17th February 2009
‘Family’ group accuses gay politicians of personal interest over partner benefits
3:12 PM — Two gay politicians in Colorado have dismissed suggestions they are trying to introduce benefits for the partners of same-sex couples of state employees for their own gain.
Gay sex “fuelling” HIV infections in Asia warns UNAIDS and WHO 2
2:53 PM — The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned today that the HIV/AIDS epidemic may take a major turn for the worse in Asia unless countries urgently expand access to services to men who have sex with men (MSM).
60% of America’s top companies ban gender identity discrimination
2:03 PM — A new report from a leading LGBT rights group in the US has revealed that 60 of the Fortune 100 largest businesses prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
Jamaican MP calls for gay group to be outlawed 6
12:24 PM — A homophobic politician generated more headlines in Jamaica with another attack on gay people. Ernest Smith caused controversy last week when he claimed the country's police force had been "over-run by homosexuals."
16th February 2009
Burundi urged not to criminalise same-sex acts 2
2:58 PM — The Senate of Burundi is to vote on a new draft of the criminal code this week that would criminalise homosexual conduct for the first time.
Activists say registration of new LGBT group in Russia is “historic” 4
1:55 PM — Russian gays have for the first time registered an LGBT advocacy group with the government without the need for court intervention.
Nigeria tells UN that gays don’t exist in their country 11
1:25 PM — The Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs has told a UN review of human rights in the African nation that there is no gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community in his country.
Priest who thinks God uses hurricanes to punish gays will not become bishop 8
12:59 PM — A priest who claimed Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has said he will decline an appointment as a bishop.
Ban on ‘gay’ book exposes Dubai’s liberal pretensions 10
12:47 PM — A Gulf nation that has tried to cultivate an image as a welcoming destination for Westerners has banned a book because it has a gay character.
13th February 2009
American TV station pulls homophobic infomercial after gay complaints 7
4:26 PM — A local television station in the United States has pulled a one hour programme paid for by a notoriously homophobic "family" group.
Transsexual wins battle to serve in Spain’s armed forces 4
4:00 PM — Trans people will be allowed to serve in the Spanish Armed Forces, the country's defence ministry has announced.
Roman Catholic Church ready to fight gay equality in Portugal 8
3:45 PM — The leaders of the Catholic Church in Portugal have been accused of interfering in the political process after the country's bishops said they would fight proposals to introduce gay marriage.
Bill Clinton asked to cancel speaking event in row over Prop 8 donor
3:23 PM — A coalition of gay groups and trade unions have appealed to former US President Bill Clinton to reconsider a speaking engagement at a San Diego hotel this Sunday.
Cambodia to ban foreign gays from adopting children 4
3:06 PM — New rules on foreign adoption in Cambodia will ban a range of foreigners from the process. Gay people, single people, those on a "low income" and those who already have two children will not be able to adopt.
Civil unions legislation passes first stage in Hawaii
2:32 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been approved by the state House of Representatives.
Irish gay marriage activists plan Valentines Day carnival
2:18 PM — A group advocating full marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Ireland will hold a 'love carnival for equality' in Dublin tomorrow.
Outrage as Jamaican MP asks why “violent” gays are allowed gun licences 15
1:39 PM — Gay equality activists in Jamaica have reacted with disgust at the latest homophobic outburst from one of the island's politicians.
“Cross-dressing” man is latest victim of Bahrain’s morality purge 8
1:12 PM — A driving instructor has been jailed for one month in Bahrain for wearing women's clothing in public. A court was told the 39-year-old was wearing a abaya.
David Beckham subjected to homophobic abuse during England match 6
12:52 PM — An international match between Spain and England on Wednesday was marred by homophobic chanting, according to the Gay Football Supporters Network.
12th February 2009
Legal battle in US federal court after HIV+ woman denied surgery 11
3:58 PM — A 35-year-old American woman living with HIV who was denied surgery to remove her gallbladder because of her status has filed a federal lawsuit.