29th September 2008
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.
Bosnia must respect gay rights say MEPs 1
4:01 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has condemned the violence at the Sarajevo Queer Festival yesterday as "cowardly behaviour."
Serbian official praises police response to gay festival violence
2:56 PM — An independent ombudsman that protects the rights of citizens and controls the work of government agencies in Serbia has defended the rights of gay people to hold public gatherings.
London professor condemns fundamentalists for misinterpreting his research 5
2:09 PM — A leading British academic has spoken out after his work into homosexuality and depression was presented as proof that gay people are mentally disordered.
Czech vote on discrimination bill delayed until after elections 1
1:02 PM — A key parliamentary vote that would bring the Czech Republic into line with other EU nations has been delayed.
Eight injured in attack on gay festival in Sarajevo 5
11:31 AM — A homophobic mob, some wearing long beards and chanting Muslim slogans, has attacked participants in a gay festival in Bosnia.
24th September 2008
US star Clay Aiken comes out 3
3:13 PM — A popular American singer has appeared on the cover of People magazine with his baby son and confirmed he is gay.