19th January 2009
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.
Gay State Department staff hope Clinton will grant more partner benefits
3:11 PM — An organisation representing US State Department gay and lesbian personnel and their families has welcomed comments from Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton about same-sex partners.
President-elect Obama picks gays for key government positions 1
12:23 PM — The President-elect of the United States has nominated a gay man to the high-profile position of director of the Office of Personnel Management.
14th January 2009
Obama publicly supported gay marriage during state Senate run 3
4:54 PM — President-elect Barack Obama said he was in favour of same-sex marriage while he was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate more than a decade ago.
European Parliament recommends mutual recognition of same-sex partnerships 3
4:27 PM — MEPs have adopted the Report on the Situation of Fundamental Rights in the EU. The report contains recommendations on a broad range of issues such as discrimination and gender equality.
Spiderman creator’s new teen hero hiding super powers and homosexuality 7
4:08 PM — Cartoon creator Stan Lee is in the process of developing the world's first gay superhero for a new television show. The character, reportedly the son of another superhero, is a high school student called Thom Creed.
Video: TV ad campaign uses scare tactics to oppose trans toilet access 6
2:27 PM — A law protecting the rights of transgender people in Gainesville, Florida has divided the people that live there. Last year, it was decided that transgender people should be given the option to use whichever toilet they want.
Victorian morals still criminalising gay people via colonial sodomy law 2
1:37 PM — A law that criminalises homosexuality in several countries was originally implemented by British colonists in India, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch.