30th September 2008
DeGeneres speaks against Proposition 8 2
11:52 AM — American lesbian comedienne and chat show host Ellen DeGeneres has called for Californians to reject Proposition 8. The amendment to the marriage legislation would effectively ban gay marriage in California, if it passed a public vote in November.
Sydney celebrates first gay Jewish commitment ceremony 2
11:25 AM — The first Australian same-sex commitment ceremony to take place in a synagogue was held on Sunday. Christopher Whitmont-Stein, 38, and Scott Whitmont, 47, had already entered into a civil commitment ceremony in 2002, took part in traditional Jewish wedding rites.
29th September 2008
Indian court told to ignore health minister’s call for decriminalisation 1
6:39 PM — A lawyer representing the government of India has said in court that it "does not matter" that the country's health minister supports the decriminalisation of gay sex.
Record turnout at Asia’s largest Pride event
6:23 PM — The Taiwanese gay community celebrated the highlight of the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival with a Pride parade on Saturday.
Greeks protest for same-sex marriage ahead of trial 2
3:26 PM — The case of two same-sex couples who took advantage of a loophole in Greek law and got married on the island of Tilos will be heard by a Greek court later this week.
EU equality summit meets in Paris
3:08 PM — Diplomats, gay rights advocates and representatives from the field of equal opportunities are meeting in France today to discuss how to apply the principles of non-discrimination.
Malawi’s gays hope new High Commissioner will help their cause
2:32 PM — The Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim), which was launched earlier this month as a public campaign group after six years underground, has sparked a political row.
Morocco may give gays some rights ‘within fifty years’ 6
1:49 PM — An international congress on gay rights in Muslim countries has been told that the north African nation of Morocco may grant rights to homosexuals "within fifty years."
Google opposes ban on gay marriage
12:48 PM — Internet company Google will publicly oppose an attempt to ban same-sex marriage in California.
Danish man sought embassy protection after Sarajevo violence
12:00 PM — One of the people injured when a homophobic mob attacked the opening event of Bosnia's first gay festival has spoken of his ordeal.
Pepsi risks boycott with donation to gay support group 6
11:46 AM — A leading soft drinks manufacturer has donated $500,000 (£277,000) to a programme for workplace equality.
26th September 2008
Nations pledge to support gay rights at UN meeting 1
6:23 PM — Several countries have responded positively to recommendations on gay rights at the 8th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
Ugandan activists detained in “pattern of police harassment”
5:34 PM — Two human rights advocates in Uganda were held for a week without charges after police accused them of "recruiting homosexuals."
Indian government argues to retain ban on gay sex 5
3:13 PM — A row between two government departments in India over the decriminalisation of "un-natural" sexual acts has resulted in a victory for those who oppose the change.
Gay Canadians urged to vote Conservatives out of office
2:09 PM — A leading gay and lesbian media group in Canada has published a 16-page expose of the Conservative party alleging that they "pandered to antigay, faith-based groups."
Iranian President attacks US acceptance of homosexuality 11
1:38 PM — The President of Iran has admitted in an interview that there may be "a few" gay people in his country, but attacked homosexuality as destructive to society.
Gay leader assassinated in Baghdad 22
12:43 PM — A leading gay activist in Iraq has been assassinated. 27-year-old Bashar was targeted by gunmen yesterday.
New report shows rise in hate crimes across Europe 2
12:22 PM — A human rights group has published research into incidents of violent hate crime against minority groups in 56 North American and European states.
25th September 2008
Bosnia gay festival closes after attacks at opening event 8
5:52 PM — The organisers of a Queer Festival in Sarajevo have decided to close after some participants were attacked by an angry mob last night.
Senate to consider same-sex benefits for US federal employees
5:09 PM — A new report ahead of a US Senate hearing into the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act has costed the introduction of benefits for the same-sex partners of federal employees.