14th October 2008
South African schoolboys in defamation case after creating gay picture of teachers 2
3:20 PM — Three schoolboys in Waterkloof, South Africa have appeared before the Pretoria High Court in a civil trial after creating a pornographic picture of their former vice principal.
George Michael to play Abu Dhabi 5
2:49 PM — Despite claiming to have retired from live performances, popstar George Michael is planning a gig in Abu Dhabi.
Yes on 8 outrage at children’s visit to teacher’s gay wedding 41
2:33 PM — First-grade students from the Creativity Arts Charter School, San Francisco attended the lesbian wedding of their teacher on Friday.
Homophobic ‘tattoo’ vicar publishes response column in local paper 10
2:16 PM — The vicar who came under fire for suggesting gays should have warnings tattooed on their bodies has published response in a local newspaper.
LA Mayor donates to ‘No on 8′ campaign
1:48 PM — The Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday made a donation to the "No on 8" campaign, which aims to maintain the legal status of gay marriage in California.
13th October 2008
Trans woman gains acceptance as geisha in Japan 1
3:08 PM — A pre-op trans woman claims she became the first ever transsexual geisha after a visit to Kyoto.
Gay marriage supporters attack Proposition 102 campaign 4
2:36 PM — Gay rights activists in Arizona have vandalised billboards urging people to vote against same sex marriages.
Ban on gays in home countries not enough to claim asylum, says immigration boss 7
2:15 PM — Lin Homer, chief executive of the Borders and Immigration Agency (BIA), has caused a furore amongst human rights groups.
George Michael cut from Brits following drug arrest 7
1:38 PM — Pop star George Michael has been dropped from the Brit Awards 2009 due to his recent arrest for drugs offences.
Gay state senator dies, aged 71
1:14 PM — Allan H. Spear, one of the first out gay US legislators, died on Saturday. Mr Spear died following complications that developed during heart surgery he underwent on Thursday.
Stonewall Cymru launches DVD to fight homophobic bullying
12:41 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has launched a DVD to tackle homophobic bullying in schools across Wales.
1st October 2008
Police investigate Campbell homophobic abuse
6:38 PM — Police are to investigate alleged homophobic and racial abuse towards Portsmouth football captain Sol Campbell.
Canadian politician says gays should be executed 23
6:09 PM — Canadian police are holding an investigation into whether an independent federal candidate committed a hate crime by telling school students that gays and lesbians should be killed.
Swimming coach accused of lesbian relationship with under-age girl
5:30 PM — Staines Swimming Club’s head coach Katy Rydquist will face a disciplinary hearing after complaints that she had a sexual relationship with an under-age female pupil.
Fire fighters claim damages for “sexual harassment” at Pride 3
4:44 PM — Four San Diego fire fighters who claim that they were sexually harassed at a gay pride event began their court case yesterday. Their lawyer Charles Limandri said that the fire fighters should receive at least $1 million (£552,550) in compensation.
Sarajevo Queer Festival organisers receive more death threats 1
4:22 PM — LGBT rights activists and participants in Bosnia’s first Queer Festival have continued to receive death threats following a violent attack in which eight people were injured.
Sarah Palin: I do not judge people on their sexuality but gay is a choice 10
4:05 PM — Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate for John McCain, has claimed that she is "not going to judge Americans" based on their sexuality in a CBS News interview. The hopeful candidate was being questioned by the programme’s Katie Couric on sexuality, contraception and abortion.
Irish Human Rights Commission calls for transgender rights
3:35 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has stated that there is a need to reform laws regarding transgendered people and birth certificates.
30th September 2008
Sean Penn boasts to Madonna about kissing boys 11
1:06 PM — Sean Penn, who is to star in new film Milk, has shared an on-screen kiss with co-star James Franco. The actor was reportedly so excited about his first gay kiss that he sent a text message to Madonna about it.
Veteran actress claims coming out killed her mother 22
12:50 PM — Award-winning stage and screen actress Miriam Margolyes revealed that she believes coming out as a lesbian caused her mother’s death.