30th December 2008
Top players to speak out against homophobia in FA video 7
11:49 AM — The Football Association has agreed to organise and fund a video / DVD featuring premier league players speaking out against homophobia. The idea was put to the FA several months ago by Peter Tatchell of the gay human rights group OutRage!, as way of challenging the anti-gay abuse hurled by fans at players like Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell.
29th December 2008
Campbell Soup’s gay ads attacked by American Family Association 19
2:39 PM — An ad for Campbell's Soup Company appearing in gay magazine The Advocate has been condemned by the American Family Association (AFA). The double-page ad features two female restaurateurs and a young boy. The text accompanying the picture identifies the women as a couple and the boy as their son.
Facebook slams homophobic groups 4
12:45 PM — Social networking site Facebook has responded to calls for two Serbian homophobic groups to be removed from the web.
Funding cut at Brighton care home over gay questionnaire row 18
11:35 AM — A Brighton care home for the elderly has been accused of homophobic exclusion by the local authorities. Pilgrim Homes, a Christian care home which runs 10 projects for elderly people in the UK, is suing the council for religious discrimination.
24th December 2008
US federal judge orders Louisiana registrar to recognise out of state adoption 1
1:44 PM — An organisation that furthers gay rights through litigation has hailed a federal court decision on same-sex adoption as "a major victory for same-sex parents."
Mother admits abusing 16-year-old son for being gay 9
1:21 PM — A woman in Scotland has admitted in court that she sent homophobic text messages and shouted abuse at her own child because he is gay.
Free Presbyterian minister backs Pope and claims we are all born straight 25
1:12 PM — A preacher from a church that refers to the Pope as the Anti-Christ has backed his stance on homosexuality and claimed all people are born heterosexual.
23rd December 2008
Ugandan judge rules in favour of LGBT activists and awards damages for illegal raid
5:32 PM — Ugandan Justice Stella Arach yesterday issued a ruling in favour of LGBT activists in their suit against the Attorney General of Uganda.
Vulnerable gay kids need your help this Christmas 1
1:53 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people who do not live in accepting, supportive and caring homes.
Comment: Pope Benedict learnt nothing from his time in the Hitler Youth 42
1:33 PM — Imagine if a world leader said that Jews were a threat to humanity. Imagine the outrage such a provocative statement would be, especially if that leader was German.
New York Times admits publishing fake letter from gay Mayor of Paris 3
1:02 PM — One of America's most respected newspapers has had to apologise after it published a letter they claimed was written by the Mayor of Paris.
Pope Benedict’s latest outburst “justifies” homophobic bullying and attacks 76
12:01 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church has claimed that the existence of gay people is as great a threat to humanity as the destruction of the rainforest.
ILGA defends gay family exhibition at Euro Parliament as second MEP complains 1
12:06 AM — A leading gay rights group has said it "regrets" that two MEPs have objected to an exhibition highlighting the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families.
22nd December 2008
Will Young to appear on Question Time in February
6:39 PM — Pop singer Will Young is to appear as a panellist on political discussion programme Question Time next year. Mentorn Media, who produce the show for BBC One, said he would appear on the February 5th edition, which will be recorded in Dunstable.
UNAIDS: Decriminalisation is key to universal access to HIV treatment
5:59 PM — The United Nations agency responsible for coordinating global efforts to combat HIV and AIDS has called for "enhanced action to promote and protect the human rights of men who have sex with men."
Trans activists attend first pan-African meeting
3:31 PM — South Africa hosted the first ever African Strategy Workshop for transgender activists last week. Trans people from Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe took part.
Greens leader claims Scottish Parliament has closeted MSPs 3
3:12 PM — The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party has said that several members of the Scottish Parliament are gay but afraid to publicly declare their sexual orientation.
Vatican claims sexual orientation is not legally defined 10
2:46 PM — The Roman Catholic Church's representative at the United Nations has explained why it opposed a statement on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Gay Congressman attacks Obama’s choice of inauguration preacher 2
2:29 PM — A leading Democratic politician has said the President-elect of the United States was wrong to ask an evangelical preacher who likened gay couples to incest to participate in his inauguration.
Victory Fund upset at lack of gays in Obama’s Cabinet 4
1:42 PM — A group that funds lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans candidates for political office in the United States has expressed disappointment at the makeup of President-elect Barack Obama's proposed Cabinet.