5th December 2008
Gay question on ONS surveys will help public bodies with equality duty
1:33 PM — The decision of the Office for National Statistics to start asking survey respondents about their sexual orientation could help promote equality.
Office for National Statistics will start to ask sexuality question in surveys 2
1:06 PM — The Office for National Statistics has announced it will start to ask a question about sexual orientation on surveys from next year.
Australia and US not signed up to UN decriminalisation declaration 7
12:00 PM — Several nations with sizable gay communities have not signed up to a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN this month.
4th December 2008
Second Presidential candidate nominated for Obama’s new Cabinet 2
5:24 PM — Bill Richardson was named as Barack Obama's choice for Commerce Secretary yesterday. Mr Richardson was an early contender for the Democratic nomination for President.
EU framework for tackling racism could lead to recognition of homophobic crime 1
1:36 PM — The new Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia has been adopted by the European Council of Ministers, exactly seven years after it was first presented by the European Commission.
Burundi urged not to criminalise homosexual acts
12:49 PM — A leading human rights group has called on politicians in Burundi to drop plans to amend the penal code and prohibit same-sex acts.
Moscow’s gay-bashing Mayor pledges continued intolerance 6
12:34 PM — The Mayor of Moscow has said he will continue to ban gay "propaganda." Moscow Pride organisers have been denied the right to hold an event in May for three years running.
3rd December 2008
75% of Americans support legal recognition for same-sex couples 5
5:43 PM — A new survey has revealed that a majority of Americans support some form of legal civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. However, just 47% favour gay marriage while 49% oppose it.
Tories “broadly welcome” Equality Bill but want more detail 4
5:00 PM — The opposition parties have welcomed new government plans to unify the various strands of discrimination law and include gay people in public bodies' duty to promote equality.
Obama may nominate gay woman Mary Beth Maxwell to his Cabinet
4:34 PM — US news sources are reporting that a lesbian employment rights activist is one of three people being considered for the post of Labour Secretary.
Video: Queen’s Speech outlines legislative plans for 2009
3:56 PM — The stability of the British economy was highlighted as a key area for government action in today's Queen's Speech.
Analysis: What will be in the Equality Bill?
12:29 PM — Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, welcomed the announcement today by Her Majesty the Queen that the Equality Bill will be brought forward in Parliament within the next year.
New bill announced in Queen’s Speech will “drive forward equality” 1
12:24 PM — The government will introduce a new Equality Bill in the coming session of Parliament, the Queen has confirmed.
Brian Paddick voted off reality show I’m A Celebrity
11:40 AM — Former candidate for Mayor of London Brian Paddick has become the sixth person to be voted off the ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!
2nd December 2008
Obama: America’s destiny is shared with the world’s 1
6:05 PM — Yesterday's introduction of key members of the National Security Team by President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden saw many firsts.
US gay group welcomes Obama’s attorney general nominee 2
5:45 PM — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans group has welcomed the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.
Indian official questions right of High Court to decrminalise gay sex 3
3:46 PM — A senior government lawyer has said it "may not be proper" for the Delhi High Court to overturn a colonial-era law that bans "unnatural sex" in India.
Barack Obama commits to addressing AIDS “crisis” in the US
2:03 PM — The President-elect of the United States marked World AIDS Day yesterday with a committment to fight HIV in America as well as worldwide.
EHRC urges Speaker’s Conference to consider gay representation 1
1:34 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has called for a forthcoming conference on the lack of representation of minority groups in Parliament to include gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
Vatican opposes UN resolution on decriminalisation 18
12:19 PM — The Vatican's observer at the United Nations has criticised a European Union initiative on homosexuality.