2nd May 2008
Hillary “makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy” says governor 1
10:52 AM — Wrapping up a three-day campaign blitz in North Carolina, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton nabbed a high-profile endorsement from the state’s highest-ranking member, Governor Mike Easley. He officially endorsed Clinton at a joint appearance at North Carolina State University on Tuesday.
DC sex scandal madam found dead
10:37 AM — Police discovered the body of a woman believed to be convicted DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, in what appears to be an apparent suicide, in Tarpon Springs Florida on Thursday. A former employee of Palfrey, Brandy Britton, killed herself in 2007.
Indiana delegate comes out for Obama ahead of tight race 4
10:14 AM — Indiana Representative Baron Hill, who introduced Senator Hillary Clinton at a rally just last Friday, today endorsed Barack Obama, becoming the fourth new superdelegate to throw support behind the Obama campaign in the last 24 hours.
1st May 2008
Royal “blackmail” evidence is “insubstantial, insignificant, and incomplete”
5:08 PM — A defence barrister at the trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal Family has dismissed the legal proceedings as farcical.
Gay rights champion nominated to Nepalese assembly 1
4:24 PM — The founder of Nepal's only LGBT rights group has been chosen as one of 601 members of a new constituent assembly in the country. Sunit Pant has been named as one of five representatives of the fringe Communist Party of Nepal-United.
Europe questions UK about gay rights in Gibraltar 24
3:51 PM — The British government has told the Council of Europe that it takes "very seriously" Gibraltar's compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights. The self-governing British overseas territory still has a higher age of consent for gay sex.
Lesbos lawsuit “pathetic and scary” says activist 3
1:10 PM — A publicity-seeking attempt by three residents of the island of Lesbos to sue a gay advocacy group has a serious side, says a lesbian rights campaigner. The Greek island was home to the 6th Century BC poet Sappho.
Age of consent to be lowered in Northern Ireland 2
12:20 PM — The British government will bring the age at which people can consent to sex in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK. Unionist politicians in the province are expected to oppose the move.
Londoners expected to turn out in record numbers for Mayoral election
12:16 PM — 5.5 million people can vote in today's Mayor of London election, and commentators on all sides are predicting as many as 50% of them may exercise their democratic rights.
Costa Rica backs International Day Against Homophobia 1
11:43 AM — Gay activists have welcomed the decision of the government of Costa Rica to officially declare May 17th IDAHO Day. The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is marked in over 50 countries.
Conservatives launch web campaign to retain gay military ban 1
11:26 AM — An advocacy group in the United States has launched a Congressional petition against calls for the country's military to allow openly gay people to serve.
No charges over death of gay DJ
10:43 AM — A 51-year-old man arrested after former Radio 1 DJ Kevin Greening was found dead at his flat will not will not face charges. He had initially been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has been cautioned by police for possession of ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis.
Beckham’s jersey gift sparks legal action
10:31 AM — Over the past few years, many people have become obsessed with soccer player David Beckham, but this week his appeal reached a whole new and somewhat disturbing level.
30th April 2008
First Mr Gay UK winner charged with murder 8
3:45 PM — The first winner of the Mr Gay UK competition Anthony Francis Morley, has been charged with the murder of Damian Oldfield, a 33 year man worked for the company that runs the Mr Gay UK competition.
Brothers sentenced to life for “cruel and wicked murder”
1:37 PM — A twenty year old Romanian man and his two older brothers have all been sentenced to life in jail for murder.
Australian law reforms do not extend to gay marriage
9:31 AM — The Australian government has announced over 100 reforms that will give gay couples the same rights as straight couples. The move has been welcomed by LGBT groups but has drawn criticism over the refusal to legalise 'gay marriage'.
Stonewall Housing releases booklet to help LGBT domestic violence victims
8:15 AM — Stonewall housing are releasing a booklet to help members of the LGBT community who suffer from domestic violence.
29th April 2008
Euro court: sisters can not have the same tax benefits as civil partners 6
11:18 PM — Two elderly British sitters have lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights to allow them to avoid inheritance tax when one of them dies. They argued that British law treats them less favourably than a lesbian couple in a civil partnership.
Royal calls gay sex claims “spurious” 2
10:13 PM — The Royal at the centre of the gay sex blackmail trial has declared the accusations of his sexuality as "spurious". The Royal, referred to only as witness A told the court in a statement: "As far as these comments about my personal and professional life are concerned, I can only say they are spurious and without foundation."
Anti-gay ‘Day of Truth’ fails to make its mark in US schools
4:08 PM — Gay rights groups across America have breathed a sigh of relief after the homophobic ‘Day of Truth’ failed to make an impact on American schools.