9th May 2008
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.
INTERVIEW: The master of homoerotic horror
4:33 PM — Working for B-movie great Roger Corman in the early 1980s launched director David DeCoteau's career, but in the 57 films he's directed in the 20-some years since, the openly gay director has carved out a niche all his own.
America’s most senior military officer relaxed about gays serving 1
4:13 PM — The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has said that Congress, and not the military, is responsible for the ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service.
Apology for gay man detained for kissing boyfriend 3
1:18 PM — The Director of Tourism on the Cayman Islands has apologised to an American visitor who was targeted and held by police for kissing his boyfriend in public.
Clinton leads in Indiana as record numbers turn out to vote 4
10:24 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton is currently leading over Illinois Senator Barack Obama in early Indiana primary results. In both Indiana and North Carolina voter turnout was expected to reach record numbers.
Obama takes North Carolina primary
10:17 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama claimed victory in the North Carolina Democratic primary results yesterday. Just after voting polls closed in the state, CNN project Obama as the winner of the contest based on exit polls.
6th May 2008
Russian extremists call for recriminalisation of homosexuality 2
4:13 PM — Russian Vanguard, an ultra-religious monarchist group, has picketed the Kaliningrad concert of performer Boris Moiseyev because he is openly gay. The extreme nationalist group said it would not target the singer's fans.
Munich’s gay-themed maypole attacked by vandals 1
3:52 PM — A maypole featuring depictions of gay and lesbian life in the German city of Munich has been subjected to a suspected homophobic attack. The community resource was only erected last week.