17th July 2008
Gay Iranian granted refugee status by UN
2:54 PM — A gay Iranian asylum seeker has been granted refugee status by the UN after eighteen months of campaigning.
Human Rights Watch calls on EU nations to back discrimination directive
1:04 PM — A New York-based human rights group has called on the member states of the European Union to implement a new directive on discrimination.
Plan to name AIDS bill after homophobe is “bizarre” 2
12:42 PM — He backed the ban on HIV+ people entering the United States and slammed the government for spending money on a "disease transmitted by people deliberately engaging in unnatural acts."
Joker role could win posthumous Oscar for Brokeback star 2
12:14 PM — The new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, lands in Britain next Friday. Buzzing with the glowing reviews of Heath Ledger's last performance as the Joker, the late actor has been tipped for a posthumous Oscar.
COMMENT: Is Hillary setting her sights on 2012? 2
11:54 AM — Remaining true to her image as a tenacious fighter, Senator Hillary Clinton has dusted herself off after the bruising 2008 Democratic primary race against Barack Obama.
Singing star Cole has Hepatitis C
11:19 AM — Grammy winner Natalie Cole has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a liver disease doctors say likely stemmed from her past years of drug abuse, her publicist said in a statement yesterday.
Ron Paul under fire over health cover for Presidential campaign workers 2
11:07 AM — Kent Snyder, the openly gay 49-year-old campaign chair responsible for helping Libertarian Presidential hopeful Ron Paul raise more than $35 million, died on June 26 after being hospitalised for about two months.
South Carolina gays pledge to pay for Tube adverts
10:44 AM — The organisers of Pride in the US state of South Carolina have decided to raise money to pay for an ad campaign on the London Underground promoting the state to gay tourists.
16th July 2008
Former minister arrested over sodomy allegations 2
5:49 PM — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been arrested and will be detained overnight following allegations of sodomy made last month.
Senate may vote to repeal US ban on HIV+ travellers
5:24 PM — A former candidate for President of the United States has said he hopes he will be able to remove a ban on people who are HIV positive travelling to the country.
AIDS conference to demand action not words over human rights
1:28 PM — The host country of an AIDS conference has been criticised for falling short on commitments made to address HIV-related human rights abuses.
The fight for EU discrimination directive has barely begun 1
1:13 PM — The announcement last month that the European Commission is to introduce a new directive on discrimination was warmly welcomed by gay rights advocates.
McCain moves to clarify hardline stance on gay adoption
12:52 PM — John McCain has been sending contradictory messages regarding his stance on gay adoption in recent days. In an interview Senator McCain appeared to align himself with President George W. Bush’s tough stance.
Massachusetts moves to allow out of state gays to get married 1
11:54 AM — An obscure law originally passed to deny some interracial couples access to marriage will be repealed, the Massachusetts state Senate has decided.
15th July 2008
Obama’s double-digit lead over McCain evaporates 1
7:54 PM — Barack Obama's lead over his Republican rival Senator John McCain appears to have almost completely evaporated in recent weeks.
Tom Cruise adverts appear on gay blog
3:50 PM — File this one under oops… maybe. After years of telling the world he’s not gay, an ad for Tom Cruise’s official website is going after the gay community for business.
Insurance website claims gay men die younger than straights 1
2:17 PM — A leading insurance comparison website has caused a storm of debate by claiming gay men have a life expectancy 20 years shorter than heterosexual men.
UN under fire over treatment of gay asylum seekers
11:54 AM — Two gay Iranian asylum seekers are being ignored by UN refugee authorities in Turkey because of their sexuality, claims the Iranian Queer Organisation.
14th July 2008
McCain: “I don’t believe in gay adoption” 3
9:57 PM — The presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States declared his opposition to gay adoption in an interview in yesterday's New York Times.
Bush pays tribute after death of former White House Press Secretary 1
9:25 PM — President George W. Bush issued a statement this weekend saying he and his wife, Laura Bush, were "really saddened" by the death of former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.