9th December 2008
UK argued against gay people’s right to family life in European Court 5
4:22 PM — A member of the House of Lords has welcomed the government's decision to withdraw from the position that same-sex relationships fall outside the ambit of family life as defined by the European Convention on Human Rights.
Beautiful Thing debut brings tale of British gay teens to Shanghai 1
3:25 PM — One of the most acclaimed plays about teenage gay experience is to open in the Chinese city of Shanghai later this month.
Teen accused of homophobic murder ruled fit to stand trial
2:31 PM — Lawyers representing a 14-year-old boy accused of the murder of an openly gay classmate have failed in an attempt to have him declared developmentally incapable of standing trial.
South Korea challenged over “rampant discrimination” against gays 1
1:50 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in South Korea face "rampant" discrimination, a coalition of LGBT groups and straight supporters have said.
Same-sex marriage bans lead to Day Without A Gay protests 3
1:27 PM — A novel form of civil protest will be practised by gays in the US tomorrow. For those angry at bans on gay marriage, tomorrow is the Day Without A Gay.
Gays protest outside the Vatican in support of UN declaration 2
1:04 PM — Hundreds of people protested outside the Vatican City on Saturday in support of the declaration calling for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next week.
US Supreme Court decides Obama is not British and can become President 13
12:43 PM — America's highest court has declined to even hear a case brought by a retired lawyer that claimed President-elect Barack Obama is not qualified to take the highest office in the land.
Comment: Moscow Pride organisers appeal to Council of Europe
12:21 PM — The organisers of Moscow Pride have written to the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe - the event has been banned every year.
Maltese gays want to emigrate because of discrimination 12
12:14 PM — Three-quarters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Malta would emigrate if they had the chance, according to a new survey.
8th December 2008
Italian footballer claims top players pay him for sex 16
4:02 PM — An Italian man has claimed that up to 30 top flight footballers have paid him for sex.
US Armed Forces look to foreign recruits – as long as they are straight 3
2:07 PM — America's military leaders have approved a one-year pilot programme that aims to recruit up to 1,000 foreign nationals to plug chronic staff shortages.
Irish gay marriage activists stage registry office “break in” 2
1:02 PM — A group that advocates full civil marriage for same-sex couples in Ireland demonstrated in Dublin at the weekend.
Iowa court to rule on gay marriage 2
12:22 PM — A lawsuit brought by gay-rights organisation Lamda Legal, on behalf of six same-sex couples, is scheduled to be heard tomorrow by the Iowa Supreme Court in Des Moines.
5th December 2008
LGBT Africans demand action on AIDS pandemic ahead of international conference 1
5:42 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from more than 25 African countries have demanded an urgent response to the HIV pandemic affecting their communities.
Nepal’s gay MP to address international leadership conference
3:51 PM — The 24th annual International Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference is underway in Washington DC.
Two year study concludes seaweed extract ‘ineffective’ against HIV
3:32 PM — A trial of a compound extracted from seaweed that was thought to prevent the spread of HIV has proved disappointing.
Gay groups back lesbian candidate for US Secretary of Labour
2:56 PM — A coalition of 12 leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans organisation in the United States have written to the country's President-elect urging him to nominate Mary Beth Maxwell.
Australia and US not signed up to UN decriminalisation declaration 7
12:00 PM — Several nations with sizable gay communities have not signed up to a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN this month.
4th December 2008
Second Presidential candidate nominated for Obama’s new Cabinet 2
5:24 PM — Bill Richardson was named as Barack Obama's choice for Commerce Secretary yesterday. Mr Richardson was an early contender for the Democratic nomination for President.
South African journalist to face equality court over homophobic article 4
4:34 PM — Gay rights advocates in South Africa have expressed delight that after pickets and protest the country's Human Rights Commission are to take a journalist to court over a homophobic newspaper article.