19th May 2008
France will argue for universal decriminalisation at UN
3:10 PM — The French minister of human rights and foreign affairs has announced that it will appeal at the United Nations for a universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Reform Jews claim equality high ground over other faith groups 1
2:04 PM — New research commissioned by The Movement for Reform Judaism, which represents around a quarter of Britain's affiliated Jews, has revealed most British people think religions discriminate against gay people.
Cuban TV shows Brokeback Mountain as part of anti-homophobia drive
1:35 PM — Governments local and national marked the International Day Against Homophobia on Saturday. Cuba took the lead, with the largest meeting of gay activists in the island's history.
Amnesty International highlights Pride problems across Europe
1:15 PM — A leading human rights group is calling on governments in Europe to secure the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Video: Ellen Degeneres announces her wedding plans
12:59 PM — At least one celebrity couple is planning to take advantage of last Thursday’s ruling by the California Supreme Court declaring the ban of same-sex marriage in the state to be unconstitutional.
Tory battle over lesbian parenting and “need for a father” 5
12:53 PM — A significant number of Conservative MPs and some Labour members are set to back an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that will retain a controversial requirement.
18th May 2008
London Registrar sues for right not to “marry” gay and lesbian couples 29
2:16 AM — A registrar will face her employer, Islington Council in an employment tribunal this week as she demands the right not to marry gay couples.
17th May 2008
Pope re-voices gay marriage opposition following Californian judgement 8
6:40 PM — Pope Benedict yesterday restated the view of the Catholic Church that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
16th May 2008
Moscow bans gays and lesbians from holding demonstration
4:06 PM — A small group of gay men and women have been banned from holding a picket in front of the General Prosecution office in downtown Moscow on Saturday.
“Unacknowledged policy” places disabled kids with gay carers 3
2:18 PM — An adoption expert has criticised the treatment of lesbian and gay people who want to foster children or become adoptive parents.
New Mayor calls Pride a “sexual exhibition” 3
12:39 PM — A former fascist elected to lead one of Europe's biggest cities has spoken out against the gay community. Gianni Alemanno defeated his opponents to take control of Rome on April 28th.
Ellen announces her intention to wed 3
11:59 AM — One of the world's best-known lesbians will announce on her show today that she intends to take advantage of the ruling of the California Supreme Court striking down a ban on gay marriage.
California must guarantee “basic civil right” of marriage 7
11:35 AM — Marriage equality activists across America have been celebrating yesterday's landmark decision by the California Supreme Court that the state can no longer exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage.
National AIDS Trust call on goverment to stop HIV discrimination 2
11:07 AM — This weekend The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is will be calling on the Government to change the law so that it properly protects people living with HIV from hate crime. The campaign will coincide with The International Day Against Homophobia which will take place this Saturday.
15th May 2008
Police pay damages after anti-gay Muslims documentary row
9:12 PM — Channel 4 and independent film maker Hard Cash accepted damages and an apology at the High Court following a row over a documentary broadcast last January exposing homophobic preaching in UK mosques.
California Supreme Court backs marriage equality 1
7:21 PM — The highest court in California has ruled in favour of equality for same-sex couples' access to civil marriage in the American state. Attorneys successfully argued that California violates the equal protection clause of its own constitution.
COMMENT: Governments must take all measures necessary to protect LGBT citizens
4:29 PM — A number of people around the world – including in Europe – continue to be stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
New report claims 86 countries criminalise same-sex acts 2
2:26 PM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association’s 2008 report on state-sponsored homophobia says that being lesbian or gay is risking jail time in 86 countries and death penalty in seven.
Britain’s out MEP to march in Turkey for gay rights 1
1:44 PM — Michael Cashman with join authors, journalists and human rights defenders on a march against homophobia and transphobia in Ankara on Saturday. Mr Cashman is one of only two out gay MEPs.
Former aide warned Gordon Brown not to abolish 10p tax band
12:20 PM — One of the Prime Minister’s closest aides advised him not to raise taxes for the lowest-paid workers in the country, more than a year before the decision became a political crisis.