics Association next month.
Gay Congressman attacks Obama’s choice of inauguration preacher 2
2:29 PM — A leading Democratic politician has said the President-elect of the United States was wrong to ask an evangelical preacher who likened gay couples to incest to participate in his inauguration.
Victory Fund upset at lack of gays in Obama’s Cabinet 4
1:42 PM — A group that funds lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans candidates for political office in the United States has expressed disappointment at the makeup of President-elect Barack Obama's proposed Cabinet.