10th December 2009
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.
7th December 2009
Bollywood’s first gay love scene 6
5:27 PM — An upcoming Bollywood film will feature what is thought to be the industry's first gay love scene. I Am Omar, one of four short stories which make up the film I Am, focuses on male sex workers and homophobic police officers.
Actor sues over Wikipedia ‘gay’ edits 23
3:04 PM — An American actor has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop an unknown hacker calling him gay on Wikipedia. Ron Livingston, the Stand-Off actor who married his co-star Rosemarie De Witt last month, has been plagued by a user of the site who keeps changing his personal information.
London protest to be held this week over Uganda’s anti-gay bill 3
1:20 PM — A protest has been organised this week in London against Uganda's proposed law to execute and jail gays. Activists will gather outside the Ugandan High Commission in Trafalgar Square on Thursday, which is also International Human Rights Day.
‘Homophobic’ Buju Banton receives fourth Grammy nomination 14
12:12 PM — Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star who has been accused of inciting hatred towards gays, has been nominated for a Grammy award. The singer had a string of gigs in the US cancelled this autumn after protests from gay groups.
Spain apologises for 1970s jailing of gay man 5
10:58 AM — A Spanish gay man who was sentenced to three months in jail in the 1970s has received an official apology from the government. Antoni Ruiz, 50, was jailed in 1976 at the age of 17 after coming out to his parents.
Archbishop of Canterbury criticises lesbian bishop’s appointment 40
10:36 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has criticised the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in Los Angeles, saying it was a threat to the cohesion of the Anglican Church.
6th December 2009
Comment: Why Uganda’s homophobic legislation must be stopped 10
11:18 PM — Blogger Daniel Edward Pitt's personal take on the horrors that could be unleashed by Uganda's proposed anti-gay legislation. "This piece of despicable homophobic propaganda has caused much shock and anger in the Western world, except of course by Christian right-wing fundamentalist rednecks who support the bill unequivocally."
5th December 2009
Guardian: Uganda is unjust and infamous 36
2:05 PM — In a strongly worded leader column, The Guardian condemns Uganda's proposed law that could sentence gay people to death or leave them facing lengthy prison sentences. The newspaper says that Sweden is right to suggest that aid to the country should be cut if the law is passed.