22nd May 2008
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.
Pope’s ban on gay priests is “without exception” 3
2:46 PM — A senior Vatican official has written to every bishop of the Roman Catholic Church reiterating that the ban on gay men entering seminaries to train for the priesthood applies to all such institutions.
Senator and former KKK member backs Obama for President
1:26 PM — The longest-serving member of the US Senate has backed Barack Obama's bid for the White House. Robert Byrd has represented West Virginia since 1959.
MEPs discuss discrimination directive 1
12:55 PM — A leading British member of the European parliament has attacked the Conservative party for refusing to support a new "horizontal" EU directive on discrimination.
Marriage is the final frontier for Mr Sulu 1
12:39 PM — In the wake of last week’s ruling by the California Supreme Court declaring the ban on gay marriage in the state to be unconstitutional, several celebrity gay couples have announced plans to head to the altar shortly.
California honours murdered gay politician
12:31 PM — Just days after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on same-sex marriage, another LGBT related provision passed the State Assembly in California. On Monday, it was announced that a bill to recognise slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.
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.