23rd October 2008
Trans woman claims violation of human rights over marriage refusal
1:42 PM — A woman in Malta who has been refused the right to get married to her male partner because she used to be male has challenged the decision in court.
Leader of Austrian right sacked for revealing Haider was his gay lover 5
10:54 AM — The man who has taken over the leadership of right wing political party Alliance for the Future of Austria after the death of Joerg Haider has revealed that they were lovers.
22nd October 2008
Decision on Chicago’s LGBT high school delayed 2
12:53 PM — The Chicago school board will not vote on plans for a high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans students until next month.
Irish gay rights group says civil partnerships “a matter of immediate urgency” 4
12:08 PM — Despite considerable progress in the last year, there remain significant challenges for gay and lesbians in Ireland, according to the annual report from the nation's leading homosexual rights group.
Bahrain MP calls for action against homosexuals 14
11:42 AM — The new session of Parliament in the Gulf state of Bahrain began this week with calls for a crackdown on gays.
21st October 2008
Judge slams Indian government for calling homosexuality as a disease 4
6:40 PM — The government of India has been challenged in court for calling homosexuality a disease.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Brown hosts Downing St lunch for US gay rights activist 3
5:40 PM — A leading American LGBT rights advocate was the guest of honour at a private lunch at Downing St today.
Gays are “recruiting” claims Ugandan paper 12
3:28 PM — The gay community in Uganda is recruiting new members, according to a leading newspaper in the East African nation.
Gay website “outs” straight X Factor contestant Austin Drage 2
2:21 PM — One of the finalists in a popular ITV reality show has admitted he is straight after Australian website DNA declared him to be "openly gay."
Nigerian ambassador to EU pressured over treatment of gay Christians 1
2:01 PM — Members of the European Parliament have drawn attention to the harassment faced by people working for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Nigeria.
Sarah Palin supports federal ban on same-sex marriage 28
1:00 PM — The Republican party Vice Presidential candidate has spoken out against the rights of lesbian and gay Americans.
20th October 2008
Ellen buys airtime to plead for gay marriage 4
5:31 PM — A leading lesbian entertainer has bought $100,000 (£58,300) of TV airtime in California to ask the state's voters to support gay marriage.
Obama ahead in key states as McCain’s campaign stumbles 5
5:14 PM — The Democratic party nominee for President of the United States looks increasingly likely to clinch the White House as the election campaign enters its final furlong.
Ugandan lesbian granted asylum in UK 3
2:10 PM — A judge has ruled that a lesbian woman from Uganda may remain in the UK. Prossy Kakooza, 26, fled her homeland after her family found her in bed with her partner.
Experts predict sharp rise in HIV infections among Hong Kong gays
1:41 PM — One third of men who have sex with men could be infected with HIV unless prevention measures work, according to experts in Hong Kong.
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.