19th December 2008
Comment: Gays should give Obama a break over inauguration preacher 30
3:15 PM — Forget for a moment Obama's attempts to reach across the political aisle by appointing Republicans to his Cabinet, probably the boldest and most potentially provacative move he has made so far.
US general backs gay man for Secretary of the Navy
3:04 PM — An openly gay man is on the shortlist for the role of Secretary of the Navy in the new Obama administration.
66 countries back UN statement on rights of sexual minorities 4
2:11 PM — Yesterday a statement was read at the United Nations General Assembly in New York reiterating the universal human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
18th December 2008
Foreign Secretary backs UN statement on LGBT human rights 5
1:19 PM — The British government has said that a statement to be read at the United Nations shows that the fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people is far from over.
17th December 2008
Connecticut voters back court’s gay marriage decision 1
4:43 PM — A majority of people in Connecticut support the state Supreme Court's ruling that on gay marriage, according to a poll released today.
Sarah Palin’s “ex-gay” church targeted in arson attack 10
4:05 PM — The home church of Governor of Alaska and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin suffered an arson attack on Friday night.
US Army chief looks to practicalities of out gays in the military 4
3:01 PM — The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff has "begun to think about" the changes to the US military if openly gay and lesbian people are allowed to serve.
Cypriot MEP “offended” by pictures of gay families 29
11:31 AM — An exhibition designed to highlight the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families has upset an MEP from Cyprus, who claims he is being harassed by the "gay lobby."
16th December 2008
UN envoy calls on Caribbean nations to decriminalise homosexual acts 2
5:30 PM — The United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean has said that countries in the region should move to decriminalise gay sex.
New Jersey commission backs gay marriage over “unequal” civil unions 2
4:34 PM — A commission set up to study the effect on same-sex couples, their children and other family members of being provided civil unions rather than marriage has issued its final report.
Sweden’s highest court rejects same-sex marriage case 3
2:32 PM — A gay couple who got married in Canada should not be regarded as a married couple under Swedish law, a court has ruled.
Obama’s environment team includes lesbian appointment
1:31 PM — The President-elect of the United States has named Nancy Sutley as Chair of his Council on Environmental Quality in the White House.
15th December 2008
Which MEPs are supporting civil partnerships recognition? 6
6:44 PM — Here is a recent list of MEPs that are backing a written declaration on civil partnerships. If it is signed by more than 50% of MEPs it will be adopted as a resolution.
British MEPs not signed up to civil partnerships recognition across EU 15
6:29 PM — Campaigners for equal recognition of gay marriage and civil partnerships across the EU have said that not all British MEPs are signed up to their cause.
Britain has had “one or two” gay Prime Ministers claims actor 10
5:43 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has said that Britain has "already had one or two gay Prime Ministers." In an interview with Seven magazine the X-Men and Lord Of The Rings star did not name names.
Hungarian court blocks same-sex partnership law 10
5:11 PM — Hungary's Constitutional Court has annulled a new law due to come into effect next month that would legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Lithuanian MPs vote to “protect” minors from homosexuality 10
1:58 PM — Gay people in Lithuania have expressed concern that a new law will lead to a ban on gay activities. The Lithuanian parliament accepted amendments to the law on the protection of minors last week.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
14th December 2008
Rufus Wainwright not a gay marriage supporter but criticises Prop 8 15
3:05 PM — Gay star Rufus Wainwright reveals that he's not a gay marriage supporter, but argues against Proposition 8. Singer, Wainwright, has told the New York Press"Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter."
12th December 2008
MEPs call on Vatican to embrace LGBT rights 4
2:33 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called on the Vatican to support a statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights to be read out at the UN next week.