9th December 2008
UK argued against gay people’s right to family life in European Court 5
4:22 PM — A member of the House of Lords has welcomed the government's decision to withdraw from the position that same-sex relationships fall outside the ambit of family life as defined by the European Convention on Human Rights.
Gays protest outside the Vatican in support of UN declaration 2
1:04 PM — Hundreds of people protested outside the Vatican City on Saturday in support of the declaration calling for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next week.
8th December 2008
Human rights group criticises Jamaica’s homophobic violence 4
2:45 PM — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has said that gay and lesbian people in Jamaica suffer disproportionately in the deteriorating situation in the Caribbean country.
5th December 2008
MP praises statistics body’s decision to start counting gay population 8
6:17 PM — A Lib Dem MP who had called on the Office for National Statistics to include a question on sexual orientation in the 2011 Census has welcomed their decision to start asking survey participants if they are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or other.
Nepal’s gay MP to address international leadership conference
3:51 PM — The 24th annual International Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference is underway in Washington DC.
Gay groups back lesbian candidate for US Secretary of Labour
2:56 PM — A coalition of 12 leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans organisation in the United States have written to the country's President-elect urging him to nominate Mary Beth Maxwell.
Draft 2011 Census does not include sexuality question 4
2:01 PM — The government's proposed White Paper on the 2011 Census does not include proposals for a question on sexual identity.
Gay question on ONS surveys will help public bodies with equality duty
1:33 PM — The decision of the Office for National Statistics to start asking survey respondents about their sexual orientation could help promote equality.
Office for National Statistics will start to ask sexuality question in surveys 2
1:06 PM — The Office for National Statistics has announced it will start to ask a question about sexual orientation on surveys from next year.
Australia and US not signed up to UN decriminalisation declaration 7
12:00 PM — Several nations with sizable gay communities have not signed up to a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN this month.
4th December 2008
Second Presidential candidate nominated for Obama’s new Cabinet 2
5:24 PM — Bill Richardson was named as Barack Obama's choice for Commerce Secretary yesterday. Mr Richardson was an early contender for the Democratic nomination for President.
Catholic adoption agency tells Cardinal that Jesus taught love without prejudice 10
3:55 PM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics has resigned as chairman of an adoption agency because it plans to comply with the law.
3rd December 2008
Police investigation into Iris Robinson’s homophobic comments is “active” 5
6:17 PM — Serious crime officers from the Northern Ireland Police Service are involved in "active inquiries" into whether an MP broke the law when she spoke out against homosexuality.
Tories “broadly welcome” Equality Bill but want more detail 4
5:00 PM — The opposition parties have welcomed new government plans to unify the various strands of discrimination law and include gay people in public bodies' duty to promote equality.
Charity for gay homeless teens rebrands to reach new generation of kids in need 1
3:44 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust has unveiled its new corporate identity and logo. The charity works with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people whose families have rejected them or are unable to care for them.
Belfast Free Presbyterian church rapped over homophobic advert 4
3:18 PM — An advert placed in a local paper in Northern Ireland by Sandown Free Presbyterian Church ahead of this summer's Pride event in Belfast breached the Advertising Standards Authority code on decency.
New bill announced in Queen’s Speech will “drive forward equality” 1
12:24 PM — The government will introduce a new Equality Bill in the coming session of Parliament, the Queen has confirmed.
2nd December 2008
US gay group welcomes Obama’s attorney general nominee 2
5:45 PM — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans group has welcomed the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.
THT rejects Tatchell criticism and reveals work with blood service 8
5:11 PM — A leading sexual health charity has said it is working with the National Blood Service on the current ban on men who have had sex with men donating blood.
Time runs out for Catholic adoption agencies over gay couples 1
4:42 PM — The Charity Commission has told two Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies they cannot change the purpose for which they were created in order to avoid dealing with homosexual couples.