15th August 2008
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.
Gay bishop calls Sydney diocese ‘bigoted’ 2
3:09 PM — The only openly gay Anglican bishop Gene Robinson has spoken out against the Archbishopric of Sydney. Robinson, bishop of New Hampshire, accused Archbishop Dr Peter Jensen and his diocese of intolerance in an interview with Australian magazine SX.
Mr Gay UK 1993 faces murder charges
12:17 PM — The winner of Mr Gay UK 1993 will appear in court today charged with the murder of Damian Oldfield
Anti-homophobic bullying legislation introduced to New York Senate
11:46 AM — Ten New York Republican Senators have introduced legislation to the State Senate that will ban homophobic bullying in schools.
Government will not reprimand ‘gay cure’ MP 34
11:15 AM — The government has responded to a petition on its official website by members of the public offended by Iris Robinson's comments on homosexuality.
13th August 2008
Israeli professor indicted for incitement to anti-gay violence 1
5:47 PM — Hilleil Weiss, a Bar-llan university professor, has been indicted for public homophobic remarks made regarding Jerusalem Pride 2005.
Gaydar assistance sees man charged for fraud 2
5:09 PM — Gay social networking site Gaydar has assisted in a Metropolitan Police fraud investigation. The investigation was carried out by the Southward Police LGBT Liaison Officer and detectives from the Community Safety Unit.
Gay man expected to become Congressman
4:02 PM — Jared Polis is expected by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund to become the first ever out gay man elected to the U.S. Congress as a non-incumbent.
“Gay cure” MP’s psychiatrist adviser resigns 16
2:57 PM — Dr. Paul Miller, psychiatrist and part-time adviser to Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Irish Robinson, has resigned from her employment, reports the Irish News.
Man found guilty of gay blackmail attempt
2:24 PM — An Australian man who attempted to blackmail a gay man has been heavily fined. Justin Williams saw the man enter a public toilet block with two other men in Melton, whilst he was sitting in his car reading a newspaper in November, reports HeraldSun.com.
Police search for information on stabbed gay man
1:12 PM — A gay man was stabbed in Northlands Street, Camberwell on Saturday 2nd August. Police and an ambulance attended the scene and Andrew Pratt, 43, was taken to Kings College Hospital.
Jamaican lesbian avoids deportation from Florida
12:58 PM — A Jamaican lesbian living in Sunrise, Florida, has been allowed to stay in the U.S.A as she could be at risk of homophobic violence in Jamaica.
HIV prevention worker fights deportation
11:42 AM — An HIV prevention worker in Nottingham is fighting deportation to his country of origin.
Number of Australian gay partnerships exceeds expectations 1
11:12 AM — More Australian gay couples are registering their partnerships than anticipated by the government.
Labour councillor cautioned following gay insult 22
10:52 AM — The deputy leader of Barking and Dagenham council has been cautioned by police after using homophobic language.
Scientists say Red Cross blood ban case ‘a straw man’
10:28 AM — Two bio-ethicists today gave evidence at the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal investigating gay blood donation in Tasmania.
12th August 2008
New Zealand Catholic bishops offer election guidance on gay rights to voters 9
9:58 PM — Catholic bishops in New Zealand have issued a guide to help their worshipers decide who to vote for in the country's upcoming elections. The guide includes advice on the Church's views of abortion, embryo research, euthanasia and gay parenting.