12th August 2008
London Transgender Film Festival announced 1
3:57 PM — 2008 London Transgender Film Festival will take place at Ritzy Picturehouse, 7th-9th November.
Vauxhall event aims to raise drug awareness 1
11:08 AM — Barcode nightclub is set to host Drug Idle, an evening of debate and discussion around recreational drug use.
10th August 2008
Multimillionaire gay dads face investigation into failed business, newspaper claims
1:06 AM — The multimillionaire gay couple who hit the headlines five years ago with their "designer" family are under the media spotlight again. The Daily Mail report that Tony Barlow and Barrie Drewitt's former company Euroderm Research is under investigation for alleged irregularities.
Californian gay couple filed for divorce after just three days of marriage 3
12:05 AM — The first divorce of a gay couple in California was filed just three days after they married, court records have revealed.
9th August 2008
Sussex Police directs residents to hardcore gay porn by accident 1
1:52 AM — Sussex Police have accidentally encouraged residents to visit a website offering links to hardcore gay pornography and police strippers. The force were trying to promote their Operation Beat Sweep, a programme to tackle anti-social behaviour from gun crime to grime on a leaflet.
8th August 2008
Mayor Boris Johnson diverts Soho Pride funds to fight homophobic bullying 9
6:50 PM — A £10,000 grant from City Hall to a central London Pride event has been withdrawn. Soho Pride has been held in August for the last five years.
Gay youth radio station will use £4,000 grant to overhaul website 1
4:52 PM — FYI Radio, a LGBT youth user-generated radio station, has been awarded £4,000 from the European Youth in Action programme.
UN’s 2010 AIDS goal may not be reached
4:16 PM — The United Nations' goal of achieving "universal access" to anti-HIV drugs and care by 2010 is unlikely to be reached.
Anti-gay Christian “family” group folds in wake of founder’s affair 8
4:05 PM — A fundamentalist organisation run by a former police officer turned preacher has reportedly been disbanded. The Christian Congress for Traditional Values was instrumental in organising anti-gay demonstrations.
Gay Filipinos arrested in Saudi Arabia 6
1:58 PM — Two men from the Philippines have been arrested in the Saudi capital Riyadh for homosexual acts. The arrests by the Muslim nation’s "morality police" is the latest in a crackdown on gays.
India’s health minister calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality
1:29 PM — A leading Cabinet minister in India has said that laws that criminalise gay sex should be overturned. Anbumani Ramadoss made his remarks at the 17th International Conference on AIDS.
Hollyoaks actor calls on Iris to resign over gay comments 3
1:07 PM — An actor who plays a bisexual character in a TV soap for teenagers has spoken out against an MP at the centre of a homophobia row.
Gay blood donors would bring “infection and death” claims Red Cross 2
12:38 PM — Gay activists have accused the Red Cross of scare tactics on the first day of a hearing into Australia's gay blood ban in Hobart yesterday.
Teenager accused of murdering gay classmate pleads not guilty 3
11:42 AM — A 14-year-old boy pleaded not guilty yesterday at the start of his trial in California for the murder of his classmate.
Democratic convention platform short on LGBT issues 2
10:43 AM — The Democratic National Committee sent a draft of the party’s 2008 platform to committee members yesterday that incorporated planks from the platforms of former candidates.
Video: Kanye West asks his fans to turn their back on gay hate 5
10:29 AM — Rapper and record producer Kanye West took a moment during a concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to denounce homophobia and anti-gay hate language.
7th August 2008
Less than 1% of civil partnerships end in ‘divorce’ 2
3:56 PM — Figures obtained by PinkNews.co.uk show that less than 250 lesbian and gay civil partnerships have ended in a dissolution.
Lesbian politician to co-chair Obama LGBT committee
1:58 PM — With the US Presidential race tightening, Barack Obama is stepping up his efforts to reach out to the gay and lesbian community.
Rowan Williams “a prisoner of the Lambeth mafia” claims gay activist 5
1:49 PM — Peter Tatchell has accused the Anglican church of accommodating homophobes in a way it would never do with racists or anti-Semites.
Archbishop of Canterbury’s support for gay marriage revealed 4
1:34 PM — Correspondence between an evangelical Christian and Rowan Williams has been uncovered which reveals his support for gay marriage.