18th September 2008
Australia’s new Liberal leader urged to honour gay rights pledge 1
4:36 PM — An MP who represents a constituency with one of the highest gay populations in Australia has been elected as leader of the Liberal party.
Obama would seek consensus on gays in the military
3:55 PM — The Democratic candidate for President of the United States has said in an interview with gay news outlets that he wants a full debate about the ban on openly gay people in the US Armed Forces.
Amnesty calls on authorities to protect Bosnian gay festival 1
3:02 PM — A leading human rights group has said that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to a climate free of intimidation.
Gay holiday company ceases trading after XL collapse 1
2:04 PM — People who have booked trips to Spain with Throb Holidays may lose out after the company announced that it has gone out of business.
Iranian leader faces child execution protests during UN visit
1:13 PM — Human rights activists plan to protest against the President of Iran when he attends the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
17th September 2008
Muslim leader denies issuing progressive fatwa on gender surgery
5:52 PM — A Sunni Muslim cleric in Kuwait has denied media reports that he had become the first religious authority in the country to approve gender reassignment surgery.
16th September 2008
Obama “blessed with many openly gay and lesbian friends” 3
5:59 PM — The Democratic nominee for President of the United States has said that if elected he will work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights.
German gays on the rise, census shows 1
4:37 PM — Statisticians have claimed that the number of same-sex couples in Germany has doubled in the past decade. A micro-census conducted by federal statisticians in Wiesbaden say that the number of gay couples appearing in the figures has risen by 30,000 to 68,000 since 2006.
15th September 2008
Vitamin campaigner abandons libel case over AIDS drugs 1
4:14 PM — Matthias Rath, the doctor who discouraged use of AIDS treatments in favour of his own nutritional pills, has dropped a libel case against The Guardian newspaper.
Mormons send mixed message on gay marriage 3
3:10 PM — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released a document last month, which outlined its stance on same-sex marriage.
Gay man refuses deportation to Uganda 4
2:05 PM — A gay Ugandan man has refused to board his flight back to his country of origin. John "Bosco" Nyombi, 38, was due to be deported.
Lt Uhuru among guests at Mr Sulu’s LA gay wedding 4
1:09 PM — Star Trek icon George Takei has married his partner Brad Altman. The actor, who played Mr Sulu, is the latest high-profile Californian resident to tie the knot
Sarah Palin a “media-obsessed homophobe” says Lohan 16
12:57 PM — The Republican party nominee for Vice President of the United States has been criticised by actress Lindsay Lohan and the woman presumed to be her girlfriend.
12th September 2008
Queer festival to challenge Serbia’s far right 2
3:52 PM — Cabaret, street performance and film will all be on show at next week's Queer Beograd X5 in Belgrade. The festival begins on Thursday.
UN urged to push for ban on execution of children 8
2:01 PM — A human rights group has called for action on executions for crimes committed by children. The vast majority of executions of juvenile offenders take place in Iran.
Macedonia should recognise same-sex couples says rights commissioner
1:15 PM — The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has published a report into the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Macedonia.
Asia’s largest gay festival begins in Taipei
12:26 PM — The Taiwanese gay community will be celebrating during the coming month as the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival began today.
Gay Governor’s former wife will not sue for marriage fraud 1
12:12 PM — The ex-wife of a US politician who came out while Governor of New Jersey has decided not to pursue a claim of fraud against him.
11th September 2008
Italian comedian faces “Fascist” prosecution for mocking the Pope 12
4:03 PM — The Minister of Justice in Italy has given prosecutors permission to use a Fascist-era law to punish a comedian for mocking the Pope.
Candlelight vigil to mark 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder 1
2:49 PM — Ten years ago, all across the world, people kept vigil for a teenager who had been viciously attacked because he was gay.