26th September 2008
New report shows rise in hate crimes across Europe 2
12:22 PM — A human rights group has published research into incidents of violent hate crime against minority groups in 56 North American and European states.
25th September 2008
Bosnia gay festival closes after attacks at opening event 8
5:52 PM — The organisers of a Queer Festival in Sarajevo have decided to close after some participants were attacked by an angry mob last night.
Senate to consider same-sex benefits for US federal employees
5:09 PM — A new report ahead of a US Senate hearing into the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act has costed the introduction of benefits for the same-sex partners of federal employees.
Bosnia must respect gay rights say MEPs 1
4:01 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has condemned the violence at the Sarajevo Queer Festival yesterday as "cowardly behaviour."
Serbian official praises police response to gay festival violence
2:56 PM — An independent ombudsman that protects the rights of citizens and controls the work of government agencies in Serbia has defended the rights of gay people to hold public gatherings.
London professor condemns fundamentalists for misinterpreting his research 5
2:09 PM — A leading British academic has spoken out after his work into homosexuality and depression was presented as proof that gay people are mentally disordered.
Czech vote on discrimination bill delayed until after elections 1
1:02 PM — A key parliamentary vote that would bring the Czech Republic into line with other EU nations has been delayed.
Eight injured in attack on gay festival in Sarajevo 5
11:31 AM — A homophobic mob, some wearing long beards and chanting Muslim slogans, has attacked participants in a gay festival in Bosnia.
24th September 2008
US star Clay Aiken comes out 3
3:13 PM — A popular American singer has appeared on the cover of People magazine with his baby son and confirmed he is gay.
Gay rights bill passes first stage in Australian parliament
2:09 PM — A new bill that aims to ensure equal treatment for gay and lesbian couples in Australia has been passed by the lower house of the Federal parliament.
Lindsay Lohan open about her relationship with Sam
12:33 PM — Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has confirmed she is "going out" with DJ Sam Ronson. There have been constant rumours about their relationship,
23rd September 2008
New Zealand Parliament recognises contributions of LGBT community
2:30 PM — The New Zealand Parliament has dedicated one of its select committee rooms, renamed "The Rainbow Room" to the LGBT community’s contributions to society.
Sex and the City star shows support for gay families 1
1:59 PM — An organisation that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender headed families has attacted support from one of the most prominent out women in Hollywood.
Gay American TV characters reach all-time high
1:52 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) have announced that the number of gay and lesbian TV characters on broadcast networks will double this season.
Gay rumours surround McCain’s chief of staff 3
1:21 PM — A radio station host and former Advocate editor-at-large has alleged that Mark Buse, presidential candidate John McCain’s chief of staff, is gay.
22nd September 2008
Indian government on brink of repealing anti-gay law 13
4:46 PM — The Indian government will take its case for decriminalising homosexuality to the Delhi High Court on Thursday.
Sponsorship rumours surround gay Olympic swimmer 3
4:27 PM — Matthew Mitcham, the Olympic gold medallist swimmer, may be about to sign his first national sponsor.
Nepalese lesbian recognised as “third gender”
11:02 AM — A lesbian in Kathmandu, Nepal has been recognised as "third gender" on an official identity card.
21st September 2008
Belgrade queer festival defiant after Fascist attack
12:21 PM — A group of 25 people were the victims of an "organised attack by fascists" after attending the 5th Queerbeograd festival in Belgrade.
19th September 2008
Airline refuses to deport gay asylum seeker from UK 3
6:32 PM — A campaign of "pester power" has convinced a national airline to decline to transport a gay man who claims his life is in danger if he is returned to his homeland.