27th May 2008
Delay in Irish civil partnership bill exposes coalition tensions 11
4:33 PM — The leader of Ireland's Green party has said that civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples are "a step towards full equality."
Police protect Pride marchers in Romania
4:03 PM — The Pride parade in the Romanian capital passed off peacefully on Saturday, with more than 1,000 police officers on the streets protecting participants.
COMMENT: Gay students abandoned by parents enter ‘postcode lottery’ 1
3:42 PM — Two years ago at the age of 19, James left home after his stepfather repeatedly beat him because he was gay. As a result, he ended up spending a year living on the streets.
Schools OUT organiser Paul Patrick dies 4
2:22 PM — An outspoken advocate for the rights of gay and lesbian teachers and pupils has died. Paul Patrick, Co-Chair of Schools Out and LGBT History Month died early on Thursday. He was 58.
Iain Dale to enter into a civil partnership 1
2:06 PM — One of the UK's leading political bloggers is to 'tie the knot' with his partner of thirteen years. Iain Dale's eponymous diary is one of the most-visited political blogs in the country.
22% of American gays have no health insurance 1
11:29 AM — Nearly one in four gay and lesbian adults in the US lack health insurance and are nearly twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to have no health insurance coverage.
Ballot measure could threaten gay marriage in California
11:10 AM — Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organisation, has pledged an initial contribution of $500,000 to protect marriage equality in California.
Hillary in hot water over assassination comment
11:02 AM — Facing a firestorm of criticism from the Obama campaign and political pundits right and left, Hillary Clinton is moving quickly to recant comments made last week.
26th May 2008
Biggest Pride in the world draws in millions
8:59 PM — The world's largest gay pride parade took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil yesterday with millions of people peacefully gathering to celebrate gay rights. But the event also creates thousands of jobs.
23rd May 2008
Gay Tory confirmed as chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning 3
2:50 PM — Brian Coleman has been unanimously recommended to the Mayor of London as the new chairman of the city’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
UK is “committed to promoting LGBT rights overseas” 8
1:18 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that it will engage with foreign governments about the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Former minister calls for challenge to PM after by-election defeat 2
12:50 PM — A Labour MP and former government whip has called for a leadership challenge to Gordon Brown in the wake of last night’s by-election defeat.
EU must insist Turkey “respect LGBT people’s basic rights” 6
12:22 PM — A leading human rights group has produced a report documenting "long and continuing history of violence and abuse based on sexual orientation and gender identity" in Turkey.
Polish Catholics fund treatment centre to ‘cure’ homosexuals 11
10:54 AM — The Roman Catholic Church has helped set up a rehabilitation centre in Poland that attempts to 'cure' homosexuality.
John McCain talks gay marriage with Ellen 2
2:41 AM — On the heels of the California Supreme Court’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage, perhaps a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show wasn't the safest stop on Senator John McCain’s campaign tour.
22nd May 2008
Gay man elected mayor of major US city 2
4:05 PM — Sam Adams has won the race to become Mayor of the American city of Portland, Oregon. The 44-year-old is already a city commissioner.
Christian registrars “terrified” of civil partnerships 19
2:08 PM — A council registrar has told an employment tribunal that some Christians are being "accommodated" and therefore allowed to opt out of performing civil partnerships for gay couples.
Court ruling allows legal challenge to US gay military ban 1
1:56 PM — A US federal court of appeal has reinstated a lawsuit by a decorated Air Force nurse who is suing after she was discharged for being a lesbian.
Gay Syrian in ‘legal limbo’ as he waits for immigration tribunal decision
1:18 PM — A teenage refugee is waiting to find out if he will be given permission to remain in the UK or returned to his Syrian homeland. JoJo Jako Jacob, who is 19, claims he will be executed if he is returned.
COMMENT: A crack in the UK’s asylum edifice 3
12:58 PM — It's very hard for most British gay men and lesbians to imagine what it's like to grow up in a country like Iran. To fear what you are and to have to act with care 24 hours a day.