20th October 2008
Reports of homophobic hate crimes rise in Scotland 3
1:18 PM — The number of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Scotland coming forward to report homophobic attacks, abuse and vandalism has risen sharply.
Iran declares moratorium on executions of juveniles
12:57 PM — A moratorium has been placed on death sentences for people who were under 18 when they committed capital crimes in Iran.
MP attacks vicar who called for gays to have health warnings 4
12:34 PM — A Labour MP has said that a Church of England cleric who made homophobic comments on his blog "should know better."
Mandelson “wasted a lot of time” feuding with Gordon Brown 3
12:20 PM — The Business Secretary has spoken frankly about his rows with the Prime Minister, saying the rift between them has been healed.
18th October 2008
Thousands attend funeral of right-wing gay Austrian politician Joerg Haider 1
1:18 PM — Tens of thousands of people have lined the streets of the Austrian city of Klagenfurt for the funeral of the fascist politician Joerg Haider, who died in a car crash a week ago.
17th October 2008
Europe cannot impose recognition of same-sex partnerships says EU Commissioner 11
1:51 PM — The man responsible for the new EU directive on discrimination has said that it is up to individual member states whether or not to legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Austrian fascist leader visited gay bar before death crash 15
12:48 PM — The former leader of the far right in Austria was drinking in a gay bar the night he died, it has emerged.
16th October 2008
Prosecution rubbish rape past of Mr Gay UK accused of killing and cooking his victim 1
11:39 PM — The prosecution in the case of a former Mr Gay UK accused of murder and cannibalism today rubbished the defendant's claims that he was having a flashback of an earlier rape while allegedly killing his victim.
Ian Paisley contradicted over gay funding grants 4
1:21 PM — Former First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley Snr maintained that when he was First Minister, he refused to approve the funding of LGBT groups.
Baron Mandelson passed over for Anti-Corruption Champion position 2
12:44 PM — Peter Mandelson, the new Business Secretary, will not fulfill the role of the Government's Anti-Corruption Champion as part of his new role.
15th October 2008
DeGeneres urges California to vote no on Propostion 8 2
1:31 PM — Comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres made an appeal on The Tonight Show, showing her support for gay marriage.
Brazilian Mayoral candidate sparks controversy with homophobic ad 7
11:38 AM — Marta Suplicy, left-wing candidate for mayor of Sao Paulo, is at the centre of a political furore over an election advertisement.
14th October 2008
Malawi paper claims gay group will meet with country’s President 2
5:08 PM — Gay rights activists have been invited to meet with Malawi's President at the State House later this month, it has been reported.
Baron Mandelson under pressure not to take Brussels ‘golden goodbye’ 3
4:20 PM — Peter Mandelson took his seat in the House of Lords yesterday. He becomes one of three openly gay peers, all men.
Former Tory candidate escapes jail for gay porn harassment of opponents 6
3:39 PM — A former parliamentary candidate for the Conservative party has been given a suspended sentence for criminal damage and harassment.
13th October 2008
Muslim minister rejects Sharia courts in UK 8
3:21 PM — A government minister has said that the Muslim community in Britain is not "advanced" enough to introduce Sharia courts.
Gay marriage supporters attack Proposition 102 campaign 4
2:36 PM — Gay rights activists in Arizona have vandalised billboards urging people to vote against same sex marriages.
10th October 2008
Portugese parliament rejects gay marriage proposal 8
3:34 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Portugal will continue to be banned from getting married after the main government and opposition parties joined forces.
Post debate bump puts Obama 11% ahead
2:54 PM — The latest Gallup poll of the support for the candidates for President of the United States indicates that Barack Obama has widened his lead over John McCain.
Matthew Shepard’s mother hits out at prejudice and ignorance, ten years on 2
2:34 PM — Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, released the following statement as she marks the tenth year since his death on October 12th 1998.