25th November 2008
New rights for Australian gay and lesbian couples approved by Senate 8
1:46 PM — Legislators in Australia have voted to grant equal rights for same-sex couples in areas such as taxation, healthcare and retirement benefits.
Burundi MPs vote to criminalise same-sex acts ahead of UN appeal 3
1:12 PM — An African nation has become the latest to criminalise homosexual acts, just weeks before France will plead for universal decriminalisation at the UN.
Gay Mayor of Paris distances himself from Socialist party infighting
12:55 PM — The French Socialist party has been left in chaos following the narrow victory by Martine Aubry in the election for leadership.
24th November 2008
104 retired US top brass call for end to ban on gays in the military 2
3:07 PM — Former general and admirals in the United States Armed Forces have called on the current policy that discriminates against gays and lesbians serving be overturned.
South African gays picket Human Rights Commission over ‘hate speech’ article
12:42 PM — Gay rights advocates in South Africa have attacked the country's Human Rights Commission for failing to comment on the case of a columnist who wrote a homophobic newspaper article.
22nd November 2008
Video: Turkey slaughter backdrop for Sarah Palin’s bizarre interview 7
2:55 PM — She electrified the Republican party base during the US Presidential elections with her hunting and shooting hockey mom persona.
21st November 2008
Chicago’s first gay-friendly high school off the agenda 4
4:51 PM — Backers of the creation of a high school for gay pupils have asked the Chicago Board of Education to take the plan off the agenda as they consider how to implement it.
MEPs ask Commission if gay asylum seekers should be returned to Iran 9
4:07 PM — Members of the European parliament have intervened in the case of a gay man from Iran who was reportedly refused asylum in Cyprus on the grounds of his sexual orientation.
Dating site backs down over heterosexuals-only policy 8
2:43 PM — A popular dating site has agreed to set up a separate site for gay and lesbians after setting a lawsuit out of court.
Obama to nominate Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State 3
1:57 PM — An aide to Barack Obama's transition team has told reporters in the US that Hillary Clinton has agreed to be his nominee for US Secretary of State. An announcement is expected next week.
Harvey Milk would have forced more action on AIDS, claims Sean Penn
12:41 PM — The actor who plays gay politician Harvey Milk in a biopic to be released in the UK next year has said that his death left the community less able to push for action on AIDS.
20th November 2008
Dutch men responsible for homophobic attacks police figures reveal 7
7:13 PM — A new system for reporting hate crimes in The Netherlands has found that the vast majority of homophobic attacks are carried out by native Dutch men.
MEP calls for EU strategy on HIV ahead of World AIDS Day
6:05 PM — Across the world people will mark World AIDS Day on December 1st, its 20th anniversary.
US braces itself for Day Without A Gay protest against marriage discrimination 8
2:01 PM — The passing of a ballot measures banning gay marriage in California, Florida and Arizona earlier this month has led to a new surge in activism across the US, sometimes referred to as Stonewall 2.0.
Unions call for an end to discrimination on Transgender Day of Remembrance 1
1:18 PM — The 9th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance has been marked in the UK by the Trades Union Congress with a call on employers to stop discriminating against people on the grounds of gender identity.
California Supreme Court grants review of challenges to gay marriage ban 4
11:51 AM — The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case filed by supporters of gay marriage challenging the validity of Proposition 8.
19th November 2008
President-elect Obama promises to back gay rights legislation 32
2:03 PM — The next President of the United States has published a comprehensive list of action he will take on gay rights.
Sweden removes transvestism and other ‘sexual behaviours’ from list of diseases
1:26 PM — The National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden has decided to remove a range of 'sexual behaviours' from the official disease registry.
Indian police accused of “social cleansing” after another attack on trans community 1
12:39 PM — Police in Bangalore reportedly forced about 100 transgender people from their homes last week, the latest in a pattern of harassment.
Video: LGBT families defend their rights online as part of Stonewall 2.0 1
12:02 PM — A new campaign that showcases the reality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans families has been launched in the US.