4th December 2009
Voting opens for Los Angeles gay assistant bishop candidates 6
11:42 AM — Voting opens today for the next Los Angeles assistant bishop and two of the six candidates are openly gay. The Rev John L Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland are both in committed same-sex relationships.
More Adam Lambert shows cancelled over AMA gay antics 30
11:21 AM — Gay singer Adam Lambert, who provoked controversy at the American Music Awards by kissing a man, has had more TV shows cancelled. More than 1,500 US viewers complained over a gay kiss and simulated oral sex in his performance last month.
3rd December 2009
Opening of Chinese gay bar delayed 6
7:35 PM — The opening of a Chinese gay bar designed to tackle HIV infections has been delayed. The state-funded bar, in the city of Dali, was due to open on Tuesday, which was World AIDS Day.
Anger at New York Democrats who voted against gay marriage 18
6:43 PM — Several hundred people marched in New York last night to protest against a Senate vote barring gay marriage in the state. They rallied in Time Square and read out the names of the eight Democrats who voted against the bill.
Swedish minister suggests aid funding could be cut over Uganda’s anti-gay bill 12
4:01 PM — Swedish development assistance minister Gunilla Carlsson reportedly suggested that her country could cut aid funding in Uganda as a result of a proposed law on homosexuality.
US bill could see witness immunity for gay soldiers 8
12:32 PM — A bill has been introduced to allow gay and lesbian servicemembers the right to immunity when appearing before congress to give evidence on the current military gay ban.
Vatican distances itself from cardinal’s homophobic comments 61
11:27 AM — The Vatican has issued an indirect rebuke to a Catholic cardinal who said gays and trans people could not enter heaven. Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, said gay people are not born that way and were "an insult to God".
US suffers another setback for gay marriage in New York’s Senate 46
10:49 AM — The New York Senate yesterday voted to reject a bill which would allow gay marriage in the state. It needed 32 votes to pass but gay rights advocates were dismayed that it fell eight votes short in a 24-38 decision.
2nd December 2009
Catholic cardinal says gays are barred from heaven 94
7:34 PM — Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, has said that gay and trans people "will never enter the kingdom of heaven". The cardinal cited Saint Paul's epistle to the Romans, which he claimed said men should not sleep with other men.
California groups ‘committed’ to 2010 gay marriage vote 6
6:22 PM — A coalition of Californian gay rights groups have said they are determined to get gay marriage back on the ballot next year. City gay rights activist Harvey Milk, they said he did not wait for research while campaigning for equality.
US actress Meredith Baxter comes out as a lesbian 6
5:22 PM — Meredith Baxter, best known for her role in 80s sitcom Family Ties, has revealed she has been in a relationship with a woman for four years. The 62-year-old said she had not been "living a lie".
California man campaigns to ban divorce to protect marriage 10
2:51 PM — A California man is leading a campaign to ban divorce in the state. John Marcotte, of Sacramento, believes that if state voters think gay marriage should be illegal, divorce should also be outlawed.
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.