21st December 2009
Chinese government backs first official gay bar 11
11:01 AM — China's first official gay bar has opened after a three-week delay sparked by intense media attention. Opening on Saturday evening, the bar is situated in the tourist town of Dali in the southwestern province of Yunnan. It is the first venue of its kind to receive government backing.
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33
12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.
19th December 2009
US Assistant Secretary of State condemns Uganda’s proposed anti-gay laws 4
12:43 AM — The USA's Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs has said that it is urging Ugandan politicians to block a proposed law that would impose life imprisonments of gay people, arguing that it would set back the fight against HIV/ AIDS.
18th December 2009
Poll suggests almost half of Americans believe being gay is a choice 58
7:18 PM — A poll of 1,001 American voters has found that almost half believe being gay is something people choose. The research found that 47 per cent of respondents thought homosexuality was a choice, while 46 per cent opposed gay marriage.
Washington DC mayor signs gay marriage bill 12
7:15 PM — Washington DC's mayor Adrian Fenty has signed a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. He signed it at a public ceremony at All Souls Church, which has a gay-friendly Unitarian congregation.
Canadian MP’s Christmas card attacked by homophobes 19
3:21 PM — A gay Canadian MP who sent out a Christmas card featuring himself and his husband has been attacked by homophobes on the internet. Nova Scotia Liberal MP Scott Brison's personalised card shows him and husband Maxime St Pierre on a walk with their dog.
Ugandan parliament to debate anti-gay bill today 15
12:40 PM — Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill will be discussed in the country's parliament today. It is thought that this debate will follow a second reading and a vote will be taken in January after a third reading.
17th December 2009
Portugal tipped to allow gay marriage 16
6:06 PM — Portugal's government is drawing up a law to allow gay marriage. According to Associated Press, the legislative change would remove any references to gender and if passed, would come in to force by April.
Gay Christian group welcomes assurances from Archbishop of Canterbury on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 7
2:02 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has received assurances from the Archbishop of Canterbury's office that he condemns the proposed anti-homosexuality bill currently before the Ugandan parliament.
Australian music teacher acquitted of lesbian affair with student 3
12:09 PM — An Australian music teacher has been acquitted over allegations she had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Leonie Pech, 42, was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of indecent assault.
Homophobic singer Buju Banton ‘innocent’ of drug charges 22
11:45 AM — Buju Banton, the homophobic Jamaican reggae star, is innocent of the drug charges against him, his lawyer has said. The Grammy-nominated singer was arrested last Thursday in Miami.
Gay activist killed in Honduras 12
11:32 AM — A gay rights activist has been killed in Honduras in a drive-by shooting. Walter Trochez, 25, was well-known for campaigning for equality in the country and had reportedly been harassed and beaten recently.
16th December 2009
Gay US students want mixed-sex dorm rooms 7
6:53 PM — LGBT students in the US are campaigning for mixed-sex college rooms, saying many of them feel more comfortable living with someone of the opposite gender.
David Bowie album ‘the gayest ever made’ 1
5:46 PM — David Bowie's fifth album has been rated the "greatest, gayest" record of all time. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which he made in 1972, topped a poll by Out magazine.
Rwanda to vote on criminalising homosexuality 31
11:11 AM — Rwanda's lower house will reportedly vote today on a revision to the penal code which would criminalise homosexuality. It would impose prison sentences of five to ten years, or fines higher than the average yearly wage.
15th December 2009
Guardian- The election of openly gay mayor Annise Parker shows Texas is not a conservative monolith 4
10:18 PM — The Guardian's Amanda Marcotte argues that the election of openly gay mayor Annise Parker shows Texas is not a conservative monolith. But asks why the media can't accept that?
Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10
9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.
Man, 19, kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Texas 1
6:02 PM — Two men have been arrested in connection with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 19-year-old man in west Texas. The victim was reportedly picked up in a bar before the attack took place.
Gordon Brown ‘pushing for European recognition of British civil partnerships’ 28
4:55 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has said he is pushing European countries such as Spain and France to recognise civil partnerships registered in Britain. He added he wanted to see more gay rights in eastern Europe.
Gay porn star dies in taser arrest 34
11:35 AM — A gay porn star has died in Florida after choking while being arrested. Andrew Grande, 23, whose screen name was Dustin Michaels, choked on a bag of marijuana he was trying to swallow.