28th January 2010
Carol Ann Duffy to host ‘poetry Live Aid’ for Haiti 5
5:15 PM — Carol Ann Duffy, the first bisexual poet laureate, is to host a 'poetry Live Aid' fundraiser for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Duffy, who was given the post last year, has organised Saturday's event at Westminster's Central Hall with 21 other poets.
Irish civil partnerships bill progresses through parliament 17
4:59 PM — A bill to allow gay couples the right to civil partnerships is making progress through the Irish parliament. It was presented to parliament in December and completed its second stage in the Dail yesterday. It will now go to a committee for further scrutiny.
Mexico City prosecutors will try to overturn gay marriage law 6
4:09 PM — Federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced yesterday they would seek to overturn the city's new gay marriage law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
Bollywood gay film touted as India’s Brokeback Mountain 38
3:49 PM — Although several gay scenes have featured already in Bollywood productions, an upcoming film is being touted as India's answer to Brokeback Mountain.
Italy opens first transgender prison 3
2:10 PM — Italy is to open its first prison specially for trans inmates. The building, a former halfway house for women, is in the town of Empoli in Tuscany. It will open in late March.
Students protest after US campus newspaper apologises for anti-gay cartoon 9
12:46 PM — More than 100 students and staff members protested at an Indiana university yesterday to call for policies against discrimination. The protest followed an apology from the student newspaper for an anti-gay cartoon.
John McCain says no on repealing ‘successful’ military gay ban 23
11:59 AM — Republican Senator John McCain issued a statement last night disagreeing with President Barack Obama's pledge to repeal the military gay ban.
Obama promises to end military gay ban 15
10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama promised to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military last night. He said he would work with Congree and the military "this year".
27th January 2010
Trial witness for Prop 8 supporters says gay marriage will benefit children 2
6:32 PM — A witness appearing on behalf of supporters of California's gay marriage ban told a court yesterday that allowing same-sex couples to wed would improve the well-being of their children.
Ted Haggard ‘cured’ of gay urges, wife claims 63
6:00 PM — The wife of disgraced US pastor Ted Haggard says counselling has successfully freed him of his gay urges and made their marriage "better than ever".
Trans man is third to carry a child 42
1:02 PM — A trans man in California has revealed he is expecting a baby next month. Scott Moore, 30, is thought to be the third trans man to go public with his pregnancy after American Thomas Beatie and Spanish man Ruben Noe Coronado.
26th January 2010
US police officer to sue after being sacked over gay porn film 8
6:53 PM — A gay police officer who was sacked after failing to disclose he once acted in a porn film has said he will sue for discrimination.
Obama expected to mention military gay ban in State of the Union address 12
6:24 PM — US President Barack Obama will mention the country's ban on gays serving openly in the military in his State of the Union address tomorrow, a senior lawmaker said.
Gays have political power, US Prop 8 trial hears
3:14 PM — The US trial on Proposition 8 entered its tenth day yesterday, with lawyers for gay marriage opponents opening their case.
Ex-gay mother given 30 days to appear before court
2:42 PM — An American woman who refused her former lesbian partner access to their child has been ordered to appear before court within 30 days.
25th January 2010
Ugandan anti-pastor shows press conference gay porn 23
6:58 PM — Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa showed a press conference graphic gay porn last week in an effort to argue why the country's anti-homosexuality bill is necessary.
Glee star Jane Lynch to marry girlfriend 5
6:09 PM — US actress Jane Lynch, who plays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in Glee, is to marry her long-term girlfriend, reports said.
Brighton hopes to entice gay American tourists 10
4:55 PM — Brighton and Hove city council has joined a campaign to attract more gay US tourists to Britain. The city is thought of as the top LGBT tourist destination in the UK and local tourism bosses are keen to hold onto this position.
Moscow mayor repeats claims of ‘satanic’ gay Pride marches 9
4:15 PM — The mayor of Moscow has repeated his claims that gay Pride marches are "satanic". Yury Luzhkov attacked gay-themed events in 2007 as "satanic" in 2007 and banned gay rights campaigners from holding such an event.
Gym owner apologises for ‘soy makes kids gay’ email 21
12:43 PM — The owner of a New Zealand gym franchise has apologised after including an article on soy turning children gay in his email newsletter.