26th February 2009
Euro Parliament accepts petition on Poland’s discrimination against gays 1
5:02 PM — The European Parliament Committee on Petitions has accepted a petition submitted by a Polish LGBT rights group on the discriminatory practices of registry offices.
Google’s blockade of PinkNews.co.uk leaves unanswered questions 2
4:14 PM — We are back. After more than 48 hours of being listed by Google as an "attack site," our readers across the world can now access our site.
Comment: Iraq’s gays go underground to survive 5
2:01 PM — In the bad old days of slavery in the United States, there was the "Underground Railroad" – a clandestine network of secret routes and safe houses – which spirited thousands of southern slaves to freedom.
Irish gay marriage advocates claim massive public support 15
12:56 PM — A group campaigning for full marriage rights for gay and lesbian people in Ireland has revealed the results of a new survey suggesting widespread support.
Hawaii Senate’s 3am vote on civil unions ends in tie 1
12:24 PM — New legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been given a 3-3 vote in a state Senate committee.
25th February 2009
Gay Republicans condemn party chair’s comments on “crazy” civil unions 3
3:40 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has condemned the chairman of the party's national committee for dismissing gay civil unions.
Asian TV network censored gay references from Oscar speeches 7
3:28 PM — One of the world's largest broadcasters has been criticised for editing out mentions of gay and lesbian people in acceptance speeches made by Oscar winners.
Israel’s new gay MP starts work with civil marriage bill 4
3:08 PM — A newly-elected member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, has proposed a bill to legalise civil marriage and divorce. Nitzan Horovitz submitted the legislation at the opening session of the 18th Knesset.
Belgrade conference venue staff should be sacked for refusing gays says minister
2:32 PM — The directors of a conference hall who cancelled a press conference by a gay organisation for "security reasons" should resign.
24th February 2009
Video: BBC’s camp comedy Beautiful People sold to US gay network Logo 4
6:41 PM — A hit BBC series about the adventures of a gay teenager in suburban Reading will be shown in America. Beautiful People is based on the best-selling wild childhood memoirs of Simon Doonan.
Google causes problems for PinkNews.co.uk readers 8
3:56 PM — Some users of PinkNews.co.uk have been unable to access the website today after it was listed by Google as an "attack site."
Republican party chair rejects civil unions as going “loosey-goosey on marriage” 3
3:43 PM — Hopes that the Republicans may become more accepting of the rights of gay and lesbian Americans suffered a setback yesterday when a party leader attacked civil unions.
Civil rights group backs challenge to California gay marriage ban 1
2:57 PM — The national president of America's leading civil rights group has said banning gay marriage interferes with a "fundamental freedom."
Obama urged to appoint gay man as Commerce Secretary 2
1:56 PM — A grassroots LGBT organisation has called on the US President to appoint the country's first openly gay Cabinet minister.
Colorado politician compares homosexuality to murder 19
12:59 PM — A Republican state Senator in Colorado has compared gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers. Scott Renfroe was speaking during a debate on new legislation.
23rd February 2009
Australian MP’s gay lover pleads guilty to blackmail 2
5:54 PM — A leading Australian politician was targeted by a man he had sex with who threatened to out him unless he paid him $15,000 (£6,670).
Video: Gay kids – you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value 8
4:32 PM — The winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay spoke directly to gay kids when he accepted his award in Los Angeles last night.
Victory for lesbian mother after Michigan court refused to hear custody case 2
3:59 PM — A family court cannot refuse to hear a child custody case simply because it involves children whose parents are lesbians, the Michigan State Court of Appeals has ruled.
Video: Thank you, you commie, homo-loving sons of guns 1
3:40 PM — Sean Penn directly challenged homophobia in his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards last night.
Belarus gays challenge ban on demonstration against homophobia 2
3:01 PM — An event designed to raise public awareness about homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people in Belarus has been banned by government officials.