12th June 2008
Lesbian parents get new rights in New South Wales
6:00 AM — The rights of lesbian parents in New South Wales, Australia have been expanded under laws passed by the state government.
11th June 2008
Equal treatment bill stalls in Lithuanian parliament
11:28 PM — Not enough MPs turned up to vote for a new equality law in the Lithuanian parliament yesterday and the legislation will have to be rescheduled.
Norway legalises gay marriage 13
7:12 PM — Members of Parliament in Norway today approved a bill that will allow same-sex couples to marry. The Scandinavian country already allows gay and lesbian couples to enter into civil partnerships.
Brazilian President calls homophobia a “perverse disease” 8
4:57 PM — The president of Brazil has become the first nation leader to launch a conference with the sole purpose of promoting gay equality.
No date set for Irish civil partnerships legislation 1
4:13 PM — Despite delays in bringing forward a bill to legalise civil unions in the Republic of Ireland, a draft version has been circulated to government departments.
Homophobic assault victim calls on Iris to resign 8
2:38 PM — The man whose assault sparked the ongoing controversy surrounding Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson has said he "will not rest" until she resigns.
Lottery grant will fund visits to LGBT asylum seekers
1:37 PM — The UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) has been awarded £5,000 from the National Lottery for its work with LGBT asylum seekers.
Lesbian pioneers will be first to same-sex couple to marry in California 2
11:31 AM — Four years ago, when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom cleared the way for same-sex marriages, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons were the first to tie the knot.
10th June 2008
Lesbos islanders in court over use of word ‘lesbians’
11:23 PM — A court hearing begins in Athens today that is set to add to the debates about gay rights in one of Europe's more conservative countries.
Mother and son in court accused of attack on lesbian couple
4:07 PM — A mother and her son are on trial for accused of homophobic assaults on their lesbian neighbours. Jennifer Warne and Marie Neasham were returning home from the pub on New Year's Day.
NI police confirm investigation but not number of complaints about Iris comments
3:28 PM — A spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland has refused to comment on how many complaints about Iris Robinson they have received.
New bill will promote gay equality 1
2:32 PM — A new equality bill seeking to actively promote equality for lesbian, bisexual and gay people will be formally announced in November's Queen's speech.
Gay tourists released from Gambian jail
11:59 AM — Two Spanish tourists arrested in the Gambia for allegedly trying to solicit gay sex from taxi drivers have been released and left the country.
9th June 2008
Gay marriage worth millions to California economy 1
5:12 PM — Same-sex marriage could potentially boost California's deflating economy by $683.6 million (£345m) over the next three years, an analysis by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has claimed.
Anger at Scottish Parliament delay in hate crimes bill
1:20 PM — Legislators in Edinburgh have been accused of "playing politics" with hate crime by a coalition of equalities groups.
Fathers rights protesters hijack Harriet’s home 1
10:17 AM — Two men dressed as superheroes occupied the roof of the home of the Secretary of State for Equality yesterday.
7th June 2008
Police to investigate Iris Robinson over homophobic comments 45
4:40 PM — The Police Service of Northern Ireland will investigate whether the wife of the province's First Minister is guilty of a hate crime after she called homosexuality disgusting, loathsome, nauseating, wicked and vile.
6th June 2008
Brazilian soldier arrested after discussing gay relationship
11:30 PM — A gay Brazilian army sergeant has been arrested just as the country's first national gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans rights conference takes place.
Muslim gang attacks gay catwalk model 46
2:45 PM — Gay people in Holland have been shocked by a public attack on a gay man in Amsterdam. Model Mike Du Pree was taking part in a fashion show to promote tolerance.
Amnesty condemns arrests of Uganda AIDS conference protesters
1:06 PM — A leading human rights group has said it is concerned for the welfare of three gay protesters who forced their way into an international conference about HIV/AIDS prevention in Uganda organised by the UN.