8th August 2008
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.
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.
7th August 2008
Malaysian political leader pleads not guilty to sodomy charge 1
5:15 PM — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim been bailed by a court in Malaysia after pleading not guilty to charges of sodomy. His trial will begin on September 10th.
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.
DEA orders actress to answer questions about Heath Ledger’s drugs
2:09 PM — America's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a subpoena to require actress Mary-Kate Olsen to testify in front of a grand jury.
EXCLUSIVE: Man forced to sell flat after French refuse to recognise civil partnership 16
11:18 AM — A gay man has spoken of his anger after French authorities refused to recognise a UK civil partnership.
Government considers controls on club drug GBL 1
10:50 AM — The Home Office has announced that may make a drug which has become popular on the gay club curcuit a controlled substance.
6th August 2008
Schwarzenegger to decide on honour for assassinated gay politician
4:18 PM — The Governor of California has been sent a bill that would make the anniversary of the birth of Harvey Milk a "day of significance" in the state’s educational institutions.
Gay teenager’s parents pay tribute to their “happy and outgoing” son 5
2:57 PM — The parents of a gay teenager who died after being attacked in Merseyside have spoken about their loss.
Petition on Downing St website calls for review of gay asylum policy 7
1:02 PM — LGBT Greens have launched a petition on the Downing St website to push urgent review of Home Office approaches to asylum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
5th August 2008
Kellie was strangled by teenager after oral sex, court told
5:57 PM — The Old Bailey today heard that a 39-year-old trans woman was strangled to death in her flat in south east London by a teenager who had allowed her to perform oral sex on him.
Prison gang rape of Mafia ‘poet’ prompts government response 4
5:23 PM — The Sicilian Mafia's "honour code" doesn't bar members from being poets, but a jailed suspect's penchant for writing verse led his fellow mobsters to assume he was gay.
Former Tory candidate pleads guilty to harassing opponents 2
1:32 PM — A former parliamentary candidate for the Conservative party has pleaded guilty to criminal damage and harassment at St Alban's Crown Court.
Transgender murder victim referred to as “it” 4
12:16 PM — A 32-year-old man has confessed to the killing of 18-year-old transgender woman Angie Zapata, after being arrested about 50 miles away from the murder scene.
LGBT youth activist wants action after death of teen following homophobic attack 6
11:18 AM — An LGBT youth organisation has demanded action to prevent more assaults after the death of a Liverpool teenager following a homophobic attack.
4th August 2008
Facebook may help prove gay refugee’s claims says Canadian group 2
5:55 PM — Gay and lesbian refugee claimants struggling to shed old-world views of their sexuality are turning to new-age technology to make their case.
EU condemns Iran for public execution of 29 people 3
5:47 PM — The European Union has condemned in the "strongest terms" the execution of 29 people at a notorious prison in Tehran last month.
Churches should speak out after gay teen dies in hate crime 21
4:50 PM — A local councillor in Liverpool has called on the city’s religious leaders to come together to condemn violence against gay people after a teenager died after a homophobic attack.