29th May 2008
Same-sex weddings begin in California next month 2
11:23 AM — The California Office of Vital Records has announced that the state will begin granting marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples on June 17th.
Australian diver comes out ahead of Olympics 3
10:41 AM — Like many athletes around the world, Australian Matthew Mitcham fought his way to the top of his sport to qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games.
28th May 2008
Stonewall launches free phone service
10:16 PM — Advice and information and guidance on issues affecting lesbian and gay life, from civil partnerships and parenting to housing and health, is now available for free.
Swedes donate 5,000 euros to Warsaw Pride
6:05 PM — The organisers of EuroPride 2008 have revealed that they are supporting this weekend's Pride festival in Warsaw with a grant.
JoJo’s asylum decision delayed by medical evidence
4:38 PM — A gay Syrian claiming asylum in the UK has been told that he must wait for a case review hearing before he will receive a decision from an immigration tribunal on whether or not he can remain in the UK.
UNAIDS: HIV+ travel restrictions are not justified 1
3:51 PM — A United Nations body has said that travel restrictions on people who are HIV+ are discriminatory and have no public health justification.
Bristol to host fifth annual Bear Fiesta
3:26 PM — Gay venues in Bristol are preparing for a three-day celebration of heft, as the Bear Fiesta descends on the city once again.
COMMENT: Nul points for Eurovision 2008 5
2:37 PM — While relieved that the feared homophobic violence on the streets of Belgrade did not materialise, the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest failed to impress. And not just because our entry came last.
Gay socialist “ready” to run for President of France 2
12:53 PM — One of Europe's most high-profile gay politicians has indicated he is ready to run for leader of France's Parti Socialiste and possibly the Presidency. Bernard Delanoe has proved to be a popular Mayor of Paris.
Mayor of Berlin unveils memorial to gay victims of Nazis 4
12:28 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Berlin has opened a new memorial in the city to the homosexual victims of Nazi oppression.
Riga Pride marchers “heroes and warriors” says MEP
12:05 PM — The European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has condemned the actions of Roman Catholic leaders in Latvia.
27th May 2008
Police protect Pride marchers in Romania
4:03 PM — The Pride parade in the Romanian capital passed off peacefully on Saturday, with more than 1,000 police officers on the streets protecting participants.
COMMENT: Gay students abandoned by parents enter ‘postcode lottery’ 1
3:42 PM — Two years ago at the age of 19, James left home after his stepfather repeatedly beat him because he was gay. As a result, he ended up spending a year living on the streets.
Schools OUT organiser Paul Patrick dies 4
2:22 PM — An outspoken advocate for the rights of gay and lesbian teachers and pupils has died. Paul Patrick, Co-Chair of Schools Out and LGBT History Month died early on Thursday. He was 58.
Australian sporting hero named as Gay Games ambassador
1:33 PM — Australian Michelle Ferris, one of cycling's all-time sprint stars, has been selected by the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) to be the newest Gay Games Ambassador.
More changes at The Advocate as new editor appointed
1:24 PM — Jon Barrett has been named as the new editor in chief of leading US gay publication The Advocate. He was formerly senior news editor at the magazine from 1997 to 2003.
Gay Holocaust memorial unveiled in Berlin 1
11:58 AM — A memorial to the thousands of gay men who died in Nazi concentration camps will be officially dedicated today. It is being constructed opposite the main Holocaust memorial for Jewish victims.
Ballot measure could threaten gay marriage in California
11:10 AM — Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organisation, has pledged an initial contribution of $500,000 to protect marriage equality in California.
26th May 2008
Biggest Pride in the world draws in millions
8:59 PM — The world's largest gay pride parade took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil yesterday with millions of people peacefully gathering to celebrate gay rights. But the event also creates thousands of jobs.
23rd May 2008
Russian Health Ministry ends ban on gay blood
1:56 AM — The Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development has repealed the ban on blood donations by homosexual people, it emerged last night.