12th December 2009
Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40
12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.
11th December 2009
Call for Archbishop of Canterbury to retract statements on lesbian bishop 20
6:39 PM — Liberal Anglicans are calling for Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to retract comments he made on the selection of a US lesbian bishop. They are demanding he speaks out about Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill instead.
Protesters gather outside Ugandan embassy 18
5:17 PM — Protesters gathered outside the Ugandan embassy in London yesterday to call on the country's government to repeal its anti-homosexuality bill.
New York teachers investigated for ‘naked lesbian romp’ 4
3:44 PM — Two female teachers in Brooklyn, New York, are under investigation after they were allegedly found naked in a classroom. A janitor reported the pair to the school, believing they were students.
Anti-gay preacher Rick Warren finally speaks out on Uganda law 24
1:06 PM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has finally released a statement criticising Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Warren had been slow to condemn the drastic law and some critics had suggested he supported and even sponsored it.
Unanimous support for California’s first out gay speaker 3
12:47 PM — John Perez, an out gay man, has been unanimously elected as the California Assembly's speaker by a caucus of his Democratic colleagues.
10th December 2009
Nearly half of New Jersey Catholics support gay marriage 49
8:05 PM — A poll of Catholic voters in the US state of New Jersey has shown that just under half are in favour of gay marriage. The lowest levels of support were found among evangelical Christians.
Comment : Peter Tatchell calls for a global human rights index 22
7:49 PM — On Human Rights Day 2009 we see a world where LGBT rights and freedoms are violated everywhere. Only a tiny minority of countries have anything close to legal equality and protection against homophobic and transphobic harassment, discrimination and hate crimes.
Austria’s parliament legalises civil unions 5
5:28 PM — Austria's parliament has approved legalising civil unions in the country. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 but bars gay couples from some rights, such as adoption and fertility treatment.
Sperm donor wins access to lesbian couple’s son 13
5:18 PM — An Irish man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple has won the right to see the child. The Supreme Court heard that the gay man donated sperm to the couple three years ago when they were friends.
Uganda ‘to remove death penalty from anti-gay bill’ 29
2:48 PM — Uganda will reportedly drop plans for the execution and life imprisonment of gays. An 'anti-homosexuality' bill has been passing through the country's parliament but according to news agency Bloomberg, some of the most drastic measures will be removed.
New Jersey’s gay marriage vote cancelled 4
12:20 PM — The state Senate vote on gay marriage in New Jersey has been cancelled. Democrat sponsors Raymond J Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg reportedly withdrew the bill from today's agenda because it was headed for defeat.
9th December 2009
US lesbian bishop-elect ‘hurt’ by claims she is divisive 18
6:56 PM — Rev Mary Glasspool, the lesbian Los Angeles assistant bishop who was elected last weekend, has said she is upset by claims that she is dividing the Anglican church.
Pepsi ‘regrets’ sponsoring homophobic Beenie Man concert 19
3:16 PM — Drinks giant Pepsi has said it was not aware of homophobic lyrics sung by a reggae artist whose concert it supported. Beenie Man, real name Anthony Moses Davis, played a gig in Uganda last weekend.
Bruce Springsteen supports gay marriage 11
2:36 PM — Bruce Springsteen, who was born in New Jersey, has released a message in support of gay marriage in the state. He said he had been following the progress of a bill which would allow the right.
8th December 2009
Researchers say stem cells could be engineered to fight HIV 3
5:43 PM — Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered that human stem cells could be engineered to kill HIV-infected cells. They say it could be developed into a genetic medicine.
Colin Firth says Hollywood ‘constrains’ gay actors 12
4:56 PM — Colin Firth has agreed that it is difficult for gay actors to be open about their sexuality. Similar comments were made by Rupert Everett last week, who warned that stars could see their careers curtailed for coming out the closet.
Russian human rights commissioner says Moscow Pride should be held in Germany 11
2:23 PM — The Commissioner for Human Rights in Moscow, Alexander Muzykantsk, has suggested that Russian gays and lesbians should hold gay Pride marches in Germany, instead of their own country.
New Jersey gay marriage bill passes committee vote 4
12:21 PM — A bill which would allow gay marriage in New Jersey has passed a Senate Judiciary Committee vote 7-6. The vote was taken yesterday and the bill is scheduled for a full Senate vote on Thursday.
US Christian student group fights for right to ban gays 17
12:18 PM — A Christian student group based at a California law school is fighting to the right to bar gay students. UC Hastings College of Law has withdrawn recognition of the group unless it changes its discriminatory rules.