7th August 2008
Lesbian politician to co-chair Obama LGBT committee
1:58 PM — With the US Presidential race tightening, Barack Obama is stepping up his efforts to reach out to the gay and lesbian community.
Video: Paris Hilton responds to McCain ad with “bid” for White House
11:31 AM — Last week, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain used the images of poptart celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in a new campaign ad video.
EXCLUSIVE: Man forced to sell flat after French refuse to recognise civil partnership 16
11:18 AM — A gay man has spoken of his anger after French authorities refused to recognise a UK civil partnership.
6th August 2008
‘God Hates Fags’ sect to picket show about their founder 9
5:39 PM — Alistair Newton, playwright and director of The Pastor Phelps Project: A Fundamentalist Cabaret, has invited the show's inspiration, homophobic pastor Fred Phelps, to the opening night.
Obama pledges support for gay families 1
4:45 PM — The presumptive Democratic party nominee for President of the United States has pledged to work towards the elimination of discrimination against LGBT families if elected.
Schwarzenegger to decide on honour for assassinated gay politician
4:18 PM — The Governor of California has been sent a bill that would make the anniversary of the birth of Harvey Milk a "day of significance" in the state’s educational institutions.
Moscow Pride organisers invite Boris 2
1:19 PM — Organisers of Moscow Gay Pride have invited the mayors of three leading European capitals to take part in Gay Pride events in the Russian capital in 2009.
MTV and MySpace join forces to promote HIV awareness
11:10 AM — MTV Networks International (MTVNI) and MySpace have announced the launch of Untold Stories, an interactive story-writing competition.
Obama and McCain battle for vital female vote
12:49 AM — Given that women have held the key to deciding every Presidential election since 1968, it appears that both the Republican and Democratic presumptive nominees have some work to do.
President Bush’s homophobia makes my blood boil says Lauper 4
12:42 AM — During a stop on her True Colours tour recently, gay rights advocate Cyndi Lauper blasted President George W Bush, calling him homophobic and anti-American.
5th August 2008
Prison gang rape of Mafia ‘poet’ prompts government response 4
5:23 PM — The Sicilian Mafia's "honour code" doesn't bar members from being poets, but a jailed suspect's penchant for writing verse led his fellow mobsters to assume he was gay.
Bill Clinton: AIDS is “a very big dragon” but it can be slain
2:15 PM — Former US President Bill Clinton said nations fighting AIDS need to reform their health care systems to reach high-risk groups neglected during the past quarter of a century.
India’s gay prince charms EuroPride 1
1:49 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people braved pouring rain in Stockholm on Saturday at this year's colourful EuroPride parade.
South Carolina tourism director speaks up for gay tube adverts 1
12:59 PM — Amid the row about adverts in London promoting South Carolina as a gay destination, the head of the state's tourism agency said yesterday he wanted the campaign to continue.
Transgender murder victim referred to as “it” 4
12:16 PM — A 32-year-old man has confessed to the killing of 18-year-old transgender woman Angie Zapata, after being arrested about 50 miles away from the murder scene.
Parenthood and belief in God prompt gay partners to make commitment
10:47 AM — Gay and lesbian couples are more likely to legalise their relationship and hold a commitment ceremony if they have children and strong religious beliefs, says a new study.
4th August 2008
Facebook may help prove gay refugee’s claims says Canadian group 2
5:55 PM — Gay and lesbian refugee claimants struggling to shed old-world views of their sexuality are turning to new-age technology to make their case.
EU condemns Iran for public execution of 29 people 3
5:47 PM — The European Union has condemned in the "strongest terms" the execution of 29 people at a notorious prison in Tehran last month.
Bishop urges gay priests to “say it out loud” 1
2:56 PM — The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church has said many of his fellow clergy have "an unwillingness to be honest" about their sexual orientation.
Dutch ministers join 500,000 revellers at Amsterdam Pride
2:29 PM — Senior members of the government of the Netherlands have taken part in the annual Amsterdam Pride celebrations for the first time.