15th December 2008
Gay “cure” policeman’s employment tribunal backed by Christians 4
1:03 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after he sent emails at work suggesting homosexualityis sinful is to take Norfolk Police to an employment tribunal.
12th December 2008
Elton John loses defamation case against The Guardian 18
5:48 PM — A spoof column satirising gay star Sir Elton John was not defamatory, the High Court in London has ruled.
Video: Republican party must take “long hard look at itself” 1
1:01 PM — A leading Republican has said that the party needs to change if it wants to have a future in America.
Malone sentenced to life for homophobic murder in public toilet 10
12:13 PM — A 30-year-old man found guilty of the murder of a retired accountant in a public toilet in Surrey has been jailed for life. Mark Malone will serve at least thirty years.
Census goes online but no question about sexual orientation 4
11:13 AM — The next national census will be held on 27th March 2011. For the first time the marital status question will include a civil partnership option, but there will not be a question on sexual orientation.
11th December 2008
CPS “rightly proud” of rise in prosecutions for homophobic hate crimes 2
4:58 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service has released new statistics on prosecutions for hate crimes in England and Wales.
Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement 13
4:18 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.
Eid pardon for Kurdish journalist imprisoned for writing about gay sex
3:35 PM — A doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an medical article about sodomy has been pardoned and released.
Two men questioned over Sol Campbell abuse
3:12 PM — Two men have been arrested, questioned and bailed after police in Hampshire released images of 16 people wanted for questioning about homophobic and racist abuse directed towards footballer Sol Campbell.
Mayor of Hobart apologises 20 years after gay ban
2:57 PM — In August 1988, a newly formed group pressing for law reform in Tasmania set up a stall at a popular outdoor market in Hobart.
Nepal to support LGBT rights statement at UN 2
2:41 PM — The Prime Minister of Nepal has instructed his country's UN Ambassador to support an oral statement on the universal rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Northern Ireland moves closer to a Bill of Rights 4
10:00 AM — The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has handed the British government its advice on the potential for a Bill of Rights for the province.
Australia’s human rights body considers third gender recognition 2
9:33 AM — The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission has raised the possibility of the creation of an official intersex status in Australia.
New report documents rights of children in LGBT-led families
9:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association has launched a new report on the rights of children raised in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans families in Europe.
10th December 2008
“Rainbow Maniac” serial killer may be targeting gay men in Sao Paulo 1
6:20 PM — The murders of thirteen gay men over a period of 18 months in a suburban park in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo may be the work of a serial killer.
Vatican claims to support human rights but still opposes UN declaration on sexuality 9
5:02 PM — The Director of the Vatican Press Office has claimed that the Roman Catholic Church supports the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Analysis: What does the UN statement on LGBT rights say? 1
4:26 PM — Next week the United Nations General Assembly will meet. France on behalf of the EU is to make a declaration from the podium in support of the human rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Russia, US and South Africa under pressure to sign UN decriminalisation statement 4
4:17 PM — LGBT activists in several countries have asked their governments to support a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next month.
UK urged to stop deporting people with HIV to uncertain treatment
2:42 PM — The British government should review its policy of deporting people diagnosed with HIV in the UK to countries where treatment is not readily available or affordable.
Senator’s gay cruising conviction appeal rejected 1
2:25 PM — Judges in Minnesota yesterday rejected arguments in the appeal of former United States Senator Larry Craig against his conviction for disorderly conduct in an airport toilet.