19th May 2008
Italy’s equality minister claims gay Pride is “pointless” 5
7:49 PM — A former model turned politician, who was appointed by Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's minister for equal opportunities, has attacked gay Pride events. Mara Carfagna is a former Miss Italy contestant.
Gambia’s President declares war on gay community 6
7:02 PM — Gay men and lesbians must leave the country within 24 hours or face "serious consequences," the President of Gambia said on Thursday.
Gay protest in Turkey makes the news in Iran 1
6:34 PM — The state broadcaster of the Islamic Republic of Iran has reported on an International Day Against Homophobia event in Turkey.
To Russia with love: world’s biggest Pride to twin with Moscow
4:23 PM — They could not be more different events. In Sao Paulo, a multitude of toned, tanned gays take to the streets in a carnival atmosphere that happens to be the biggest gay parade in the world.
France will argue for universal decriminalisation at UN
3:10 PM — The French minister of human rights and foreign affairs has announced that it will appeal at the United Nations for a universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Cuban TV shows Brokeback Mountain as part of anti-homophobia drive
1:35 PM — Governments local and national marked the International Day Against Homophobia on Saturday. Cuba took the lead, with the largest meeting of gay activists in the island's history.
Amnesty International highlights Pride problems across Europe
1:15 PM — A leading human rights group is calling on governments in Europe to secure the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Video: Ellen Degeneres announces her wedding plans
12:59 PM — At least one celebrity couple is planning to take advantage of last Thursday’s ruling by the California Supreme Court declaring the ban of same-sex marriage in the state to be unconstitutional.
17th May 2008
Pope re-voices gay marriage opposition following Californian judgement 8
6:40 PM — Pope Benedict yesterday restated the view of the Catholic Church that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
16th May 2008
Moscow bans gays and lesbians from holding demonstration
4:06 PM — A small group of gay men and women have been banned from holding a picket in front of the General Prosecution office in downtown Moscow on Saturday.
New Mayor calls Pride a “sexual exhibition” 3
12:39 PM — A former fascist elected to lead one of Europe's biggest cities has spoken out against the gay community. Gianni Alemanno defeated his opponents to take control of Rome on April 28th.
Ellen announces her intention to wed 3
11:59 AM — One of the world's best-known lesbians will announce on her show today that she intends to take advantage of the ruling of the California Supreme Court striking down a ban on gay marriage.
California must guarantee “basic civil right” of marriage 7
11:35 AM — Marriage equality activists across America have been celebrating yesterday's landmark decision by the California Supreme Court that the state can no longer exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage.
National AIDS Trust call on goverment to stop HIV discrimination 2
11:07 AM — This weekend The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is will be calling on the Government to change the law so that it properly protects people living with HIV from hate crime. The campaign will coincide with The International Day Against Homophobia which will take place this Saturday.
15th May 2008
California Supreme Court backs marriage equality 1
7:21 PM — The highest court in California has ruled in favour of equality for same-sex couples' access to civil marriage in the American state. Attorneys successfully argued that California violates the equal protection clause of its own constitution.
COMMENT: Governments must take all measures necessary to protect LGBT citizens
4:29 PM — A number of people around the world – including in Europe – continue to be stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
Microsoft regards ‘gay’ gamer tag as sexual innuendo
4:10 PM — Players of XBox online have been banned from using the name "thegayergamer" by internet company Microsoft.
New report claims 86 countries criminalise same-sex acts 2
2:26 PM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association’s 2008 report on state-sponsored homophobia says that being lesbian or gay is risking jail time in 86 countries and death penalty in seven.
Britain’s out MEP to march in Turkey for gay rights 1
1:44 PM — Michael Cashman with join authors, journalists and human rights defenders on a march against homophobia and transphobia in Ankara on Saturday. Mr Cashman is one of only two out gay MEPs.
Supreme Court to rule on gay marriage in California
11:37 AM — The California Supreme Court will decide today if barring same-sex couples from marriage violates the state’s constitution. The Court agreed to hear the case in 2006.