10th November 2008
Gay donations would mean more safe blood, tribunal told
5:53 PM — An anti-discrimination tribunal in Australia has been told that lifting a ban on gay men giving blood would increase the amount of safe transfusions available.
Nicole Kidman lines up bisexual and trans roles 1
5:31 PM — Actress Nicole Kidman is to play a Danish artist who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1931, one of the first documented cases of transsexuality.
Labour lose New Zealand general election as Parliament gains new gay MPs 3
3:13 PM — Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand since 1999, has announced she is to step down as leader of the Labour party after defeat in a national election on Saturday.
Roman Catholic thinking on homosexuality – “a type of wound” 23
2:42 PM — Further details have emerged on the use of psychological testing by Catholic authorities to exclude "deviant" people from entering the priesthood.
Schwarzenegger says gay marriage ban is not the end 19
2:23 PM — The Governor of California has said that a statewide ballot measure to ban gay marriage that passed last week is not the end of the matter.
Iran aims to establish Islamic studies departments in UK universities 23
6:00 AM — Institutions funded by the British taxpayer could be used to promote the extremist, homophobic, racist, and violent interpretations of Islam used in Iran.
9th November 2008
Explore Barack Obama’s America with a trip to multi-racial Miami 2
8:45 PM — We woke up to a new America on Wednesday, and interest in visiting the country has rocketed. There were many Europeans who felt uncomfortable spending their Euros in the US.
Interview: Securing gay rights in Jamaica is vital to AIDS struggle 1
6:23 PM — By an stretch of the imagination, the treatment of lesbian and gay people in Jamaica is disgrace, says minister Gareth Thomas.
Exclusive: UK government minister challenged Jamaican PM about homophobia 9
5:32 PM — A British minister raised the issue of decriminalisation of homosexual acts at a recent meeting with the Prime Minister of Jamaica.
8th November 2008
US city elects first trans mayor as Congress loses gay marriage opponent
4:54 PM — After the euphoria surrounding the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, more information about Election Day is proving inspirational for gay Americans.
15,000 protesters in San Francisco over passing of Proposition 8 13
2:32 AM — Live from San Francisco, California In excess of 15,000 people are marching through San Francisco to protest at the passing of Proposition 8, the voter initiative in California that effectively bans gay marriage have admitted defeat.
7th November 2008
70% of California’s black voters backed gay marriage ban 71
6:50 PM — The high turnout of Latino and African-American voters for Barack Obama in California had an effect on the vote for a ban on same-sex marriages.
UN urges India to decriminalise homosexual acts as court considers “unnatural sex” ban 2
6:22 PM — The director of the United Nations Development Programme on HIV/AIDS has said that the fight against the disease in India will be helped if homosexual acts are decriminalised.
Stonewall stars hail Barack Obama’s election as US President 5
5:22 PM — Well-known faces from the worlds of media, television, music, politics and the arts were all full of hope about Barack Obama at last night's annual Stonewall Awards.
It is time to take back the church says Stonewall’s Hero of the Year, Bishop Gene Robinson 7
3:47 PM — Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire, was Stonewall's Hero of the Year at their annual awards ceremony last night.
The Simpsons accused of homophobia after “that’s so gay” dialogue 19
1:48 PM — TV cartoon show The Simpsons has been criticised by a gay advocacy group after a character used the word 'gay' to mean 'bad' or 'rubbish.'
Proposition 8 opponents concede defeat – gay marriage banned in California 14
8:24 AM — The opponents of Proposition 8, the voter initiative in California that effectively bans gay marriage have admitted defeat.
6th November 2008
Exclusive: Barack Obama’s election is a healing moment, says America’s gay bishop
4:19 PM — The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion has spoken of his delight at the election of Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.
California’s same-sex couples assured their marriages are still legal 2
3:19 PM — Despite the success of a ballot measure to change the California Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, gay and lesbian weddings performed in the state are still legal.
Belarusian authorities ban gay rights protest in Minsk
2:53 PM — Officials in Belarus have refused permission for a protest outside the Russian embassy in the capital Minsk.