27th May 2008
Ian McKellen and Gene Robinson to talk gays and religion at London festival 1
5:31 PM — London's Literature Festival will feature an appearance by the only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion, it has been revealed. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, will be at the festival in July.
23rd May 2008
Polish Catholics fund treatment centre to ‘cure’ homosexuals 11
10:54 AM — The Roman Catholic Church has helped set up a rehabilitation centre in Poland that attempts to 'cure' homosexuality.
20th May 2008
Pope’s ban on gay priests is “without exception” 3
2:46 PM — A senior Vatican official has written to every bishop of the Roman Catholic Church reiterating that the ban on gay men entering seminaries to train for the priesthood applies to all such institutions.
19th May 2008
Reform Jews claim equality high ground over other faith groups 1
2:04 PM — New research commissioned by The Movement for Reform Judaism, which represents around a quarter of Britain's affiliated Jews, has revealed most British people think religions discriminate against gay people.
18th May 2008
London Registrar sues for right not to “marry” gay and lesbian couples 29
2:16 AM — A registrar will face her employer, Islington Council in an employment tribunal this week as she demands the right not to marry gay couples.
17th May 2008
Pope re-voices gay marriage opposition following Californian judgement 8
6:40 PM — Pope Benedict yesterday restated the view of the Catholic Church that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
15th May 2008
Police pay damages after anti-gay Muslims documentary row
9:12 PM — Channel 4 and independent film maker Hard Cash accepted damages and an apology at the High Court following a row over a documentary broadcast last January exposing homophobic preaching in UK mosques.
8th May 2008
Religious groups gang up against Moscow Pride 3
4:12 PM — The leaders of all the major religions in Russia have written to the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights urging him not to support gay people's right to march.
6th May 2008
Russian extremists call for recriminalisation of homosexuality 2
4:13 PM — Russian Vanguard, an ultra-religious monarchist group, has picketed the Kaliningrad concert of performer Boris Moiseyev because he is openly gay. The extreme nationalist group said it would not target the singer's fans.
30th April 2008
First Mr Gay UK winner charged with murder 8
3:45 PM — The first winner of the Mr Gay UK competition Anthony Francis Morley, has been charged with the murder of Damian Oldfield, a 33 year man worked for the company that runs the Mr Gay UK competition.
29th April 2008
Anti-gay ‘Day of Truth’ fails to make its mark in US schools
4:08 PM — Gay rights groups across America have breathed a sigh of relief after the homophobic ‘Day of Truth’ failed to make an impact on American schools.
Obama ally defends HIV comments 5
1:04 PM — Continuing to drive a wedge between Barack Obama and the hopeful new America his campaign aims to impart to voters, Rev. Jeremiah Wright further defended comments he made during a YouTube taped Chicago Sermon while speaking before a group of journalists Monday.
28th April 2008
Police storm international meeting for gay rights in Kyrgyzstan
11:09 AM — Human rights groups have highlighted the plight of the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan after a police raid on a leading gay rights association.
23rd April 2008
Government of Bahrain seeks to punish ‘homosexual children’ 6
10:59 AM — The government of Bahrain is taking action to stamp out homosexuals in the country. In a wide ranging set of proposals MP's have set out a number of initiative designed to rid the country of homosexuals.
Peers vote for freedom to criticise the LGBT community 27
10:19 AM — Peers have made an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that will protect the freedom of speech of comics, rap artists and those who criticise other people’s sexuality.
22nd April 2008
Pope reinforces conservative values at the end of US tour 26
11:06 AM — Pope Benedict XVI has concluded his six-day visit to the United States with a speech that spoke against abortion and gay marriage. Before a crowd of over 60,000 people, he ended his first visit to the United States.
20th April 2008
Gay bishop to attend Lambeth conference despite previous rejection
10:49 PM — The most senior openly gay cleric in the Anglican Communion, Gene Robinson intends to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference to be held in Caterbury despite previously refusing to.
17th April 2008
Ken tours London’s gay bars with his posse 22
3:49 PM — It was a surreal moment in an already bizarre election; Ken Livingstone standing at the bar in Comptons, chatting happily to bears about his plans for London if he's elected for a third time as the city's Mayor. Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics.
US Christian celebrity comes out 5
1:06 PM — Hath hell frozen over? Azariah Southworth, Nashville resident and host of the famed Christian youth show The Remix, has publicly announced he is gay. "This has been a long time coming. I'm in a place where I’m at peace with my faith."
16th April 2008
Pope makes distinction between gays and paedophiles 27
10:55 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has spoken out about the sexual abuse of children by priests.Benedict XVI gave a rare insight into his views to reporters accompanying him on his first Papal visit to the United States, which began yesterday.In his comments the pontiff moved to dismiss the suggestion that he links sexual abuse of children with homosexuality.