27th October 2008
California’s First Lady backs gay marriage 6
2:08 PM — Maria Shriver, the wife of Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, has publicly expressed her support for same-sex marriage in the state.
Texts are latest weapon in South Africa’s HIV battle
1:30 PM — A million text messages a day will be sent as part of a new scheme to encourage South Africans to be tested for HIV.
25th October 2008
Mandelson reveals he first met Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska in 2004 3
1:33 PM — Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has confirmed that he met with the controversial Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2004, two years earlier than his former European Union officials.
Travel: Sinful but fun-filled St Tropez 2
12:45 PM — Of all the exuberant cities on the Cote d'Azur, St Tropez has the most sinful reputation for fun and frolicking. It is glamorous, gregarious and oh so gorgeous.
Travel: Get arty in Aarhus
12:41 PM — Denmark's second largest city Aarhus, offers a vibrant art and cultural scene making it an excellent choice for an "art-house" weekend away. Its heady mixture of old-world charm, vibrant social life and rich beautiful scenery, make the perfect ingredients for a relaxing city break.
Comedian Jerry Lewis under fire after calling cricket a “fag’s game” 9
11:29 AM — The veteran American comedian Jerry Lewis is under fire after he made what has been described as an anti-gay slur, little over a year after he was forced to apologise for a similar remark.
Preview: Stephen Fry in America- taking the bus to Clarksdale 2
10:09 AM — Stephen Fry follows the mighty Mississippi River from its southern-most tip in Louisiana through to its source in the snowy wastes of Minnesota, on the border with Canada, as he continues his road trip around every state in the USA.
24th October 2008
Polish President’s visit scuppers gay rights march 5
6:16 PM — The decision of the President of Poland to attend an anniversary event in Krakow has frustrated plans for a gay rights event on October 31st.
Mum of murdered gay man honoured with Cronkite award
5:33 PM — Judy Shepard is among the recepients of this year's Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, it has been announced.
Court backs Swedish lesbian’s right to puppies 1
5:07 PM — Sweden's Court of Appeal has rejected a kennel owner's request to appeal a sexual orientation discrimination case he lost after he refused to sell a dog to a lesbian.
Florida may vote to ban gay marriage 1
4:35 PM — A new opinon poll published yesterday indicates that voters in Florida may approve a change to the state constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples.
Malaysia’s Muslims ban lesbian sex and other “masculine behaviour” 6
2:40 PM — An Islamic body in Malaysia has issued a ruling that bans lesbian sex or other "masculine" activities for female Muslims.
Conspiracy theories surround death of Austria’s gay fascist leader 7
1:10 PM — The widow of Joerg Haider wants another autopsy to be carried out amid suggestions that his death was not an accident.
23rd October 2008
Video: Beam me up Sulu – Shatner’s bizarre rant against gay Star Trek star 7
3:27 PM — Actor William Shatner has complained that a co-star he "literally" doesn't know did not invite him to his gay wedding.
Obama turnout may save gay marriage in California 3
2:52 PM — A California state ballot measure to ban gay people from getting married is gaining support, according to the latest opinion polls.
Palin attacked over support for constitutional ban on gay marriage 21
2:30 PM — Hollywood star Ellen DeGeneres has attacked the Republican party's candidate for Vice President's support for a federal ban on same-sex marriage.
Trans woman claims violation of human rights over marriage refusal
1:42 PM — A woman in Malta who has been refused the right to get married to her male partner because she used to be male has challenged the decision in court.
Leader of Austrian right sacked for revealing Haider was his gay lover 5
10:54 AM — The man who has taken over the leadership of right wing political party Alliance for the Future of Austria after the death of Joerg Haider has revealed that they were lovers.
22nd October 2008
Decision on Chicago’s LGBT high school delayed 2
12:53 PM — The Chicago school board will not vote on plans for a high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans students until next month.
Irish gay rights group says civil partnerships “a matter of immediate urgency” 4
12:08 PM — Despite considerable progress in the last year, there remain significant challenges for gay and lesbians in Ireland, according to the annual report from the nation's leading homosexual rights group.