3rd June 2008
Beauty spot hosts first same-sex ceremony in Canberra
11:43 AM — The first civil ceremony marking the registration of a same sex relationship has taken place in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Latvian MPs’ attack gays for “immoral and hooligan behaviour” 4
11:18 AM — A group of MPs from the Latvia First Party, referred to as the "party of priests," has attacked what it calls the "gross interference of a homosexual group of European Parliament members into Latvia’s internal affairs."
Fears for tourists in Gambia as two men held on “gay” charges
10:49 AM — Two Spanish men have been taken into custody by police in the Gambia after being accused of trying to solicit sex from male taxi drivers.
Barr, the unknown Presidential hopeful
10:31 AM — Largely ignored by the public at large, the American Libertarian Party wrapped up their nomination process last weekend with former Republican Bob Barr taking the nomination.
2nd June 2008
UK commits £6bn to global AIDS fight
6:04 PM — The government has announced details of a seven-year strategy to tackle the spread of HIV and AIDS. The International Development Secretary said the UK would be at the forefront of prevention, treatment and support provision.
THT defends its support for ban on gay blood donations 3
5:33 PM — The head of policy at Terrence Higgins Trust has defended the charity’s support for the National Blood Service’s policy of refusing donations from gay men.
UN human rights head decries “perpetuation of prejudice”
4:49 PM — In a valedictory speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council today, Louise Arbour has challenged the continued oppression of women and sexual minorities.
Gays excluded from HIV work in Uganda 1
1:41 PM — The head of Uganda's AIDS commission has claimed that gay people are driving up the number of infections in the country, but said they would not be targeted with prevention work.
COMMENT: We outfoxed the Moscow authorities
12:46 PM — Moscow lesbians and gays successfully held Pride with widespread coverage by alternative, prominent international and some mainstream Russian media.
Gay basketball hero to be Olympic ambassador 1
12:27 PM — Former NBA player John Amaechi will be Amnesty International's first sporting ambassador at the Beijing Olympics this summer.
More church troubles for Obama campaign
11:38 AM — Barack Obama’s choice of church and spiritual counsel is once again causing problems for his campaign for President of the United States.
Heavy security as protesters outnumber gays at Riga Pride
11:28 AM — A march for gay rights has passed off peacefully in the Latvian capital Riga. Police arrested four of an estimated 400 anti-gay protesters, but the threats of violence against the Pride march did not materialise.
Four arrested after Moscow’s unauthorised Pride demonstrations
11:02 AM — A group of 30 gay activists managed to stage short protests in front of Moscow City Hall and a statue of Tchaikovsky yesterday without being arrested.
Hillary wins in Puerto Rico but Obama within reach of nomination
10:36 AM — This weekend Hillary Clinton both gained ground and lost it following the Democratic National Committee’s ruling on delegates from Florida and Michigan.
1st June 2008
Scottish government pledges extra funds for gay schemes
12:46 AM — The Scottish government is to award £6.1m of extra funding to equality groups including those aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.
31st May 2008
Ten states call for delay of Californian gay marriage 13
12:46 PM — The attorneys general of 10 US states have applied to the Californian Supreme Court to delay finalising its ruling to legalise gay marriage. Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah all say that they need time to consider the status of their residents who marry in California.
30th May 2008
Test for Greek marriage law as mayor agrees to same-sex ceremony 1
3:18 PM — Tilos many not be the best-known island in the Aegean Sea, but its mayor has made a bold move to put it on the map. Tassos Alfieries has offered to perform Greece's first gay wedding.
Jewish academic attacks gay Holocaust memorial 33
11:56 AM — Germany has made a mistake by dedicating a memorial to the gay men who were victims of Nazi oppression, a leading Holocaust scholar has claimed.
Russian President intervenes over Moscow Pride 1
11:16 AM — The President of Russia, Dmitriy Medvedev, has phoned the Prefecture of the Central Administrative area of Moscow and told him to authorise the gay demonstration.
Pelosi says she will end Democratic race by June
10:48 AM — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that she will "step in" to put an end to the Presidential race if the party does not have a nominee by the end of June.