26th August 2008
NBC censored gay Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham 12
12:28 AM — US television network NBC censored the sexuality of Olympic gold medal diver, Matthew Mitcham it has been claimed.
Iconic American LGBT publication The Advocate sold by PlanetOut
12:11 AM — Planet Out, has sold The Advocate and a number of other publications to Regent Media, the owners of Gaywired and here! tv.
23rd August 2008
Gay hero Matthew Mitcham wins Olympic 10m diving gold medal 17
4:30 PM — From gay icon, to Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham has won his first gold medal. He is the only openly gay male athlete competing in has won his first gold medal. He is the only openly gay male athlete competing in Beijing. There are 9 lesbians and one bisexual woman competing alongside him.
22nd August 2008
Concerned Women for America claim gay greeting cards are detrimental to children 38
4:49 PM — Senior members of Concerned Women for America (CWA) have condemned Hallmark's marketing of greeting cards aimed at gays and lesbians.
Ugandan AIDS Commission Chief says homosexuality must be stamped out in schools 8
12:21 PM — Dr Kihumuro Apuuli, the Ugandan AIDS Commission Chief, has warned the education ministry of that country that homosexuality is "rife" in schools.
Veterans claim council support for Doncaster gay pride unfair 3
11:51 AM — A row has erupted in Doncaster after a Veterans' Day parade was unable to go ahead.
Stonewall Cymru launches guide for gay hate crime victims
11:05 AM — Stonewall Cymru, the Welsh gay equality organisation, is working with police after stating that attacks on LGBT people are underreported.
Heniz shrugs off gay boycott with soaring sales figures
12:00 AM — Despite a boycott organised by gay rights group Stonewall, Heinz, saw earnings in the most recent quarter increase by $229 million (£123m). It was slammed by gay rights groups for pulling a television advertisement featuring two men kissing.
21st August 2008
Double gay suicide in Cornwall shocks local residents 29
5:54 PM — Two young gay men, Daniel Cudd, 23, and Roger Irons, 21, were found hanged in separate incidents in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Gay rights supporter Stephanie Tubbs Jones dies 1
4:09 PM — Ohio Representative and Democratic super-delegate Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died after suffering an aneurysm while driving her car on Tuesday night.
Hallmark releases gay wedding cards 1
2:25 PM — Hallmark has joined California and Massachusetts in recognising gay partnerships.
Malawi Gay Rights Movement to promote female condoms
12:46 PM — The newly-formed gay movement in Malawi is committed to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS by advocating female condoms, Africa News reports.
South African Trans-woman in beauty pageant furore
11:25 AM — A row has erupted over a transgender woman who has apparently been snubbed by the organisers of the Miss South Africa pageant.
20th August 2008
Credit Suisse to offer gay banking service in UK 1
11:41 PM — Credit Suisse will be the first major bank to specifically target the LGBT community in Britain. The firm's offering will follow the route of niche banking that has already been offered to the Muslim and Polish immigrant communities.
Stonewall Awards to honour gay equality champions 5
4:24 PM — The third Stonewall Awards ceremony, sponsored by Barclays, is set to take place on Thursday 6th November at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Dumfries and Galloway Police receive award for services to LGBT community
3:57 PM — Dumfries and Golloway Constabulary have become the fifth organisation in Scotland to be given the LGBT Charter Mark award.
Malawian gays form association 9
3:31 PM — Gays and lesbians in Malawi have formed the Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim), as homosexuality is a criminal offence punishable by hard labour in their republic.
Largest ever police contingent to march for gay pride 5
1:53 PM — The world's largest ever police contingent to take part in a gay pride parade will be seen this Saturday during Manchester Pride.
Gay rights champion dies 5
12:40 PM — The former Labour MP who was instrumental in the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act has died.
Lithuanian mayors claim EU anti-discrimination trucks are “propaganda of homosexuality” 2
12:25 PM — Two mayors of Lithuanian cities have refused to allow an EU anti-discrimination truck on their municipal territories this year.