2nd December 2009
Washington DC gay marriage bill passes first reading 5
12:34 PM — A bill to allow gay marriage in Washington DC has passed its first reading by 11-2 votes. It was introduced in October by David Catania, one of two out gay council members.
1st December 2009
California’s biggest gay group withdraws support for 2010 gay marriage battle 2
6:26 PM — California's largest grassroots gay advocacy group has withdrawn its support for the campaign to get gay marriage on the 2010 ballot. Courage Campaign, based in Los Angeles, said it does not believe the movement currently has enough leadership or financial support to be successful in the next 12 months.
Sweden to lift lifetime blood donation ban for gay men 5
6:11 PM — Sweden will allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood so long as they have not had sex with a man in the last 12 months. In a statement released today, which is World AIDS Day, the National Board of Health and Welfare confirmed the change.
Last-minute ruling halts first Latin American gay wedding 11
12:15 PM — A gay couple in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have had their wedding halted after a judge intervened at the last minute. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre planned to marry today on World AIDS Day after Judge Gabriela Seijas ruled last month that the ban on gay marriage violated Argentina's constitution.
30th November 2009
Chinese city opens gay bar to tackle HIV 9
6:52 PM — The Chinese city government of Dali has opened a state-funded gay bar to tackle HIV infections. The city, in the southwestern Yunnan province, is one of the ten Chinese cities most affected by HIV and sex between men is thought to account for one third of transmissions.
Trans recognition laws to come before Irish parliament 15
5:27 PM — New laws to give greater legal recognition to trans people will come before the Irish parliament (Dail) next year. They have been proposed by the Green Party, who say that people should be able to chose which gender they want to be legally recognised by.
Australian teacher accused of lesbian affair with pupil
3:15 PM — An Australian music teacher has pleaded not guilty to repeatedly counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a female pupil.
US trans sportswriter found dead 7
11:24 AM — A sports journalist who worked on the Los Angeles Times has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Mike Penner, 52, who worked for the newspaper for 25 years, had struggled with his sexual identity.
28th November 2009
Gordon Brown raises anti-gay laws with Ugandan president 24
12:32 AM — The prime minister has raised Uganda's controversial proposed laws on homosexuality with the country's president at the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Trinidad. Gordon Brown told Yoweri Museveni that he was opposed to laws that could result in the execution of gays.
27th November 2009
Australian gay marriage ‘could lead to incest and polygamy’, religious figures say 35
6:48 PM — Marriage equality rights in Australia could lead to legal recognition of incest and polygamy, critics have said. A Senate inquiry yesterday recommended that gay marriahe should not be legalised, although the government has allowed civil union ceremonies to remain in the ACT.
Israeli ambassador first to be accompanied by gay spouse 19
6:06 PM — A Liverpool-born man has become the first gay spouse of an Israeli ambassador. Yitzhak Yanouka, known as Izzy, will soon be moving to Angola to become the next Israeli ambassador in Luanda and will be taking his partner Mikie Goldstein, 44, with him.
Thailand to limit gender reassignment surgery 20
5:35 PM — Thailand's government has passed stricter rules for patients seeking gender reassignment surgery. Patients will now be required to live and dress as the opposite gender for a year before surgery and must be over 18. Men aged between 18 and 20 must also gain parental consent.
California town’s mayor calls gays ‘sinful’ 42
11:08 AM — Gay rights activists are calling for the mayor of Vallejo, California, to be censured after he called gay people "sinful". Mayor Osby Davis has since apologised for the remarks and said they were taken out of context.
26th November 2009
United Reform Church first to speak out on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 18
1:42 PM — The United Reform Church has become the first major Christian denomination in the UK to criticise Uganda's proposed anti-homosexuality bill. The church said it was "appalled" at the legislation.
Australian government backs down on civil union ceremonies 9
11:54 AM — The Australian federal government has opted not to quash laws allowing legally-binding civil union ceremonies for gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
25th November 2009
Poll finds New Jersey voters opposed to gay marriage 3
7:09 PM — A survey of New Jersey voters has found that a slim majority are opposed to legalising gay marriage. The research, carried out by Quinnipiac University, found that 49 per cent of 1,615 voters were opposed, with 46 per cent in favour. The remainder were unsure.
Judge bars trans prisoner from hair removal 14
6:39 PM — A US trans woman who is serving life in prison for murdering her wife has had her request for hair removal therapy blocked again. Michelle Kosilek was denied the request by US District Judge Mark Wolf.
Lawsuit filed over Atlanta gay bar raid 4
4:47 PM — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 19 patrons who were detained in a police raid on a gay bar in Atlanta, US. The claimants say they were subjected to excessive force and allege police made homophobic remarks.
Gay couple have Australia’s first legally recognised civil union ceremony 8
2:16 PM — Warren McGaw and Chris Rumble have become the first Australian gay couple to have their civil partnership ceremony legally recognised. Their ceremony was performed yesterday in Canberra in the ACT.
Video: Game features secret gay sex scene 10
11:37 AM — A scene in new video game Dragon Age: Orgins features a secret gay sex scene between a man an a elf. The new game, which has received high ratings, allows players to access the scenes by using the correct combination of chat-up lines on warrior elf Zevran.