31st December 2009
Senator succeeds in validating gay marriages before Proposition 8 14
6:54 PM — New legislation penned by openly gay California senator ensures pre-Proposition 8 marriages between same-sex couples remain valid.
Activist Harvey Milk birthday to be honoured 5
6:30 PM — California makes 22 May 'Harvey Milk Day', in honour of the gay rights activist after profile posthumously boosted by biopic and Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Gay professor murdered after alleged assault 15
6:07 PM — A leading black professor of English at Indiana University was found stabbed to death, with police holding one suspect.
Mexico City mayor refuses to veto gay marriage legislation 7
5:45 PM — The mayor of Mexico City has overcome pressure from opponents to new gay marriage legislation, refusing to veto the new laws.
Hong Kong strengthens same-sex domestic violence laws 1
5:19 PM — An ordinance passed by the Hong Kong Legislative Council will allow cohabiting gay couples to seek injunctions in cases of domestic violence, but does not give them legal recognition.
Stages set for midnight weddings as fifth US state legalises gay marriage 5
4:20 PM — Legislation in New Hampshire which will eliminate differences between civil unions and straight marriages comes into force on New Year's Day.
Televised trial of Proposition 8 ‘possible’ 1
2:37 PM — Challenge to legislation banning gay marriage could be broadcast as part of a new initiative in the US.
30th December 2009
New rights for trans people in Pakistan 2
3:40 PM — The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender. The court said that trans people, known as hijras, should be able to get national identity cards showing their gender as hijras.
First lesbian US marshall confirmed 3
3:10 PM — The first openly gay US marshall has been confirmed. Minneapolis assistant police chief Sharon Lubinski was confirmed on Monday as the US marshal for the Minnesota district.
Gay man shot dead in Washington DC
3:05 PM — Police are appealing for information after a gay man was found shot dead in his car in south-east Washington. Anthony J Perkins, 29, was found dead on Sunday near an airforce base on 4th Street when police responded to reports of gunfire.
Gay Malawi couple plead not guilty to indecency charges 5
2:12 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who held a wedding ceremony last weekend have denied charges of gross public indecency. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza had a traditional ceremony in the south African country on Saturday.
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.