16th December 2008
UN envoy calls on Caribbean nations to decriminalise homosexual acts 2
5:30 PM — The United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean has said that countries in the region should move to decriminalise gay sex.
New Jersey commission backs gay marriage over “unequal” civil unions 2
4:34 PM — A commission set up to study the effect on same-sex couples, their children and other family members of being provided civil unions rather than marriage has issued its final report.
Sweden’s highest court rejects same-sex marriage case 3
2:32 PM — A gay couple who got married in Canada should not be regarded as a married couple under Swedish law, a court has ruled.
Obama’s environment team includes lesbian appointment
1:31 PM — The President-elect of the United States has named Nancy Sutley as Chair of his Council on Environmental Quality in the White House.
15th December 2008
Which MEPs are supporting civil partnerships recognition? 6
6:44 PM — Here is a recent list of MEPs that are backing a written declaration on civil partnerships. If it is signed by more than 50% of MEPs it will be adopted as a resolution.
British MEPs not signed up to civil partnerships recognition across EU 15
6:29 PM — Campaigners for equal recognition of gay marriage and civil partnerships across the EU have said that not all British MEPs are signed up to their cause.
Britain has had “one or two” gay Prime Ministers claims actor 10
5:43 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has said that Britain has "already had one or two gay Prime Ministers." In an interview with Seven magazine the X-Men and Lord Of The Rings star did not name names.
Hungarian court blocks same-sex partnership law 10
5:11 PM — Hungary's Constitutional Court has annulled a new law due to come into effect next month that would legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Lithuanian MPs vote to “protect” minors from homosexuality 10
1:58 PM — Gay people in Lithuania have expressed concern that a new law will lead to a ban on gay activities. The Lithuanian parliament accepted amendments to the law on the protection of minors last week.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
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.