3rd October 2008
Organisers claim homophobic fire department closed gay festival
1:11 PM — A gay and lesbian film festival which was supposed to open in St Petersburg yesterday has been thrown into disarray after city fire inspectors ruled the venues were not suitable.
2nd October 2008
London gay youth left permanently paralysed by homophobic attack 40
7:33 PM — A 21 year old has been left permanently paralysed from the waist down after he was set upon by a group of youths while he was on his way to a gay bar in east London.
Finnish President speaks out after sacking of lesbian editor 1
6:27 PM — A media company in Finland is facing high level criticism after it allegedly sacked a female newspaper editor because she is in a lesbian relationship.
Met police chief resigns after Boris “made clear” he should go
5:12 PM — The UK's most senior police officer is to stand down. Sir Ian Blair had clashed with a senior gay officer over the shooting of an innocent man in 2005.
McCain’s limp responses to questions from gay community 9
2:26 PM — The Republican candidate for President of the United States has given a written response to questions for a leading American gay publication.
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.
Canadian politician says gays should be executed 23
6:09 PM — Canadian police are holding an investigation into whether an independent federal candidate committed a hate crime by telling school students that gays and lesbians should be killed.
Swimming coach accused of lesbian relationship with under-age girl
5:30 PM — Staines Swimming Club’s head coach Katy Rydquist will face a disciplinary hearing after complaints that she had a sexual relationship with an under-age female pupil.
Fire fighters claim damages for “sexual harassment” at Pride 3
4:44 PM — Four San Diego fire fighters who claim that they were sexually harassed at a gay pride event began their court case yesterday. Their lawyer Charles Limandri said that the fire fighters should receive at least $1 million (£552,550) in compensation.
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.
Irish Human Rights Commission calls for transgender rights
3:35 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has stated that there is a need to reform laws regarding transgendered people and birth certificates.
30th September 2008
DeGeneres speaks against Proposition 8 2
11:52 AM — American lesbian comedienne and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres has called for Californians to reject Proposition 8. The amendment to the marriage legislation would effectively ban gay marriage in California, if it passed a public vote in November.
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.
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."
Google opposes ban on gay marriage
12:48 PM — Internet company Google will publicly oppose an attempt to ban same-sex marriage in California.