27th January 2009
US State Department gays ask for equal treatment for same-sex partners 1
1:05 PM — More than 2,000 employees of the US federal government who work overseas have written to the new Secretary of State asking for equal treatment for same-sex partners.
Lihtuanian MPs consider law against “promotion” of homosexuality to children 15
12:27 PM — An EU member state is considering new laws targeting "agitation for homosexual relations" to children. The proposal will be discussed in the Lithuanian Parliament's committees and voted on in the spring session.
Civil partnerships bill listed in Irish parliament’s spring session 5
12:08 PM — The Irish government has listed a Civil Partnership Bill among legislation for the spring session of Parliament.
26th January 2009
Maryland gay rights group was monitored as terrorist threat 6
4:42 PM — Democratic party politicians in Maryland have announced plans to legislate against surveillance of non-violent groups after a gay rights activists were targeted by state police.
Video: Gay Mayor ignores resignation calls and goes back to work 5
3:15 PM — The Mayor of Portland, Oregon has said he "still has a very positive contribution to make" despite admitting he lied about his relationship with a teenager.
Award for Lebanese gay group overshadowed by gay bashing incident 1
2:05 PM — A Beirut-based gay rights group that recently won an award for its work has complained of brutality after two men were beaten up and arrested by soldiers.
Disgraced preacher Ted Haggard in new gay sex revelations 9
1:12 PM — A leading US evangelical pastor who was forced to resign in 2006 after revelations of a three-year gay relationship with a prostitute has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a young church member.
Activists consider new ballot measures at Prop 8 strategy meeting 1
12:49 PM — More than 400 activists gathered in California on Saturday to consider the best way to overturn a ban on gay marriage in the state.
Tom Hanks backtracks on un-American comments about gay marriage opponents 7
12:30 PM — Actor Tom Hanks has said he should not have described Mormons as un-American for their support of a ban on gay marriage.
Teenager says he did not have illegal sexual contact with gay Mayor
12:11 PM — A young gay man has given an interview to an Oregon paper about his relationship with the Mayor of Portland.
Bahrain’s government blocks access to gay sites in internet crackdown 3
11:44 AM — Gay sites such as gaydar.com can no longer be accessed from Bahrain as part of a government clampdown on internet pornography.
Nigeria urged to drop proposed new law against gay relationships 4
11:17 AM — New legislation in Nigeria that would punish gay and lesbian couples for living together has been condemned by human rights groups in the country and internationally.
Sean Penn wins Screen Actors Guild award for role as gay politician Harvey Milk 3
9:15 AM — Sean Penn last night won the Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of the gay politician Harvey Milk in the film Milk.
23rd January 2009
Hillary Clinton’s Senate replacement backs federal protections for LGBT people
5:19 PM — The Governor of New York has announced that he has chosen Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate vacancy left by Hillary Clinton, who was confirmed as US Secretary of State earlier this week.
French government minister confirms he is gay 1
4:00 PM — The French Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations has revealed he is gay in an interview ahead of the publication of his autobiography.
Hollywood cop turned reality TV star suspended amid porn accusations 12
3:14 PM — A police officer in Hollywood has been taken off duty after it was alleged he starred in a porn film five years before he joined the force.
160 MEPs signed up for recognition of civil partnerships 6
2:41 PM — All Labour and Lib Dem MEPs have backed a written declaration on civil partnerships at the European Parliament. However, it did not attract enough support to move to the next stage.
Texas attorney general vows to fight gay divorce case 2
1:47 PM — A gay couple who legally married in Massachusetts may be denied the right to divorce in the current home state. The men, who have not been identitified, got married in Cambridge in 2006.
Religious zealots find White House website’s entry on gay rights 100
12:11 PM — Homophobic Christian groups in America have discovered the new President's support for gay rights. The White House website contains information about the administration's plans for the LGBT community.
22nd January 2009
Gay mayor faces multiple calls to resign after lying about sex with teen 13
3:00 PM — The first gay person elected as Mayor of Portland should resign, a local LGBT publication has said. Just Out has taken a similar stance to local Oregon newspapers.