30th January 2009
Profile: World’s first lesbian Prime Minister’s slow rise to power 9
2:19 PM — When it was announced earlier this week that Johanna Sigurdardottir was likely to be appointed prime minister, little did Icelanders realise that their small island would be making history.
MEPs call for EU to pressure Honduras on trans murders 1
12:57 PM — Members of the European Parliament are demanding that the EU raise the issue of violence against trans people with the Honduras government.
29th January 2009
Colombian court confirms equal rights for same-sex couples
12:33 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia are entitled to the same rights as straight couples in common-law marriages, the country's Constitutional Court ruled yesterday.
Haggard’s wife reveals she knew he was attracted to men 10
11:47 AM — The wife of a disgraced evangelical preacher has said she thought his homosexual feelings would ruin him. Gayle Haggard appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday.
28th January 2009
People who reject Church teaching on homosexuality should leave says bishop 31
3:40 PM — A Roman Catholic leader in Malta has said that church members who do not accept "Christ's teachings" should leave altogether.
UN marks Holocaust Memorial Day with plea for gay acceptance 3
3:17 PM — The President of the United Nations General Assembly has said that all people share a capacity for cruelty to each other. A ceremony was held at UN headquarters in New York yesterday marking Holocaust Memorial Day.
Amnesty calls on Nigeria to reject proposed homophobic law 2
3:00 PM — Legislation that would punish Nigerian gay and lesbian couples for living together has been condemned by Amnesty International.
US Christian school wins right to expel lesbian pupils 13
11:43 AM — A Christian high school in California can expel or exclude students based on their sexual orientation, an appeals court has ruled.
27th January 2009
Elton John accused of snubbing Argentina’s President 5
5:23 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has left Argentina without meeting the President after she postponed a scheduled encounter after his concert in Buenos Aires.
Icelandic politician may become world’s first lesbian Prime Minister 26
3:08 PM — The President of Iceland has asked Social Democratic party leader Ingibjorg Gisladottir to try to form an interim administration.
Skins and Torchwood nominated for GLAAD media awards 1
2:35 PM — Two British TV programmes have been nominated for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.
Interview: Gay director’s debut feature blurs reality and fiction
2:17 PM — Film director Patrick McGuinn's feature debut features an all-gay cast and has been hailed as "a brilliant debut."
Hawaii politicians back civil unions legislation 2
2:01 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has the backing of a majority of state House members.
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.