2nd September 2008
Teenage pregnancy eclipses start of Republican convention
2:35 PM — Storms, both literal and political, hung over the start of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis yesterday.
MEPs debate anti-discrimination proposals
12:32 PM — Members of the European Parliament have given their support to a new EU directive on discrimination in goods and services.
New rules allow religious schools to discriminate 6
11:55 AM — A coalition of organisations, clergy, academics and teachers has been formed to push for a change to new rules that allow faith schools to discriminate.
1st September 2008
Video: Local gays asked to be “Minnesota-nice” to visiting Republicans 5
2:24 PM — A tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign created by a Minneapolis-St Paul agency is encouraging the city's LGBT community to embrace the Republican National Convention.
Gay rights on the agenda at party conferences 1
1:11 PM — Leading MPs from all three major parties will be speaking about gay issues at their conferences later this month.
Bosnia’s first gay festival criticised as “provocative” to Muslims 6
12:03 PM — A Muslim politician in Bosnia has criticised the country's gay community for holding an LGBT event that coincides with his religion's observance of Ramadan.
Scottish minister backs fight against rural homophobia 1
11:28 AM — The Minister for Communities and Sport in Scotland has said the country's SNP government is committed to fighting prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people.
Gay Tory attacks Britain’s Olympic athletes for going to China 8
10:56 AM — One of the most senior Tories in London has attacked the British Olympic team for going to the Beijing Games and implied the Mayor was forced to go.
29th August 2008
McCain picks forty-something “hockey mom” as running mate 12
5:37 PM — The Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, has been chosen by the presumptive Republican party nominee for President as his running mate.
Lesbian senator calls for same-sex marriage in Australia 1
4:08 PM — A new Australian Labour party Senator has used her maiden speech to make a passionate plea for marriage equality.
Belgian married gay couple jailed in Senegal for “acts against nature” 5
2:21 PM — A 61-year-old Belgian and his 63-year-old Senegalese husband have been sentenced to two years in jail for "homosexual marriage and acts against nature."
“With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination”
1:49 PM — Yesterday Barack Obama accepted the Democratic party's nomination for President of the United States.
Obama outlines his progressive vision of America 1
1:26 PM — Barack Obama's speech to 75,000 people gathered in Denver set the tone for the final months of electioneering.
Gay activist appointed Honorary Consul to Wales 1
12:25 PM — San Marino has become the 31st country to establish a diplomatic mission in Wales with the appointment of Federico Podeschi as Honorary Consul.
Poll indicates support for California gay marriage ban is waning 1
11:52 AM — More than half of California’s voters will say no to Proposition 8, the state's proposed ban on same-sex marriage,
28th August 2008
Bill Clinton: America can do better than the Bush years
6:06 PM — Last night former President of the United States Bill Clinton addressed the Democratic National Convention in Denver, and endorsed Barack Obama
All eyes on Obama as he prepares to accept the Democratic nomination
5:51 PM — Confirmed as the Democratic Party's nominee for President of the United States yesterday, Barack Obama is expected to give the speech of his life later today.
Gay Mayor of Paris bids for Socialist party leadership 1
3:41 PM — One of Europe's most high-profile gay politicians is to run for leader of France's Parti Socialiste. Bertrard Delanoe will face half a dozen other contenders.
Northern Ireland gay fund in place before DUP took office
2:50 PM — Funding arrangements put in place while Northern Ireland was still under direct rule from Westminster have ensured that LGBT groups in the province are getting state funds.
California gay marriage opponents seek religious coalition 8
11:58 AM — Mormons, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus are being asked to join forces to support an amendment to the state Constitution of California banning same-sex marriages.