2nd October 2008
Sydney Mardi Gras gets government funding for first time 1
1:23 PM — One of the world's best-known gay events is being given state backing. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras generates more than $30m (£13.3m) for the city and state of New South Wales.
1st October 2008
Witness appeal following assault in Hyde Park gay cruising area
9:15 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack on a man in his 50s in London's Hyde Park. The incident occurred at approximately 10pm on Sunday 21st September 2008 within the Rose Gardens in the park, an area popular with gay men.
INTERVIEW: May defends Tories against charges they are not on side of gays 8
7:30 PM — It has been a successful few days for the Tories in Birmingham. Despite the economic crisis gripping the world's finanical markets, party activists at the annual conference have been upbeat.
Bulgarians continue to reject homosexuality
6:13 PM — New research has highlighted the extent of homophobia in Bulgaria. A poll released today found that 80% of Bulgarians have negative attitudes to gays and lesbians.
Sarajevo Queer Festival organisers receive more death threats 1
4:22 PM — LGBT rights activists and participants in Bosnia’s first Queer Festival have continued to receive death threats following a violent attack in which eight people were injured.
Health minister asks Indian PM to intervene over decriminalisation
4:10 PM — An Indian Cabinet minister has said that he will ask the country's Prime Minister to intervene in the row over the decriminalisation of homosexual acts.
US accused of not overturning ban on HIV+ visitors 1
12:55 PM — A New York-based LGBT immigration pressure group has accused the US government of failing to follow a new policy on HIV+ people visiting the country.
30th September 2008
Tories urge gay people to vote for them 44
4:06 PM — Leading members of the Conservative party have told a fringe meeting at the party's conference in Birmingham that gay people should be comfortable voting for them.
Sydney celebrates first gay Jewish commitment ceremony 2
11:25 AM — The first Australian same-sex commitment ceremony to take place in a synagogue was held on Sunday. Christopher Whitmont-Stein, 38, and Scott Whitmont, 47, had already entered into a civil commitment ceremony in 2002, took part in traditional Jewish wedding rites.
29th September 2008
Indian court told to ignore health minister’s call for decriminalisation 1
6:39 PM — A lawyer representing the government of India has said in court that it "does not matter" that the country's health minister supports the decriminalisation of gay sex.
Record turnout at Asia’s largest Pride event
6:23 PM — The Taiwanese gay community celebrated the highlight of the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival with a Pride parade on Saturday.
Greeks protest for same-sex marriage ahead of trial 2
3:26 PM — The case of two same-sex couples who took advantage of a loophole in Greek law and got married on the island of Tilos will be heard by a Greek court later this week.
EU equality summit meets in Paris
3:08 PM — Diplomats, gay rights advocates and representatives from the field of equal opportunities are meeting in France today to discuss how to apply the principles of non-discrimination.
Malawi’s gays hope new High Commissioner will help their cause
2:32 PM — The Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim), which was launched earlier this month as a public campaign group after six years underground, has sparked a political row.
Morocco may give gays some rights ‘within fifty years’ 6
1:49 PM — An international congress on gay rights in Muslim countries has been told that the north African nation of Morocco may grant rights to homosexuals "within fifty years."
Liverpool gay village plan frustrated by council 5
1:32 PM — Business leaders in Liverpool have criticised a proposal from the council that streets around the city's "gay quarter" be closed to traffic after 10pm.
Google opposes ban on gay marriage
12:48 PM — Internet company Google will publicly oppose an attempt to ban same-sex marriage in California.
Danish man sought embassy protection after Sarajevo violence
12:00 PM — One of the people injured when a homophobic mob attacked the opening event of Bosnia's first gay festival has spoken of his ordeal.
Pepsi risks boycott with donation to gay support group 6
11:46 AM — A leading soft drinks manufacturer has donated $500,000 (£277,000) to a programme for workplace equality.
27th September 2008
Treasury Minister becomes first lesbian MP to hold a civil partnership ceremony 3
5:09 PM — Treasury Minister Angela Eagle entered into a civil partnership with Maria Exall in Southwark today.