5th December 2008
Australia and US not signed up to UN decriminalisation declaration 7
12:00 PM — Several nations with sizable gay communities have not signed up to a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN this month.
Boy George convicted of false imprisonment 4
11:33 AM — Pop star and DJ Boy George was found guilty of false imprisonment by a jury in London earlier today. He will be sentenced next month.
4th December 2008
South African journalist to face equality court over homophobic article 4
4:34 PM — Gay rights advocates in South Africa have expressed delight that after pickets and protest the country's Human Rights Commission are to take a journalist to court over a homophobic newspaper article.
Catholic adoption agency tells Cardinal that Jesus taught love without prejudice 10
3:55 PM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics has resigned as chairman of an adoption agency because it plans to comply with the law.
Homophobic preacher stands by Leviticus quote in banned advert 9
2:27 PM — The leader of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church has claimed that a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority interferes with religious freedom.
Gay humanists condemn Vatican’s stance on universal decriminalisation 7
1:52 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has condemned the Vatican's opposition to a declaration against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
EU framework for tackling racism could lead to recognition of homophobic crime 1
1:36 PM — The new Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia has been adopted by the European Council of Ministers, exactly seven years after it was first presented by the European Commission.
Burundi urged not to criminalise homosexual acts
12:49 PM — A leading human rights group has called on politicians in Burundi to drop plans to amend the penal code and prohibit same-sex acts.
Moscow’s gay-bashing Mayor pledges continued intolerance 6
12:34 PM — The Mayor of Moscow has said he will continue to ban gay "propaganda." Moscow Pride organisers have been denied the right to hold an event in May for three years running.
3rd December 2008
75% of Americans support legal recognition for same-sex couples 5
5:43 PM — A new survey has revealed that a majority of Americans support some form of legal civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. However, just 47% favour gay marriage while 49% oppose it.
Tories “broadly welcome” Equality Bill but want more detail 4
5:00 PM — The opposition parties have welcomed new government plans to unify the various strands of discrimination law and include gay people in public bodies' duty to promote equality.
Obama may nominate gay woman Mary Beth Maxwell to his Cabinet
4:34 PM — US news sources are reporting that a lesbian employment rights activist is one of three people being considered for the post of Labour Secretary.
Kurdish doctor jailed for writing about homosexual sex 8
4:12 PM — A leading press freedom organisation has called for the release from prison of a doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an article about homosexual sex.
Charity for gay homeless teens rebrands to reach new generation of kids in need 1
3:44 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust has unveiled its new corporate identity and logo. The charity works with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people whose families have rejected them or are unable to care for them.
Belfast Free Presbyterian church rapped over homophobic advert 4
3:18 PM — An advert placed in a local paper in Northern Ireland by Sandown Free Presbyterian Church ahead of this summer's Pride event in Belfast breached the Advertising Standards Authority code on decency.
Analysis: What will be in the Equality Bill?
12:29 PM — Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, welcomed the announcement today by Her Majesty the Queen that the Equality Bill will be brought forward in Parliament within the next year.
New bill announced in Queen’s Speech will “drive forward equality” 1
12:24 PM — The government will introduce a new Equality Bill in the coming session of Parliament, the Queen has confirmed.
Boy George declines to give evidence at his trail
11:52 AM — Pop singer and DJ Boy George will not to give evidence at his trial for allegedly imprisoning a male prostitute at his London flat.
Brian Paddick voted off reality show I’m A Celebrity
11:40 AM — Former candidate for Mayor of London Brian Paddick has become the sixth person to be voted off the ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!
2nd December 2008
US gay group welcomes Obama’s attorney general nominee 2
5:45 PM — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans group has welcomed the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.