9th December 2008
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.
Gay humanists condemn Vatican’s stance on universal decriminalisation 7
1:52 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has condemned the Vatican's opposition to a declaration against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
EU framework for tackling racism could lead to recognition of homophobic crime 1
1:36 PM — The new Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia has been adopted by the European Council of Ministers, exactly seven years after it was first presented by the European Commission.
Burundi urged not to criminalise homosexual acts
12:49 PM — A leading human rights group has called on politicians in Burundi to drop plans to amend the penal code and prohibit same-sex acts.
Moscow’s gay-bashing Mayor pledges continued intolerance 6
12:34 PM — The Mayor of Moscow has said he will continue to ban gay "propaganda." Moscow Pride organisers have been denied the right to hold an event in May for three years running.
3rd December 2008
75% of Americans support legal recognition for same-sex couples 5
5:43 PM — A new survey has revealed that a majority of Americans support some form of legal civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. However, just 47% favour gay marriage while 49% oppose it.
Obama may nominate gay woman Mary Beth Maxwell to his Cabinet
4:34 PM — US news sources are reporting that a lesbian employment rights activist is one of three people being considered for the post of Labour Secretary.