23rd September 2008
Conference blog: Never kissed a Tory? 1
11:46 AM — LGBT Labour have come up with a novel slogan for their new T-shirts, which they are selling to raise funds. "Never Kissed A Tory - never will."
22nd September 2008
Indian government on brink of repealing anti-gay law 13
4:46 PM — The Indian government will take its case for decriminalising homosexuality to the Delhi High Court on Thursday.
Conference blog: Eddie Izzard and Hazel Blears vs the BNP
3:55 PM — The Daily Mirror/Searchlight's Evening of Hope event last night was sprinkled with a bit of showbiz glitz when comedian Eddie Izzard made an appearance.
Out gay man becomes Lord Justice of Appeal
11:34 AM — Barrister Sir Terence Etherton has become the first openly gay man to be sworn in as Lord Justice of Appeal.
Nepalese lesbian recognised as “third gender”
11:02 AM — A lesbian in Kathmandu, Nepal has been recognised as "third gender" on an official identity card.
21st September 2008
Two gay asylum seekers deported from UK 14
5:55 PM — In the past two days two gay men who claimed their lives would be in danger if they were returned to their home countries have been forcibly repatriated.
Conference blog: Scarecrow and the Tin Man make an appearance in Manchester
5:23 PM — It seems half of central Manchester has been fenced in to accommodate the Labour conference.
Potter’s galleons put Labour in good cheer 1
1:19 PM — A £1m donation from Harry Potter author JK Rowling kicked off the Labour party conference yesterday.
Belgrade queer festival defiant after Fascist attack
12:21 PM — A group of 25 people were the victims of an "organised attack by fascists" after attending the 5th Queerbeograd festival in Belgrade.
George Michael arrested for drug offences 9
12:07 PM — Pop star George Michael was arrested in a public toilet in Hampstead on Friday and later cautioned for possession of drugs.
Conference blog: Ministers attend Canal St party
11:52 AM — There were some familiar faces among the throng on Manchester's gay village last night. LGBT Labour were holding a fundraiser, and several senior members of the party attended.
19th September 2008
Conference blog: Gordon is safe – for now
7:29 PM — The Prime Minister has just arrived in Manchester ahead of the Labour party conference, which begins tomorrow.
Airline refuses to deport gay asylum seeker from UK 3
6:32 PM — A campaign of "pester power" has convinced a national airline to decline to transport a gay man who claims his life is in danger if he is returned to his homeland.
Fathers 4 Justice target minister with “lesbo dads” banner 8
6:07 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall has branded the latest stunt from protesters Fathers 4 Justice "obvious homophobia."
Respect customers will get home says CAA 1
5:25 PM — The Civil Aviation Authority has assured customers of gay travel company Respect Holidays that those already abroad will be flown home at the end of their holiday.
Respect Holidays goes bust 20
4:55 PM — A major UK gay holiday firm has ceased trading. Respect Holidays was one of the best known companies in the business. The Civil Aviation Authority has been called in to protect holidaymakers booked with the company.
Case closed on Congressman’s teen sex charges
2:40 PM — A former member of the US House of Representative will not face any charges after an investigation by authorities in Florida into whether he used computers to solicit minors for illegal activities.
Politicians increasingly turning to God at party conference 5
2:18 PM — An analysis of the speeches given by party leaders at their annual conferences has revealed a marked increase in religious language since 2001.
Man accused of murdering trans teenager in court
11:52 AM — A judge in Colorado has ruled that a 31 year old man will stand trial for the first degree murder of an 18 year old trans woman and a "bias-motivated crime."
Brazil’s President backs same-sex unions 1
11:32 AM — Gay couples exist and we must give them legal recognition, the President of Brazil said yesterday.