12th August 2008
South African church musician dismissed for being gay 2
11:47 AM — A church organist in South Africa is suing his employers after being dismissed due to his sexuality.
11th August 2008
Book on LGBT life in Muslim cultures published
2:29 PM — The editor of gay Muslim magazine Huriyah has released a book about LGBT people in the Islamic World. Afdhere Jama's book 'Illegal Citizens: Queer lives in the Muslim world' follows the lives of 33 people in 22 countries including Nigeria, Lebanon, Indonesia, Bosnia, China, India, Israel, and Ukraine.
McKellen and Callow strike out at anti-gay bishop 11
12:51 PM — Sir Ian McKellen and Simon Callow, two of the UK's most prominent gay actors, have spoken out against Bishop Joseph Devine. Devine, on of Scotlands most prominent clergymen, expressed his disproval of McKellan's recent honour from the Queen in a controversial speech to St. Aloysius College in Glasgow earlier this year.
No alimony for wife of gay ex-governor Jim McGreevey 1
10:08 AM — A New Jersey divorce court judge ruled on Friday that gay ex-Governor Jim McGreevey will not have to pay alimony to his ex-wife Dina Matos.
10th August 2008
Californian gay couple filed for divorce after just three days of marriage 3
12:05 AM — The first divorce of a gay couple in California was filed just three days after they married, court records have revealed.
9th August 2008
Sussex Police directs residents to hardcore gay porn by accident 1
1:52 AM — Sussex Police have accidentally encouraged residents to visit a website offering links to hardcore gay pornography and police strippers. The force were trying to promote their Operation Beat Sweep, a programme to tackle anti-social behaviour from gun crime to grime on a leaflet.
8th August 2008
Mayor Boris Johnson diverts Soho Pride funds to fight homophobic bullying 9
6:50 PM — A £10,000 grant from City Hall to a central London Pride event has been withdrawn. Soho Pride has been held in August for the last five years.
REVIEW: Jeremy Marks, ‘Exchanging the truth of God for a lie’ 15
5:10 PM — In ‘Exchanging the truth of God for a lie: One man’s spiritual journey to find the truth about homosexuality and same-sex partnerships’, Jeremy Marks explores his philosophy on gay Christianity.
UN’s 2010 AIDS goal may not be reached
4:16 PM — The United Nations' goal of achieving "universal access" to anti-HIV drugs and care by 2010 is unlikely to be reached.
Anti-gay Christian “family” group folds in wake of founder’s affair 8
4:05 PM — A fundamentalist organisation run by a former police officer turned preacher has reportedly been disbanded. The Christian Congress for Traditional Values was instrumental in organising anti-gay demonstrations.
Gay Filipinos arrested in Saudi Arabia 6
1:58 PM — Two men from the Philippines have been arrested in the Saudi capital Riyadh for homosexual acts. The arrests by the Muslim nation’s "morality police" is the latest in a crackdown on gays.
India’s health minister calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality
1:29 PM — A leading Cabinet minister in India has said that laws that criminalise gay sex should be overturned. Anbumani Ramadoss made his remarks at the 17th International Conference on AIDS.
Hollyoaks actor calls on Iris to resign over gay comments 3
1:07 PM — An actor who plays a bisexual character in a TV soap for teenagers has spoken out against an MP at the centre of a homophobia row.
Gay blood donors would bring “infection and death” claims Red Cross 2
12:38 PM — Gay activists have accused the Red Cross of scare tactics on the first day of a hearing into Australia's gay blood ban in Hobart yesterday.
Teenager accused of murdering gay classmate pleads not guilty 3
11:42 AM — A 14-year-old boy pleaded not guilty yesterday at the start of his trial in California for the murder of his classmate.
Democratic convention platform short on LGBT issues 2
10:43 AM — The Democratic National Committee sent a draft of the party’s 2008 platform to committee members yesterday that incorporated planks from the platforms of former candidates.
7th August 2008
Malaysian political leader pleads not guilty to sodomy charge 1
5:15 PM — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim been bailed by a court in Malaysia after pleading not guilty to charges of sodomy. His trial will begin on September 10th.
Less than 1% of civil partnerships end in ‘divorce’ 2
3:56 PM — Figures obtained by PinkNews.co.uk show that less than 250 lesbian and gay civil partnerships have ended in a dissolution.
DEA orders actress to answer questions about Heath Ledger’s drugs
2:09 PM — America's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a subpoena to require actress Mary-Kate Olsen to testify in front of a grand jury.
Lesbian politician to co-chair Obama LGBT committee
1:58 PM — With the US Presidential race tightening, Barack Obama is stepping up his efforts to reach out to the gay and lesbian community.