11th November 2008
Stonewall defends FIT and plans a DVD copy for every school 4
12:11 PM — A play that tackles homophobic bullying is appropriate for its 11 to 14 year old target audience and a vital tool in tackling the problem, according to Britain's leading gay equality organisation.
FIT playwright on why we must fight homophobia in schools 1
11:35 AM — "I'd put entertainer," Rikki Beadle-Blair says with a grin, when I ask him what he puts down as his occupation when he fills in official forms.
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.
Moscow assures gays they will be safe at Eurovision 3
10:52 AM — A leading Russian gay rights activist has accused the Moscow authorities of "pure hypocrisy" after an official gave assurances about the safety of gay people attending next year's Eurovision Song Contest.
10th November 2008
Thousands of lives could be saved by new anal cancer test 8
7:09 PM — A new test that will detect the early signs of a cancer that is prevalent among gay men has been devised.
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.
Gay donations would mean more safe blood, tribunal told
5:53 PM — An anti-discrimination tribunal in Australia has been told that lifting a ban on gay men giving blood would increase the amount of safe transfusions available.
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.
Labour lose New Zealand general election as Parliament gains new gay MPs 3
3:13 PM — Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand since 1999, has announced she is to step down as leader of the Labour party after defeat in a national election on Saturday.
Roman Catholic thinking on homosexuality – “a type of wound” 23
2:42 PM — Further details have emerged on the use of psychological testing by Catholic authorities to exclude "deviant" people from entering the priesthood.
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.
8th November 2008
US city elects first trans mayor as Congress loses gay marriage opponent
4:54 PM — After the euphoria surrounding the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, more information about Election Day is proving inspirational for gay Americans.
15,000 protesters in San Francisco over passing of Proposition 8 13
2:32 AM — Live from San Francisco, California In excess of 15,000 people are marching through San Francisco to protest at the passing of Proposition 8, the voter initiative in California that effectively bans gay marriage have admitted defeat.
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.