17th October 2008
Europe cannot impose recognition of same-sex partnerships says EU Commissioner 11
1:51 PM — The man responsible for the new EU directive on discrimination has said that it is up to individual member states whether or not to legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Brighton education manager discriminated against trans teacher 1
1:10 PM — The General Teaching Council for England has ruled that an education manager at Brighton and Hove City Council is guilty of discriminating against a teacher who is trans.
Austrian fascist leader visited gay bar before death crash 15
12:48 PM — The former leader of the far right in Austria was drinking in a gay bar the night he died, it has emerged.
Police told to avoid arresting people having sex in parks 7
12:07 PM — New guidelines for police officers on how to deal with public sex have recommended they avoid "knee jerk" reactions to people cottaging, dogging and cruising.
16th October 2008
Prosecution rubbish rape past of Mr Gay UK accused of killing and cooking his victim 1
11:39 PM — The prosecution in the case of a former Mr Gay UK accused of murder and cannibalism today rubbished the defendant's claims that he was having a flashback of an earlier rape while allegedly killing his victim.
Ex-policeman accused of posing as friend’s gay lover to inherit fortune
5:02 PM — Marcus Alder, 48, of Cambridgeshire, denied trying to trick the family of his deceased friend Phillip Tyssen-Gee in court today.
Psychiatrists give evidence at Mr Gay UK murder trial
3:40 PM — A court has heard evidence from two psychiatrists in the murder trial of Anthony Morley.
California teachers union donates to No on 8 campaign 13
2:04 PM — The California Teachers Association (CTA) donated $1 million (£578,640) to the No on 8 campaign.
Indian Prime Minister intervenes in gay sex decriminalisation court case
1:40 PM — The court case in which the decriminalisation of gay sex in India is being debated took an unexpected turn when the Prime Minister stepped in.
Ian Paisley contradicted over gay funding grants 4
1:21 PM — Former First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley Snr maintained that when he was First Minister, he refused to approve the funding of LGBT groups.
Baron Mandelson passed over for Anti-Corruption Champion position 2
12:44 PM — Peter Mandelson, the new Business Secretary, will not fulfill the role of the Government's Anti-Corruption Champion as part of his new role.
Gay activist to sue former Victorian premier over bisexual trainer comments 1
11:35 AM — Sydney gay rights activist Gary Burns is planning to sue Jeff Kennett, Victorian premier (1992-1999) and President of Hawthorn Football Club.
Lawrence King murder suspect fires public defenders
10:31 AM — Brandon McInerney, the 14 year old boy accused of murdering gay classmate Lawrence King, has been allowed to fire his public defenders.
15th October 2008
DeGeneres urges California to vote no on Propostion 8 2
1:31 PM — Comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres made an appeal on The Tonight Show, showing her support for gay marriage.
Delhi High Court demands scientific evidence for ban on gay sex 2
12:28 PM — The Delhi High Court has criticised the Indian central government (the "centre") for using inadequate evidence in its case to retain Section 377.
Church of England split over gay rights rumoured 28
12:07 PM — Conservative evangelical clergy have compelled others to join the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and leave the Church of England in the on-going row over gay rights and women.
Brazilian Mayoral candidate sparks controversy with homophobic ad 7
11:38 AM — Marta Suplicy, left-wing candidate for mayor of Sao Paulo, is at the centre of a political furore over an election advertisement.
14th October 2008
Malawi paper claims gay group will meet with country’s President 2
5:08 PM — Gay rights activists have been invited to meet with Malawi's President at the State House later this month, it has been reported.
Baron Mandelson under pressure not to take Brussels ‘golden goodbye’ 3
4:20 PM — Peter Mandelson took his seat in the House of Lords yesterday. He becomes one of three openly gay peers, all men.
Bishop threatens to evict adoption agency over gay rights laws 27
3:45 PM — Bishop of Lancaster Patrick O’Donoghue has threatened an adoption agency with eviction from church property.