3rd June 2008
Beauty spot hosts first same-sex ceremony in Canberra
11:43 AM — The first civil ceremony marking the registration of a same sex relationship has taken place in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
World can support gay marriage in US with a billion clicks
11:35 AM — Substantial gains in same-sex marriage rights have recently been won in California and New York, but marriage equality still does not exist throughout the United States.
Latvian MPs’ attack gays for “immoral and hooligan behaviour” 4
11:18 AM — A group of MPs from the Latvia First Party, referred to as the "party of priests," has attacked what it calls the "gross interference of a homosexual group of European Parliament members into Latvia’s internal affairs."
2nd June 2008
UK commits £6bn to global AIDS fight
6:04 PM — The government has announced details of a seven-year strategy to tackle the spread of HIV and AIDS. The International Development Secretary said the UK would be at the forefront of prevention, treatment and support provision.
THT defends its support for ban on gay blood donations 3
5:33 PM — The head of policy at Terrence Higgins Trust has defended the charity’s support for the National Blood Service’s policy of refusing donations from gay men.
Met advisory group reports on drugs and the LGBT community 1
2:40 PM — Drug and alcohol abuse is more prevalent among gay men than the rest of the population, according to a report from the Metropolitan Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group.
Maltese government’s “inhumane” treatment of trans bride 1
1:58 PM — A court has backed the Director of Public Registry who will not release marriage banns for a transsexual woman and her male partner in Malta.
COMMENT: We outfoxed the Moscow authorities
12:46 PM — Moscow lesbians and gays successfully held Pride with widespread coverage by alternative, prominent international and some mainstream Russian media.
Greek prosecutors to stop same-sex marriage 2
12:12 PM — Greece’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the country’s Supreme Court prosecutor Giorgos Sanidas, has said in a directive.
Heavy security as protesters outnumber gays at Riga Pride
11:28 AM — A march for gay rights has passed off peacefully in the Latvian capital Riga. Police arrested four of an estimated 400 anti-gay protesters, but the threats of violence against the Pride march did not materialise.
Four arrested after Moscow’s unauthorised Pride demonstrations
11:02 AM — A group of 30 gay activists managed to stage short protests in front of Moscow City Hall and a statue of Tchaikovsky yesterday without being arrested.
1st June 2008
Scottish government pledges extra funds for gay schemes
12:46 AM — The Scottish government is to award £6.1m of extra funding to equality groups including those aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.
30th May 2008
Council of Europe expresses concern over gay rights in Turkey 2
6:25 PM — The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has today issued a stark reminder to the Turkish government about freedom of expression and association.
Gay reality winner explains trans remarks were not derogatory 1
3:33 PM — Project Runway-winning designer Christian Siriano said recent comments he made in an interview with Time Out New York were not meant to be derogatory towards trans people.
Test for Greek marriage law as mayor agrees to same-sex ceremony 1
3:18 PM — Tilos many not be the best-known island in the Aegean Sea, but its mayor has made a bold move to put it on the map. Tassos Alfieries has offered to perform Greece's first gay wedding.
Council praised for prompt action against discriminatory Earl 8
2:51 PM — An aristocrat who refused to allow a gay couple to hold their civil partnership ceremony at his castle has had his licence revoked by Devon County Council.
New STI campaign tells gays to get tested and get back out there 1
1:50 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has re-launched a provocative campaign to try to increase awareness among gay men of sexually transmitted infections.
Police worker commended for work on homophobic crime 2
1:40 PM — A community liaison officer who set up a Homophobic Incident Reporting Line has been presented with a certificate of merit. Mick Cronin, who works in Kent, set the scheme up in Dover and Folkestone.
Jewish academic attacks gay Holocaust memorial 33
11:56 AM — Germany has made a mistake by dedicating a memorial to the gay men who were victims of Nazi oppression, a leading Holocaust scholar has claimed.
Egypt accused of “indifference to justice and public health” as HIV convictions upheld
11:33 AM — A Cairo appeals court has upheld the sentences handed down to five men jailed as part of a 'crackdown' on men who are HIV positive or living with AIDS.