22nd May 2008
Christian groups halt gay rights event in Ukraine
12:15 PM — LGBT groups in the Ukraine were prevented from marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) last week after a last minute intervention by local religious groups.
21st May 2008
Employment tribunal told civil partnerships not “God-ordained” 8
1:15 PM — Performing civil partnership ceremonies is a matter of religious conscience, a registrar claimed at an employment tribunal yesterday.
Handbook on transgender children released
12:46 PM — For parents and professionals alike, raising a transgender child can be confusing and challenging. A new book published in the US tackles the issues thousands of families face.
Met police raids target homophobic crime 1
12:18 PM — Metropolitan police officers carried out a series of raids across London this morning targeting dangerous and prolific offenders suspected of domestic, homophobic and race hate crimes.
20th May 2008
Pop Idol helps Blackpool show its Pride
4:50 PM — More than 8,000 people flocked to the seaside resort of Blackpool over the weekend to celebrate Pride. The third annual festival was hailed as a huge success by organisers.
Charity welcomes government action on older gay couples
2:04 PM — The government has said it will issue guidance to local authorities restricting them from splitting older couples who are married or in a civil partnership when placing them in care.
Marriage is the final frontier for Mr Sulu 1
12:39 PM — In the wake of last week’s ruling by the California Supreme Court declaring the ban on gay marriage in the state to be unconstitutional, several celebrity gay couples have announced plans to head to the altar shortly.
California honours murdered gay politician
12:31 PM — Just days after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on same-sex marriage, another LGBT related provision passed the State Assembly in California. On Monday, it was announced that a bill to recognise slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.
19th May 2008
To Russia with love: world’s biggest Pride to twin with Moscow
4:23 PM — They could not be more different events. In Sao Paulo, a multitude of toned, tanned gays take to the streets in a carnival atmosphere that happens to be the biggest gay parade in the world.
Local people star in homophobic crime campaign 1
3:29 PM — Lesbian, gay and trans people being punched, called names, and their houses daubed in grafitti - a new campaign highlights just some of the forms hate crimes can take.
G-A-Y announces end of an era at Astoria
12:23 PM — Club promoter Jeremy Joseph has confirmed that his popular G-A-Y night will no longer use the Astoria as a venue on Monday, Thursday and Friday nights.
16th May 2008
Gay youth group honoured at awards ceremony 3
3:58 PM — A group of 15 – 24 year olds who have actively raised awareness of LGBT issues in Wigan have been honoured in the Deutsche Bank CHANGEit Awards.
Group civil partnership ceremonies planned for Manchester Pride 2
2:33 PM — Manchester Pride’s 18th birthday in August will begin with two group civil ceremonies for same-sex couples, it has been announced. The ceremonies will take place on the eve of Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend.
New Mayor calls Pride a “sexual exhibition” 3
12:39 PM — A former fascist elected to lead one of Europe's biggest cities has spoken out against the gay community. Gianni Alemanno defeated his opponents to take control of Rome on April 28th.
Ellen announces her intention to wed 3
11:59 AM — One of the world's best-known lesbians will announce on her show today that she intends to take advantage of the ruling of the California Supreme Court striking down a ban on gay marriage.
California must guarantee “basic civil right” of marriage 7
11:35 AM — Marriage equality activists across America have been celebrating yesterday's landmark decision by the California Supreme Court that the state can no longer exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage.
15th May 2008
Teachers TV devotes week of programmes to fighting homophobia
5:35 PM — A special week of programming from a digital channel for teachers will explore ways to stamp out homophobia in schools.
IDAHO will be marked with “gravitas, concern, determination, wit and irony”
1:14 PM — The organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), have said they are delighted at the range of events taking place across the country. 17th May is IDAHO.
14th May 2008
Lucas: Universal human rights are being eroded
3:02 PM — A leading Green party politician claims "international appeasement of conservative regimes" is a threat to human rights. Caroline Lucas represents South East England in the European Parliament.
Stonewall seeks fans on Facebook
2:59 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has launched a new Facebook page as everyone from MPs to aspiring pop stars continue to use the social networking site to connect with friends and supporters.