10th October 2008
Matthew Shepard’s mother hits out at prejudice and ignorance, ten years on 2
2:34 PM — Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, released the following statement as she marks the tenth year since his death on October 12th 1998.
Victory for Christians as McDonald’s gives in over gay rights 27
12:48 AM — Christian and conservative Americans are claiming they have forced one of the world's best-known companies to withdraw from National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Russian mayor blocks gay rights protest 1
12:24 AM — A municipal leader in Russia has said that a planned protest against homophobia by gay rights activists cannot go ahead.
Children of lesbians ‘at risk’ due to prolific sperm donors 2
12:12 AM — A health official in South Australia has warned that the state's rules on sperm donation could put the children of some lesbians at risk.
Grey’s Anatomy star donates to California gay marriage defence fund
12:02 AM — Hollywood star TR Knight has donated $50,000 (£29,000) to help defeat a proposal to remove the rights of lesbian and gay Californians to get married.
9th October 2008
Council of Europe calls on Bosnia to condemn homophobic violence
4:54 PM — An assembly of European parliamentarians has condemned the recent attacks on the organisers and participants of the Sarajevo Queer Festival by a homophobic mob.
86% of LGBT teens face harassment in US schools
4:24 PM — The most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students in the United States has found they face widespread abuse.
Czechs face EU sanctions over anti-discrimination directive
2:36 PM — The Czech Republic could face an official complaint from the European Commission and financial sanctions over its failure to introduce an EU directive on discrimination into its legislation.
Bishops decide against church weddings for Norwegian gays 4
2:08 PM — The bishops of Norway's state church have ruled that there will be no weddings in church for gay and lesbian couples.
Immigration minister criticised for letting homophobic artist into Canada 1
1:44 PM — Campaigners against anti-gay "murder music" artists have accused a government minister in Canada of giving Jamaican star Buju Banton "a platform to incite murder."
MEPs want EU countries to recognise same-sex partnerships 1
12:48 PM — European Parliamentarians are urging EU-wide recognition of same-sex partnerships or marriages created in member states.
Baltic gays will celebrate Pride in May
12:10 PM — Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian gays and lesbians will gather in Riga next May for "Friendship Days," a Pride celebration.
Ferdinand demands FIFA take action over homophobia 4
11:54 AM — An English footballer has demanded that the game's authorities take homophobic chanting and abuse seriously.
8th October 2008
Nigerian speaks out against son who founded gay church 1
3:04 PM — A leading academic in Nigeria has said he loves and respects his son who founded a ministry for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, but does not agree with him.
Circumcision not “significant” in HIV rates among men who have gay sex
2:16 PM — Circumcised men who have sex with men do not have significantly lower rates of HIV transmission, a US Centres for Disease Control report has concluded.
Poll shows increased support for gay marriage ban in California 5
1:25 PM — A ballot proposition that would remove the right of same-sex couples to get married in California appears to be gaining support.
McCain ignores gay adoption in letter to campaigners 4
1:00 PM — The Republican candidate for President of the United States has declined to say how he would protect families headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans.
Ugandan asylum seeker wins Sappho prize 1
12:36 PM — The editor of a website that documents the violence and intimidation suffered by the gay community in Uganda has won a prestigious prize.
Russia may permit first gay march 500km from Moscow 3
12:13 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have managed to secure permission to hold a picket against a homophobic politician in the city of Tambov.
7th October 2008
Obama’s gay rights stance gets Drew Barrymore’s vote 2
1:34 PM — A Hollywood actress has said she is backing the Democratic nominee for President of the United States after she heard him talk about equality for gay and lesbian people.