21st May 2008
David Cameron and Ruth Kelly among MPs who voted against lesbian rights 7
8:08 PM — The bulk of the Shadow Cabinet voted in favour of an amendment that would have retained a requirement on doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for IVF treatment.
MPs clash over fathers, lesbians, and what people in the pub think is natural 2
5:21 PM — In the Commons yesterday afternoon former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith proposed an amendment to retain the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for fertility treatment.
Poland seen as “a country of homophobes and Teletubbies specialists” 21
3:28 PM — The Prime Minister of Poland has spoken out about his country's image abroad under the Presidency of Lech Kaczynski. Last week Human Rights Watch inducted the President into their annual "Hall of Shame."
Fire service drive to recruit more gays and lesbians
3:03 PM — The Fire Minister has announced a new strategy to encourage gay people to join the fire service and ensure equality in career progression.
Danes protest against gay hate music on Freewebs.com 1
2:44 PM — Online music stores are selling so-called Murder Music despite protests from gay rights activists. Martin Adelskov complained to Freewebs.com and Indietitan.com after coming across hate-filled content.
Employment tribunal told civil partnerships not “God-ordained” 8
1:15 PM — Performing civil partnership ceremonies is a matter of religious conscience, a registrar claimed at an employment tribunal yesterday.
Handbook on transgender children released
12:46 PM — For parents and professionals alike, raising a transgender child can be confusing and challenging. A new book published in the US tackles the issues thousands of families face.
MEPs demand comprehensive discrimination legislation
12:31 PM — The European Parliament yesterday voted to adopt a report by a West Midlands MEP calling for protection for gay and lesbian people from discrimination.
Met police raids target homophobic crime 1
12:18 PM — Metropolitan police officers carried out a series of raids across London this morning targeting dangerous and prolific offenders suspected of domestic, homophobic and race hate crimes.
Russell T Davies stands down from Doctor Who role
12:09 PM — After breathing new life into one of television’s most loved brands, writer and executive producer Russell T Davies has announced he is to leave Doctor Who.
Praise for Ted Kennedy after brain tumour diagnosis
11:56 AM — Massachusetts Senator Edward 'Ted' Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, according to a statement released by his doctors yesterday.
Concerned Women of America insult Ellen’s gay wedding 2
11:51 AM — In the aftermath of California's historic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, talk show host Ellen Degeneres announced she would, at long last, marry her longtime partner Portia De Rossi.
Hillary wins Kentucky as number-crunching continues
10:42 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton has taken victory in the Kentucky Democratic primary yesterday as expected, with Illinois Senator Barack Obama on track to win in the Oregon primary results.