14th May 2008
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.
We don’t want gay blood, says Polish MP saved by transfusion
2:07 PM — Poland's Blood Donation Centre is considering a ban on blood donations from gay men. Doctors at the centre said they are not prejudiced, but think the ban will reduce the risk of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis.
Council reverses decision on Christian foster parents 8
11:14 AM — A devout Christian couple will be allowed to provide weekend respite care for children under 10. Eunice and Owen Johns were rejected by an adoption panel.
COMMENT: Gay press calls on Hillary to stand aside
10:51 AM — If you believe in media narratives (sometimes a very dangerous thing to do) Hillary Clinton’s quest for the White House has come to an end.
AIDS charity wants compulsory sex education about condom use
10:13 AM — The National AIDS Trust has released a new survey that found 49% of British people do not always use a condom with a new sexual partner.
Police look on as fascists attack gays at Moldova’s banned Pride
9:44 AM — Lesbian and gay activists in Moldova have begged the European Union and the Council of Europe to intervene after their attempt to hold a Pride event at the weekend was banned and then blocked by police inaction and violence.
The need for a father? What the Lords said 8
9:10 AM — In January the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill's Report stage in the Lords saw strong objections from bishops and some Tory peers. An amendment by Tory peer Baroness Deech seeking to retain the "need for a father" was defeated by 164 to 93.
How will the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill benefit lesbians? 8
9:08 AM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.
MPs will discuss lesbian equality measure today 8
8:58 AM — MPs will consider measures that ensure equality for lesbians when accessing fertility treatments this afternoon. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill also allows for the creation of animal-human embryos.
9th May 2008
Canberra gay couples can register, but no ceremony 1
2:47 PM — Australia's federal government has been accused of "playing to the politics of the extreme right religious lobby" after it forced the country's Capital Territory (ACT) government to water down plans to legally recognise same-sex couples.
Californian Mayoral race has shades of Boris and Ken 1
1:54 PM — A controversial candidate for Mayor has stunned voters in the liberal city where he is seeking election by making provocative statements about gay marriage. Mr Johnson said that he thinks marriage is between a man and a woman.
EU backs religious discrimination against gay teachers 5
1:25 PM — Trade union groups in the Republic of Ireland have expressed their dismay at a ruling by the European Commission confirming that church schools can sack teachers who are openly gay.
We will be gentle with Boris, says Pride London 1
1:00 PM — The chair of the UK's largest Pride event has welcomed the news that the new Mayor of London will be attending this year. Boris Johnson was elected last week, the first Tory to win the job.