8th January 2009
Brad Pitt speaks up for same-sex marriage 10
1:03 PM — Actor Brad Pitt has told a US magazine that people who deny gay and lesbian couples the right to get married do not understand freedom. In September the screen star donated $100,000 (£65,500) to the campaign against Proposition 8 in California.
God Hates Fags church granted permission to protest at Obama inauguration 32
12:10 PM — A small religious community that has become world-famous for protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in action will have a presence at the inauguration ceremonies in Washington DC later this month.
7th January 2009
Teenager among three charged with gang rape of lesbian in California
3:34 PM — Two men and a teenage boy have been charged with the alleged gang rape of a 28-year-old lesbian woman in the San Francisco area.
6th January 2009
British tourists arrested in Bermuda after in-flight homophobic abuse 2
1:25 PM — A flight from Manchester to the Dominican Republic had to make an emergency landing in Bermuda when three passengers traded homophobic abuse with cabin crew.
California gay marriage ban “invalid” because it targets a minority 2
11:44 AM — Proposition 8, a ballot measure approved by California voters that seeks to deny marriage to same-sex couples, is invalid, a coalition of legal and human rights groups has said.
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.