29th September 2008
Cameron opens Tory conference with attack on Labour infighting 2
11:23 AM — The Conservative party conference is underway in Birmingham. Yesterday the Tory leader David Cameron welcomed delegates from around the country.
27th September 2008
Treasury Minister becomes first lesbian MP to hold a civil partnership ceremony 3
5:09 PM — Treasury Minister Angela Eagle entered into a civil partnership with Maria Exall in Southwark today.
26th September 2008
Ugandan activists detained in “pattern of police harassment”
5:34 PM — Two human rights advocates in Uganda were held for a week without charges after police accused them of "recruiting homosexuals."
Schools department backs LGBT History Month 1
3:34 PM — The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families will be attending the LGBT History Month pre-launch in November.
Indian government argues to retain ban on gay sex 5
3:13 PM — A row between two government departments in India over the decriminalisation of "un-natural" sexual acts has resulted in a victory for those who oppose the change.
Gay Canadians urged to vote Conservatives out of office
2:09 PM — A leading gay and lesbian media group in Canada has published a 16-page expose of the Conservative party alleging that they "pandered to antigay, faith-based groups."
Iranian President attacks US acceptance of homosexuality 11
1:38 PM — The President of Iran has admitted in an interview that there may be "a few" gay people in his country, but attacked homosexuality as destructive to society.
Gay leader assassinated in Baghdad 22
12:43 PM — A leading gay activist in Iraq has been assassinated. 27-year-old Bashar was targeted by gunmen yesterday.
New report shows rise in hate crimes across Europe 2
12:22 PM — A human rights group has published research into incidents of violent hate crime against minority groups in 56 North American and European states.
25th September 2008
Labour party votes overwhelmingly for trans inclusion 6
6:22 PM — A change to the Labour party rule book that adds trans inclusion has been backed at the annual conference by more than 98% of delegates.
Bosnia gay festival closes after attacks at opening event 8
5:52 PM — The organisers of a Queer Festival in Sarajevo have decided to close after some participants were attacked by an angry mob last night.
Senate to consider same-sex benefits for US federal employees
5:09 PM — A new report ahead of a US Senate hearing into the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act has costed the introduction of benefits for the same-sex partners of federal employees.
Bosnia must respect gay rights say MEPs 1
4:01 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has condemned the violence at the Sarajevo Queer Festival yesterday as "cowardly behaviour."
Public bodies told to embrace equality ahead of new legislation 1
3:34 PM — Police authorities, health trusts and care homes for the elderly should start working to promote equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, a government official has said.
Serbian official praises police response to gay festival violence
2:56 PM — An independent ombudsman that protects the rights of citizens and controls the work of government agencies in Serbia has defended the rights of gay people to hold public gatherings.
Czech vote on discrimination bill delayed until after elections 1
1:02 PM — A key parliamentary vote that would bring the Czech Republic into line with other EU nations has been delayed.
Harman condemned for failing to stop deportation of gay asylum seeker 4
12:35 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said he is disappointed that his appeal to a government minister to intervene in the case of a gay asylum seeker did not stop his deportation.
Ed Balls tells conference of fight against homophobic bullying
12:03 PM — The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families told the Labour party conference yesterday that new steps would be taken to stamp out bullying.
24th September 2008
Gay rights bill passes first stage in Australian parliament
2:09 PM — A new bill that aims to ensure equal treatment for gay and lesbian couples in Australia has been passed by the lower house of the Federal parliament.
Ruth Kelly insists resignation is for family reasons 3
1:30 PM — The Secretary of State for Transport has addressed the Labour party conference on its final day, hours after it emerged she is to resign from the government.