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.
Mistrial scuppers firefighters claims of ‘sex harassment’ at Pride
1:07 PM — A jury in San Diego has been unable to decide whether or not to the city of San Diego was liable to pay damages to four firefighters who claim they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade.
Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham “proud” to be gay role model 1
12:40 PM — Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has said he was "very surprised" that he was the only out male athlete at the Beijing Olympics in August.
11,000 same-sex weddings in Califonia since legalisation
11:27 AM — New research published in Los Angeles today has revealed that estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married in California in the first three months since gay weddings were ruled legal in the state.
We are homophobic says Lithuanian minister 10
10:50 AM — A senior politician in Lithuania has spoken frankly about the lack of acceptance of gay people in the country.
6th October 2008
Teen who murdered gay classmate had white supremacist literature 4
11:50 AM — A fourteen year old boy who is standing trial for the murder of a fellow school student, had "literature and drawings depicting a "racist skinhead philosophy" in his bedroom.
Report claims trans men and lesbian women face rape and abuse in Kyrgyzstan
10:38 AM — A leading human rights group has claimed that lesbian and bisexual women and transgender men face violent abuse, including rape, in Kyrgyzstan.
5th October 2008
Gay rights supporter Jack McConnell’s Malawi job postponed
3:59 PM — Former First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell has been appointed an envoy to countries recovering from conflict.
4th October 2008
Eamonn Holmes accidentally “outs” Salma Hayek as a lesbian 7
11:26 AM — Sky News anchor Eamonn Holmes has accidentally outed Hollywood star Salma Hayek as lesbian.
Lesbian comic Rosie O’Donnell to host NBC variety show 1
10:27 AM — Lesbian comedienne Rosie O'Donnell is to return to television with her own variety show next month.
3rd October 2008
Opposition to gay marriage brings rare moment of unity in VP debate 7
7:53 PM — The Republican and Democratic candidates for Vice President of the United States have spoken of their opposition to same-sex marriage.
Organisers claim homophobic fire department closed gay festival
1:11 PM — A gay and lesbian film festival which was supposed to open in St Petersburg yesterday has been thrown into disarray after city fire inspectors ruled the venues were not suitable.
Leading gay politician Peter Mandelson to rejoin government 6
12:52 PM — The openly gay European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson is to rejoin the Cabinet as Business Secretary.
2nd October 2008
Melissa Ethelridge to get married ahead of California vote
8:43 PM — Lesbian rock icon Melissa Etheridge is getting married. She told US celebrity TV show Extra that she intends to tie the knot with girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels.