4th November 2008
Death of Obama’s grandmother brings campaigning to a solemn end
1:28 PM — The woman who raised Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama from the age of ten has died. Her grandson is on the cusp of becoming the first African-American to win the highest office in America.
Oscar buzz surrounds Sean Penn’s portrayal of gay politician Harvey Milk
12:12 PM — The critics have heaped praise upon actor Sean Penn's performance in the biopic Milk, leading Hollywood watchers to suggest he may be nominated for an Oscar.
Connecticut gays can get married from November 12th
12:05 PM — A judge in Connecticut has scheduled a hearing for the morning of November 12th to enter the final judgment in a case that permits same-sex marriages.
18,000 same-sex marriages in California ahead of statewide vote 1
11:36 AM — A leading research centre has estimated that more than 18,000 gay and lesbian couples have got married in California since the state Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriages in May.
Comment: Forget Obama, in California it’s all about Proposition 8 11
12:42 AM — Benjamin Cohen reports from San Francisco, where almost no one is talking about the Presidential election. The focus is Proposition 8.
3rd November 2008
Obama and McCain campaign in last few hours before election day
2:17 PM — Senator John McCain is fighting right down to the wire in the US Presidential election. More than 130 million Americans are expected to cast their votes tomorrow.
Commissioner tells ILGA that gays are denied “core human rights” 1
1:49 PM — Freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and the right to life, liberty and security are often not applied to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, a Council of Europe commissioner has said.
Malaysian police target gay people in Saturday afternoon raids 2
1:27 PM — More than 70 men were arrested in a series of raids by police in Malaysia. It is reported that Chinese, US and European citizens are among them.
Borat’s gay alter-ego Bruno crashes vote Prop 8 rally 2
1:10 PM — British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has taken part in a rally opposing gay marriage, in the guise of his character Bruno, an camp Austrian fashionista.
2nd November 2008
Preview: Stephen Fry In America – Mountains And Plains 3
5:35 PM — Stephen Fry travels the entire length of America, a country that could nearly have been his home, as his road trip across all 50 States continues. He travels from the northern to southern borders, where he sees the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the prairies – "America's Breadbasket".
1st November 2008
Obama had “no knowledge” his aunt was in US illegally 3
7:30 PM — The Democratic party candidate for President of the United States has moved to distance himself from a relative who has been living in the country illegally.
Analysis: The complex system that elects a US President 1
5:54 PM — In most democratic countries, the people vote and either through first past the post or a form of proportional representation, a government or leader is elected.
Gay marriage compared to Nazi Germany as California gets ready to vote 9
3:45 PM — Proposition 8 is already the most expensive social issue ballot in US history, with more than $65m donated to both sides of the gay marriage debate.
31st October 2008
Call for action after tear gas attack on gay event in Guatemala
7:31 PM — A gay human rights group has demanded action after recent attacks on gay events in Guatemala.
Singapore’s first gay protest postponed to allow for bigger event
5:49 PM — A small outdoor protest for gay rights due to take place in Singapore next month has been postponed because of the positive response from the gay community.
Catholic bishops donate money to fight against gay marriage in California 4
5:00 PM — The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States has donated $200,000 (£124,000) to the campaign to ban gay marriage in California.
Vatican approves new tests to weed out ‘gay’ priests 20
1:41 PM — Men who aspire to the priesthood may face psychological tests to check whether they are homosexual, despite the fact that Roman Catholic priests are celibate.
30th October 2008
Queen of Spain speaks out against gay marriage 28
6:12 PM — Queen Sofia of Spain has caused outrage among gay groups after extracts from a new biography show she is hostile to gay people.
Video: Obama’s £1.9m ad dominates US primetime
5:38 PM — The Democrat candidate for President of the United States bought half an hour of airtime yesterday evening to try to convince undecided voters to back him in next week's election.
Ireland’s President urges kids to fight gay bullying 3
4:37 PM — The President of Ireland has spoken at a forum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people. Mary McAleese said that homophobic bullying must be tackled.