12th January 2009
Maltese gay politician excommunicates himself from Catholic Church 20
1:24 PM — The first openly gay candidate for parliament in Malta has protested against the Pope's hostility to homosexuality by leaving the Roman Catholic Church.
Belarusian activist saved from army conscription 1
11:55 AM — Alexander Paluyan, the 23-year-old gay activist and editor of Belarusian LGBT website Gay.by, will no longer be called up to join the country’s military.
Obama press secretary pledges end to ban on gays in the military
11:27 AM — The current bar on openly gay people serving in the United States Armed Forces will be abolished by the Obama administration.
Human rights group claims Senegal’s sodomy law criminalises HIV work 1
10:51 AM — Laws against homosexual conduct damage HIV- and AIDS-prevention efforts as well as the work of human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said today.
9th January 2009
Sweden funds project promoting LGBT rights in Vietnam
5:20 PM — The Swedish embassy in Vietnam has pledged financial support for a new campaign aimed at reducing violence against lesbian women and promoting human rights for sexual minorities.
New England states targeted by gay marriage activists 1
2:23 PM — A campaign has been launched by a gay and lesbian advocate group to allow same-sex marriage in all six states in New England by 2012.
Dutch foreign minister calls in Pope’s representative for a chat about gay rights 12
1:30 PM — The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Papal Nuncio to the Netherlands to the ministry and expressed objections to the approach the Holy See took at the UN over a statement on the human rights of gays.
Gay journalist called up for military service in Belarus 2
12:31 PM — A gay activist and editor of Gay.by, Belarus' biggest LGBT website, has been called up for military duties. Alexander Paluyan, 23, has so far been exempt for medical reasons.
Seattle gay venues threatened with poison attack 2
12:25 PM — Gay bars in Seattle were targeted on Tuesday by letters threatening to poison patrons with deadly protein toxin ricin.
8th January 2009
Dutch cities compete for gay business as Amsterdam loses its mojo 4
4:16 PM — The city of Amsterdam has failed to win in any category in a large-scale survey of the favourite venues of Dutch gays.
Lesbian couple invited to take a ride on Obama’s train to Washington 5
1:52 PM — When US President-elect Barack Obama takes a whistle stop train ride from Philadephia to Washington DC on the Saturday before his inauguration, he will be riding in the company of everyday Americans.
Brad Pitt speaks up for same-sex marriage 10
1:03 PM — Actor Brad Pitt has told a US magazine that people who deny gay and lesbian couples the right to get married do not understand freedom. In September the screen star donated $100,000 (£65,500) to the campaign against Proposition 8 in California.
God Hates Fags church granted permission to protest at Obama inauguration 32
12:10 PM — A small religious community that has become world-famous for protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in action will have a presence at the inauguration ceremonies in Washington DC later this month.
Italy manager: gay players welcome but may cause locker room complications 7
11:12 AM — The manager of Italy's national football team has said he does not think there are any gay professional footballers, but a gay man would not be excluded from playing under him.
Senegalese AIDS activist among nine men jailed for sodomy 2
10:29 AM — A court in Senegal has sentenced a group of men arrested at the home of a leading figure in the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to prison terms.
7th January 2009
Teenager among three charged with gang rape of lesbian in California
3:34 PM — Two men and a teenage boy have been charged with the alleged gang rape of a 28-year-old lesbian woman in the San Francisco area.
6th January 2009
Dutchman fined for gay “indecency” in Gambia 3
6:33 PM — A 79-year-old man from the Netherlands has been found guilty of indecency with several Gambian men. A court in Banjul sentenced Frank Boers to pay 100,000 Gambian dalasis (£2,500).
Comment: Trans discrimination must no longer be tolerated 1
6:02 PM — During missions to member states of the Council of Europe, I have been reminded of the on-going discrimination many face on account of their gender identity.
British tourists arrested in Bermuda after in-flight homophobic abuse 2
1:25 PM — A flight from Manchester to the Dominican Republic had to make an emergency landing in Bermuda when three passengers traded homophobic abuse with cabin crew.
Judge warns Australian teen of danger from “ugly, hairy men” in prison 6
12:07 PM — A magistrate in Australia has tried to warn a teenager off a life of crime by giving him a stark assessment of life in prison.