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.
Sarajevo Queer Festival organisers receive more death threats 1
4:22 PM — LGBT rights activists and participants in Bosnia’s first Queer Festival have continued to receive death threats following a violent attack in which eight people were injured.
Health minister asks Indian PM to intervene over decriminalisation
4:10 PM — An Indian Cabinet minister has said that he will ask the country's Prime Minister to intervene in the row over the decriminalisation of homosexual acts.
Irish Human Rights Commission calls for transgender rights
3:35 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has stated that there is a need to reform laws regarding transgendered people and birth certificates.
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.
Sydney celebrates first gay Jewish commitment ceremony 2
11:25 AM — The first Australian same-sex commitment ceremony to take place in a synagogue was held on Sunday. Christopher Whitmont-Stein, 38, and Scott Whitmont, 47, had already entered into a civil commitment ceremony in 2002, took part in traditional Jewish wedding rites.
29th September 2008
Indian court told to ignore health minister’s call for decriminalisation 1
6:39 PM — A lawyer representing the government of India has said in court that it "does not matter" that the country's health minister supports the decriminalisation of gay sex.
Record turnout at Asia’s largest Pride event
6:23 PM — The Taiwanese gay community celebrated the highlight of the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival with a Pride parade on Saturday.
Greeks protest for same-sex marriage ahead of trial 2
3:26 PM — The case of two same-sex couples who took advantage of a loophole in Greek law and got married on the island of Tilos will be heard by a Greek court later this week.
EU equality summit meets in Paris
3:08 PM — Diplomats, gay rights advocates and representatives from the field of equal opportunities are meeting in France today to discuss how to apply the principles of non-discrimination.
Malawi’s gays hope new High Commissioner will help their cause
2:32 PM — The Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim), which was launched earlier this month as a public campaign group after six years underground, has sparked a political row.
Morocco may give gays some rights ‘within fifty years’ 6
1:49 PM — An international congress on gay rights in Muslim countries has been told that the north African nation of Morocco may grant rights to homosexuals "within fifty years."
Google opposes ban on gay marriage
12:48 PM — Internet company Google will publicly oppose an attempt to ban same-sex marriage in California.
Danish man sought embassy protection after Sarajevo violence
12:00 PM — One of the people injured when a homophobic mob attacked the opening event of Bosnia's first gay festival has spoken of his ordeal.
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
Nations pledge to support gay rights at UN meeting 1
6:23 PM — Several countries have responded positively to recommendations on gay rights at the 8th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Ugandan activists detained in “pattern of police harassment”
5:34 PM — Two human rights advocates in Uganda were held for a week without charges after police accused them of "recruiting homosexuals."