3rd June 2008
Beauty spot hosts first same-sex ceremony in Canberra
11:43 AM — The first civil ceremony marking the registration of a same sex relationship has taken place in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
World can support gay marriage in US with a billion clicks
11:35 AM — Substantial gains in same-sex marriage rights have recently been won in California and New York, but marriage equality still does not exist throughout the United States.
Latvian MPs’ attack gays for “immoral and hooligan behaviour” 4
11:18 AM — A group of MPs from the Latvia First Party, referred to as the "party of priests," has attacked what it calls the "gross interference of a homosexual group of European Parliament members into Latvia’s internal affairs."
Fears for tourists in Gambia as two men held on “gay” charges
10:49 AM — Two Spanish men have been taken into custody by police in the Gambia after being accused of trying to solicit sex from male taxi drivers.
Barr, the unknown Presidential hopeful
10:31 AM — Largely ignored by the public at large, the American Libertarian Party wrapped up their nomination process last weekend with former Republican Bob Barr taking the nomination.
2nd June 2008
Popularity contest highlights gay role models 2
6:25 PM — Gay entertainment website AfterElton’s list of men their readers find sexually attractive has a heterosexual as the 'most wanted.' Those joining him in the top slots of "Hot 100" list have something new in common.
UN human rights head decries “perpetuation of prejudice”
4:49 PM — In a valedictory speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council today, Louise Arbour has challenged the continued oppression of women and sexual minorities.
Godfather of haute couture dead at 71 1
3:28 PM — Yves Saint Laurent, the iconic fashion designer, died last night at his home in Paris. He was 71. Saint Laurent was one of the greatest French couturiers of the 20th century.
Maltese government’s “inhumane” treatment of trans bride 1
1:58 PM — A court has backed the Director of Public Registry who will not release marriage banns for a transsexual woman and her male partner in Malta.
Gays excluded from HIV work in Uganda 1
1:41 PM — The head of Uganda's AIDS commission has claimed that gay people are driving up the number of infections in the country, but said they would not be targeted with prevention work.
COMMENT: We outfoxed the Moscow authorities
12:46 PM — Moscow lesbians and gays successfully held Pride with widespread coverage by alternative, prominent international and some mainstream Russian media.
Gay basketball hero to be Olympic ambassador 1
12:27 PM — Former NBA player John Amaechi will be Amnesty International's first sporting ambassador at the Beijing Olympics this summer.
Greek prosecutors to stop same-sex marriage 2
12:12 PM — Greece’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman, the country’s Supreme Court prosecutor Giorgos Sanidas, has said in a directive.
More church troubles for Obama campaign
11:38 AM — Barack Obama’s choice of church and spiritual counsel is once again causing problems for his campaign for President of the United States.
Heavy security as protesters outnumber gays at Riga Pride
11:28 AM — A march for gay rights has passed off peacefully in the Latvian capital Riga. Police arrested four of an estimated 400 anti-gay protesters, but the threats of violence against the Pride march did not materialise.
Four arrested after Moscow’s unauthorised Pride demonstrations
11:02 AM — A group of 30 gay activists managed to stage short protests in front of Moscow City Hall and a statue of Tchaikovsky yesterday without being arrested.
Hillary wins in Puerto Rico but Obama within reach of nomination
10:36 AM — This weekend Hillary Clinton both gained ground and lost it following the Democratic National Committee’s ruling on delegates from Florida and Michigan.
31st May 2008
Ten states call for delay of Californian gay marriage 13
12:46 PM — The attorneys general of 10 US states have applied to the Californian Supreme Court to delay finalising its ruling to legalise gay marriage. Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah all say that they need time to consider the status of their residents who marry in California.
30th May 2008
Council of Europe expresses concern over gay rights in Turkey 2
6:25 PM — The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has today issued a stark reminder to the Turkish government about freedom of expression and association.
American Idol star stuns fans with baby announcement
3:45 PM — Clay Aiken stumped a greater portion of the American public with the news that the American Idol also-ran has apparently fathered a child.