2nd June 2008
Greek prosecutors to stop same-sex marriage 2
12:12 PM — Greece’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the country’s Supreme Court prosecutor Giorgos Sanidas, has said in a directive.
Four arrested after Moscow’s unauthorised Pride demonstrations
11:02 AM — A group of 30 gay activists managed to stage short protests in front of Moscow City Hall and a statue of Tchaikovsky yesterday without being arrested.
31st May 2008
Ten states call for delay of Californian gay marriage 13
12:46 PM — The attorneys general of 10 US states have applied to the Californian Supreme Court to delay finalising its ruling to legalise gay marriage. Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah all say that they need time to consider the status of their residents who marry in California.
30th May 2008
Council of Europe expresses concern over gay rights in Turkey 2
6:25 PM — The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has today issued a stark reminder to the Turkish government about freedom of expression and association.
Test for Greek marriage law as mayor agrees to same-sex ceremony 1
3:18 PM — Tilos many not be the best-known island in the Aegean Sea, but its mayor has made a bold move to put it on the map. Tassos Alfieries has offered to perform Greece's first gay wedding.
Council praised for prompt action against discriminatory Earl 8
2:51 PM — An aristocrat who refused to allow a gay couple to hold their civil partnership ceremony at his castle has had his licence revoked by Devon County Council.
Police worker commended for work on homophobic crime 2
1:40 PM — A community liaison officer who set up a Homophobic Incident Reporting Line has been presented with a certificate of merit. Mick Cronin, who works in Kent, set the scheme up in Dover and Folkestone.
Egypt accused of “indifference to justice and public health” as HIV convictions upheld
11:33 AM — A Cairo appeals court has upheld the sentences handed down to five men jailed as part of a 'crackdown' on men who are HIV positive or living with AIDS.
29th May 2008
Former Tory councillor censured over paedophile comments 23
3:58 PM — A Conservative local councillor who was found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments, but later had his conviction overturned, has been criticised by the Standards Board for England.
Threat of violence hangs over Riga Pride 1
3:14 PM — Latvian nationalist groups have issued a chilling joint statement saying that if a Pride event goes ahead this weekend it may create violent protests.
Turkish gay rights group closed down by court 3
2:24 PM — A leading gay rights organisation has been ordered to dissolve itself by a court in Turkey. A department of the Istanbul Governor's claimed Lambda Istanbul violates Turkish laws on morality.
NY Governor tells state agencies to recognise same-sex marriages 3
12:28 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who married in countries or US states where same-sex marriage is legal will have their status recognised by the state of New York.
Same-sex weddings begin in California next month 2
11:23 AM — The California Office of Vital Records has announced that the state will begin granting marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples on June 17th.
28th May 2008
Stonewall launches free phone service
10:16 PM — Advice and information and guidance on issues affecting lesbian and gay life, from civil partnerships and parenting to housing and health, is now available for free.
JoJo’s asylum decision delayed by medical evidence
4:38 PM — A gay Syrian claiming asylum in the UK has been told that he must wait for a case review hearing before he will receive a decision from an immigration tribunal on whether or not he can remain in the UK.
27th May 2008
Army settles out of court with trans soldier 2
4:49 PM — A 43-year old woman who claimed she suffered sexual discrimination and was unfair dismissal from the British Army after transitioning has won a payout of £250,000.
Police protect Pride marchers in Romania
4:03 PM — The Pride parade in the Romanian capital passed off peacefully on Saturday, with more than 1,000 police officers on the streets protecting participants.
Ballot measure could threaten gay marriage in California
11:10 AM — Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organisation, has pledged an initial contribution of $500,000 to protect marriage equality in California.
23rd May 2008
EU must insist Turkey “respect LGBT people’s basic rights” 6
12:22 PM — A leading human rights group has produced a report documenting "long and continuing history of violence and abuse based on sexual orientation and gender identity" in Turkey.
22nd May 2008
Christian registrars “terrified” of civil partnerships 19
2:08 PM — A council registrar has told an employment tribunal that some Christians are being "accommodated" and therefore allowed to opt out of performing civil partnerships for gay couples.