27th May 2008
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.
Court ruling allows legal challenge to US gay military ban 1
1:56 PM — A US federal court of appeal has reinstated a lawsuit by a decorated Air Force nurse who is suing after she was discharged for being a lesbian.
Gay Syrian in ‘legal limbo’ as he waits for immigration tribunal decision
1:18 PM — A teenage refugee is waiting to find out if he will be given permission to remain in the UK or returned to his Syrian homeland. JoJo Jako Jacob, who is 19, claims he will be executed if he is returned.
COMMENT: A crack in the UK’s asylum edifice 3
12:58 PM — It's very hard for most British gay men and lesbians to imagine what it's like to grow up in a country like Iran. To fear what you are and to have to act with care 24 hours a day.
Christian groups halt gay rights event in Ukraine
12:15 PM — LGBT groups in the Ukraine were prevented from marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) last week after a last minute intervention by local religious groups.
Tragic end for lesbian couple tormented by family pressure
11:26 AM — A lesbian couple who committed suicide by setting themselves on fire have been put to rest in a joint cremation this week. Christy Jayanthi Malar, 38, and Rukmani, 40, set themselves ablaze.
21st May 2008
Danes protest against gay hate music on Freewebs.com 1
2:44 PM — Online music stores are selling so-called Murder Music despite protests from gay rights activists. Martin Adelskov complained to Freewebs.com and Indietitan.com after coming across hate-filled content.
Employment tribunal told civil partnerships not “God-ordained” 8
1:15 PM — Performing civil partnership ceremonies is a matter of religious conscience, a registrar claimed at an employment tribunal yesterday.
MEPs demand comprehensive discrimination legislation
12:31 PM — The European Parliament yesterday voted to adopt a report by a West Midlands MEP calling for protection for gay and lesbian people from discrimination.
Met police raids target homophobic crime 1
12:18 PM — Metropolitan police officers carried out a series of raids across London this morning targeting dangerous and prolific offenders suspected of domestic, homophobic and race hate crimes.
Concerned Women of America insult Ellen’s gay wedding 2
11:51 AM — In the aftermath of California's historic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, talk show host Ellen Degeneres announced she would, at long last, marry her longtime partner Portia De Rossi.
20th May 2008
Praise for Home Secretary as Mehdi Kazemi granted asylum in UK 5
3:13 PM — An Iranian who claimed he would be killed if returned to his homeland because of his sexual orientation has been granted asylum in the UK.
MEPs discuss discrimination directive 1
12:55 PM — A leading British member of the European parliament has attacked the Conservative party for refusing to support a new "horizontal" EU directive on discrimination.
19th May 2008
Gambia’s President declares war on gay community 6
7:02 PM — Gay men and lesbians must leave the country within 24 hours or face "serious consequences," the President of Gambia said on Thursday.
Tatchell attacks Labour over gay asylum seekers 1
4:01 PM — The UK's asylum system is riddled with the "homophobic and transphobic bias," a Green party candidate for Parliament has claimed.
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.