1st August 2008
French gays concerned about new database that records sexual orientation 1
12:53 PM — The creation of a new French database, EDVIGE, is proving to be highly controversial. The database will be used by French intelligence services and police to collate information.
Entries pour in for LGBT arts festival 1
11:41 AM — A London LGBT arts festival is getting an enthusiastic response to an open call for submissions, with applications pouring in from around the world.
31st July 2008
Gene Robinson reveals that he needs a bodyguard and bulletproof vest 6
2:16 PM — The openly gay American Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has taken to wearing a bulletproof vest and walking with a bodyguard for fear of being attacked.
Costa Rican Christians protest against gay marriage
11:04 AM — Last Saturday some 20,000 people from around Costa Rica dressed in white t-shirts paraded down a main street in San José to express their opposition to a legislative proposal to make gay marriage legal.
30th July 2008
Estonia debates same-sex partnerships 1
2:07 PM — The Ministry of Justice in Estonia is preparing a draft law which would allow same-sex partners to register their cohabitation.
Same-sex marriage opponents tussle over wording of California ballot
11:27 AM — Backers of a ban on same-sex marriage in California have challenged the rewording of Proposition 8, also known as the ‘Limit on Marriage Amendment.’
29th July 2008
Second annual Tranny Olympics to coincide with Beijing thing 1
5:18 PM — Just 24 hours after the Olympics begin in Beijing, The Macbeth pub in London's Shoreditch will play host to its very own sporting event.
Cyber centre for LGBT silver surfers opens in New York
12:36 PM — SAGE, the world's oldest and largest non-profit agency dedicated to serving and advocating for LGBT older people, has opened a fully-equipped Cyber Centre at their offices in New York City.
Madrid Pride organisers face lawsuit for “hate speech” 9
12:28 PM — A "pro-family" activist group in Spain has filed charges against the organisers of the 2008 Madrid Gay Pride march. HazteOir accused them of making hateful statements against Catholics.
India’s “unnatural sex” law should be revised says High Court judge
11:33 AM — The Bombay High Court said last week that the controversial Section 377 of Indian Penal Code that deals with unnatural sex needs revision.
28th July 2008
South African gays protest against homophobic journalist 1
5:18 PM — A columnist for South Africa's fastest growing newspaper, Sunday Sun, has caused protests after the July 20th publication of his controversial article '"Call me names, but gay is NOT okay...".
Lesbian case “sets an example” for all service providers 5
3:55 PM — The lawyer who represented a couple identified online as lesbians by estate agents has said the case highlights that many people are not aware of protections for gay people.
Lesbian couple win compensation after estate agent outing
1:25 PM — A lesbian couple who were publicly 'outed' by staff at an estate agency have won damages of £5,000.
7th July 2008
Airline launches gay website 1
2:11 PM — Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has become the first in Europe to launch a website designed especially for the LGBT community.
Japanese ban on gay magazines in jails is illegal say lawyers
12:55 PM — A 30-year-old detainee in the Tokyo Detention House has been denied the right to read gay magazines.
Budapest police praised by Pride organisers 2
12:21 PM — This weekend's Budapest Pride experienced full support from police amid violent fascist attacks, said organisers.