15th December 2008
Lithuanian MPs vote to “protect” minors from homosexuality 10
1:58 PM — Gay people in Lithuania have expressed concern that a new law will lead to a ban on gay activities. The Lithuanian parliament accepted amendments to the law on the protection of minors last week.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Gay “cure” policeman’s employment tribunal backed by Christians 4
1:03 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after he sent emails at work suggesting homosexualityis sinful is to take Norfolk Police to an employment tribunal.
12th December 2008
PFLAG launches safe schools training for parents and LGBT allies 3
3:16 PM — An advocacy and support group for the families and friends of lesbian and gay people has launched a new community-based safe schools programme.
MEPs call on Vatican to embrace LGBT rights 4
2:33 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called on the Vatican to support a statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights to be read out at the UN next week.
Obama’s environmental protection team brings first LGBT appointment 2
1:50 PM — The first prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person to be appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's new administration is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.
Video: Republican party must take “long hard look at itself” 1
1:01 PM — A leading Republican has said that the party needs to change if it wants to have a future in America.
Malone sentenced to life for homophobic murder in public toilet 10
12:13 PM — A 30-year-old man found guilty of the murder of a retired accountant in a public toilet in Surrey has been jailed for life. Mark Malone will serve at least thirty years.
Census goes online but no question about sexual orientation 4
11:13 AM — The next national census will be held on 27th March 2011. For the first time the marital status question will include a civil partnership option, but there will not be a question on sexual orientation.
11th December 2008
CPS “rightly proud” of rise in prosecutions for homophobic hate crimes 2
4:58 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service has released new statistics on prosecutions for hate crimes in England and Wales.
Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement 13
4:18 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.
Eid pardon for Kurdish journalist imprisoned for writing about gay sex
3:35 PM — A doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an medical article about sodomy has been pardoned and released.
Mayor of Hobart apologises 20 years after gay ban
2:57 PM — In August 1988, a newly formed group pressing for law reform in Tasmania set up a stall at a popular outdoor market in Hobart.
Nepal to support LGBT rights statement at UN 2
2:41 PM — The Prime Minister of Nepal has instructed his country's UN Ambassador to support an oral statement on the universal rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Northern Ireland moves closer to a Bill of Rights 4
10:00 AM — The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has handed the British government its advice on the potential for a Bill of Rights for the province.
Australia’s human rights body considers third gender recognition 2
9:33 AM — The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission has raised the possibility of the creation of an official intersex status in Australia.
New report documents rights of children in LGBT-led families
9:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association has launched a new report on the rights of children raised in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans families in Europe.
10th December 2008
New York Democrats refuse to give in on gay marriage 3
11:41 PM — A power struggle between Democrats in the New York State Senate that at one point threatened the party's commitment to gay marriage continues.
Mayor of Moscow’s message to gay Eurovision fans – stay off the streets 18
9:59 PM — The Mayor of Moscow has used a Eurovision Song Contest ceremony to warn gay people visiting the city for the event next year that they are not welcome on the streets.
“Rainbow Maniac” serial killer may be targeting gay men in Sao Paulo 1
6:20 PM — The murders of thirteen gay men over a period of 18 months in a suburban park in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo may be the work of a serial killer.