2nd December 2008
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.
Vatican opposes UN resolution on decriminalisation 18
12:19 PM — The Vatican's observer at the United Nations has criticised a European Union initiative on homosexuality.
1st December 2008
James Franco: Sean Penn wanted more gay sex in Harvey Milk film 2
10:57 PM — Hollywood star Sean Penn urged the writers of the Harvey Milk biopic Milk to include more gay sex scenes, says co-star James Franco. Penn plays Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official, in the film.
President-elect Obama challenged over HIV civil rights abuses
6:58 PM — An LGBT civil rights group has urged the new President of the United States to tackle inequalities faced by people living with HIV and AIDS.
Obama nominates former rival Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State 2
5:52 PM — Today saw a moment of healing for the Democratic party when US President-elect Barack Obama formally nominated Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
Britain’s £15m support for change in direction on AIDS in South Africa
2:21 PM — The UK's International Development Minister travelled to Johannesburg last week to offer the new South African Health Minister, Barbara Hogan, direct support as she embarks upon a new drive to tackle the HIV epidemic.
Graham Norton confirms he will not be replacing Sir Terry as Eurovision host
1:22 PM — Comedian and TV presenter Graham Norton has put an end to rumours that he will be replacing fellow Irishman Terry Wogan as the BBC's Eurovision host.
Gays in Haiti show their Pride during AIDS march 1
12:18 PM — A small group of men openly declared their homosexuality during a protest in Haiti at the weekend.
Obama to name Clinton and Jones in new national security team
11:55 AM — The President-elect of the United States is expected to nominate Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State later today when he names his national security team.
MEPs call for worldwide action on AIDS
10:56 AM — Leading members of the European Parliament are calling on leaders at all levels of society to support existing commitments to strengthen vulnerable communities.
28th November 2008
New guidelines advise Irish doctors how to treat gay and lesbian patients 1
5:26 PM — The Irish College of General Practitioner's (ICGP) launched a comprehensive guide to lesbian, gay and bisexual issues for GPs this week.
Health ambassador sacked for standing by anti-gay comments 14
5:20 PM — Australia's Health Minister Nicola Roxon has dismissed one of the new Men's Health Ambassadors for co-authoring an anti-gay, anti-transgender report.
‘Ladyboy’ protests amid Thailand’s political chaos
4:12 PM — The ever increasing turbulence of the anti-government protests notwithstanding, a demonstration of a different nature was taking place yesterday in Bangkok.
Gay penguin couple accused of stealing eggs from straights 2
4:07 PM — A pair of gay penguins has been stealing eggs from straight couples in an attempt to become 'fathers'.
Obama transition team denies he will delay ending gay military ban 2
4:02 PM — A spokesperson for US President-elect Barack Obama has said that no decisions had been made about the strategy or timing of an attempt to end the ban on openly gay, lesbian or bisexual people serving in the country's Armed Forces.
Number of HIV+ gay men in China rises to 5% in three years 1
2:27 PM — A new survey of gay men in China has found that 4.9% are living with HIV. In 2005 the figure was 0.4%.
Writers create pro-gay ‘Princess Diana’ bible 8
1:17 PM — Film-maker Max Mitchell has announced plans to publish a pro gay translation of The Bible to be called 'The Princess Diana Bible'.
27th November 2008
Malaysia’s fatwa council explains how ‘tomboys’ become lesbians 15
4:32 PM — A Malaysian religious leader has spoken for the first time in detail about the ramifications of the fatwa passed last month that ruled against women indulging in activities deemed as 'masculine.'
Polish Catholics boycott IKEA over catalogue “promoting” homosexuality 33
3:55 PM — Catholics in Poland are calling for a boycott of furniture retailer IKEA because its catalogue features pictures of same-sex couples.