12th December 2008
PFLAG launches safe schools training for parents and LGBT allies 3
3:16 PM — An advocacy and support group for the families and friends of lesbian and gay people has launched a new community-based safe schools programme.
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.
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.
“Rainbow Maniac” serial killer may be targeting gay men in Sao Paulo 1
6:20 PM — The murders of thirteen gay men over a period of 18 months in a suburban park in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo may be the work of a serial killer.
Russia, US and South Africa under pressure to sign UN decriminalisation statement 4
4:17 PM — LGBT activists in several countries have asked their governments to support a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next month.
Senator’s gay cruising conviction appeal rejected 1
2:25 PM — Judges in Minnesota yesterday rejected arguments in the appeal of former United States Senator Larry Craig against his conviction for disorderly conduct in an airport toilet.
Gay band to march in Presidential inauguration parade 2
1:15 PM — For the first time in American history, a gay group has been asked to march in the Inaugural Parade.
Iowa Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage case
12:44 PM — Yesterday the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments on behalf of six Iowa same-sex couples and their families who are seeking the right to marry.
9th December 2008
Cumming to miss film premiere for Obama inauguration 3
5:46 PM — Actor Alan Cumming will be in Washington next month for the inauguration of Barack Obama. The President-elect of the United States will take the oath of office on January 20th.
Urban Outfitters removes pro-gay marriage t-shirt from California stores 6
4:45 PM — A leading retailer has removed t-shirts from sale that carried a slogan supporting gay marriage.
Teen accused of homophobic murder ruled fit to stand trial
2:31 PM — Lawyers representing a 14-year-old boy accused of the murder of an openly gay classmate have failed in an attempt to have him declared developmentally incapable of standing trial.
Same-sex marriage bans lead to Day Without A Gay protests 3
1:27 PM — A novel form of civil protest will be practised by gays in the US tomorrow. For those angry at bans on gay marriage, tomorrow is the Day Without A Gay.
8th December 2008
US Armed Forces look to foreign recruits – as long as they are straight 3
2:07 PM — America's military leaders have approved a one-year pilot programme that aims to recruit up to 1,000 foreign nationals to plug chronic staff shortages.
Iowa court to rule on gay marriage 2
12:22 PM — A lawsuit brought by gay-rights organisation Lamda Legal, on behalf of six same-sex couples, is scheduled to be heard tomorrow by the Iowa Supreme Court in Des Moines.
5th December 2008
Nepal’s gay MP to address international leadership conference
3:51 PM — The 24th annual International Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference is underway in Washington DC.
Gay groups back lesbian candidate for US Secretary of Labour
2:56 PM — A coalition of 12 leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans organisation in the United States have written to the country's President-elect urging him to nominate Mary Beth Maxwell.
4th December 2008
Second Presidential candidate nominated for Obama’s new Cabinet 2
5:24 PM — Bill Richardson was named as Barack Obama's choice for Commerce Secretary yesterday. Mr Richardson was an early contender for the Democratic nomination for President.
3rd December 2008
75% of Americans support legal recognition for same-sex couples 5
5:43 PM — A new survey has revealed that a majority of Americans support some form of legal civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. However, just 47% favour gay marriage while 49% oppose it.
Obama may nominate gay woman Mary Beth Maxwell to his Cabinet
4:34 PM — US news sources are reporting that a lesbian employment rights activist is one of three people being considered for the post of Labour Secretary.