8th May 2008
Gay hate crime bill passed by Parliament 6
12:12 PM — Incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will become a criminal offence after the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed its final stages in the House of Lords last night.
7th May 2008
Gay penguins top list of controversial books – again
4:59 PM — A heart-warming tale of same-sex love and parenting among New York penguins has topped the list of books most complained about in American libraries for the second year running.
Denver lesbians on trial for marriage protest
4:44 PM — A court in Colorado has heard that a lesbian couple who held a sit-in protest against the state's ban on same-sex marriage are guilty of trespassing. Sheila Schroeder, 43 and Kate Burns, 44, staged their protest in September 2007.
British star urges Hollywood gays out of the closet
3:52 PM — One of the stars of hit comedy The Office has said he is convinced there are many high-profile Hollywood celebrities who are gay, and he can't understand why they do not come out.
Apology for gay man detained for kissing boyfriend 3
1:18 PM — The Director of Tourism on the Cayman Islands has apologised to an American visitor who was targeted and held by police for kissing his boyfriend in public.
60 years of the NHS celebrated at Pride London 1
12:59 PM — A special float bringing together the Gay & Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists, the Royal College of Nursing and the Dept of Health LGBT Staff Group will celebrate 60 years of LGBT contribution to the NHS.
Stevie Wonderful wins UK drag king contest
12:33 PM — A London-based disability rights worker has been crowned "King of the Castle" at the first ever National Drag King competition, which was held on Sunday. Stevie Wonderful, a.k.a. Fiona King, was triumphant.
Brighton walk raises funds for Stonewall
12:18 PM — More than 300 people took to the streets of Brighton last weekend in support of gay, lesbian and bisexual rights. The fifth annual Equality Walk raised funds for Stonewall, and this year GaydarRadio hosts Dicky and Dolly and comedian Amy Lamé were on hand.
Boris appoints gay deputy Mayor 1
11:57 AM — The new Mayor of London has announced that Richard Barnes will serve as his deputy. He is a former leader of the Conservative administration in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
6th May 2008
Munich’s gay-themed maypole attacked by vandals 1
3:52 PM — A maypole featuring depictions of gay and lesbian life in the German city of Munich has been subjected to a suspected homophobic attack. The community resource was only erected last week.
Memorial to gay Holocaust victims to be unveiled this month 3
3:27 PM — A memorial to the persecuted homosexual victims of Nazism will be officially unveiled in Berlin on May 27th. It takes the form of a gray concrete slab, with a window to allow visitors to view a video.
Marriage equality pioneer mourned by gay community
2:58 PM — She stood up for her own marriage rights 40 years ago, and then stood up for lesbian and gay Americans when they asked for the same treatment.
Lesbian footballer player murdered in homophobic attack
2:38 PM — A prominent female football player gang-raped and murdered in South Africa last week was the victim of homophobic violence, according to activists. Midfielder Eudy Simelane, 31, was buried earlier this week.
Gossip columnist outs US soap actor nominated for gay role
2:02 PM — He scored an Emmy nomination for his work as gay teen Luke Snyder on the daytime soap As the World Turns, but according to gossip columnist Perez Hilton, actor Van Hansis isn't just playing gay on TV.
Gay hate dancehall star refused European entry visa 4
1:38 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) has said it has been told by the country's Interior Ministry that homophobic Jamaican performer Sizzla will not be granted a Schengen visa for his proposed European tour this month.
Day of Silence participants attacked by thugs in St Petersburg
12:44 PM — Three prominent Russian gay rights activists were attacked at a non-violent protest on Saturday. The homophobic assailants were dressed as rappers, according to Interfax. They fled as police approached.
Gay man detained by police after Caribbean kiss 3
12:07 PM — A man has been held by police in the Cayman Islands for kissing his boyfriend. Aaron Chandler, a 23 year old American on holiday with his partner, was detained by an off duty police officer.
Australian government stands by ban on gay marriage 4
10:36 AM — The Australian government's decision to refuse same-sex marriages has been compared to slavery by gay rights groups. Last week the Australian government announced more than 100 reforms.
2nd May 2008
Protest rally called as polls indicate BNP will win seat on London Assembly 13
2:16 PM — All the votes for the 25-member London Assembly have not been counted, but already anti-fascist groups are calling for protests if the British National Party wins a seat.
Moscow Pride will apply for five marches a day
1:18 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have lodged court appeals after the Moscow municipal authorities banned a series of marches they are planning. Organisers have previously said that they are going to apply for five marches each day in May.