30th December 2008
Lawrence King murder suspect denied access to files 4
5:19 PM — 14 year old murder suspect Brandon McInerney's lawyers requested that a judge allow them access to files demonstrating how prosecutors decide to try under-18s as adults in court. McInerney stands accused of shooting classmate Lawrence King in February, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, at a junior high school in Oxnard, California.
Mother fights against ban on sleeping with lesbian partner 8
3:46 PM — Divorcee and mother of two Angel Chandler has approached the Tennessee Court of Appeals to allow her to have her female partner stay overnight. Ms Chandler, who has been with her partner for almost a decade, is appealing against a child custody restriction known as a paramour clause, in which she is not permitted to have her lover stay overnight if her children are present.
Australian equality act inquiry could be delayed until 2011 1
2:01 PM — An Australian Senate committee has recommended an inquiry into the need for an equality act banning homophobic or transphobic discrimination, following complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). The AHRC is currently unable to protect the LGBT community fully as federal protections do not cover homophobia in the media or commercial services as other forms of discrimination are.
Spanish judge suspended for discrimination against lesbian parents 1
11:07 AM — A Spanish judge has suspended from work after attempting to stop a lesbian adopting her wife's child. Same-sex couples are permitted to adopt children in Spain, and gay marriage was legalised there in 2005.
Church group discrimination against New Jersey lesbians ruled unlawful 4
10:43 AM — A church group yesterday lost its case to a lesbian couple who it barred from holding a civil ceremony on their property. Civil unions were introduced in New Jersey after the state Supreme Court's 2006 ruling that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to equal civil rights.
Sean Penn to win award for gay politician role
10:22 AM — Holllywood actor Sean Penn will be honoured at January's Palm Springs International Film Festival for his role in new film Milk.
29th December 2008
Obama advisor supports choice of anti-gay preacher for inauguration 5
3:09 PM — President-elect Barack Obama's senior advisor David Axelrod has spoken in support of the decision invite evangelical preacher Rick Warren to his inauguration. Mr Axelrod is a chief advisor to President-elect Obama. Speaking on NBC, Mr Axelrod defended the controversial decision to include Warren in the ceremony.
Campbell Soup’s gay ads attacked by American Family Association 19
2:39 PM — An ad for Campbell's Soup Company appearing in gay magazine The Advocate has been condemned by the American Family Association (AFA). The double-page ad features two female restaurateurs and a young boy. The text accompanying the picture identifies the women as a couple and the boy as their son.
Senator sex scandal toilet no longer a tourist hot-spot
1:51 PM — The public toilet where Rebulican Senator Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting sex became something of a tourist favourite in 2007.
Facebook slams homophobic groups 4
12:45 PM — Social networking site Facebook has responded to calls for two Serbian homophobic groups to be removed from the web.
Transgender Bangladeshis to vote today
10:25 AM — Today's general elections in Bangladesh will be the first ever to allow transgender people to cast ballots. A Bangladeshi court ruled that transgender people are fully-fledged citizens and must have the right to vote.
25th December 2008
Government criticises Channel 4 for homophobe Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message 8
11:52 PM — The Government and the Conservatives have criticised Channel 4's decision to broadcast an Alternative Christmas Message by homophobic, anti-Semitic Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
24th December 2008
Channel 4 under fire for allowing homophobe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver Christmas message 9
8:20 PM — The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be delivering Channel 4's Christmas Day message. He has previously claimed that no gays exist in Iran.
Comment: Channel 4 should pull the plug on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not allow him to address the nation 15
7:40 PM — Channel 4's decision to allow Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver the Alternative Christmas message is aiding and abetting a homophobic tyrant says gay rights campaigner and Green Party Parliamentary Candidate Peter Tatchell.
US federal judge orders Louisiana registrar to recognise out of state adoption 1
1:44 PM — An organisation that furthers gay rights through litigation has hailed a federal court decision on same-sex adoption as "a major victory for same-sex parents."
Free Presbyterian minister backs Pope and claims we are all born straight 25
1:12 PM — A preacher from a church that refers to the Pope as the Anti-Christ has backed his stance on homosexuality and claimed all people are born heterosexual.
Comment: Pope is wrong about “gay threat”, gay sexuality is part of human ecology 17
12:04 AM — By choosing to highlight homosexuality instead of hunger, war and homelessness, the Pope has lost his moral bearings and sense of priorities writes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
23rd December 2008
Ugandan judge rules in favour of LGBT activists and awards damages for illegal raid
5:32 PM — Ugandan Justice Stella Arach yesterday issued a ruling in favour of LGBT activists in their suit against the Attorney General of Uganda.
Comment: Pope Benedict learnt nothing from his time in the Hitler Youth 42
1:33 PM — Imagine if a world leader said that Jews were a threat to humanity. Imagine the outrage such a provocative statement would be, especially if that leader was German.
New York Times admits publishing fake letter from gay Mayor of Paris 3
1:02 PM — One of America's most respected newspapers has had to apologise after it published a letter they claimed was written by the Mayor of Paris.