20th May 2008
Stonewall delighted at Commons vote for lesbian rights 2
8:34 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the decision of the House of Commons to remove the requirement for doctors to consider the 'need for a father.'
MPs vote to abolish ‘need for a father’ 7
6:59 PM — The House of Commons has voted to remove the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for ferility treatments.
Pop Idol helps Blackpool show its Pride
4:50 PM — More than 8,000 people flocked to the seaside resort of Blackpool over the weekend to celebrate Pride. The third annual festival was hailed as a huge success by organisers.
INTERVIEW: After my year in chains I am rejoining the Tories 1
4:18 PM — The first openly gay mayor of Richmond ends his term in office this week. Over lunch Adam Lake asked him what it is like being the first gay mayor in London.
Publicity is vital claims Russian gay activist
3:29 PM — GayRussia.ru, which describes itself as "the leading LGBT human rights organisation in Russia," has marked its third birthday.
Praise for Home Secretary as Mehdi Kazemi granted asylum in UK 5
3:13 PM — An Iranian who claimed he would be killed if returned to his homeland because of his sexual orientation has been granted asylum in the UK.
Pope’s ban on gay priests is “without exception” 3
2:46 PM — A senior Vatican official has written to every bishop of the Roman Catholic Church reiterating that the ban on gay men entering seminaries to train for the priesthood applies to all such institutions.
Charity welcomes government action on older gay couples
2:04 PM — The government has said it will issue guidance to local authorities restricting them from splitting older couples who are married or in a civil partnership when placing them in care.
Senator and former KKK member backs Obama for President
1:26 PM — The longest-serving member of the US Senate has backed Barack Obama's bid for the White House. Robert Byrd has represented West Virginia since 1959.
Gibraltar court to hear lesbian discrimination case
1:10 PM — A lesbian couple are taking the Gibraltar Housing Department to court after it refused to place them as joint tenants. The authorities said the couple should apply for separate housing units.
MEPs discuss discrimination directive 1
12:55 PM — A leading British member of the European parliament has attacked the Conservative party for refusing to support a new "horizontal" EU directive on discrimination.
Marriage is the final frontier for Mr Sulu 1
12:39 PM — In the wake of last week’s ruling by the California Supreme Court declaring the ban on gay marriage in the state to be unconstitutional, several celebrity gay couples have announced plans to head to the altar shortly.
California honours murdered gay politician
12:31 PM — Just days after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on same-sex marriage, another LGBT related provision passed the State Assembly in California. On Monday, it was announced that a bill to recognise slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.