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.
The need for a father? What the Lords said 8
9:10 AM — In January the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill's Report stage in the Lords saw strong objections from bishops and some Tory peers. An amendment by Tory peer Baroness Deech seeking to retain the "need for a father" was defeated by 164 to 93.
How will the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill benefit lesbians? 8
9:08 AM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.
MPs will discuss lesbian equality measure today 8
8:58 AM — MPs will consider measures that ensure equality for lesbians when accessing fertility treatments this afternoon. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill also allows for the creation of animal-human embryos.
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.
Californian Mayoral race has shades of Boris and Ken 1
1:54 PM — A controversial candidate for Mayor has stunned voters in the liberal city where he is seeking election by making provocative statements about gay marriage. Mr Johnson said that he thinks marriage is between a man and a woman.
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.
We will be gentle with Boris, says Pride London 1
1:00 PM — The chair of the UK's largest Pride event has welcomed the news that the new Mayor of London will be attending this year. Boris Johnson was elected last week, the first Tory to win the job.
EXCLUSIVE: Rebel Labour MP’s seat could go to gay candidate 11
12:40 PM — A leading Labour party activist has said he is "flattered" by approaches from party members asking him to stand in Vauxhall. The current MP, Kate Hoey, caused outrage among Labour members in London when she agreed to become an adviser to Conservative Boris Johnson.
Movie mogul demands Dem “revote” in Florida and Michigan
10:30 AM — Hollywood heavy-hitter and ardent supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton, Harvey Weinstein threatened to hit Congressional Democrats in the wallet unless US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave him the go-ahead to finance revotes in Florida and Michigan.
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.
Religious groups gang up against Moscow Pride 3
4:12 PM — The leaders of all the major religions in Russia have written to the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights urging him not to support gay people's right to march.
Hillary promises to stay in the race for the White House 4
3:36 PM — Even as one of her longtime supporters, former senator George McGovern, begged Hillary Clinton to drop out of the Presidential race, the former First Lady vowed to continue the fight.
EXCLUSIVE: Boris will attend Pride London
3:06 PM — The new Mayor of London will take part in the city's gay Pride parade on July 5th, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm. It will be the first time that Boris Johnson has attended Pride.
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.
Gay hate crime bill passed by Parliament 6
12:12 PM — Incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will become a criminal offence after the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed its final stages in the House of Lords last night.
Former supporter urges Clinton to make way for Obama 4
11:05 AM — On the heels of Tuesday’s narrow win in Indiana and huge loss in North Carolina for the Clinton camp, Senator George McGovern called for the New York Senator to drop out of the race and let Barack Obama secure the nomination.
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.