2nd June 2008
UK commits £6bn to global AIDS fight
6:04 PM — The government has announced details of a seven-year strategy to tackle the spread of HIV and AIDS. The International Development Secretary said the UK would be at the forefront of prevention, treatment and support provision.
THT defends its support for ban on gay blood donations 3
5:33 PM — The head of policy at Terrence Higgins Trust has defended the charity’s support for the National Blood Service’s policy of refusing donations from gay men.
UN human rights head decries “perpetuation of prejudice”
4:49 PM — In a valedictory speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council today, Louise Arbour has challenged the continued oppression of women and sexual minorities.
Godfather of haute couture dead at 71 1
3:28 PM — Yves Saint Laurent, the iconic fashion designer, died last night at his home in Paris. He was 71. Saint Laurent was one of the greatest French couturiers of the 20th century.
Met advisory group reports on drugs and the LGBT community 1
2:40 PM — Drug and alcohol abuse is more prevalent among gay men than the rest of the population, according to a report from the Metropolitan Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group.
Maltese government’s “inhumane” treatment of trans bride 1
1:58 PM — A court has backed the Director of Public Registry who will not release marriage banns for a transsexual woman and her male partner in Malta.
Gays excluded from HIV work in Uganda 1
1:41 PM — The head of Uganda's AIDS commission has claimed that gay people are driving up the number of infections in the country, but said they would not be targeted with prevention work.
COMMENT: We outfoxed the Moscow authorities
12:46 PM — Moscow lesbians and gays successfully held Pride with widespread coverage by alternative, prominent international and some mainstream Russian media.
Gay basketball hero to be Olympic ambassador 1
12:27 PM — Former NBA player John Amaechi will be Amnesty International's first sporting ambassador at the Beijing Olympics this summer.
Greek prosecutors to stop same-sex marriage 2
12:12 PM — Greece’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the country’s Supreme Court prosecutor Giorgos Sanidas, has said in a directive.
More church troubles for Obama campaign
11:38 AM — Barack Obama’s choice of church and spiritual counsel is once again causing problems for his campaign for President of the United States.
Heavy security as protesters outnumber gays at Riga Pride
11:28 AM — A march for gay rights has passed off peacefully in the Latvian capital Riga. Police arrested four of an estimated 400 anti-gay protesters, but the threats of violence against the Pride march did not materialise.
Four arrested after Moscow’s unauthorised Pride demonstrations
11:02 AM — A group of 30 gay activists managed to stage short protests in front of Moscow City Hall and a statue of Tchaikovsky yesterday without being arrested.
Hillary wins in Puerto Rico but Obama within reach of nomination
10:36 AM — This weekend Hillary Clinton both gained ground and lost it following the Democratic National Committee’s ruling on delegates from Florida and Michigan.
1st June 2008
Scottish government pledges extra funds for gay schemes
12:46 AM — The Scottish government is to award £6.1m of extra funding to equality groups including those aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.