27th May 2008
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.
Hillary in hot water over assassination comment
11:02 AM — Facing a firestorm of criticism from the Obama campaign and political pundits right and left, Hillary Clinton is moving quickly to recant comments made last week.
26th May 2008
Biggest Pride in the world draws in millions
8:59 PM — The world's largest gay pride parade took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil yesterday with millions of people peacefully gathering to celebrate gay rights. But the event also creates thousands of jobs.
23rd May 2008
Gay Tory confirmed as chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning 3
2:50 PM — Brian Coleman has been unanimously recommended to the Mayor of London as the new chairman of the city’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
UK is “committed to promoting LGBT rights overseas” 8
1:18 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that it will engage with foreign governments about the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Former minister calls for challenge to PM after by-election defeat 2
12:50 PM — A Labour MP and former government whip has called for a leadership challenge to Gordon Brown in the wake of last night’s by-election defeat.
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.
Polish Catholics fund treatment centre to ‘cure’ homosexuals 11
10:54 AM — The Roman Catholic Church has helped set up a rehabilitation centre in Poland that attempts to 'cure' homosexuality.
John McCain talks gay marriage with Ellen 2
2:41 AM — On the heels of the California Supreme Court’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage, perhaps a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show wasn't the safest stop on Senator John McCain’s campaign tour.
22nd May 2008
Gay man elected mayor of major US city 2
4:05 PM — Sam Adams has won the race to become Mayor of the American city of Portland, Oregon. The 44-year-old is already a city commissioner.
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.
European Parliament demands US reconsider HIV ban 5
12:42 PM — An amendment urging the European Commission to raise the issue of people with HIV being exempted from entry into the US visa waiver programme has been passed by MEPs.
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.
Foreign Office instructs embassies to push LGBT rights 4
12:07 PM — The British government has adopted an official programme to support the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in other countries.
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
David Cameron and Ruth Kelly among MPs who voted against lesbian rights 7
8:08 PM — The bulk of the Shadow Cabinet voted in favour of an amendment that would have retained a requirement on doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for IVF treatment.
MPs clash over fathers, lesbians, and what people in the pub think is natural 2
5:21 PM — In the Commons yesterday afternoon former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith proposed an amendment to retain the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for fertility treatment.