13th May 2008
COMMENT: Gay marriage in America – two steps forward, one step back
12:35 PM — I'm not a big game show watcher. But I do know that you get to spin big wheels on The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. Sometimes you hit the jackpot, sometimes you land in a good spot and sometimes you get skunked.
Clinton on course to win West Virginia 1
9:41 AM — Though polls can be deceiving, according to a Suffolk University study, Hillary Clinton is heading into today's West Virginia primary with a stellar 36 percent lead over contender Barack Obama.
12th May 2008
Belgian surgeons to perform Cuba’s gender reassignment operations 1
2:56 PM — The head of Cuba's National Centre for Sexual Education, Mariela Castro, has revealed that 30 gender reassignment operations have been approved. She told AFP "we're getting ready a team of surgeons from Belgium" to perform the procedures.
We don’t want gay blood, says Polish MP saved by transfusion
2:07 PM — Poland's Blood Donation Centre is considering a ban on blood donations from gay men. Doctors at the centre said they are not prejudiced, but think the ban will reduce the risk of HIV, syphilis and hepatitis.
COMMENT: Gay press calls on Hillary to stand aside
10:51 AM — If you believe in media narratives (sometimes a very dangerous thing to do) Hillary Clinton’s quest for the White House has come to an end.
Police look on as fascists attack gays at Moldova’s banned Pride
9:44 AM — Lesbian and gay activists in Moldova have begged the European Union and the Council of Europe to intervene after their attempt to hold a Pride event at the weekend was banned and then blocked by police inaction and violence.
9th May 2008
No charges over photos of teenage athletes on gay porn sites 8
3:09 PM — Prosecutors in Orange County, California have announced they will not bring any charges against two men who took pictures of teenage water polo players which were then posted on gay porn sites.
Canberra gay couples can register, but no ceremony 1
2:47 PM — Australia's federal government has been accused of "playing to the politics of the extreme right religious lobby" after it forced the country's Capital Territory (ACT) government to water down plans to legally recognise same-sex couples.
Californian Mayoral race has shades of Boris and Ken 1
1:54 PM — A controversial candidate for Mayor has stunned voters in the liberal city where he is seeking election by making provocative statements about gay marriage. Mr Johnson said that he thinks marriage is between a man and a woman.
EU backs religious discrimination against gay teachers 5
1:25 PM — Trade union groups in the Republic of Ireland have expressed their dismay at a ruling by the European Commission confirming that church schools can sack teachers who are openly gay.
Movie mogul demands Dem “revote” in Florida and Michigan
10:30 AM — Hollywood heavy-hitter and ardent supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton, Harvey Weinstein threatened to hit Congressional Democrats in the wallet unless US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave him the go-ahead to finance revotes in Florida and Michigan.
One in five US gays and lesbians writes a blog 1
10:22 AM — According to a recent survey of Americans conducted by Harris Interactive, gay and lesbian adults online are reading and writing more blogs than their heterosexual counterparts.
8th May 2008
Religious groups gang up against Moscow Pride 3
4:12 PM — The leaders of all the major religions in Russia have written to the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights urging him not to support gay people's right to march.
Hillary promises to stay in the race for the White House 4
3:36 PM — Even as one of her longtime supporters, former senator George McGovern, begged Hillary Clinton to drop out of the Presidential race, the former First Lady vowed to continue the fight.
US State Department criticised for treatment of gay staff
1:26 PM — The only out lesbian in the US Congress has said she is unhappy with the response from the country's Secretary of State about unequal treatment of lesbian and gay staff in her department.
Alleged rape of gay man by Peruvian police sparks international protest 2
12:57 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is asking its supporters to write to the authorities in Peru about the handling of a case of alleged rape.
Gay Eurovision fans issued with advice
12:27 PM — The British Embassy in Belgrade is funding the production of an information leaflet for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people planning to visit the city for the Eurovision Song Contest later this month. The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) of Belgrade will be producing the leaflet.
Former supporter urges Clinton to make way for Obama 4
11:05 AM — On the heels of Tuesday’s narrow win in Indiana and huge loss in North Carolina for the Clinton camp, Senator George McGovern called for the New York Senator to drop out of the race and let Barack Obama secure the nomination.
7th May 2008
Gay penguins top list of controversial books – again
4:59 PM — A heart-warming tale of same-sex love and parenting among New York penguins has topped the list of books most complained about in American libraries for the second year running.
Denver lesbians on trial for marriage protest
4:44 PM — A court in Colorado has heard that a lesbian couple who held a sit-in protest against the state's ban on same-sex marriage are guilty of trespassing. Sheila Schroeder, 43 and Kate Burns, 44, staged their protest in September 2007.