19th August 2008
Widowed gays win rights in Argentina 1
1:13 PM — The Argentinian government has granted same sex couples the right to claim their deceased partners' pension.
Manhunt chairman resigns over McCain donation backlash
12:57 PM — Jonathan Crutchley, the chairman of the board of popular gay dating site Manhunt.net, has been forced to resign after it was revealed he made a $2,300 (£1,235) donation to the campaign of presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain.
Court victory over Christian doctors for lesbian mother 2
11:10 AM — A lesbian denied infertility treatment by her doctors on the grounds of their religious beliefs has won a case against them in California's Supreme Court.
Berlin Mayor condemns vandalism of gay memorial 1
10:40 AM — Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's first openly-gay mayor, has spoken out against the vandalism of the city's memorial to gay and lesbian victims of Nazi rule.
Australian Red Cross ignored advice from blood experts, lawyer claims
10:22 AM — The Australian Red Cross ignored the concerns of its chief medical advisor regarding gay blood donations, a tribunal hear today.
18th August 2008
John Edwards a “fag enabler”, anti-gay sect claims 9
5:24 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), the anti-gay Christian organisation, has voiced the opinion that John Edwards is "cursed" by God.
Anti-gay group attacks same-sex marriage in Massachusetts 1
4:45 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents in Massachusetts have proposed a ballot question that would invalidate gay and lesbian nuptials if their union would not be recognized in their home state.
Bishop to speak out on Catholic Church’s stance on gay issues 14
3:08 PM — The Bishop of Lancaster will publish a review of the Catholic Church this month that will condemn the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales for its stance on same-sex relationships.
Life sentence for homophobic Texan killer 9
1:22 PM — A Texan jury gave a life sentence to a man found guilty of killing a gay flight attendant in 2007. Terry Mark Mangum, 27, of Cypress, killed Kenneth Cummings, 46, because he hated homosexuals, the Brazoria County jury heard Wednesday.
McCain and Obama discuss gay marriages 10
1:10 PM — Barack Obama and John McCain defined marriage this weekend, among other things, in a bid to win over value voters.
Gay blood donation tribunal told all donors should be screened
12:51 PM — The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal investigating the gay blood ban today heard evidence from an Australian AIDS expert.
Indian gays demand British apology for sex law 10
11:34 AM — Thousands of gay activists gathered in a park in Mumbai on Saturday to call on the British Government to apologise for introducing anti-sodomy laws that still make homosexuality illegal in India today.
15th August 2008
German Arabic magazine claims gay men carry “flesh-eating bacteria” 9
3:55 PM — A German Arabic language magazine is being investigated by police after it published an article claiming that shaking hands with gay men can transmit disease.
Gay wedding for DeGeneres and De Rossi 2
3:06 PM — Comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres marry her longterm partner, actor Portia de Rossi, in California this weekend.
Family of Lawrence King blame death on school dress code 15
12:31 PM — The family of a gay student who was shot in class blames his death partially on the school district for not enforcing the school dress code.
Canadian found guilty of child abuse 1
11:30 AM — A Canadian man has been convicted for abusing a teenage boy in Thailand. Christopher Neil, a 32-year-old schoolteacher, was sentenced to three years and three months in prison and fined 60,000 baht (£954).
HIV infection from gay blood donors likely once every two centuries, lawyer claims 4
10:01 AM — The Anti-Discrimination Tribunal against the Australian Red Cross' ban on gay blood donation heard today that HIV-infected blood from a gay man was likely to slip through screening only once in 197 years.
14th August 2008
Teenager accused of trans woman murder found innocent 4
5:47 PM — The 18-year-old accused of strangling transsexual Kellie Telesford was found not guilty today. Shanniel Hyatt, 18, stood accused of killing the 39-year-old pre-op trans woman with a scarf after a date in Norbury, reports the Croydon Guardian.
U.S. Representatives draft call for gay rights
5:25 PM — Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative for Wisconsin, yesterday claimed that the Democratic platform will contain an 'historic' rally for gay rights.
Gay sex becomes legal in Panama 4
4:04 PM — President Martin Torrijos Espino has decriminalised gay sex in Panama. On 29th July, President Espino and Health Minister Rosario E. Turner signed a decree repealing a 1949 law that made gay sex an illegal offence that would incur a $500 (£266) fine or a prison sentence.