30th December 2009
Mexico City hopes to attract gay marriage tourism 14
2:01 PM — Tourism officials in Mexico say they hope to attract gay couples who want to marry in the capital city. The city became the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America last week.
Birth mother ordered to hand over child to lesbian ex-partner 72
11:52 AM — The biological mother of a seven-year-old Vermont girl has been ordered by a court to hand her over to her former partner.
29th December 2009
HIV experts call for declassification of transgenderism as mental illness 17
3:41 PM — An international meeting of experts on HIV has called for transgenderism to be reclassified as a medical condition, rather than a mental illness.
Gay couple become first in Latin America to marry 13
2:36 PM — A gay couple who have been fighting for the right to marry in Argentina have tied the knot in Latin America's southernmost state.
Gay Malawi couple charged with indecency over ceremony 8
2:29 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who held a public wedding ceremony have been arrested and charged with public indecency. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza had a tradiitonal ceremony in the south African country on Saturday.
24th December 2009
Father accused of forcing ‘gay’ son to have sex with a prostitute
4:59 PM — A father is standing trial in Queensland, Australia, for allegedly forcing his 14-year-old son to sleep with a prostitute because he thought the boy was gay. According to the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, the alleged incident happened in 2007 at a family barbecue.
Georgian gay rights group raided by police 3
3:21 PM — The Inclusive Foundation, a gay rights group based in the eastern European country of Georgia, was raided by police earlier this month and its leader arrested. European gay organisation ILGA-Europe said the raid was motivated by homophobia.
Archbishop of York speaks out on Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 28
12:32 PM — Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who was born in Uganda, has condemned the country's plans to introduce the death penalty of life imprisonment for gays. Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme this morning, he criticised the "victimising" language in the bill and said the communion was "committed" to listening to the experiences of gay people.
Ethics minister says Uganda’s death penalty for gays will be ditched 49
11:26 AM — The Ugandan minister for ethics and integrity has suggested that the country will ditch its plans to execute gays in favour of life imprisonment. James Nsaba Buturo said this would allow authorities to rehabilitate gays.
God Hates Fags church hates Lady Gaga 37
11:00 AM — Westboro Baptist Church has announced it will picket a January gig by gay-friendly singer Lady Gaga. The church, best known for its slogan of God Hates Fags, said in a press release it would protest outside a St Louis concert on January 7th.
23rd December 2009
Lithuanian parliament revises ‘gay ban’ law 10
5:09 PM — Lithuania has revised a controversial law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality. The country's parliament voted 58-4, with 25 abstentions, to amend the law. It prohibited the "public dissemination" of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.
Head of Russian Orthodox Church condemns discrimination against gays 28
4:09 PM — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has said that although homosexuality is still a sin, gay people must not be discriminated against.
Katy Perry in trouble over ‘transphobic’ tweet 19
2:48 PM — Katy Perry has been accused of transphobia after using Twitter to mock a photo of trans man. The singer, who found fame with her faux-lesbian hit I Kissed A Girl, posted a photo of a naked man with a beard, hairy chest and breasts.
22nd December 2009
Ugandan President threatens to reject homophobic bill 28
3:00 PM — The President of Uganda has threatened to veto the a controversial new bill that could see homosexuals sentenced to the death penalty or lifetime imprisonment. US newspaper DC Agenda claims that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to US secretary of state for African affairs Jonnie Carson on two separate occasions that he would reject the bill currently making its way through parliament.
US law firm faces £31m sexual harassment lawsuit 2
1:41 PM — A former associate at a major US law firm is filing a $50m (£31m) sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employers. Julie Kamps, who was dismissed from law firm Fried Frank in January, is claiming that a female partner at the firm harassed her and that she was overlooked for promotion because of her sexuality.
Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22
12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.
Filmstar Tom Cruise sued by alleged gay lover 27
12:04 PM — Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is being sued over allegations of wiretapping. Magazine editor, Michael Davis Sapir, claims that the actor hired private detective, Anthony Pellicano, to wiretap his phone. In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star.
21st December 2009
Canadian MP gets widespread support after Christmas card controversy 16
2:15 PM — Openly gay Novia Scotia MP Scott Brison has been given the support of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff after a Christmas card featuring his partner stirred controversy.
Proposed law change may ban production of bareback porn 14
12:48 PM — An American gay health charity are planning to file a petition that could see a ban on the production of bareback pornography. California's AIDS Healthcare Foundation will file a petition to amend state law to mandate that all adult-film stars use condoms.
Christian leader supports death penalty for gays 87
12:06 PM — A far right Christian group has urged fellow Christians to support Uganda's proposed law that would make homosexuality punishable by death. The law would impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex with a minor or disabled person or someone infected with HIV.