5th February 2009
US “family” group tries to block health benefits for same-sex partners 4
5:11 PM — A state Senate committee in Colorado is facing opposition to a new plan to give health insurance benefits to the gay and lesbian partners of state employees.
Vatican diplomat stresses the principles of “natural law” ahead of Spain visit 19
2:07 PM — The Roman Catholic Church's most senior diplomat has set the tone for his visit to Spain today with some oblique criticisms of the country's government.
New index hopes to identify world’s most gay friendly business 2
1:32 PM — A new international business equality index will assess which companies are best serving their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees, suppliers and consumers.
Honduras trans killings “must be properly investigated” 2
12:41 PM — Amnesty International has put out an urgent appeal on behalf of a Honduran transgender woman who was arrested by the police, beaten up and threatened with death if she reported what happened to her.
4th February 2009
Chronicler of New York’s gay liberation movement dies aged 76 1
4:33 PM — One of the founders of one of the first gay rights groups in America who later chronicled the movement has died. G Donn Teal was 76 years old.
Mormon accused of polygamy to use gay marriage as defence 11
3:45 PM — A man in Canada charged with polygamy is to argue that the legalisation of gay marriage should lead the way for multiple wives.
Beckham: Inside me there is a gay man who wants to come out 10
2:17 PM — Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has said she has more in common with gay men than other women. The wife of footballer David Beckham, she is close friends with prominent gay Sir Elton John.
Al-Qaeda accused of using male rape to ‘create’ suicide bombers 31
1:56 PM — Islamic terrorists are raping young men in order to drive them into suicide bombings claims Algerian militant Abu Baçir El Assimi.
Mayor explains why he decided not to resign over teen sex story 4
1:29 PM — The Mayor of the US city of Portland has apologised for embarassing the gay community after it emerged he had a sexual relationship with a teenager.
Wyoming legislators protecting “traditional” marriage with gay ban 7
12:23 PM — Politicians in America's least populous state have said that a proposed ban on same-sex marriage recognition is not homophobic.
California Supreme Court will hear Prop 8 challenges in March
11:48 AM — Legal challenges to a ballot measure that denied gays the right to marry in California will begin oral arguments on March 5th, the state Supreme Court has announced.
3rd February 2009
Obama moves to fill last Cabinet posts as gays appointed to lower ranks 1
6:10 PM — The appointments of more openly gay people to posts in the Obama administration have been announced. LGBT rights activists were disappointed that no out people were appointed to the new President's Cabinet.
Gay Republicans welcome election of first black party chairman 8
5:36 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has said that the election of Michael Steele as chairman of the party's national committee will mark a change of direction after two successive election defeats.
Finnish media group discriminated against lesbian editor 2
4:51 PM — The Labour Protection Office in Finland has ruled that the country's second-largest media group was guilty of unjust discrimination in the case of a gay woman.
Prime Minister to attend New Zealand gay family picnic 3
2:48 PM — The Prime Minister of New Zealand is among the country's political leaders who have confirmed they will attend the Big Gay Out family picnic day in Auckland this weekend.
Obama seeks military assessment before repealing ban on gays 6
2:17 PM — The President of the United States could wait several months before he moves to end a ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the country's armed forces.
Bipartisan call for Hillary Clinton to grant full benefits to gay staff 1
11:39 AM — Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress have called on the newly-appointed Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to take action to ensure that gay and lesbian employees get full partner benefits.
2nd February 2009
Gay judge who made history retires from Australian bench 1
4:32 PM — The first openly gay person to become a High Court judge in Australia has retied after 13 years on the bench. The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby was praised at a farewell ceremony in Canberra earlier today.
Nassau man freed after using gay panic defence at murder trial 17
3:06 PM — A 25-year-old man in the Bahamas has walked free from court after claiming a man he murdered made a sexual advance towards him.
Pope promotes priest who claimed hurricane was God’s punishment for tolerating gays 34
2:17 PM — A priest who thinks Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has been made a bishop.