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  • 6th May 2008

    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.

  • 2nd May 2008

    Boris Johnson elected Mayor of London 9

    Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London

    11:55 PM — Conservative Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London. Gay Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick came third. Mr Johnson beat Labour's Ken Livingstone by 1,168,738 to 1,028,966 after second-preference votes were counted.

  • Royal gay sex blackmailers found guilty

    The men have been found guilty at the Old Bailey

    11:13 PM — Two men who asked for £50,000 from an unnamed member of the Royal Family in exchanged for tapes that featured claims of gay sex have been found guilty of blackmail.

  • Protest rally called as polls indicate BNP will win seat on London Assembly 13

    The British National Party candidate, Richard Barnbrook, is a Barking and Dagenham councillor

    2:16 PM — All the votes for the 25-member London Assembly have not been counted, but already anti-fascist groups are calling for protests if the British National Party wins a seat.

  • Homophobe Mugabe beaten in Zimbabwean election 2

    Robert Mugabe, now 84, has terrorised many groups in his country, not least gays and lesbians

    1:59 PM — The results of last month’s Presidential election in Zimbabwe have finally been published. The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, won 47.9%. Robert Mugabe of the Zanu/PF party won 43.2%.

  • Moscow Pride will apply for five marches a day

    Moscow's LGBT community will once again attempt to celebrate Pride on May 31st

    1:18 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have lodged court appeals after the Moscow municipal authorities banned a series of marches they are planning. Organisers have previously said that they are going to apply for five marches each day in May.

  • US study claims LGB population is less than 3% 1

    The Treasury estimates that 6% of the UK population are lesbian, gay or bisexual

    12:15 PM — A new poll published in the United States on Wednesday claims that there are considerably less gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans than previously estimated. A Hunter College poll of 768 people who took part online found that just 2.9% identified as LGB.

  • All eyes on London as pundits predict Boris victory

    5.5 million Londoners were eligible to vote yesterday

    11:49 AM — Counting has begun in the London Mayoral election. A result is not expected until this evening, but London Tories are already claiming that their candidate Boris Johnson has won.

  • Tories soar to 44% in local elections 1

    "This is a very big moment for the Conservative Party," said David Cameron

    11:24 AM — Conservative activists are celebrating after the party made significant gains in yesterday's local council elections in England and Wales. They won a projected 44% of the national vote. The Lib Dems on 25% beat Labour, on 24%, into third place.

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