19th May 2008
Local people star in homophobic crime campaign 1
3:29 PM — Lesbian, gay and trans people being punched, called names, and their houses daubed in grafitti - a new campaign highlights just some of the forms hate crimes can take.
France will argue for universal decriminalisation at UN
3:10 PM — The French minister of human rights and foreign affairs has announced that it will appeal at the United Nations for a universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Amnesty International highlights Pride problems across Europe
1:15 PM — A leading human rights group is calling on governments in Europe to secure the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Tory battle over lesbian parenting and “need for a father” 5
12:53 PM — A significant number of Conservative MPs and some Labour members are set to back an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that will retain a controversial requirement.
18th May 2008
London Registrar sues for right not to “marry” gay and lesbian couples 29
2:16 AM — A registrar will face her employer, Islington Council in an employment tribunal this week as she demands the right not to marry gay couples.
17th May 2008
Pope re-voices gay marriage opposition following Californian judgement 8
6:40 PM — Pope Benedict yesterday restated the view of the Catholic Church that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
16th May 2008
Ellen announces her intention to wed 3
11:59 AM — One of the world's best-known lesbians will announce on her show today that she intends to take advantage of the ruling of the California Supreme Court striking down a ban on gay marriage.
California must guarantee “basic civil right” of marriage 7
11:35 AM — Marriage equality activists across America have been celebrating yesterday's landmark decision by the California Supreme Court that the state can no longer exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage.
National AIDS Trust call on goverment to stop HIV discrimination 2
11:07 AM — This weekend The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is will be calling on the Government to change the law so that it properly protects people living with HIV from hate crime. The campaign will coincide with The International Day Against Homophobia which will take place this Saturday.
15th May 2008
Police pay damages after anti-gay Muslims documentary row
9:12 PM — Channel 4 and independent film maker Hard Cash accepted damages and an apology at the High Court following a row over a documentary broadcast last January exposing homophobic preaching in UK mosques.
California Supreme Court backs marriage equality 1
7:21 PM — The highest court in California has ruled in favour of equality for same-sex couples' access to civil marriage in the American state. Attorneys successfully argued that California violates the equal protection clause of its own constitution.
COMMENT: Governments must take all measures necessary to protect LGBT citizens
4:29 PM — A number of people around the world – including in Europe – continue to be stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
New report claims 86 countries criminalise same-sex acts 2
2:26 PM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association’s 2008 report on state-sponsored homophobia says that being lesbian or gay is risking jail time in 86 countries and death penalty in seven.
Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage in California
11:37 AM — The California Supreme Court will decide today if barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the state’s constitution. The Court agreed to hear the case in 2006.
14th May 2008
Kent Police urge use of hate crime hotline
12:16 PM — A 24-hour homophobic and transphobic telephone hotline run by Kent Police aims to ensure that all hate crimes in the county are reported and investigated. The force has spoken of its commitment to tackle these crimes.
13th May 2008
Spinster sisters assured there will be no evictions 6
7:12 PM — A government minister has told the House of Lords that two elderly British sisters who lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights over inheritance tax will not be evicted when one of them dies.
“Gay American” Governor and wife head to divorce court 1
4:36 PM — The former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey and his estranged wife Dina have failed to come to a settlement and their divorce case is due to begin today. They reached a deal on the custody of their only child last week.
West Midlands police launch LGBT perception survey
4:05 PM — One of England's largest police forces is asking lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people to take part in a survey on their perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour. West Midlands Police's operational area covers Birmingham.
COMMENT: Gay marriage in America – two steps forward, one step back
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Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority accused of gay prejudice 2
11:32 AM — The body which awards compensation to victims of violent crime rejected a claim from a gay man because of his sexuality, it has been claimed. Kenneth Neil was the victim of a vicious and unprovoked homophobic attack.