14th December 2008
Rufus Wainwright not a gay marriage supporter but criticises Prop 8 15
3:05 PM — Gay star Rufus Wainwright reveals that he's not a gay marriage supporter, but argues against Proposition 8. Singer, Wainwright, has told the New York Press"Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter."
12th December 2008
PFLAG launches safe schools training for parents and LGBT allies 3
3:16 PM — An advocacy and support group for the families and friends of lesbian and gay people has launched a new community-based safe schools programme.
MEPs call on Vatican to embrace LGBT rights 4
2:33 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called on the Vatican to support a statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights to be read out at the UN next week.
Obama’s environmental protection team brings first LGBT appointment 2
1:50 PM — The first prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person to be appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's new administration is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.
Video: Republican party must take “long hard look at itself” 1
1:01 PM — A leading Republican has said that the party needs to change if it wants to have a future in America.
11th December 2008
Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement 13
4:18 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.
Eid pardon for Kurdish journalist imprisoned for writing about gay sex
3:35 PM — A doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an medical article about sodomy has been pardoned and released.
Mayor of Hobart apologises 20 years after gay ban
2:57 PM — In August 1988, a newly formed group pressing for law reform in Tasmania set up a stall at a popular outdoor market in Hobart.
Nepal to support LGBT rights statement at UN 2
2:41 PM — The Prime Minister of Nepal has instructed his country's UN Ambassador to support an oral statement on the universal rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Australia’s human rights body considers third gender recognition 2
9:33 AM — The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission has raised the possibility of the creation of an official intersex status in Australia.
New report documents rights of children in LGBT-led families
9:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association has launched a new report on the rights of children raised in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans families in Europe.
10th December 2008
New York Democrats refuse to give in on gay marriage 3
11:41 PM — A power struggle between Democrats in the New York State Senate that at one point threatened the party's commitment to gay marriage continues.
Mayor of Moscow’s message to gay Eurovision fans – stay off the streets 18
9:59 PM — The Mayor of Moscow has used a Eurovision Song Contest ceremony to warn gay people visiting the city for the event next year that they are not welcome on the streets.
“Rainbow Maniac” serial killer may be targeting gay men in Sao Paulo 1
6:20 PM — The murders of thirteen gay men over a period of 18 months in a suburban park in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo may be the work of a serial killer.
South Africans still not OK with same-sex relationships
6:00 PM — 82% of the adult population of South Africa think that sex between two men or two women could be considered ‘always wrong,' according to the latest South African Social Attitudes Survey.
Gay political leader pledges to cut German aid to homophobic countries 5
5:22 PM — An openly gay politician in Germany has said that if he is appointed Foreign Minister next year he will cut aid to countries that discriminate against women or sexual minorities.
Vatican claims to support human rights but still opposes UN declaration on sexuality 9
5:02 PM — The Director of the Vatican Press Office has claimed that the Roman Catholic Church supports the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Italian TV channel attacked for showing cut version of Brokeback Mountain 3
4:47 PM — Italy's national broadcaster has said it will show gay cowboy love story Brokeback Mountain in full after it came under fire for broadcasting a cut version.
Analysis: What does the UN statement on LGBT rights say? 1
4:26 PM — Next week the United Nations General Assembly will meet. France on behalf of the EU is to make a declaration from the podium in support of the human rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Russia, US and South Africa under pressure to sign UN decriminalisation statement 4
4:17 PM — LGBT activists in several countries have asked their governments to support a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next month.