20th February 2009
Italian activists to protest against “ex-gay” song at national festival 6
3:34 PM — A coalition of lesbian, gay and bisexual rights groups in Italy plan to protest at a major music event in Italy tomorrow after the inclusion of a song about a gay man "turning" straight.
Wisconsin will face challenge to domestic partnerships from ‘family’ groups
3:11 PM — The Governor of the US state of Wisconsin has announced plans to introduce domestic partnerships. Jim Doyle said that the issue was not about "gay or straight."
Gay Olympic hero to become men’s health ‘ambassador’ 5
1:52 PM — He may still be waiting for big name sponsors to beat a path to his door, but Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has been asked to take up an important role in his home country.
Asian countries urged to follow China and decriminalise gay sex 1
1:30 PM — The fight against HIV in Asia could be greatly assisted if countries moved to legalise homosexuality, according to a leading Chinese AIDS activist.
19th February 2009
Gay Portland Mayor’s former lover poses for naked photo shoot 3
2:58 PM — The former lover of gay Portland Mayor Sam Adams has posed naked for front cover photos for Unzipped magazine.
Utah Senator brands gays the ‘greatest threat to America’ 16
11:14 AM — Senator Chris Buttars has revealed homophobic attitudes in a new documentary. The senator compared gays to Muslim fundamentalists and claimed that they have no morals.
Hip-hop star Kanye West claims to have reinvented the word ‘gay’ 11
10:49 AM — Rapper Kanye West has claimed that the word 'gay' should not be an insult. Instead, the 808s and Heartbreak star said that the term will be used in future as synonymous with fashionable and stylish.
God Hates Fags preacher will be denied entry says UK Border Agency 45
10:03 AM — Two American fundamentalist Christians have been excluded from entering the UK after they threatened to protest in Basingstoke.
18th February 2009
Georgia court tells gay dad he cannnot “expose” kids to homosexuals 12
5:16 PM — A gay man in the US state of Georgia is disputing a child custody agreement restriction which prohibits him from "exposing his children to his homosexual partners and friends."
Lesbian entertainer to perform at prestigious White House event
4:34 PM — A comedian who publicly came out last year has been asked to appear at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Leading novelist pulls out of Dubai book festival in protest at gay censorship 15
2:54 PM — Novelist Margaret Atwood has announced she will not attend the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai after organisers decided to ban the launch of a book with a gay character.
San Diego firefighers win damages in Pride case 6
2:23 PM — Four firefighters from California have been awarded damages of $34,000 (£23,000) after a jury agreed they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade they were compelled to take part in.
Holocaust was God’s punishment for Jews claims Muslim leader 16
1:42 PM — An Islamic preacher who called for gay people to be put to death has caused further outrage with his comments about the Holocaust.
17th February 2009
Burundi rejects proposal to criminalise homosexual relations 4
6:16 PM — The Senate of Burundi today rejected a proposed amendment to the new draft of the criminal code that would have criminalised homosexual conduct for the first time.
Republican politician tries to ban gay couples from adopting in Kentucky 3
6:05 PM — A state Senator in Kentucky has introduced a bill that will ban "co-habiting" couples from adoption. Human rights group The Fairness Campaign called Senator Gary Tapp’s bill "deceptively-worded."
Utah battle for gay rights turns ugly with homophobic ad campaign 18
5:08 PM — Gay people are the same as "druggies and hookers," according to full page adverts carried by major newspapers in Utah over the weekend.
‘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."