11th November 2008
Schools play about homophobia attacked by rightwing press 13
11:28 AM — In an echo of the 1980s, broadsheet and tabloid newspapers have carried lurid stories this morning about a play aimed at secondary school kids that urges them to confront homophobia.
10th November 2008
Theatre group put Iris Robinson’s ‘gay cure’ outburst to artistic use 3
6:15 PM — A highly-acclaimed play at the National Theatre has incorporated a recording of a leading Northern Irish MP claiming gay people can be cured.
Nicole Kidman lines up bisexual and trans roles 1
5:31 PM — Actress Nicole Kidman is to play a Danish artist who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1931, one of the first documented cases of transsexuality.
Schwarzenegger says gay marriage ban is not the end 19
2:23 PM — The Governor of California has said that a statewide ballot measure to ban gay marriage that passed last week is not the end of the matter.
Iran aims to establish Islamic studies departments in UK universities 23
6:00 AM — Institutions funded by the British taxpayer could be used to promote the extremist, homophobic, racist, and violent interpretations of Islam used in Iran.
9th November 2008
Explore Barack Obama’s America with a trip to multi-racial Miami 2
8:45 PM — We woke up to a new America on Wednesday, and interest in visiting the country has rocketed. There were many Europeans who felt uncomfortable spending their Euros in the US.
Interview: Securing gay rights in Jamaica is vital to AIDS struggle 1
6:23 PM — By an stretch of the imagination, the treatment of lesbian and gay people in Jamaica is disgrace, says minister Gareth Thomas.
Exclusive: UK government minister challenged Jamaican PM about homophobia 9
5:32 PM — A British minister raised the issue of decriminalisation of homosexual acts at a recent meeting with the Prime Minister of Jamaica.
7th November 2008
MoD “pleased” compensation claims from dismissed gays are settled 3
7:22 PM — The Ministry of Defence will pay nearly £4 million in compensation to gay men and lesbians dismissed because of their sexual orientation.
70% of California’s black voters backed gay marriage ban 71
6:50 PM — The high turnout of Latino and African-American voters for Barack Obama in California had an effect on the vote for a ban on same-sex marriages.
UN urges India to decriminalise homosexual acts as court considers “unnatural sex” ban 2
6:22 PM — The director of the United Nations Development Programme on HIV/AIDS has said that the fight against the disease in India will be helped if homosexual acts are decriminalised.
Stonewall stars hail Barack Obama’s election as US President 5
5:22 PM — Well-known faces from the worlds of media, television, music, politics and the arts were all full of hope about Barack Obama at last night's annual Stonewall Awards.
Celebs split over trans protest at Stonewall Awards 34
4:56 PM — The annual Stonewall Awards at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London last night had their first protest in their three year history.
It is time to take back the church says Stonewall’s Hero of the Year, Bishop Gene Robinson 7
3:47 PM — Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire, was Stonewall's Hero of the Year at their annual awards ceremony last night.
“Gay cure” MP Iris Robinson voted Bigot of the Year at Stonewall Awards 28
12:41 AM — Northern Ireland politician Iris Robinson has been named as the Bigot of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.
6th November 2008
Trans protest at Stonewall Awards faces feminist counter-demo 21
4:50 PM — The decision to nominate Guardian journalist Julie Bindel for a Stonewall Awards has angered some in the trans community, and a picket of tonight's ceremony has been widely trailed on the internet.
Exclusive: Barack Obama’s election is a healing moment, says America’s gay bishop
4:19 PM — The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion has spoken of his delight at the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.
California’s same-sex couples assured their marriages are still legal 2
3:19 PM — Despite the success of a ballot measure to change the California Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, gay and lesbian weddings performed in the state are still legal.
5th November 2008
Lesbian sheriffs and gays on the school board – the new face of American politics
8:02 PM — A US Congressman and the Oregon Secretary of State are among more than 70 openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates elected yesterday.
Lawsuits fly as gays fight California marriage ban 7
7:46 PM — The votes have not all been counted yet, but that has not stopped gay rights groups filing lawsuits challenging the validity of Proposition 8.