16th May 2008
“Unacknowledged policy” places disabled kids with gay carers 3
2:18 PM — An adoption expert has criticised the treatment of lesbian and gay people who want to foster children or become adoptive parents.
New Mayor calls Pride a “sexual exhibition” 3
12:39 PM — A former fascist elected to lead one of Europe's biggest cities has spoken out against the gay community. Gianni Alemanno defeated his opponents to take control of Rome on April 28th.
15th May 2008
California Supreme Court backs marriage equality 1
7:21 PM — The highest court in California has ruled in favour of equality for same-sex couples' access to civil marriage in the American state. Attorneys successfully argued that California violates the equal protection clause of its own constitution.
COMMENT: Governments must take all measures necessary to protect LGBT citizens
4:29 PM — A number of people around the world – including in Europe – continue to be stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
Britain’s out MEP to march in Turkey for gay rights 1
1:44 PM — Michael Cashman with join authors, journalists and human rights defenders on a march against homophobia and transphobia in Ankara on Saturday. Mr Cashman is one of only two out gay MEPs.
Former aide warned Gordon Brown not to abolish 10p tax band
12:20 PM — One of the Prime Minister’s closest aides advised him not to raise taxes for the lowest-paid workers in the country, more than a year before the decision became a political crisis.
Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage in California
11:37 AM — The California Supreme Court will decide today if barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the state’s constitution. The Court agreed to hear the case in 2006.
Islamic influence on UN Human Rights Council worries humanists
11:17 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has written to Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown about the activities of the Organisation of Islamic Conference.
Obama is endorsed by former candidate John Edwards
10:33 AM — Both Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been courting John Edwards’ support since he left the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination in January.
14th May 2008
Lucas: Universal human rights are being eroded
3:02 PM — A leading Green party politician claims "international appeasement of conservative regimes" is a threat to human rights. Caroline Lucas represents South East England in the European Parliament.
Statue of gay rights hero to be unveiled next week
2:16 PM — Harvey Milk, the first out gay male politician in American history, is to be honoured with a statue in San Francisco City Hall. The memorial will be unveiled next Thursday.
MEPs to raise Moldova Pride violence in Euro Parliament
11:57 AM — Members of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights have spoken of their dismay at events in Moldova at the weekend. Lesbian and gay activists in the central European nation had their attempt to hold a Pride event banned.
Hillary vows to continue her fight after West Virginia win 1
11:16 AM — Despite trailing democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama in overall delegates, Hillary Clinton says she's "more determined than ever" after winning West Virginia by more than 40-percent.
13th May 2008
Spinster sisters assured there will be no evictions 6
7:12 PM — A government minister has told the House of Lords that two elderly British sisters who lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights over inheritance tax will not be evicted when one of them dies.
“Gay American” Governor and wife head to divorce court 1
4:36 PM — The former Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey and his estranged wife Dina have failed to come to a settlement and their divorce case is due to begin today. They reached a deal on the custody of their only child last week.
Commons debate: from born again to born with two mummies 8
2:10 PM — There were a range of views on display during yesterday's second reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embrology Bill.There were measured arguments about the rights of single women and the efficacy of lesbian parents.
Tories stress need for children to have “male role models” 9
12:20 PM — The Shadow Secretary of State for Health has called for the government to assert the need for a child to have a male role model. Andrew Lansley was speaking in the House of Commons.
Clinton on course to win West Virginia 1
9:41 AM — Though polls can be deceiving, according to a Suffolk University study, Hillary Clinton is heading into today's West Virginia primary with a stellar 36 percent lead over contender Barack Obama.
12th May 2008
Human fertilisation bill passes first Commons test 8
10:39 PM — MPs have voted in favour of a major update to human embryology laws despite opposition from religious MPs.
Belgian surgeons to perform Cuba’s gender reassignment operations 1
2:56 PM — The head of Cuba's National Centre for Sexual Education, Mariela Castro, has revealed that 30 gender reassignment operations have been approved. She told AFP "we're getting ready a team of surgeons from Belgium" to perform the procedures.