20th May 2008
MEPs discuss discrimination directive 1
12:55 PM — A leading British member of the European parliament has attacked the Conservative party for refusing to support a new "horizontal" EU directive on discrimination.
Marriage is the final frontier for Mr Sulu 1
12:39 PM — In the wake of last week’s ruling by the California Supreme Court declaring the ban on gay marriage in the state to be unconstitutional, several celebrity gay couples have announced plans to head to the altar shortly.
California honours murdered gay politician
12:31 PM — Just days after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on same-sex marriage, another LGBT related provision passed the State Assembly in California. On Monday, it was announced that a bill to recognise slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.
19th May 2008
Human-animal embryos approved by Commons 1
8:15 PM — The first of three clauses to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that Labour MPs have a free vote on has passed in the House of Commons. Former Equality Minister, Ruth Kelly voted against the government.
Italy’s equality minister claims gay Pride is “pointless” 5
7:49 PM — A former model turned politician, who was appointed by Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's minister for equal opportunities, has attacked gay Pride events. Mara Carfagna is a former Miss Italy contestant.
Gambia’s President declares war on gay community 6
7:02 PM — Gay men and lesbians must leave the country within 24 hours or face "serious consequences," the President of Gambia said on Thursday.
Gay protest in Turkey makes the news in Iran 1
6:34 PM — The state broadcaster of the Islamic Republic of Iran has reported on an International Day Against Homophobia event in Turkey.
Tatchell attacks Labour over gay asylum seekers 1
4:01 PM — The UK's asylum system is riddled with the "homophobic and transphobic bias," a Green party candidate for Parliament has claimed.
France will argue for universal decriminalisation at UN
3:10 PM — The French minister of human rights and foreign affairs has announced that it will appeal at the United Nations for a universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Cuban TV shows Brokeback Mountain as part of anti-homophobia drive
1:35 PM — Governments local and national marked the International Day Against Homophobia on Saturday. Cuba took the lead, with the largest meeting of gay activists in the island's history.
Amnesty International highlights Pride problems across Europe
1:15 PM — A leading human rights group is calling on governments in Europe to secure the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Video: Ellen Degeneres announces her wedding plans
12:59 PM — At least one celebrity couple is planning to take advantage of last Thursday’s ruling by the California Supreme Court declaring the ban of same-sex marriage in the state to be unconstitutional.
Tory battle over lesbian parenting and “need for a father” 5
12:53 PM — A significant number of Conservative MPs and some Labour members are set to back an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that will retain a controversial requirement.
16th May 2008
Moscow bans gays and lesbians from holding demonstration
4:06 PM — A small group of gay men and women have been banned from holding a picket in front of the General Prosecution office in downtown Moscow on Saturday.
“Unacknowledged policy” places disabled kids with gay carers 3
2:18 PM — An adoption expert has criticised the treatment of lesbian and gay people who want to foster children or become adoptive parents.
New Mayor calls Pride a “sexual exhibition” 3
12:39 PM — A former fascist elected to lead one of Europe's biggest cities has spoken out against the gay community. Gianni Alemanno defeated his opponents to take control of Rome on April 28th.
15th May 2008
California Supreme Court backs marriage equality 1
7:21 PM — The highest court in California has ruled in favour of equality for same-sex couples' access to civil marriage in the American state. Attorneys successfully argued that California violates the equal protection clause of its own constitution.
COMMENT: Governments must take all measures necessary to protect LGBT citizens
4:29 PM — A number of people around the world – including in Europe – continue to be stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
Britain’s out MEP to march in Turkey for gay rights 1
1:44 PM — Michael Cashman with join authors, journalists and human rights defenders on a march against homophobia and transphobia in Ankara on Saturday. Mr Cashman is one of only two out gay MEPs.
Former aide warned Gordon Brown not to abolish 10p tax band
12:20 PM — One of the Prime Minister’s closest aides advised him not to raise taxes for the lowest-paid workers in the country, more than a year before the decision became a political crisis.