24th December 2008
US federal judge orders Louisiana registrar to recognise out of state adoption 1
1:44 PM — An organisation that furthers gay rights through litigation has hailed a federal court decision on same-sex adoption as "a major victory for same-sex parents."
Mother admits abusing 16-year-old son for being gay 9
1:21 PM — A woman in Scotland has admitted in court that she sent homophobic text messages and shouted abuse at her own child because he is gay.
23rd December 2008
Ugandan judge rules in favour of LGBT activists and awards damages for illegal raid
5:32 PM — Ugandan Justice Stella Arach yesterday issued a ruling in favour of LGBT activists in their suit against the Attorney General of Uganda.
22nd December 2008
UNAIDS: Decriminalisation is key to universal access to HIV treatment
5:59 PM — The United Nations agency responsible for coordinating global efforts to combat HIV and AIDS has called for "enhanced action to promote and protect the human rights of men who have sex with men."
Vatican claims sexual orientation is not legally defined 10
2:46 PM — The Roman Catholic Church's representative at the United Nations has explained why it opposed a statement on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Straight man wins “landmark” homophobic harassment case 3
12:04 PM — A 56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gay because he lives in Brighton has won his case at the Court of Appeal.
California “marriage defenders” want gay unions anulled 10
11:48 AM — Gay and lesbian couples who legally married in California earlier this year are being targeted by supporters of a ballot proposition that removed the right to same-sex marriage in the state.
20th December 2008
LGBT Labour welcomes success in registrar battle
12:53 PM — LGBT Labour has welcomed an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision to overturn registrar Lillian Ladele's legal victory earlier this year which supported her refusal to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.
Little Britain stars accept damages over fake claims their show was condemned by USA gay groups 9
1:06 AM — Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas have accepted damages and a public apology from Express Newspapers over an article published in the Daily Star Sunday in September that falsely claimed that gay rights groups considered their programme offensive.
19th December 2008
Killer of gay student David Brown sentenced to life imprisonment 6
5:00 PM — A man was convicted today of murdering a gay student in a Manchester court. 24-year-old David Brown was killed hours after partying in Manchester's gay village.
Employment lawyers and politicians welcome Ladele ruling 1
4:50 PM — The ruling by the employment appeals tribunal that a Christian registrar was not discriminated against by Islington Council over her refusal to perform civil partnerships has been welcomed.
66 countries back UN statement on rights of sexual minorities 4
2:11 PM — Yesterday a statement was read at the United Nations General Assembly in New York reiterating the universal human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Christian Institute may appeal to High Court over Ladele ruling 11
1:12 PM — A fundamentalist Christian group that financially backed a tribunal against Islington Council has said the case may go to the Court of Appeal.
Stonewall – our prayers have been answered over Ladele case 12
1:00 PM — Britain's leading gay equality organisation has expressed delight at the employment appeals tribunal's ruling in the case of a Christian public servant who refused to deal with gay couples.
Analysis: the Ladele employment appeal tribunal ruling in full 4
12:56 PM — The EAT held that the Tribunal had erred in law and that on the evidence adduced before the Tribunal there was no proper basis for a tribunal.
Christian registrar loses employment tribunal appeal over civil partnerships 32
12:10 PM — An employment tribunal appeal has ruled that Islington council is not guilty of either religious discrimination in the case of a Christian registrar
18th December 2008
Foreign Secretary backs UN statement on LGBT human rights 5
1:19 PM — The British government has said that a statement to be read at the United Nations shows that the fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people is far from over.
17th December 2008
Connecticut voters back court’s gay marriage decision 1
4:43 PM — A majority of people in Connecticut support the state Supreme Court's ruling that on gay marriage, according to a poll released today.
Berlin’s memorial to gay Holocaust victims targeted by vandals 1
11:46 AM — A memorial to gay men who died in the Holocaust has been attacked by vandals for the second time in four months.
16th December 2008
UN envoy calls on Caribbean nations to decriminalise homosexual acts 2
5:30 PM — The United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean has said that countries in the region should move to decriminalise gay sex.