17th September 2008
Muslim leader denies issuing progressive fatwa on gender surgery
5:52 PM — A Sunni Muslim cleric in Kuwait has denied media reports that he had become the first religious authority in the country to approve gender reassignment surgery.
16th September 2008
Obama “blessed with many openly gay and lesbian friends” 3
5:59 PM — The Democratic nominee for President of the United States has said that if elected he will work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights.
German gays on the rise, census shows 1
4:37 PM — Statisticians have claimed that the number of same-sex couples in Germany has doubled in the past decade. A micro-census conducted by federal statisticians in Wiesbaden say that the number of gay couples appearing in the figures has risen by 30,000 to 68,000 since 2006.
15th September 2008
Vitamin campaigner abandons libel case over AIDS drugs 1
4:14 PM — Matthias Rath, the doctor who discouraged use of AIDS treatments in favour of his own nutritional pills, has dropped a libel case against The Guardian newspaper.
Mormons send mixed message on gay marriage 3
3:10 PM — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released a document last month, which outlined its stance on same-sex marriage.
Gay man refuses deportation to Uganda 4
2:05 PM — A gay Ugandan man has refused to board his flight back to his country of origin. John "Bosco" Nyombi, 38, was due to be deported.
Lt Uhuru among guests at Mr Sulu’s LA gay wedding 4
1:09 PM — Star Trek icon George Takei has married his partner Brad Altman. The actor, who played Mr Sulu, is the latest high-profile Californian resident to tie the knot
Sarah Palin a “media-obsessed homophobe” says Lohan 16
12:57 PM — The Republican party nominee for Vice President of the United States has been criticised by actress Lindsay Lohan and the woman presumed to be her girlfriend.
12th September 2008
Queer festival to challenge Serbia’s far right 2
3:52 PM — Cabaret, street performance and film will all be on show at next week's Queer Beograd X5 in Belgrade. The festival begins on Thursday.
UN urged to push for ban on execution of children 8
2:01 PM — A human rights group has called for action on executions for crimes committed by children. The vast majority of executions of juvenile offenders take place in Iran.
Macedonia should recognise same-sex couples says rights commissioner
1:15 PM — The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has published a report into the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Macedonia.
Asia’s largest gay festival begins in Taipei
12:26 PM — The Taiwanese gay community will be celebrating during the coming month as the 2008 Taipei Gay Carnival began today.
Gay Governor’s former wife will not sue for marriage fraud 1
12:12 PM — The ex-wife of a US politician who came out while Governor of New Jersey has decided not to pursue a claim of fraud against him.
11th September 2008
Italian comedian faces “Fascist” prosecution for mocking the Pope 12
4:03 PM — The Minister of Justice in Italy has given prosecutors permission to use a Fascist-era law to punish a comedian for mocking the Pope.
Candlelight vigil to mark 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder 1
2:49 PM — Ten years ago, all across the world, people kept vigil for a teenager who had been viciously attacked because he was gay.
10th September 2008
Dutch MEP appointed rapporteur for gay discrimination legislation 3
5:37 PM — A Green party MEP has been appointed as rapporteur for a new anti-discrimination law. Rapporteurs in the European Parliament are members of committees that produce a draft legislative resolutions.
Senator’s appeal against gay cruising conviction continues
3:31 PM — Judges in Minnesota will today hear arguments in the appeal of United States Senator Larry Craig against his conviction for disorderly conduct in an airport toilet.
Caymans define marriage amid fears UK will impose civil partnerships 14
3:15 PM — An amendment to legislation in the Cayman Islands defining marriage as between a man and a woman was approved by the territory's Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Judge rules Florida’s ban on gay adoption is unconstitutional
2:44 PM — A Curcuit Court Judge in Florida has ruled that an openly gay man can adopt a boy with special needs he has been fostering for the past seven years.
Federal election called in Canada 2
1:02 PM — The minority government of Stephen Harper is hoping to increase its parliamentary representation after calling the 40th Canadian federal election for next month.