12th February 2009
Governor of Utah commits to equal rights for same-sex couples
3:49 PM — The Republican leader of the US state of Utah has said he backs civil unions for gay and lesbians. According to opinion polls, 70% of Utah citizens oppose civil unions.
Gay humanists back Dutch MP’s right to criticise Islam 25
2:52 PM — A gay humanist group has said the Home Secretary was wrong to ban a Dutch MP who is critical of Islam. Geert Wilders has been denied permission to enter Britain.
Iranian lesbian granted asylum in the UK 5
2:38 PM — A gay woman has been granted refugee status after three years battling the UK's asylum system. Yesterday it was confirmed that Pegah Emambakhsh will be allowed to remain in the UK.
Hungarian government proposes registered same-sex partnerships 1
12:12 PM — The Hungarian Government has approved a new bill on registered partnerships. It replaces a previous law on registered partnership that was struck down by the Constitutional Court.
11th February 2009
Tatchell accuses Home Secretary of “gross hypocrisy” over ban on Dutch MP 22
5:06 PM — The decision to ban a member of the Dutch parliament from entering the United Kingdom has been criticised by a prominent gay rights activist.
Prosecutors argue teen deserves adult trial for murder of gay classmate 14
3:32 PM — A 15-year-old boy who shot a gay classmate twice in a computer room and then walked away deserves to be tried as an adult, prosecutors in California have said.
Florida school board faces legal challenge over ban on gay-straight alliance group 1
2:50 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a lawsuit yesterday after a school board denied against student requests to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at Yulee High School last year.
Ireland to refuse adoption rights for gay couples 9
1:23 PM — A leading gay rights group in Ireland is angry that new adoption legislation is discriminatory. The Irish government published the Adoption Bill 2009 last month.
Tennessee man pleads guilty to shootings at gay-friendly church 2
1:00 PM — An 58-year-old jobless man in Tennessee has admitted to the killing of two people and the wounding of six others at a church last year.
10th February 2009
US Congress returns to equal immigration rights for same-sex couples
5:10 PM — A 2007 bill that would offer binational same-sex relationships the same recognition and treatment afforded to binational married couples is to be introduced in the US House of Representatives.
Macedonian candidate for President claims gays face no discrimination 14
4:15 PM — A leading candidate for President of Macedonia has claimed that discrimnation against gay and lesbian people is a myth.
Hip hop star Kanye West admits he used to be scared of gay people 7
3:43 PM — American music star Kanye West has said he "used to be scared to talk to a gay person" and clarified comments that gay people dress better than heterosexuals.
Wyoming legislators reject changing state constitution to ban gay marriage 1
3:00 PM — The state legislature in the US state of Wyoming has rejected a bill that would have cleared the way for a statewide ballot to ban recognition of any out of state gay marriage.
Gay activists target Russia’s President in European lawsuit 2
2:08 PM — Organisers of Moscow’s Pride event are taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights after the repeated bans on the event. Their latest action includes the President of Russia.
Ireland’s human rights body backs civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples 6
1:48 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the proposed introduction of civil partnerships.
New “Mr Gay World” is a leader and a spokesman claims contest organiser 11
1:33 PM — A 37-year-old from Dublin has won an international beauty contest and now has the right to refer to himself as "Mr Gay World."
Gays who face persecution should be given asylum says EU 7
1:04 PM — The European Commission has affirmed that persecution on grounds of sexual orientation is a legitimate justification for an asylum claim.
9th February 2009
Iraq veteran dismissed from National Guard for being a lesbian 6
6:16 PM — A woman who served for nine years in the Kansas Army National Guard has been discharged after a co-worker told authorities she is a lesbian.
Lawyers from across Africa gather to discuss LGBT rights 2
1:51 PM — Gay rights activists and lawyers who have worked on LGBT human rights cases met in South Africa last week.
German gay footballer to get biopic treatment
1:30 PM — The story of a former East German footballer who left the professional game after deciding to come out of the closet is to be made into a film.