2nd June 2008
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.
29th May 2008
US Senator at centre of cruising scandal to write book 1
5:39 PM — United States Senator Larry Craig, who came to international prominence over in incident in an airport bathroom which led to him being arrested for cruising, is to write a book.
Former Tory councillor censured over paedophile comments 23
3:58 PM — A Conservative local councillor who was found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments, but later had his conviction overturned, has been criticised by the Standards Board for England.
Threat of violence hangs over Riga Pride 1
3:14 PM — Latvian nationalist groups have issued a chilling joint statement saying that if a Pride event goes ahead this weekend it may create violent protests.
Turkish gay rights group closed down by court 3
2:24 PM — A leading gay rights organisation has been ordered to dissolve itself by a court in Turkey. A department of the Istanbul Governor's claimed Lambda Istanbul violates Turkish laws on morality.
Same-sex weddings begin in California next month 2
11:23 AM — The California Office of Vital Records has announced that the state will begin granting marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples on June 17th.
Radio star sacked over Kennedy assissination comments
10:54 AM — A Pittsburgh-area sports talk show host has been fired for controversial remarks he made earlier this month regarding Senator Edward Kennedy.