24th October 2008
Polish President’s visit scuppers gay rights march 5
6:16 PM — The decision of the President of Poland to attend an anniversary event in Krakow has frustrated plans for a gay rights event on October 31st.
Florida may vote to ban gay marriage 1
4:35 PM — A new opinon poll published yesterday indicates that voters in Florida may approve a change to the state constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples.
Conspiracy theories surround death of Austria’s gay fascist leader 7
1:10 PM — The widow of Joerg Haider wants another autopsy to be carried out amid suggestions that his death was not an accident.
23rd October 2008
Obama turnout may save gay marriage in California 3
2:52 PM — A California state ballot measure to ban gay people from getting married is gaining support, according to the latest opinion polls.
Palin attacked over support for constitutional ban on gay marriage 21
2:30 PM — Hollywood star Ellen DeGeneres has attacked the Republican party's candidate for Vice President's support for a federal ban on same-sex marriage.
Lib Dem MPs vote against lesbian rights bill despite manifesto promise 1
1:18 PM — A third of Liberal Democrat MPs who voted on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in the Commons yesterday opposed it.
Ruth Kelly among Labour fertility bill rebels 4
11:47 AM — Sixteen MPs defied the Labour whip yesterday to vote against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Among them was Ruth Kelly, a Cabinet minister until the start of this month.
Leader of Austrian right sacked for revealing Haider was his gay lover 5
10:54 AM — The man who has taken over the leadership of right wing political party Alliance for the Future of Austria after the death of Joerg Haider has revealed that they were lovers.
MPs approve equal access to fertility treatment
10:42 AM — New legislation that will provide equal access to fertility treatment for lesbians has been approved by the House of Commons.
22nd October 2008
Abortion off the agenda as MPs vote on fertility bill 3
2:47 PM — Amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have legalised abortion in Northern Ireland will not be discussed at the third reading in the Commons today.
Irish gay rights group says civil partnerships “a matter of immediate urgency” 4
12:08 PM — Despite considerable progress in the last year, there remain significant challenges for gay and lesbians in Ireland, according to the annual report from the nation's leading homosexual rights group.
Bahrain MP calls for action against homosexuals 14
11:42 AM — The new session of Parliament in the Gulf state of Bahrain began this week with calls for a crackdown on gays.
21st October 2008
Osborne denies asking Russian billionaire linked with Mandelson for party donation
8:21 PM — The Shadow Chancellor has denied he sought a donation to the Tory party from a Russian oligarch. Any donation from a foreign national is illegal.
Judge slams Indian government for calling homosexuality as a disease 4
6:40 PM — The government of India has been challenged in court for calling homosexuality a disease.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Brown hosts Downing St lunch for US gay rights activist 3
5:40 PM — A leading American LGBT rights advocate was the guest of honour at a private lunch at Downing St today.
Gays are “recruiting” claims Ugandan paper 12
3:28 PM — The gay community in Uganda is recruiting new members, according to a leading newspaper in the East African nation.
Nigerian ambassador to EU pressured over treatment of gay Christians 1
2:01 PM — Members of the European Parliament have drawn attention to the harassment faced by people working for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Nigeria.
Sarah Palin supports federal ban on same-sex marriage 28
1:00 PM — The Republican party Vice Presidential candidate has spoken out against the rights of lesbian and gay Americans.
20th October 2008
Employers exploit legal loophole to avoid paying employment tribunal awards
6:15 PM — A new report from Citizens Advice has revealed that up to 10% of employment tribunal compensation awards are not paid because of a "shameful flaw" in the law.
Ellen buys airtime to plead for gay marriage 4
5:31 PM — A leading lesbian entertainer has bought $100,000 (£58,300) of TV airtime in California to ask the state's voters to support gay marriage.