23rd September 2008
Iain Duncan Smith criticises drugs caution for George Michael
12:38 PM — Conservative MP and former party leader Ian Duncan Smith has criticised the Metropolitan Police for not prosecuting George Michael for drugs offences.
Conference blog: Never kissed a Tory? 1
11:46 AM — LGBT Labour have come up with a novel slogan for their new T-shirts, which they are selling to raise funds. "Never Kissed A Tory - never will."
22nd September 2008
Conference blog: Eddie Izzard and Hazel Blears vs the BNP
3:55 PM — The Daily Mirror/Searchlight's Evening of Hope event last night was sprinkled with a bit of showbiz glitz when comedian Eddie Izzard made an appearance.
21st September 2008
Two gay asylum seekers deported from UK 14
5:55 PM — In the past two days two gay men who claimed their lives would be in danger if they were returned to their home countries have been forcibly repatriated.
Conference blog: Scarecrow and the Tin Man make an appearance in Manchester
5:23 PM — It seems half of central Manchester has been fenced in to accommodate the Labour conference.
Potter’s galleons put Labour in good cheer 1
1:19 PM — A £1m donation from Harry Potter author JK Rowling kicked off the Labour party conference yesterday.
Conference blog: Ministers attend Canal St party
11:52 AM — There were some familiar faces among the throng on Manchester's gay village last night. LGBT Labour were holding a fundraiser, and several senior members of the party attended.
19th September 2008
Conference blog: Gordon is safe – for now
7:29 PM — The Prime Minister has just arrived in Manchester ahead of the Labour party conference, which begins tomorrow.
Airline refuses to deport gay asylum seeker from UK 3
6:32 PM — A campaign of "pester power" has convinced a national airline to decline to transport a gay man who claims his life is in danger if he is returned to his homeland.
Fathers 4 Justice target minister with “lesbo dads” banner 8
6:07 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall has branded the latest stunt from protesters Fathers 4 Justice "obvious homophobia."
Case closed on Congressman’s teen sex charges
2:40 PM — A former member of the US House of Representative will not face any charges after an investigation by authorities in Florida into whether he used computers to solicit minors for illegal activities.
Politicians increasingly turning to God at party conference 5
2:18 PM — An analysis of the speeches given by party leaders at their annual conferences has revealed a marked increase in religious language since 2001.
Brazil’s President backs same-sex unions 1
11:32 AM — Gay couples exist and we must give them legal recognition, the President of Brazil said yesterday.
No prosecution for comedian over Papal jibe 3
10:12 AM — The Minister of Justice in Italy has decided not to use a Fascist-era law to punish a comedian for mocking the Pope.
Border agency accused of “illegal” deportation of gay Ugandan 1
9:50 AM — A gay man has been removed from the UK and deported back to his native Uganda in what his supporters call an illegal act.
18th September 2008
Welsh AM joins protest against deportation of gay asylum seeker
5:45 PM — A member of the Welsh Assembly has given her support to Azerbaijani artist and gay asylum seeker Babi Badalov.
Gay marriage ban loses support in California 1
5:24 PM — A new opinion poll indicates a drop in support for a proposed ban on same-sex marriages in California. Proposition 8 will be put before voters in the state on election day in November.
Human rights conference to be held alongside Outgames in Copenhagen
4:55 PM — The second International Conference on LGBT Human Rights will be held at the same time as next year's World Outgames.
Australia’s new Liberal leader urged to honour gay rights pledge 1
4:36 PM — An MP who represents a constituency with one of the highest gay populations in Australia has been elected as leader of the Liberal party.
Obama would seek consensus on gays in the military
3:55 PM — The Democratic candidate for President of the United States has said in an interview with gay news outlets that he wants a full debate about the ban on openly gay people in the US Armed Forces.