22nd September 2008
Sponsorship rumours surround gay Olympic swimmer 3
4:27 PM — Matthew Mitcham, the Olympic gold medallist swimmer, may be about to sign his first national sponsor.
Nepalese lesbian recognised as “third gender”
11:02 AM — A lesbian in Kathmandu, Nepal has been recognised as "third gender" on an official identity card.
21st September 2008
Belgrade queer festival defiant after Fascist attack
12:21 PM — A group of 25 people were the victims of an "organised attack by fascists" after attending the 5th Queerbeograd festival in Belgrade.
19th September 2008
Airline refuses to deport gay asylum seeker from UK 3
6:32 PM — A campaign of "pester power" has convinced a national airline to decline to transport a gay man who claims his life is in danger if he is returned to his homeland.
Matthew Shepard’s university to dedicate memorial bench
4:21 PM — The University of Wyoming will mark the tenth anniversary of the murder of gay student Matthew Shepard later this month.
Case closed on Congressman’s teen sex charges
2:40 PM — A former member of the US House of Representative will not face any charges after an investigation by authorities in Florida into whether he used computers to solicit minors for illegal activities.
Man accused of murdering trans teenager in court
11:52 AM — A judge in Colorado has ruled that a 31 year old man will stand trial for the first degree murder of an 18 year old trans woman and a "bias-motivated crime."
Brazil’s President backs same-sex unions 1
11:32 AM — Gay couples exist and we must give them legal recognition, the President of Brazil said yesterday.
Trans singer wants to be known for her music 2
11:08 AM — A teenage singing sensation who underwent gender reassignment treatments from the age of 12 is tipped for chart success.
No prosecution for comedian over Papal jibe 3
10:12 AM — The Minister of Justice in Italy has decided not to use a Fascist-era law to punish a comedian for mocking the Pope.
18th September 2008
Gay marriage ban loses support in California 1
5:24 PM — A new opinion poll indicates a drop in support for a proposed ban on same-sex marriages in California. Proposition 8 will be put before voters in the state on election day in November.
Human rights conference to be held alongside Outgames in Copenhagen
4:55 PM — The second International Conference on LGBT Human Rights will be held at the same time as next year's World Outgames.
Australia’s new Liberal leader urged to honour gay rights pledge 1
4:36 PM — An MP who represents a constituency with one of the highest gay populations in Australia has been elected as leader of the Liberal party.
Obama would seek consensus on gays in the military
3:55 PM — The Democratic candidate for President of the United States has said in an interview with gay news outlets that he wants a full debate about the ban on openly gay people in the US Armed Forces.
Amnesty calls on authorities to protect Bosnian gay festival 1
3:02 PM — A leading human rights group has said that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to a climate free of intimidation.
Gay holiday company ceases trading after XL collapse 1
2:04 PM — People who have booked trips to Spain with Throb Holidays may lose out after the company announced that it has gone out of business.
Iranian leader faces child execution protests during UN visit
1:13 PM — Human rights activists plan to protest against the President of Iran when he attends the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
17th September 2008
Muslim leader denies issuing progressive fatwa on gender surgery
5:52 PM — A Sunni Muslim cleric in Kuwait has denied media reports that he had become the first religious authority in the country to approve gender reassignment surgery.
16th September 2008
Obama “blessed with many openly gay and lesbian friends” 3
5:59 PM — The Democratic nominee for President of the United States has said that if elected he will work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights.
German gays on the rise, census shows 1
4:37 PM — Statisticians have claimed that the number of same-sex couples in Germany has doubled in the past decade. A micro-census conducted by federal statisticians in Wiesbaden say that the number of gay couples appearing in the figures has risen by 30,000 to 68,000 since 2006.