2nd October 2008
Finnish President speaks out after sacking of lesbian editor 1
6:27 PM — A media company in Finland is facing high level criticism after it allegedly sacked a female newspaper editor because she is in a lesbian relationship.
McCain’s limp responses to questions from gay community 9
2:26 PM — The Republican candidate for President of the United States has given a written response to questions for a leading American gay publication.
Vatican blocks appointment of gay diplomat 12
1:56 PM — The next French envoy to the Holy See has been chosen after Roman Catholic officials rejected the first candidate because he is gay.
MEPs concerned over state persecution of gays in Uganda
1:36 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has expressed concern over the treatment of gay, lesbian and trans people in Uganda.
Sydney Mardi Gras gets government funding for first time 1
1:23 PM — One of the world's best-known gay events is being given state backing. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras generates more than $30m (£13.3m) for the city and state of New South Wales.
1st October 2008
Bulgarians continue to reject homosexuality
6:13 PM — New research has highlighted the extent of homophobia in Bulgaria. A poll released today found that 80% of Bulgarians have negative attitudes to gays and lesbians.
Canadian politician says gays should be executed 23
6:09 PM — Canadian police are holding an investigation into whether an independent federal candidate committed a hate crime by telling school students that gays and lesbians should be killed.
Fire fighters claim damages for “sexual harassment” at Pride 3
4:44 PM — Four San Diego fire fighters who claim that they were sexually harassed at a gay pride event began their court case yesterday. Their lawyer Charles Limandri said that the fire fighters should receive at least $1 million (£552,550) in compensation.
Sarajevo Queer Festival organisers receive more death threats 1
4:22 PM — LGBT rights activists and participants in Bosnia’s first Queer Festival have continued to receive death threats following a violent attack in which eight people were injured.
Health minister asks Indian PM to intervene over decriminalisation
4:10 PM — An Indian Cabinet minister has said that he will ask the country's Prime Minister to intervene in the row over the decriminalisation of homosexual acts.
Irish Human Rights Commission calls for transgender rights
3:35 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has stated that there is a need to reform laws regarding transgendered people and birth certificates.
US accused of not overturning ban on HIV+ visitors 1
12:55 PM — A New York-based LGBT immigration pressure group has accused the US government of failing to follow a new policy on HIV+ people visiting the country.
30th September 2008
Sean Penn boasts to Madonna about kissing boys 11
1:06 PM — Sean Penn, who is to star in new film Milk, has shared an on-screen kiss with co-star James Franco. The actor was reportedly so excited about his first gay kiss that he sent a text message to Madonna about it.
Gay Congressman at centre of financial crisis 2
12:09 PM — A veteran fighter for gay rights has come under fire for his role in the current crisis in the financial markets.
DeGeneres speaks against Proposition 8 2
11:52 AM — American lesbian comedienne and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres has called for Californians to reject Proposition 8. The amendment to the marriage legislation would effectively ban gay marriage in California, if it passed a public vote in November.
Sydney celebrates first gay Jewish commitment ceremony 2
11:25 AM — The first Australian same-sex commitment ceremony to take place in a synagogue was held on Sunday. Christopher Whitmont-Stein, 38, and Scott Whitmont, 47, had already entered into a civil commitment ceremony in 2002, took part in traditional Jewish wedding rites.
29th September 2008
Indian court told to ignore health minister’s call for decriminalisation 1
6:39 PM — A lawyer representing the government of India has said in court that it "does not matter" that the country's health minister supports the decriminalisation of gay sex.
Record turnout at Asia’s largest Pride event
6:23 PM — The Taiwanese gay community celebrated the highlight of the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival with a Pride parade on Saturday.
Greeks protest for same-sex marriage ahead of trial 2
3:26 PM — The case of two same-sex couples who took advantage of a loophole in Greek law and got married on the island of Tilos will be heard by a Greek court later this week.
EU equality summit meets in Paris
3:08 PM — Diplomats, gay rights advocates and representatives from the field of equal opportunities are meeting in France today to discuss how to apply the principles of non-discrimination.