26th September 2008
Nations pledge to support gay rights at UN meeting 1
6:23 PM — Several countries have responded positively to recommendations on gay rights at the 8th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Ugandan activists detained in “pattern of police harassment”
5:34 PM — Two human rights advocates in Uganda were held for a week without charges after police accused them of "recruiting homosexuals."
Indian government argues to retain ban on gay sex 5
3:13 PM — A row between two government departments in India over the decriminalisation of "un-natural" sexual acts has resulted in a victory for those who oppose the change.
Iranian President attacks US acceptance of homosexuality 11
1:38 PM — The President of Iran has admitted in an interview that there may be "a few" gay people in his country, but attacked homosexuality as destructive to society.
Gay leader assassinated in Baghdad 22
12:43 PM — A leading gay activist in Iraq has been assassinated. 27-year-old Bashar was targeted by gunmen yesterday.
New report shows rise in hate crimes across Europe 2
12:22 PM — A human rights group has published research into incidents of violent hate crime against minority groups in 56 North American and European states.
25th September 2008
Bosnia gay festival closes after attacks at opening event 8
5:52 PM — The organisers of a Queer Festival in Sarajevo have decided to close after some participants were attacked by an angry mob last night.
Senate to consider same-sex benefits for US federal employees
5:09 PM — A new report ahead of a US Senate hearing into the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act has costed the introduction of benefits for the same-sex partners of federal employees.
Bosnia must respect gay rights say MEPs 1
4:01 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has condemned the violence at the Sarajevo Queer Festival yesterday as "cowardly behaviour."
Public bodies told to embrace equality ahead of new legislation 1
3:34 PM — Police authorities, health trusts and care homes for the elderly should start working to promote equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, a government official has said.
Serbian official praises police response to gay festival violence
2:56 PM — An independent ombudsman that protects the rights of citizens and controls the work of government agencies in Serbia has defended the rights of gay people to hold public gatherings.
Czech vote on discrimination bill delayed until after elections 1
1:02 PM — A key parliamentary vote that would bring the Czech Republic into line with other EU nations has been delayed.
Harman condemned for failing to stop deportation of gay asylum seeker 4
12:35 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said he is disappointed that his appeal to a government minister to intervene in the case of a gay asylum seeker did not stop his deportation.
Eight injured in attack on gay festival in Sarajevo 5
11:31 AM — A homophobic mob, some wearing long beards and chanting Muslim slogans, has attacked participants in a gay festival in Bosnia.
24th September 2008
Gay rights bill passes first stage in Australian parliament
2:09 PM — A new bill that aims to ensure equal treatment for gay and lesbian couples in Australia has been passed by the lower house of the Federal parliament.
23rd September 2008
Lesbian soldier seeks damages for sexual harassment
12:22 PM — Kerry Fletcher, a former lance bombardier in the Royal Artillery, is seeking damages of £400,000 from the Ministry of Defence.
22nd September 2008
Indian government on brink of repealing anti-gay law 13
4:46 PM — The Indian government will take its case for decriminalising homosexuality to the Delhi High Court on Thursday.
Out gay man becomes Lord Justice of Appeal
11:34 AM — Barrister Sir Terence Etherton has become the first openly gay man to be sworn in as Lord Justice of Appeal.
Nepalese lesbian recognised as “third gender”
11:02 AM — A lesbian in Kathmandu, Nepal has been recognised as "third gender" on an official identity card.
21st September 2008
Two gay asylum seekers deported from UK 14
5:55 PM — In the past two days two gay men who claimed their lives would be in danger if they were returned to their home countries have been forcibly repatriated.