13th May 2008
West Midlands police launch LGBT perception survey
4:05 PM — One of England's largest police forces is asking lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people to take part in a survey on their perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour. West Midlands Police's operational area covers Birmingham.
COMMENT: Gay marriage in America – two steps forward, one step back
12:35 PM — I'm not a big game show watcher. But I do know that you get to spin big wheels on The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. Sometimes you hit the jackpot, sometimes you land in a good spot and sometimes you get skunked.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority accused of gay prejudice 2
11:32 AM — The body which awards compensation to victims of violent crime rejected a claim from a gay man because of his sexuality, it has been claimed. Kenneth Neil was the victim of a vicious and unprovoked homophobic attack.
12th May 2008
Human fertilisation bill passes first Commons test 8
10:39 PM — MPs have voted in favour of a major update to human embryology laws despite opposition from religious MPs.
Police warn clubbers after ecstasy death
4:15 PM — A man in his thirties has died after taking what is believed to be ecstasy. He collapsed at the Fridge nightclub in Brixton at 4.30am on Sunday. When an ambulance arrived two men had collapsed.
Council reverses decision on Christian foster parents 8
11:14 AM — A devout Christian couple will be allowed to provide weekend respite care for children under 10. Eunice and Owen Johns were rejected by an adoption panel.
Police look on as fascists attack gays at Moldova’s banned Pride
9:44 AM — Lesbian and gay activists in Moldova have begged the European Union and the Council of Europe to intervene after their attempt to hold a Pride event at the weekend was banned and then blocked by police inaction and violence.
9th May 2008
No charges over photos of teenage athletes on gay porn sites 8
3:09 PM — Prosecutors in Orange County, California have announced they will not bring any charges against two men who took pictures of teenage water polo players which were then posted on gay porn sites.
Canberra gay couples can register, but no ceremony 1
2:47 PM — Australia's federal government has been accused of "playing to the politics of the extreme right religious lobby" after it forced the country's Capital Territory (ACT) government to water down plans to legally recognise same-sex couples.
EU backs religious discrimination against gay teachers 5
1:25 PM — Trade union groups in the Republic of Ireland have expressed their dismay at a ruling by the European Commission confirming that church schools can sack teachers who are openly gay.
8th May 2008
Stonewall’s ten month battle for hate crimes legislation 6
4:52 PM — They may have managed to secure a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orienation, but gay equality organisation Stonewall's public affairs team will not be resting anytime soon.
US State Department criticised for treatment of gay staff
1:26 PM — The only out lesbian in the US Congress has said she is unhappy with the response from the country's Secretary of State about unequal treatment of lesbian and gay staff in her department.
Alleged rape of gay man by Peruvian police sparks international protest 2
12:57 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is asking its supporters to write to the authorities in Peru about the handling of a case of alleged rape.
7th May 2008
Denver lesbians on trial for marriage protest
4:44 PM — A court in Colorado has heard that a lesbian couple who held a sit-in protest against the state's ban on same-sex marriage are guilty of trespassing. Sheila Schroeder, 43 and Kate Burns, 44, staged their protest in September 2007.
America’s most senior military officer relaxed about gays serving 1
4:13 PM — The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that Congress, and not the military, is responsible for the ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service.
Apology for gay man detained for kissing boyfriend 3
1:18 PM — The Director of Tourism on the Cayman Islands has apologised to an American visitor who was targeted and held by police for kissing his boyfriend in public.
6th May 2008
Munich’s gay-themed maypole attacked by vandals 1
3:52 PM — A maypole featuring depictions of gay and lesbian life in the German city of Munich has been subjected to a suspected homophobic attack. The community resource was only erected last week.
Admiral turned Congressman calls for end to gay military ban 1
3:11 PM — The most senior US military veteran in the House of Representatives has called for an end to the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the country's Armed Forces.
Marriage equality pioneer mourned by gay community
2:58 PM — She stood up for her own marriage rights 40 years ago, and then stood up for lesbian and gay Americans when they asked for the same treatment.
Lesbian footballer player murdered in homophobic attack
2:38 PM — A prominent female football player gang-raped and murdered in South Africa last week was the victim of homophobic violence, according to activists. Midfielder Eudy Simelane, 31, was buried earlier this week.