8th August 2008
UN’s 2010 AIDS goal may not be reached
4:16 PM — The United Nations' goal of achieving "universal access" to anti-HIV drugs and care by 2010 is unlikely to be reached.
India’s health minister calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality
1:29 PM — A leading Cabinet minister in India has said that laws that criminalise gay sex should be overturned. Anbumani Ramadoss made his remarks at the 17th International Conference on AIDS.
Hollyoaks actor calls on Iris to resign over gay comments 3
1:07 PM — An actor who plays a bisexual character in a TV soap for teenagers has spoken out against an MP at the centre of a homophobia row.
Democratic convention platform short on LGBT issues 2
10:43 AM — The Democratic National Committee sent a draft of the party’s 2008 platform to committee members yesterday that incorporated planks from the platforms of former candidates.
7th August 2008
Malaysian political leader pleads not guilty to sodomy charge 1
5:15 PM — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim been bailed by a court in Malaysia after pleading not guilty to charges of sodomy. His trial will begin on September 10th.
Less than 1% of civil partnerships end in ‘divorce’ 2
3:56 PM — Figures obtained by PinkNews.co.uk show that less than 250 lesbian and gay civil partnerships have ended in a dissolution.
Lesbian politician to co-chair Obama LGBT committee
1:58 PM — With the US Presidential race tightening, Barack Obama is stepping up his efforts to reach out to the gay and lesbian community.
Video: Paris Hilton responds to McCain ad with “bid” for White House
11:31 AM — Last week, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain used the images of poptart celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in a new campaign ad video.
Government considers controls on club drug GBL 1
10:50 AM — The Home Office has announced that may make a drug which has become popular on the gay club curcuit a controlled substance.
6th August 2008
Obama pledges support for gay families 1
4:45 PM — The presumptive Democratic party nominee for President of the United States has pledged to work towards the elimination of discrimination against LGBT families if elected.
Schwarzenegger to decide on honour for assassinated gay politician
4:18 PM — The Governor of California has been sent a bill that would make the anniversary of the birth of Harvey Milk a "day of significance" in the state’s educational institutions.
Moscow Pride organisers invite Boris 2
1:19 PM — Organisers of Moscow Gay Pride have invited the mayors of three leading European capitals to take part in Gay Pride events in the Russian capital in 2009.
Petition on Downing St website calls for review of gay asylum policy 7
1:02 PM — LGBT Greens have launched a petition on the Downing St website to push urgent review of Home Office approaches to asylum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Ad standards authority investigating homophobic advert 15
11:35 AM — A newspaper ad placed in the Belfast News Letter ahead of the city's Pride event is being investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority.
Obama and McCain battle for vital female vote
12:49 AM — Given that women have held the key to deciding every Presidential election since 1968, it appears that both the Republican and Democratic presumptive nominees have some work to do.
President Bush’s homophobia makes my blood boil says Lauper 4
12:42 AM — During a stop on her True Colours tour recently, gay rights advocate Cyndi Lauper blasted President George W Bush, calling him homophobic and anti-American.
5th August 2008
Prison gang rape of Mafia ‘poet’ prompts government response 4
5:23 PM — The Sicilian Mafia's "honour code" doesn't bar members from being poets, but a jailed suspect's penchant for writing verse led his fellow mobsters to assume he was gay.
Tebbit’s claims about gay parenting not backed by “credible evidence” 13
3:39 PM — A Tory peer who claimed that "adoption by homosexual couples is unsatisfactory for the child" is wrong, said Britain's leading gay equality organisation.
Council apologises to gay group over cruising row
3:07 PM — Bristol city council has admitted that is misrepresented its own lesbian, gay and bisexual group's views about removal of bushes from an area known for cruising.
Bill Clinton: AIDS is “a very big dragon” but it can be slain
2:15 PM — Former US President Bill Clinton said nations fighting AIDS need to reform their health care systems to reach high-risk groups neglected during the past quarter of a century.