4th March 2009
Prime Minister renews special relationship in address to US Congress 4
7:59 PM — Gordon Brown addressed a joint session of the United States Congress earlier today, only the fifth British Prime Minister to do so.
US adoption websites accused of gay discrimination cease trading in New York 1
6:51 PM — New York's Attorney General has announced that an American adoption service provider has ceased trading in the state.
Gay man chosen for key post in Obama administration 2
5:49 PM — The President of the United States has confirmed that he intends to nominate John Berry as Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
German MP to speak at gay equality rally in Philadelphia
4:50 PM — A programme of events has been announced for America's National Equality Rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday May 3rd.
Jamaican PM will not “yield to pressure” on gay rights 14
4:02 PM — The Prime Minister of Jamaica has said that the country will not decriminalise homosexual acts and that he has a duty to "protect" the country.
Pelosi cites hate crimes and employment protection as priorities 2
12:16 PM — The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has said that three gay equality issues will be tackled. The Democrats control both Houses of Congress as well as the White House.
California Attorney General: ‘Prop 8 comparable to 1960s racism’ 4
10:41 AM — The Attorney General of California, Jerry Brown, has called for Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the US state, to be deemed unconstitutional and stricken down.
Barack Obama ‘consulting advisers on lifting military gay ban’
9:57 AM — Barack Obama is discussing how to lift the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military, according to reports.
3rd March 2009
Increased rights for Colombian same-sex partners “not automatic”
1:17 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia still face challenges after a ruling granting them increased rights.
Legislators propose Harvey Milk Day in California 5
11:40 AM — Politicians in California have announced they are to introduce a bill to mark the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected in the state.
Microsoft: ‘It’s hard to police Xbox homophobia’ 9
11:02 AM — Xbox Live policy manager Stephen Toulouse has given further explanation of why gamers cannot use the word 'gay' in their profiles or gamertags.
Gay couples launch suit for US federal benefits 2
10:47 AM — Gay married couples in the US state of Massachusetts are suing the federal government for benefits received by straight married couples.
2nd March 2009
Australian human rights consultation to focus on homophobia 2
6:14 PM — A National Human Rights Consultation meeting in Sydney next month will offer a "once in a generation" chance to tackle discrimination against LGBT people in Australia.
Obama moves to end “moral” opt-out for health care providers 12
5:35 PM — The President of the United States has moved to overturn regulations that allow doctors, nurses and others to refuse to treat people who they disapprove of on "moral" grounds.
Congresswoman introduces bill to allow gays to serve openly in US military 1
3:01 PM — A bill to repeal the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military is to be introduced today.
Sean Penn wants to take Milk to the White House 4
11:28 AM — Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has said that his film Milk is "one of the steps forward" in the battle for gay marriage. Mr Penn won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk.
Norwegian lesbians celebrate “first” humanist marriage ceremony 6
10:42 AM — Humanists in Norway are claiming to have conducted their first legal same-sex marriage ceremony. Cecilia Patricia Stensland, 24, and Janne Lemvig Abrahamsen, 38, wed in Oslo last week.
27th February 2009
Gay marriage vigils planned ahead of Prop 8 appeal to Supreme Court 2
5:53 PM — Lesbian, gay and bisexual Californians and their supporters will take to the streets of more than a dozen cities next month to protest against a ban on gay marriage in the state.
Catholic bishops ‘helped defeat’ domestic partnerships bill in New Mexico 5
5:26 PM — Lesiglation to provide gay and straight unmarried couples with the right to enter into domestic partnerships under state law has been rejected by the New Mexico state Senate.
Republican politician partially apologises for comparing gays to murderers 18
4:32 PM — A state Senator in Colorado has admitted he has caused insult by comparing gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers.