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  • 8th May 2008

    Former supporter urges Clinton to make way for Obama 4

    Clinton is expected to travel to South Dakota tomorrow

    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

    The couple took Rev. Mike Morran with them

    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

    Admiral Mike Mullen is Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff

    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

    The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory

    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.

  • Boris appoints gay deputy Mayor 1

    Richard Barnes is London Assembly member for Ealing and Hillingdon

    11:57 AM — The new Mayor of London has announced that Richard Barnes will serve as his deputy. He is a former leader of the Conservative administration in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

  • Clinton leads in Indiana as record numbers turn out to vote 4

    Clinton had a four point lead over Obama in Indiana going into the contest

    10:24 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton is currently leading over Illinois Senator Barack Obama in early Indiana primary results. In both Indiana and North Carolina voter turnout was expected to reach record numbers.

  • Obama takes North Carolina primary

    Obama and his wife Michelle planned his election night party at a coliseum at North Carolina State University

    10:17 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama claimed victory in the North Carolina Democratic primary results yesterday. Just after voting polls closed in the state, CNN project Obama as the winner of the contest based on exit polls.

  • 6th May 2008

    Russian extremists call for recriminalisation of homosexuality 2

    Homosexuality was legalised in Russia in 1993

    4:13 PM — Russian Vanguard, an ultra-religious monarchist group, has picketed the Kaliningrad concert of performer Boris Moiseyev because he is openly gay. The extreme nationalist group said it would not target the singer's fans.

  • Munich’s gay-themed maypole attacked by vandals 1

    Maypoles are most closely associated with the pagan Germanic tribes

    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

    Congressman Joe Sestak served 31 years in the US Navy

    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

    Richard and Mildred were charged with violating Virginia's anti-miscegenation statutes

    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

    South Africa's Police Inspectorate has promised "decisive action" against officers who ridicule gay people

    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.

  • 10,000 may be dead after Myanmar cyclone

    A massive cyclone wreaked havoc and destruction in Myanmar. Photo: NASA

    1:19 PM — The death toll from the massive cyclone that wreaked havoc and destruction in Myanmar over the weekend is expected to climb as high as 10,000, the country’s foreign minister told the United Nations. The cyclone that ravaged Myanmar, formerly Burma, the number of dead rapidly rose to 4,000. But if the estimates prove accurate, the […]

  • Day of Silence participants attacked by thugs in St Petersburg

    The International Day of Silence is an annual action of non-violent protest

    12:44 PM — Three prominent Russian gay rights activists were attacked at a non-violent protest on Saturday. The homophobic assailants were dressed as rappers, according to Interfax. They fled as police approached.

  • Modovan gay activists hopeful their Pride march will not be banned

    Pride will start on Wednesday with a flower-laying ceremony at the Monument to the Victims of Repression

    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

    Homosexual acts between consenting adults were decriminalised in Cayman by a UK Order in Council

    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

    Strachan and Sean McGuigan were convicted at the Old Bailey last week after a three-week trial

    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.

  • Australian government stands by ban on gay marriage 4

    Rodney Croome compared Mr Rudd's opposition to gay marriage to arguments made in favour of slavery

    10:36 AM — The Australian government's decision to refuse same-sex marriages has been compared to slavery by gay rights groups. Last week the Australian government announced more than 100 reforms.

  • COMMENT: Can Obama go all the way? 4

    Barack Obama was comfortably at least seven points ahead of Clinton

    9:35 AM — In a week when he should have been focused on getting his campaign back on track ahead of Tuesday’s primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was once again forced to deal with distractions.

  • 3rd May 2008

    BNP wins London Assembly seat, joining a handful of openly gay members 18

    Richard Barnbrook has the first BNP seat on the London Assembly

    12:32 AM — The far right BNP has won a seat on the London Assembly. Their mayoral candidate Richard Barnbrook received 69,710 votes in the Mayoral election.

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