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.
Kurdish doctor jailed for writing about homosexual sex 8
4:12 PM — A leading press freedom organisation has called for the release from prison of a doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an article about homosexual sex.
2nd December 2008
Obama: America’s destiny is shared with the world’s 1
6:05 PM — Yesterday's introduction of key members of the National Security Team by President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden saw many firsts.
US gay group welcomes Obama’s attorney general nominee 2
5:45 PM — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans group has welcomed the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.
Moscow activists pledge to go to Strasbourg over Pride bans
4:53 PM — A Russian court has thrown out appeals from the organisers of Moscow Pride over a ban on gay rights marches earlier this year.
Indian official questions right of High Court to decrminalise gay sex 3
3:46 PM — A senior government lawyer has said it "may not be proper" for the Delhi High Court to overturn a colonial-era law that bans "unnatural sex" in India.
Irish state broadcaster announces first gay programme 2
3:23 PM — One of RTE's new digital radio channels will broadcast Ireland's first ever programme specifically for the gay community.
Barack Obama commits to addressing AIDS “crisis” in the US
2:03 PM — The President-elect of the United States marked World AIDS Day yesterday with a committment to fight HIV in America as well as worldwide.