16th December 2008
New Jersey commission backs gay marriage over “unequal” civil unions 2
4:34 PM — A commission set up to study the effect on same-sex couples, their children and other family members of being provided civil unions rather than marriage has issued its final report.
Obama’s environment team includes lesbian appointment
1:31 PM — The President-elect of the United States has named Nancy Sutley as Chair of his Council on Environmental Quality in the White House.
15th December 2008
Former police officer arrested in ‘rainbow maniac’ serial killer case
2:38 PM — A retired state police sergeant has been arrested in Brazil in connection with the murders of 13 gay men in Sao Paulo.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
14th December 2008
Rufus Wainwright not a gay marriage supporter but criticises Prop 8 15
3:05 PM — Gay star Rufus Wainwright reveals that he's not a gay marriage supporter, but argues against Proposition 8. Singer, Wainwright, has told the New York Press"Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter."
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.