16th January 2009
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.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell supporters ignore “real news” about gays in the military 2
12:45 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has said the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the Armed Forces will come to an end.
13th January 2009
MEPs to vote on recognition of existing same-sex partnerships 5
5:33 PM — The European Parliament will vote on tomorrow on a resolution which calls for same-sex marriages to be recognised across all EU states.
Murders highlight increasing violence against trans people in Honduras 3
3:01 PM — A leading human rights group has claimed that the murder of a trans activist in Honduras is part of a series of violent attacks on the community.
New York Senate leader supports marriage equality
2:12 PM — An advocate for gay marriage equality has been chosen to lead the Democrats in New York's State Senate. The election in November gave the Democrats a 32-30 majority.
Chilean teacher sacked for being a lesbian begins legal action 2
11:51 AM — A lawsuit has been filed against the Chilean State and Justice System by a religion teacher who lost her job because she is a lesbian.
US gay rights group “encouraged” by Obama’s offer to Gene Robinson 5
12:45 AM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights group has welcomed an invitation from President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural committee to a gay bishop.
12th January 2009
Swiss ordered to reimburse cost of gender reassignment surgery 1
4:27 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a 72-year old transsexual will be reimbursed after her country’s health insurance refused to pay the cost of her gender reassignment treatment.
Obama asks gay bishop Gene Robinson to deliver inauguration prayer 11
4:18 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has appointed international gay rights champion Rt Rev Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at the opening of his inaugural ceremony in Washington DC next week.