20th January 2009
Martin Luther King’s dream “comes a step closer” with Obama
1:44 PM — America's largest LGBT civil rights organisation marked the birthday of civil rights activist Martin Luther King yesterday with a message of hope for Barack Obama's administration.
Obama urged to fight for gay rights across the world
1:17 PM — The new President of the United States should "defend the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex people, in the US and worldwide," according to a leading gay activist.
Gay mayor of Portland admits to relationship with teenager 14
12:54 PM — The Mayor of the American city of Portland has apologised for lying about a relationship he had in 2005 with an 18-year-old.
14-year-old charged with gay murder should be in juvenile court claims lawyer 3
12:29 PM — A defence lawyer has spoken out about the treatment of a 14-year-old accused of the murder of a gay classmate.
Nepalese MP honoured for work fighting homophobia 2
11:34 AM — An MP from Nepal is one of five people who have been recognised for their significant contributions toward eradicating homophobia.
Obama team “regrets” that gay bishop’s prayer was not broadcast 5
11:07 AM — A spokesman for the US Presidential Inauguration Committee has confirmed that a prayer by Bishop Gene Robinson was supposed to be televised as part of a celebration concert on Sunday.
19th January 2009
Anger as gay bishop’s inauguration prayer is left out of broadcast 6
6:26 PM — A US broadcaster has been criticised for starting their live coverage of a concert in Washington DC celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama after the opening prayer led by an openly gay bishop.
Lesbian Congresswoman to serve as honorary inauguration co-chair 1
4:27 PM — President-elect Barack Obama has named the only out lesbian in Congress as one of 16 honorary co-chairs for his inauguration tomorrow.
Corporations and trade unions condemn California’s ban on gay marriage
3:48 PM — Major corporations and groups representing Mexican-Americans, Christians, and African-Americans have filed friend of the court briefs in support of gay marriage.
Gay bishop kicks off inauguration celebrations in Washington DC
3:14 PM — Openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson delivered the opening prayer at an Obama inauguration concert last night.
Gene Robinson: God, we give you thanks for your child Barack 3
1:14 PM — Yesterday Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, led prayers at the start of a free outdoor celebration concert in Washington DC.
Nigerian MPs vote to ban “immoral” gay marriages 8
12:50 PM — The House of Representatives in Nigeria has voted unanimously in favour of a new legislation banning same-sex marriage.
Analysis: Obama’s comprehensive support for gay equality 10
12:21 PM — What can lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans expect from the new President of the United States?
South African gay couple plan legal action after wedding refusal 1
12:01 PM — A gay couple in South Africa were allegedly told they could not get married because their relationship was "not normal," it has been reported.
16th January 2009
Australian HIV-positive man jailed for attempting to infect partners 6
4:48 PM — An HIV-positive grandfather from Melbourne who preyed on "vulnerable" gay men when he tried to infect them with the virus has been sentenced to nearly two decades years in jail.
Obama urged to consider gay rights when appointing federal judges
2:09 PM — A legal organisation that fights for the civil rights of lesbians and gay men has urged the President-elect of the United States and the Senate to appoint judges who will treat the LGBT community fairly.
Maine politician moves to end discrimination in civil marriage 4
1:04 PM — A Democrat politician in Maine is putting forward a bill to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage in the state. It revokes the state's Defence of Marriage Act, which defines a marriage as between a man and a woman only.
Song promoting “ex gay” movement angers Italian activists 10
12:43 PM — A singer who has penned a song about a man that "used" to be gay is going to be one of the acts headlining at the Sanremo music festival in Italy in February.
US Christian fundamentalists attack gay rights measure at Euro Parliament 14
12:23 PM — An American legal group associated with homophobic Christian preachers such as James Dobson has attacked a European Parliament initiative on human rights.
15th January 2009
LGBT youth of the world unite! New activist site launched 1
3:26 PM — Two leading gay organisations have joined forces to launch the first international network to allow young activists from across the world to work together.