20th October 2008
Iran declares moratorium on executions of juveniles
12:57 PM — A moratorium has been placed on death sentences for people who were under 18 when they committed capital crimes in Iran.
18th October 2008
Thousands attend funeral of right-wing gay Austrian politician Joerg Haider 1
1:18 PM — Tens of thousands of people have lined the streets of the Austrian city of Klagenfurt for the funeral of the fascist politician Joerg Haider, who died in a car crash a week ago.
Preview: Stephen Fry In America – The Deep South 22
12:10 PM — "I'd rather be curled up in a snowy cabin with a hot whisky or, quite frankly, a Horlicks than I would spend half an hour in this rotting place." Stephen Fry exclaims after visiting the USA's southern states in his six part BBC series.
17th October 2008
Dutch court hears evidence from victims of ‘HIV gang’
2:18 PM — The trial of three men accused of deliberately injecting others with HIV-infected blood has heard testimony from some of their alleged victims.
Europe cannot impose recognition of same-sex partnerships says EU Commissioner 11
1:51 PM — The man responsible for the new EU directive on discrimination has said that it is up to individual member states whether or not to legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Austrian fascist leader visited gay bar before death crash 15
12:48 PM — The former leader of the far right in Austria was drinking in a gay bar the night he died, it has emerged.
16th October 2008
Spanish military LGBT activist releases gay calendar 2
5:25 PM — Albert Marchena and made history by being part of the first ever same-sex civil ceremony to take place between two military men in Spain in 2006.
Gays motivated by greed, Ugandan bishop tells school 27
2:57 PM — Bishop of Mukono Eria Paul Luzinda claimed that homosexuality is increasing in Uganda, and that this increase can be blamed on a desire for wealth.
California teachers union donates to No on 8 campaign 13
2:04 PM — The California Teachers Association (CTA) donated $1 million (£578,640) to the No on 8 campaign.
Indian Prime Minister intervenes in gay sex decriminalisation court case
1:40 PM — The court case in which the decriminalisation of gay sex in India is being debated took an unexpected turn when the Prime Minister stepped in.
Gay activist to sue former Victorian premier over bisexual trainer comments 1
11:35 AM — Sydney gay rights activist Gary Burns is planning to sue Jeff Kennett, Victorian premier (1992-1999) and President of Hawthorn Football Club.
Six arrested on Florida University campus in gay rights protest
11:08 AM — Members of a gay rights "Equality Ride" protest were arrested yesterday as they attempted to enter a university campus chapel.
Lawrence King murder suspect fires public defenders
10:31 AM — Brandon McInerney, the 14 year old boy accused of murdering gay classmate Lawrence King, has been allowed to fire his public defenders.
15th October 2008
Transgender entertainer is latest in Korean string of suicides
4:49 PM — A transgender woman who found fame through appearing on a Korean game show after gender realignment has committed suicide in what experts are calling a 'copycat suicide.'
Gay high school could open on Obama’s home turf
4:18 PM — Presidential hopeful Barack Obama was formerly an Illinois state senator, covering parts of Chicago
DeGeneres urges California to vote no on Propostion 8 2
1:31 PM — Comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres made an appeal on The Tonight Show, showing her support for gay marriage.
Delhi High Court demands scientific evidence for ban on gay sex 2
12:28 PM — The Delhi High Court has criticised the Indian central government (the "centre") for using inadequate evidence in its case to retain Section 377.
Brazilian Mayoral candidate sparks controversy with homophobic ad 7
11:38 AM — Marta Suplicy, left-wing candidate for mayor of Sao Paulo, is at the centre of a political furore over an election advertisement.
14th October 2008
Malawi paper claims gay group will meet with country’s President 2
5:08 PM — Gay rights activists have been invited to meet with Malawi's President at the State House later this month, it has been reported.
Baron Mandelson under pressure not to take Brussels ‘golden goodbye’ 3
4:20 PM — Peter Mandelson took his seat in the House of Lords yesterday. He becomes one of three openly gay peers, all men.