26th January 2009
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.
Majority of Florida voters favour an end to ban on gay adoption 6
2:08 PM — A new poll has found that 55% of people in Florida would support the repeal of a law banning gay people from adopting.
Court rules New Orleans can grant benefits to same-sex partners 1
12:18 PM — A homophobic Christian group has failed in its attempt to stop the city of New Orleans granting health benefits to the domestic partners of employees.
Amnesty highlights ongoing violence against trans people in Honduras
11:15 AM — A leading human rights group has said that transgender women who work as sex workers in Honduras are frequently attacked by clients or police officers.
Obama retakes oath of office after inaugural hiccup 2
10:36 AM — The Chief Justice of the United States visited the White House last night to administer the oath of office to the President.
21st January 2009
Gay mayor faces investigation into relationship with teenager 5
5:24 PM — The Mayor of the US city of Portland's relationship with a teenage male will be investigated by the Oregon Attorney General.
Comment: Gay bishop’s eyewitness account of Obama’s inauguration 9
4:42 PM — Gene Robinson, the Anglican Bishop of New Hampshire, has returned to blogging after a break of several months to share his experiences of the inauguration celebrations in Washington DC.
Interview: BBC’s man in Washington accentuates the positive
3:40 PM — Justin Webb has not gone completely native in his seven years in the United States as a BBC correspondent. "There are several areas where I'm completely un-American," he asserts down a crackly phone line from Washington DC.
Gay rights group hails Obama’s “paradigm shift” towards equality 3
2:00 PM — America's largest gay rights group has hailed the new Obama administration and expressed hope for a "new day of welcome and great promise."
Guatemalan trans rights advocate faces arrest warrant
1:06 PM — A human rights group has questioned the decision of a public prosecutor in Guatemala to charge the director of transgender rights group with attempted murder.
Portland gay man revealed Mayor’s relationship with teen 2
12:40 PM — A gay property developer raised concerns about the Mayor of Portland's relationship with a teenager 18 months ago.
Tom Hanks attacks Prop 8 Mormons as un-American 6
11:27 AM — A Hollywood star who won an Oscar for his portayal of a gay man has hit out at opponents of same-sex marriage.
20th January 2009
Gay rights agenda now on White House website 14
7:26 PM — The new administration in the United States has already posted a lengthy statement on gay rights on the White House website.
Bush’s Chief Justice trips up Obama’s inauguration oath
6:28 PM — The Chief Justice of the United States misread the oath of office during the inauguration of Barack Obama as President today.