15th August 2008
German Arabic magazine claims gay men carry “flesh-eating bacteria” 9
3:55 PM — A German Arabic language magazine is being investigated by police after it published an article claiming that shaking hands with gay men can transmit disease.
Gay wedding for DeGeneres and De Rossi 2
3:06 PM — Comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres marry her longterm partner, actor Portia de Rossi, in California this weekend.
Tyra Banks Ready to Name America’s Next Top ‘Trans’ Model? 1
2:50 PM — Could this be the season America’s Next Top Model scores a Cover Girl contract for a trans woman? On the heels of the judges declaring the first plus size model a winner last season comes news this season will introduce the show’s first transgender contestant.
Family of Lawrence King blame death on school dress code 15
12:31 PM — The family of a gay student who was shot in class blames his death partially on the school district for not enforcing the school dress code.
Canadian found guilty of child abuse 1
11:30 AM — A Canadian man has been convicted for abusing a teenage boy in Thailand. Christopher Neil, a 32-year-old schoolteacher, was sentenced to three years and three months in prison and fined 60,000 baht (£954).
HIV infection from gay blood donors likely once every two centuries, lawyer claims 4
10:01 AM — The Anti-Discrimination Tribunal against the Australian Red Cross' ban on gay blood donation heard today that HIV-infected blood from a gay man was likely to slip through screening only once in 197 years.
14th August 2008
U.S. Representatives draft call for gay rights
5:25 PM — Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative for Wisconsin, yesterday claimed that the Democratic platform will contain an 'historic' rally for gay rights.
Gay sex becomes legal in Panama 4
4:04 PM — President Martin Torrijos Espino has decriminalised gay sex in Panama. On 29th July, President Espino and Health Minister Rosario E. Turner signed a decree repealing a 1949 law that made gay sex an illegal offence that would incur a $500 (£266) fine or a prison sentence.
Gay bishop calls Sydney diocese ‘bigoted’ 2
3:09 PM — The only openly gay Anglican bishop Gene Robinson has spoken out against the Archbishopric of Sydney. Robinson, bishop of New Hampshire, accused Archbishop Dr Peter Jensen and his diocese of intolerance in an interview with Australian magazine SX.
Anti-homophobic bullying legislation introduced to New York Senate
11:46 AM — Ten New York Republican Senators have introduced legislation to the State Senate that will ban homophobic bullying in schools.
Expert claims old blood is riskier than blood donated by gay men
10:53 AM — An expert witness in the Anti Discrimination Tribunal regarding gay blood donation in Tasmania claims that blood over 14 days old is far more dangerous than blood from gay donors.
13th August 2008
Israeli professor indicted for incitement to anti-gay violence 1
5:47 PM — Hilleil Weiss, a Bar-llan university professor, has been indicted for public homophobic remarks made regarding Jerusalem Pride 2005.
Gay man expected to become Congressman
4:02 PM — Jared Polis is expected by the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund to become the first ever out gay man elected to the U.S. Congress as a non-incumbent.
Under 1% of HIV spending focused on gay men 3
3:34 PM — Less than 1% of HIV/AIDS prevention spending targets gay and bisexual men worldwide. Research by UNAIDS from 2006, the most recent data available, shows that only a tiny fraction of the $669 million (£352 million) spent globally on prevention services is aimed at men who have sex with men.
Man found guilty of gay blackmail attempt
2:24 PM — An Australian man who attempted to blackmail a gay man has been heavily fined. Justin Williams saw the man enter a public toilet block with two other men in Melton, whilst he was sitting in his car reading a newspaper in November, reports HeraldSun.com.
Jamaican lesbian avoids deportation from Florida
12:58 PM — A Jamaican lesbian living in Sunrise, Florida, has been allowed to stay in the U.S.A as she could be at risk of homophobic violence in Jamaica.
Number of Australian gay partnerships exceeds expectations 1
11:12 AM — More Australian gay couples are registering their partnerships than anticipated by the government.
Scientists say Red Cross blood ban case ‘a straw man’
10:28 AM — Two bio-ethicists today gave evidence at the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal investigating gay blood donation in Tasmania.
12th August 2008
New Zealand Catholic bishops offer election guidance on gay rights to voters 9
9:58 PM — Catholic bishops in New Zealand have issued a guide to help their worshipers decide who to vote for in the country's upcoming elections. The guide includes advice on the Church's views of abortion, embryo research, euthanasia and gay parenting.
Gay athletes raring to compete at Beijing Olympics
3:23 PM — A host of talented gay and lesbian athletes are set to take part at the Beijing Olympics.