13th October 2008
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.
11th October 2008
Connecticut Supreme Court overturns ban on gay marriage 6
10:57 AM — The Supreme Court of Connecticut has overturned a ban on gay marriage saying that by stopping same sex partners from marrying was a violation of their constitutional rights.
10th October 2008
Homophobic ‘tattoo’ vicar keeps newspaper column 8
4:04 PM — A Church of England vicar who wrote a homophobic rant on his blog and then tried to claim he has "nothing against" gay people will not be sacked from his regular column in a local newspaper.
Portugese parliament rejects gay marriage proposal 8
3:34 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Portugal will continue to be banned from getting married after the main government and opposition parties joined forces.
Matthew Shepard’s mother hits out at prejudice and ignorance, ten years on 2
2:34 PM — Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, released the following statement as she marks the tenth year since his death on October 12th 1998.
Fundraising appeal attracts donors as Liverpool gay teen is buried 1
2:25 PM — A new fund in memory of Michael Causer has been established and more than £1,000 has already been raised.
Insurers are inconsistent over Hep C 1
1:46 PM — The British insurance industry has a poor understanding of Hepatitis C and life assurance policies for people living with the virus can vary considerably.
BBC rejects complaints about EastEnders gay kiss 19
1:19 AM — More than 150 people who complained after two gay men kissed on BBC soap EastEnders have been told by the corporation that they treat gay and straight relationships in the same way.
Victory for Christians as McDonald’s gives in over gay rights 27
12:48 AM — Christian and conservative Americans are claiming they have forced one of the world's best-known companies to withdraw from National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Russian mayor blocks gay rights protest 1
12:24 AM — A municipal leader in Russia has said that a planned protest against homophobia by gay rights activists cannot go ahead.
Children of lesbians ‘at risk’ due to prolific sperm donors 2
12:12 AM — A health official in South Australia has warned that the state's rules on sperm donation could put the children of some lesbians at risk.
Grey’s Anatomy star donates to California gay marriage defence fund
12:02 AM — Hollywood star TR Knight has donated $50,000 (£29,000) to help defeat a proposal to remove the rights of lesbian and gay Californians to get married.
9th October 2008
MPs and peers celebrate National AIDS Trust’s 21st birthday
6:14 PM — Lord Fowler was among the guests at a Houses of Parliament reception for the National AIDS Trust yesterday.
Former Mr Gay UK stabbed victim 30 times then sliced off flesh court told 3
5:34 PM — A Home Office pathologist has given evidence at the murder trial of Anthony Morley at Leeds Crown Court.
Council of Europe calls on Bosnia to condemn homophobic violence
4:54 PM — An assembly of European parliamentarians has condemned the recent attacks on the organisers and participants of the Sarajevo Queer Festival by a homophobic mob.
86% of LGBT teens face harassment in US schools
4:24 PM — The most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in the United States has found they face widespread abuse.
I don’t believe it! Richard Wilson to host Stonewall Awards 6
3:44 PM — A British comedy legend will host the country's most prestigious gay awards, it has been announced.
Czechs face EU sanctions over anti-discrimination directive
2:36 PM — The Czech Republic could face an official complaint from the European Commission and financial sanctions over its failure to introduce an EU directive on discrimination into its legislation.
Bishops decide against church weddings for Norwegian gays 4
2:08 PM — The bishops of Norway's state church have ruled that there will be no weddings in church for gay and lesbian couples.