13th October 2008
Gay state senator dies, aged 71
1:14 PM — Allan H. Spear, one of the first out gay US legislators, died on Saturday. Mr Spear died following complications that developed during heart surgery he underwent on Thursday.
12th October 2008
Travel: America’s strangest landmarks 3
12:38 PM — If you're looking for a close encounter of the unexpected kind then you might enjoy a trek around some of North America's strangest landmarks. There are some fascinating tourist spots in the area and we're not talking about Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon.
Travel: A taste of the Med- a cooking holiday
12:26 PM — One of the best things about visiting a different country is the cuisine, which is why so many people head to the Mediterranean each year. Its delectable combination of sun, sea, scenery and food is among some of the best to be found in the world. However while you can't bring the sunny climate home, you could bring back some Mediterranean culinary know-how. If you feel that gastronomic competence is something that's always evaded you, think again, as travel agent Mallorca Farmhouses is offering a cookery course with a difference.
Preview: Stephen Fry In America – The New World 2
12:10 PM — Stephen Fry was very nearly an American. Just before he was born, his father was offered, but turned down, a job at Princeton University.
11th October 2008
Connecticut Supreme Court overturns ban on gay marriage 6
10:57 AM — The Supreme Court of Connecticut has overturned a ban on gay marriage saying that by stopping same sex partners from marrying was a violation of their constitutional rights.
10th October 2008
Portugese parliament rejects gay marriage proposal 8
3:34 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Portugal will continue to be banned from getting married after the main government and opposition parties joined forces.
Post debate bump puts Obama 11% ahead
2:54 PM — The latest Gallup poll of the support for the candidates for President of the United States indicates that Barack Obama has widened his lead over John McCain.
Matthew Shepard’s mother hits out at prejudice and ignorance, ten years on 2
2:34 PM — Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, released the following statement as she marks the tenth year since his death on October 12th 1998.
Victory for Christians as McDonald’s gives in over gay rights 27
12:48 AM — Christian and conservative Americans are claiming they have forced one of the world's best-known companies to withdraw from National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Russian mayor blocks gay rights protest 1
12:24 AM — A municipal leader in Russia has said that a planned protest against homophobia by gay rights activists cannot go ahead.
Children of lesbians ‘at risk’ due to prolific sperm donors 2
12:12 AM — A health official in South Australia has warned that the state's rules on sperm donation could put the children of some lesbians at risk.
Grey’s Anatomy star donates to California gay marriage defence fund
12:02 AM — Hollywood star TR Knight has donated $50,000 (£29,000) to help defeat a proposal to remove the rights of lesbian and gay Californians to get married.
9th October 2008
Council of Europe calls on Bosnia to condemn homophobic violence
4:54 PM — An assembly of European parliamentarians has condemned the recent attacks on the organisers and participants of the Sarajevo Queer Festival by a homophobic mob.
86% of LGBT teens face harassment in US schools
4:24 PM — The most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in the United States has found they face widespread abuse.
Czechs face EU sanctions over anti-discrimination directive
2:36 PM — The Czech Republic could face an official complaint from the European Commission and financial sanctions over its failure to introduce an EU directive on discrimination into its legislation.
Bishops decide against church weddings for Norwegian gays 4
2:08 PM — The bishops of Norway's state church have ruled that there will be no weddings in church for gay and lesbian couples.
Immigration minister criticised for letting homophobic artist into Canada 1
1:44 PM — Campaigners against anti-gay "murder music" artists have accused a government minister in Canada of giving Jamaican star Buju Banton "a platform to incite murder."
MEPs want EU countries to recognise same-sex partnerships 1
12:48 PM — European Parliamentarians are urging EU-wide recognition of same-sex partnerships or marriages created in member states.
Baltic gays will celebrate Pride in May
12:10 PM — Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian gays and lesbians will gather in Riga next May for "Friendship Days," a Pride celebration.
Ferdinand demands FIFA take action over homophobia 4
11:54 AM — An English footballer has demanded that the game's authorities take homophobic chanting and abuse seriously.