18th February 2009
Leading novelist pulls out of Dubai book festival in protest at gay censorship 15
2:54 PM — Novelist Margaret Atwood has announced she will not attend the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai after organisers decided to ban the launch of a book with a gay character.
San Diego firefighers win damages in Pride case 6
2:23 PM — Four firefighters from California have been awarded damages of $34,000 (£23,000) after a jury agreed they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade they were compelled to take part in.
Holocaust was God’s punishment for Jews claims Muslim leader 16
1:42 PM — An Islamic preacher who called for gay people to be put to death has caused further outrage with his comments about the Holocaust.
17th February 2009
Burundi rejects proposal to criminalise homosexual relations 4
6:16 PM — The Senate of Burundi today rejected a proposed amendment to the new draft of the criminal code that would have criminalised homosexual conduct for the first time.
Republican politician tries to ban gay couples from adopting in Kentucky 3
6:05 PM — A state Senator in Kentucky has introduced a bill that will ban "co-habiting" couples from adoption. Human rights group The Fairness Campaign called Senator Gary Tapp’s bill "deceptively-worded."
Utah battle for gay rights turns ugly with homophobic ad campaign 18
5:08 PM — Gay people are the same as "druggies and hookers," according to full page adverts carried by major newspapers in Utah over the weekend.
‘Family’ group accuses gay politicians of personal interest over partner benefits
3:12 PM — Two gay politicians in Colorado have dismissed suggestions they are trying to introduce benefits for the partners of same-sex couples of state employees for their own gain.
Gay sex “fuelling” HIV infections in Asia warns UNAIDS and WHO 2
2:53 PM — The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned today that the HIV/AIDS epidemic may take a major turn for the worse in Asia unless countries urgently expand access to services to men who have sex with men (MSM).
60% of America’s top companies ban gender identity discrimination
2:03 PM — A new report from a leading LGBT rights group in the US has revealed that 60 of the Fortune 100 largest businesses prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
Jamaican MP calls for gay group to be outlawed 6
12:24 PM — A homophobic politician generated more headlines in Jamaica with another attack on gay people. Ernest Smith caused controversy last week when he claimed the country's police force had been "over-run by homosexuals."
16th February 2009
Burundi urged not to criminalise same-sex acts 2
2:58 PM — The Senate of Burundi is to vote on a new draft of the criminal code this week that would criminalise homosexual conduct for the first time.
Activists say registration of new LGBT group in Russia is “historic” 4
1:55 PM — Russian gays have for the first time registered an LGBT advocacy group with the government without the need for court intervention.
Nigeria tells UN that gays don’t exist in their country 11
1:25 PM — The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs has told a UN review of human rights in the African nation that there is no gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community in his country.
Priest who thinks God uses hurricanes to punish gays will not become bishop 8
12:59 PM — A priest who claimed Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has said he will decline an appointment as a bishop.
Ban on ‘gay’ book exposes Dubai’s liberal pretensions 10
12:47 PM — A Gulf nation that has tried to cultivate an image as a welcoming destination for Westerners has banned a book because it has a gay character.
13th February 2009
American TV station pulls homophobic infomercial after gay complaints 7
4:26 PM — A local television station in the United States has pulled a one hour programme paid for by a notoriously homophobic "family" group.
Transsexual wins battle to serve in Spain’s armed forces 4
4:00 PM — Trans people will be allowed to serve in the Spanish Armed Forces, the country's defence ministry has announced.
Roman Catholic Church ready to fight gay equality in Portugal 8
3:45 PM — The leaders of the Catholic Church in Portugal have been accused of interfering in the political process after the country's bishops said they would fight proposals to introduce gay marriage.
Bill Clinton asked to cancel speaking event in row over Prop 8 donor
3:23 PM — A coalition of gay groups and trade unions have appealed to former US President Bill Clinton to reconsider a speaking engagement at a San Diego hotel this Sunday.
Cambodia to ban foreign gays from adopting children 4
3:06 PM — New rules on foreign adoption in Cambodia will ban a range of foreigners from the process. Gay people, single people, those on a "low income" and those who already have two children will not be able to adopt.