14th December 2008
Rufus Wainwright not a gay marriage supporter but criticises Prop 8 15
3:05 PM — Gay star Rufus Wainwright reveals that he's not a gay marriage supporter, but argues against Proposition 8. Singer, Wainwright, has told the New York Press"Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter."
12th December 2008
MEPs call on Vatican to embrace LGBT rights 4
2:33 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called on the Vatican to support a statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights to be read out at the UN next week.
Obama’s environmental protection team brings first LGBT appointment 2
1:50 PM — The first prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person to be appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's new administration is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.
Video: Republican party must take “long hard look at itself” 1
1:01 PM — A leading Republican has said that the party needs to change if it wants to have a future in America.
Census goes online but no question about sexual orientation 4
11:13 AM — The next national census will be held on 27th March 2011. For the first time the marital status question will include a civil partnership option, but there will not be a question on sexual orientation.
11th December 2008
Nepal to support LGBT rights statement at UN 2
2:41 PM — The Prime Minister of Nepal has instructed his country's UN Ambassador to support an oral statement on the universal rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
10th December 2008
New York Democrats refuse to give in on gay marriage 3
11:41 PM — A power struggle between Democrats in the New York State Senate that at one point threatened the party's commitment to gay marriage continues.
South Africans still not OK with same-sex relationships
6:00 PM — 82% of the adult population of South Africa think that sex between two men or two women could be considered ‘always wrong,' according to the latest South African Social Attitudes Survey.
Gay political leader pledges to cut German aid to homophobic countries 5
5:22 PM — An openly gay politician in Germany has said that if he is appointed Foreign Minister next year he will cut aid to countries that discriminate against women or sexual minorities.
Vatican claims to support human rights but still opposes UN declaration on sexuality 9
5:02 PM — The Director of the Vatican Press Office has claimed that the Roman Catholic Church supports the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Italian TV channel attacked for showing cut version of Brokeback Mountain 3
4:47 PM — Italy's national broadcaster has said it will show gay cowboy love story Brokeback Mountain in full after it came under fire for broadcasting a cut version.
Analysis: What does the UN statement on LGBT rights say? 1
4:26 PM — Next week the United Nations General Assembly will meet. France on behalf of the EU is to make a declaration from the podium in support of the human rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Russia, US and South Africa under pressure to sign UN decriminalisation statement 4
4:17 PM — LGBT activists in several countries have asked their governments to support a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next month.
Senator’s gay cruising conviction appeal rejected 1
2:25 PM — Judges in Minnesota yesterday rejected arguments in the appeal of former United States Senator Larry Craig against his conviction for disorderly conduct in an airport toilet.
Gay band to march in Presidential inauguration parade 2
1:15 PM — For the first time in American history, a gay group has been asked to march in the Inaugural Parade.
9th December 2008
Cumming to miss film premiere for Obama inauguration 3
5:46 PM — Actor Alan Cumming will be in Washington next month for the inauguration of Barack Obama. The President-elect of the United States will take the oath of office on January 20th.
UK argued against gay people’s right to family life in European Court 5
4:22 PM — A member of the House of Lords has welcomed the government's decision to withdraw from the position that same-sex relationships fall outside the ambit of family life as defined by the European Convention on Human Rights.
South Korea challenged over “rampant discrimination” against gays 1
1:50 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in South Korea face "rampant" discrimination, a coalition of LGBT groups and straight supporters have said.
Gays protest outside the Vatican in support of UN declaration 2
1:04 PM — Hundreds of people protested outside the Vatican City on Saturday in support of the declaration calling for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next week.
US Supreme Court decides Obama is not British and can become President 13
12:43 PM — America's highest court has declined to even hear a case brought by a retired lawyer that claimed President-elect Barack Obama is not qualified to take the highest office in the land.