12th May 2008
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.
Modovan gay activists hopeful their Pride march will not be banned
12:29 PM — A range of events planned by the gay and lesbian community in the eastern European nation of Moldova should go ahead this year without interference from the authorities. For the past three years public events have been banned by authorities in the capital city Chisinau.
Gay man detained by police after Caribbean kiss 3
12:07 PM — A man has been held by police in the Cayman Islands for kissing his boyfriend. Aaron Chandler, a 23 year old American on holiday with his partner, was detained by an off duty police officer.
Royal blackmailer to appeal conviction
10:51 AM — One of the two men sentenced last week to five years in prison for attempting to blackmail a member of the Royal family over gay allegations will appeal. A lawyer for 31-year-old Ian Strachan told The Scotsman that there was no blackmail.
2nd May 2008
Royal gay sex blackmailers found guilty
11:13 PM — Two men who asked for £50,000 from an unnamed member of the Royal Family in exchanged for tapes that featured claims of gay sex have been found guilty of blackmail.
DC sex scandal madam found dead
10:37 AM — Police discovered the body of a woman believed to be convicted DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, in what appears to be an apparent suicide, in Tarpon Springs Florida on Thursday. A former employee of Palfrey, Brandy Britton, killed herself in 2007.
1st May 2008
Royal “blackmail” evidence is “insubstantial, insignificant, and incomplete”
5:08 PM — A defence barrister at the trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal Family has dismissed the legal proceedings as farcical.