26th August 2008
NBC censored gay Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham 12
12:28 AM — US television network NBC censored the sexuality of Olympic gold medal diver, Matthew Mitcham it has been claimed.
Iconic American LGBT publication The Advocate sold by PlanetOut
12:11 AM — Planet Out, has sold The Advocate and a number of other publications to Regent Media, the owners of Gaywired and here! tv.
23rd August 2008
No hope for Hillary Clinton – Obama picks Joe Biden as running mate 5
7:31 PM — Ending weeks of speculation as to who would join Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama on the November ticket, the Obama campaign announced on Friday that Delaware Senator Joe Biden would be the vice presidential nominee.
Gay hero Matthew Mitcham wins Olympic 10m diving gold medal 17
4:30 PM — From gay icon, to Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham has won his first gold medal. He is the only openly gay male athlete competing in has won his first gold medal. He is the only openly gay male athlete competing in Beijing. There are 9 lesbians and one bisexual woman competing alongside him.
22nd August 2008
Concerned Women for America claim gay greeting cards are detrimental to children 38
4:49 PM — Senior members of Concerned Women for America (CWA) have condemned Hallmark's marketing of greeting cards aimed at gays and lesbians.
Lawrence King’s school records obtained for accused teen’s defence case 4
4:13 PM — The school records of murdered gay teenager Lawrence King have been released to the lawyer defending the student accused of killing him.
Ugandan AIDS Commission Chief says homosexuality must be stamped out in schools 8
12:21 PM — Dr Kihumuro Apuuli, the Ugandan AIDS Commission Chief, has warned the education ministry of that country that homosexuality is "rife" in schools.
21st August 2008
EXCLUSIVE: MEP plans campaign to have UK civil partnerships recognised in Europe 13
5:01 PM — A Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has revealed plans to campaign for the recognition of UK civil partnerships (CPs) in other EU states.
Gay rights supporter Stephanie Tubbs Jones dies 1
4:09 PM — Ohio Representative and Democratic super-delegate Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died after suffering an aneurysm while driving her car on Tuesday night.
Millions poured into battle over Proposition 8 3
3:24 PM — Out-of-state money has been flooding in either side of the Proposition 8 debate in California.
Ghanaian “gay” man accused of child abuse 1
1:12 PM — A 30-year-old Ghanaian man, whom the Ghanaian press have labelled as "gay", has been charged with child abuse.
Malawi Gay Rights Movement to promote female condoms
12:46 PM — The newly-formed gay movement in Malawi is committed to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS by advocating female condoms, Africa News reports.
Mixed messages on Brazilian gay rights 1
12:28 PM — Brazil's lower house of Congress has rejected part of a pending adoption law that would have allowed gay couples to adopt children.
Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz unimpressed by lesbian kiss 3
12:11 PM — Scarlett Johansson and Penolope Cruz share an on-screen kiss in Woody Allen's latest film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Polish Reformed Church denies “gay sect” accusations 1
11:37 AM — The Reformed Catholic Church has responded to a recent spate of articles from the Roman Catholic Church in Polandwhich have described the church as a "gay sect".
South African Trans-woman in beauty pageant furore
11:25 AM — A row has erupted over a transgender woman who has apparently been snubbed by the organisers of the Miss South Africa pageant.
Student victim of gay “witch-hunt” wins in court but faces backlash from neighbours 7
11:19 AM — A student who sued her headmaster for conducting a homophobic "witch-hunt" is facing a hostile response from local residents.
20th August 2008
Teens charged with murder of supposed gay gang member 2
4:40 PM — Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of a supposedly gay fellow gang member, and are being held without bail after a court hearing.
Malawian gays form association 9
3:31 PM — Gays and lesbians in Malawi have formed the Malawi Gay Rights Movement (Magrim), as homosexuality is a criminal offence punishable by hard labour in their republic.
Gay marriage opponents join forces in Connecticut
2:31 PM — The Family Institute of Connecticut wants a system of direct initiative, in which people can petition to get issues onto the ballot, because it hopes voters will eventually pass a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage .