23rd April 2008
Government of Bahrain seeks to punish ‘homosexual children’ 6
10:59 AM — The government of Bahrain is taking action to stamp out homosexuals in the country. In a wide ranging set of proposals MP's have set out a number of initiative designed to rid the country of homosexuals.
Peers vote for freedom to criticise the LGBT community 27
10:19 AM — Peers have made an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that will protect the freedom of speech of comics, rap artists and those who criticise other people’s sexuality.
Clinton wins Pennsylvania following a weekend of gay campaigning 1
7:00 AM — Hillary Clinton has won the Pennsylvania Democratic primary election but she still trails her rival Barack Obama. With almost all votes counted, Mrs Clinton won 55 per cent of the Pennsylvania voters to 45 per cent for Mr Obama.
22nd April 2008
New rights for lesbian parents in New South Wales
4:39 PM — The government of New South Wales (NSW) has announced that children born through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to lesbian mothers will have the same rights as those of heterosexual couples.
Green MEP condemns decision to scale back anti-discrimination directive 2
3:40 PM — Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, has condemned the European Commission’s apparent decision to end its plans to protect people against discrimination on grounds of age and sexual orientation.
Watch the candidates for Mayor at gay hustings 1
3:21 PM — Last weekend five of the candidates for Mayor of London addressed a gay audience and answered questions. The hustings was organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.
Gay airport guard wins sexual harassment case
1:26 PM — A gay airport security guard from Feltham has won his tribunal case that a female colleague harassed him by thrusting her breasts against him and pestering him for sex.
CNN reporter arrested in compromising situation 3
11:59 AM — A British born news anchor for American news channel CNN has been arrested for loitering and possession of an illegal substance. Richard Quest, 46, was challenged by police in New York's Central park.
Pope reinforces conservative values at the end of US tour 26
11:06 AM — Pope Benedict XVI has concluded his six-day visit to the United States with a speech that spoke against abortion and gay marriage. Before a crowd of over 60,000 people, he ended his first visit to the United States.
Chelsea woos gay voters in tight Pennsylvania race 1
9:35 AM — Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton spent this past weekend campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania in a most unusual fashion. Accompanied by Governor Ed Rendell, Chelsea Clinton trolled through Philadelphia on a gay bar crawl.
21st April 2008
Royal gay sex blackmail tape played in secret
9:56 PM — The Old Bailey today heard a tape recording that contains claims that a male member of the Royal family performed a gay sex act on an employee, known as witness D. Members of the press and the public were ordered to leave the court room before the judge allowed the tape to be played.
Uruguay’s first gay union, four months after they became legal 1
5:03 PM — In the South American nation of Uruguay, a new law granting cohabiting couples who have lived together for more than five years the same rights as straight married couples was signed into law in December.
European Commission abandons gay discrimination directive 5
4:49 PM — Opposition from Germany and other member states means that European Union citizens will not be protected by an EU directive from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The BBC has learned that only disability will be covered by the new directive.
Online gay museum opens for business
1:59 PM — Museum professionals have feted the launch of the online national LGBT museum Proud Heritage. The website has its first working day open to the public today. Plans for a physical museum were discussed at the Stonewall hustings for the candidates for Mayor of London on Saturday.
Russians protest their country’s gay blood ban
12:20 PM — Activists in Russia have written to the country's Ministry of Health to ask why previous assurances that regulations banning gay men from donating are to be removed have not resulted in action.
Ken unveils gay manifesto as Boris reveals Fund advisers
11:29 AM — The Labour candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said he will "work to ensure that London retains its reputation as a welcoming and safe place for lesbian and gay Londoners and visitors" if re-elected for a third term on May 1st.
Campaigners plead with Home Secretary over Syrian deportation 8
10:55 AM — More than 20 members of the Scottish Parliament and a former Big Brother winner have called on the government not to deport a gay teenager to Syria. Jojo Yakob is due to be removed from the UK in 16 days.
Equality commission seeks your experiences with public bodies
10:36 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for evidence from service users of public authorities such as hospitals, government and schools to find out if people are being treated with dignity and respect.
US gay couples struggle to divorce: the week in review 1
9:45 AM — After years of fighting for equal treatment in regards to marriage, some gay couples are finally hearing the other shoe drop.
20th April 2008
Gay bishop to attend Lambeth conference despite previous rejection
10:49 PM — The most senior openly gay cleric in the Anglican Communion, Gene Robinson intends to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference to be held in Caterbury despite previously refusing to.