19th May 2008
Human-animal embryos approved by Commons 1
8:15 PM — The first of three clauses to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that Labour MPs have a free vote on has passed in the House of Commons. Former Equality Minister, Ruth Kelly voted against the government.
Italy’s equality minister claims gay Pride is “pointless” 5
7:49 PM — A former model turned politician, who was appointed by Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's minister for equal opportunities, has attacked gay Pride events. Mara Carfagna is a former Miss Italy contestant.
Gambia’s President declares war on gay community 6
7:02 PM — Gay men and lesbians must leave the country within 24 hours or face "serious consequences," the President of Gambia said on Thursday.
Gay protest in Turkey makes the news in Iran 1
6:34 PM — The state broadcaster of the Islamic Republic of Iran has reported on an International Day Against Homophobia event in Turkey.
To Russia with love: world’s biggest Pride to twin with Moscow
4:23 PM — They could not be more different events. In Sao Paulo, a multitude of toned, tanned gays take to the streets in a carnival atmosphere that happens to be the biggest gay parade in the world.
Tatchell attacks Labour over gay asylum seekers 1
4:01 PM — The UK's asylum system is riddled with the "homophobic and transphobic bias," a Green party candidate for Parliament has claimed.
Local people star in homophobic crime campaign 1
3:29 PM — Lesbian, gay and trans people being punched, called names, and their houses daubed in grafitti - a new campaign highlights just some of the forms hate crimes can take.
France will argue for universal decriminalisation at UN
3:10 PM — The French minister of human rights and foreign affairs has announced that it will appeal at the United Nations for a universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Gay star signs two-year deal with ITV
2:35 PM — Actor Antony Cotton will stay with hit soap opera Coronation Street for at least two years, it has been revealed. The gay performer will also be given another project of his own by ITV.
Reform Jews claim equality high ground over other faith groups 1
2:04 PM — New research commissioned by The Movement for Reform Judaism, which represents around a quarter of Britain's affiliated Jews, has revealed most British people think religions discriminate against gay people.
Cuban TV shows Brokeback Mountain as part of anti-homophobia drive
1:35 PM — Governments local and national marked the International Day Against Homophobia on Saturday. Cuba took the lead, with the largest meeting of gay activists in the island's history.
Amnesty International highlights Pride problems across Europe
1:15 PM — A leading human rights group is calling on governments in Europe to secure the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Video: Ellen Degeneres announces her wedding plans
12:59 PM — At least one celebrity couple is planning to take advantage of last Thursday’s ruling by the California Supreme Court declaring the ban of same-sex marriage in the state to be unconstitutional.
Tory battle over lesbian parenting and “need for a father” 5
12:53 PM — A significant number of Conservative MPs and some Labour members are set to back an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that will retain a controversial requirement.
G-A-Y announces end of an era at Astoria
12:23 PM — Club promoter Jeremy Joseph has confirmed that his popular G-A-Y night will no longer use the Astoria as a venue on Monday, Thursday and Friday nights.
18th May 2008
London Registrar sues for right not to “marry” gay and lesbian couples 29
2:16 AM — A registrar will face her employer, Islington Council in an employment tribunal this week as she demands the right not to marry gay couples.
17th May 2008
Pope re-voices gay marriage opposition following Californian judgement 8
6:40 PM — Pope Benedict yesterday restated the view of the Catholic Church that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
16th May 2008
Interview: a little Dutch girl named Brecht Olsthoorn
10:31 PM — Once upon a time there was a little Dutch girl named Brecht Olsthoorn who loved to watch her mother and father making beautiful clothes for children. She was so inspired by the beautiful fabrics, colours and patterns that she aspired to follow in her parents’ footsteps oneday.
Moscow bans gays and lesbians from holding demonstration
4:06 PM — A small group of gay men and women have been banned from holding a picket in front of the General Prosecution office in downtown Moscow on Saturday.
Gay youth group honoured at awards ceremony 3
3:58 PM — A group of 15 – 24 year olds who have actively raised awareness of LGBT issues in Wigan have been honoured in the Deutsche Bank CHANGEit Awards.