23rd May 2008
UK is “committed to promoting LGBT rights overseas” 8
1:18 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that it will engage with foreign governments about the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
EU must insist Turkey “respect LGBT people’s basic rights” 6
12:22 PM — A leading human rights group has produced a report documenting "long and continuing history of violence and abuse based on sexual orientation and gender identity" in Turkey.
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.
John McCain talks gay marriage with Ellen 2
2:41 AM — On the heels of the California Supreme Court’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage, perhaps a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show wasn't the safest stop on Senator John McCain’s campaign tour.
Russian Health Ministry ends ban on gay blood
1:56 AM — The Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development has repealed the ban on blood donations by homosexual people, it emerged last night.
22nd May 2008
Gay man elected mayor of major US city 2
4:05 PM — Sam Adams has won the race to become Mayor of the American city of Portland, Oregon. The 44-year-old is already a city commissioner.
Court ruling allows legal challenge to US gay military ban 1
1:56 PM — A US federal court of appeal has reinstated a lawsuit by a decorated Air Force nurse who is suing after she was discharged for being a lesbian.
Tabloids speculate about Jodie Foster’s “other woman” 1
1:32 PM — Oscar winning actress Jodie Foster had another woman lined up when she and her partner of 14 years, Cydney Bernard, called it quits.
European Parliament demands US reconsider HIV ban 5
12:42 PM — An amendment urging the European Commission to raise the issue of people with HIV being exempted from entry into the US visa waiver programme has been passed by MEPs.
Christian groups halt gay rights event in Ukraine
12:15 PM — LGBT groups in the Ukraine were prevented from marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) last week after a last minute intervention by local religious groups.
Foreign Office instructs embassies to push LGBT rights 4
12:07 PM — The British government has adopted an official programme to support the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in other countries.
Tragic end for lesbian couple tormented by family pressure
11:26 AM — A lesbian couple who committed suicide by setting themselves on fire have been put to rest in a joint cremation this week. Christy Jayanthi Malar, 38, and Rukmani, 40, set themselves ablaze.
21st May 2008
Poland seen as “a country of homophobes and Teletubbies specialists” 21
3:28 PM — The Prime Minister of Poland has spoken out about his country's image abroad under the Presidency of Lech Kaczynski. Last week Human Rights Watch inducted the President into their annual "Hall of Shame."
Danes protest against gay hate music on Freewebs.com 1
2:44 PM — Online music stores are selling so-called Murder Music despite protests from gay rights activists. Martin Adelskov complained to Freewebs.com and Indietitan.com after coming across hate-filled content.
Handbook on transgender children released
12:46 PM — For parents and professionals alike, raising a transgender child can be confusing and challenging. A new book published in the US tackles the issues thousands of families face.
MEPs demand comprehensive discrimination legislation
12:31 PM — The European Parliament yesterday voted to adopt a report by a West Midlands MEP calling for protection for gay and lesbian people from discrimination.
Praise for Ted Kennedy after brain tumour diagnosis
11:56 AM — Massachusetts Senator Edward 'Ted' Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, according to a statement released by his doctors yesterday.
Concerned Women of America insult Ellen’s gay wedding 2
11:51 AM — In the aftermath of California's historic Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, talk show host Ellen Degeneres announced she would, at long last, marry her longtime partner Portia De Rossi.
Hillary wins Kentucky as number-crunching continues
10:42 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton has taken victory in the Kentucky Democratic primary yesterday as expected, with Illinois Senator Barack Obama on track to win in the Oregon primary results.
20th May 2008
Publicity is vital claims Russian gay activist
3:29 PM — GayRussia.ru, which describes itself as "the leading LGBT human rights organisation in Russia," has marked its third birthday.