1st October 2008
Fire fighters claim damages for “sexual harassment” at Pride 3
4:44 PM — Four San Diego fire fighters who claim that they were sexually harassed at a gay pride event began their court case yesterday. Their lawyer Charles Limandri said that the fire fighters should receive at least $1 million (£552,550) in compensation.
US accused of not overturning ban on HIV+ visitors 1
12:55 PM — A New York-based LGBT immigration pressure group has accused the US government of failing to follow a new policy on HIV+ people visiting the country.
30th September 2008
Sean Penn boasts to Madonna about kissing boys 11
1:06 PM — Sean Penn, who is to star in new film Milk, has shared an on-screen kiss with co-star James Franco. The actor was reportedly so excited about his first gay kiss that he sent a text message to Madonna about it.
Gay Congressman at centre of financial crisis 2
12:09 PM — A veteran fighter for gay rights has come under fire for his role in the current crisis in the financial markets.
DeGeneres speaks against Proposition 8 2
11:52 AM — American lesbian comedienne and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres has called for Californians to reject Proposition 8. The amendment to the marriage legislation would effectively ban gay marriage in California, if it passed a public vote in November.
29th September 2008
Google opposes ban on gay marriage
12:48 PM — Internet company Google will publicly oppose an attempt to ban same-sex marriage in California.
Pepsi risks boycott with donation to gay support group 6
11:46 AM — A leading soft drinks manufacturer has donated $500,000 (£277,000) to a programme for workplace equality.
26th September 2008
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."
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
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.
24th September 2008
US star Clay Aiken comes out 3
3:13 PM — A popular American singer has appeared on the cover of People magazine with his baby son and confirmed he is gay.
Lindsay Lohan open about her relationship with Sam
12:33 PM — Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has confirmed she is "going out" with DJ Sam Ronson. There have been constant rumours about their relationship,
23rd September 2008
Sex and the City star shows support for gay families 1
1:59 PM — An organisation that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender headed families has attacted support from one of the most prominent out women in Hollywood.
Gay American TV characters reach all-time high
1:52 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have announced that the number of gay and lesbian TV characters on broadcast networks will double this season.
Gay rumours surround McCain’s chief of staff 3
1:21 PM — A radio station host and former Advocate editor-at-large has alleged that Mark Buse, presidential candidate John McCain’s chief of staff, is gay.
19th September 2008
Matthew Shepard’s university to dedicate memorial bench
4:21 PM — The University of Wyoming will mark the tenth anniversary of the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard later this month.
Case closed on Congressman’s teen sex charges
2:40 PM — A former member of the US House of Representative will not face any charges after an investigation by authorities in Florida into whether he used computers to solicit minors for illegal activities.
Man accused of murdering trans teenager in court
11:52 AM — A judge in Colorado has ruled that a 31 year old man will stand trial for the first degree murder of an 18 year old trans woman and a "bias-motivated crime."
Brazil’s President backs same-sex unions 1
11:32 AM — Gay couples exist and we must give them legal recognition, the President of Brazil said yesterday.
18th September 2008
Gay marriage ban loses support in California 1
5:24 PM — A new opinion poll indicates a drop in support for a proposed ban on same-sex marriages in California. Proposition 8 will be put before voters in the state on election day in November.