13th August 2008
Man found guilty of gay blackmail attempt
2:24 PM — An Australian man who attempted to blackmail a gay man has been heavily fined. Justin Williams saw the man enter a public toilet block with two other men in Melton, whilst he was sitting in his car reading a newspaper in November, reports HeraldSun.com.
Jamaican lesbian avoids deportation from Florida
12:58 PM — A Jamaican lesbian living in Sunrise, Florida, has been allowed to stay in the U.S.A as she could be at risk of homophobic violence in Jamaica.
Number of Australian gay partnerships exceeds expectations 1
11:12 AM — More Australian gay couples are registering their partnerships than anticipated by the government.
Scientists say Red Cross blood ban case ‘a straw man’
10:28 AM — Two bio-ethicists today gave evidence at the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal investigating gay blood donation in Tasmania.
12th August 2008
New Zealand Catholic bishops offer election guidance on gay rights to voters 9
9:58 PM — Catholic bishops in New Zealand have issued a guide to help their worshipers decide who to vote for in the country's upcoming elections. The guide includes advice on the Church's views of abortion, embryo research, euthanasia and gay parenting.
Gay athletes raring to compete at Beijing Olympics
3:23 PM — A host of talented gay and lesbian athletes are set to take part at the Beijing Olympics.
No charge for attackers of Salt Lake gay man 13
12:58 PM — A group who attacked a gay man in Salt Lake, U.S.A. will not be charged with assault. David Bell, 30, was beaten by between three and five of his neighbours at his home on 4th July, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.
South African church musician dismissed for being gay 2
11:47 AM — A church organist in South Africa is suing his employers after being dismissed due to his sexuality.
HIV/AIDS expert compares Australian gay blood ban to racism 1
10:58 AM — The director of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria has likened the Australian Red Cross ban on gay blood donations to racist discrimination.
11th August 2008
Book on LGBT life in Muslim cultures published
2:29 PM — The editor of gay Muslim magazine Huriyah has released a book about LGBT people in the Islamic World. Afdhere Jama's book 'Illegal Citizens: Queer lives in the Muslim world' follows the lives of 33 people in 22 countries including Nigeria, Lebanon, Indonesia, Bosnia, China, India, Israel, and Ukraine.
No alimony for wife of gay ex-governor Jim McGreevey 1
10:08 AM — A New Jersey divorce court judge ruled on Friday that gay ex-Governor Jim McGreevey will not have to pay alimony to his ex-wife Dina Matos.
10th August 2008
Californian gay couple filed for divorce after just three days of marriage 3
12:05 AM — The first divorce of a gay couple in California was filed just three days after they married, court records have revealed.
8th August 2008
UN’s 2010 AIDS goal may not be reached
4:16 PM — The United Nations' goal of achieving "universal access" to anti-HIV drugs and care by 2010 is unlikely to be reached.
Gay favourite Bette Midler takes a swipe at MTV generation of pop stars
2:53 PM — The Divine Miss M. Bette Midler has lashed out at MTV for ruining young pop stars who are now incapable of connecting with audiences.
Gay Filipinos arrested in Saudi Arabia 6
1:58 PM — Two men from the Philippines have been arrested in the Saudi capital Riyadh for homosexual acts. The arrests by the Muslim nation’s "morality police" is the latest in a crackdown on gays.
India’s health minister calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality
1:29 PM — A leading Cabinet minister in India has said that laws that criminalise gay sex should be overturned. Anbumani Ramadoss made his remarks at the 17th International Conference on AIDS.
Gay blood donors would bring “infection and death” claims Red Cross 2
12:38 PM — Gay activists have accused the Red Cross of scare tactics on the first day of a hearing into Australia's gay blood ban in Hobart yesterday.
Teenager accused of murdering gay classmate pleads not guilty 3
11:42 AM — A 14-year-old boy pleaded not guilty yesterday at the start of his trial in California for the murder of his classmate.
Democratic convention platform short on LGBT issues 2
10:43 AM — The Democratic National Committee sent a draft of the party’s 2008 platform to committee members yesterday that incorporated planks from the platforms of former candidates.
Video: Kanye West asks his fans to turn their back on gay hate 5
10:29 AM — Rapper and record producer Kanye West took a moment during a concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to denounce homophobia and anti-gay hate language.