4th September 2008
McCain campaign threatens to sue National Enquirer over VP ‘affair’ story 3
4:11 PM — An American tabloid newspaper has alleged that the Republican party's nominee for Vice President had an extra-marital affair.
Australia’s gay rights bill promotes polygamy claims opposition
12:45 PM — Gay rights activists in Australia have welcomed a new bill that aims to ensure equal treatment for gay and lesbian couples.
Sir Cliff Richard reveals identity of his male companion 24
12:17 PM — Legendary pop singer Sir Cliff Richard has revealed that he has shared his life with a former Roman Catholic priest for the last seven years.
Straight Pride attracts zero participants 6
11:56 AM — Plans for a so-called "Straight Pride" in New York, promoted by a reggae music label, appear to have backfired.
3rd September 2008
France to ask UN for universal decriminalisation of homosexuality 7
9:54 PM — The French minister of human rights and foreign affairs has confirmed that she will appeal at the United Nations for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Radical gays under surveillance ahead of Papal visit 2
6:00 PM — French police are watching the activities of militant LGBT activists ahead of a visit by the Pope.
Gay icon Fran Drescher speaks up for same-sex marriage
5:30 PM — The star of TV comedy The Nanny has said that everyone should have the right to get married, gay or straight.
90% of straight Americans OK with gay co-workers 1
5:11 PM — An annual US workplace survey has found that 79% of heterosexual adults think gay co-workers should be judged on how they do their job.
Firefighters claim they were sexually harassed at Pride 4
4:05 PM — Four firefighters in San Diego are claiming they suffered sexual harassment when they were required to take part in the city's Pride parade in 2007.
Republicans have nothing to offer gay Americans claims HRC 4
3:34 PM — America's leading gay rights group has accused the Republicans of not having a positive word to say about LGBT people.
HIV conference told of sexual abuse of youths in Papua New Guinea
3:12 PM — A delegate to the Pan Pacific Gathering for HIV+ People has said that a traditional practice in the Pacific country of Papua New Guinea puts young males at risk of sexual contact from village elders.
Gay cops get organised in Italy
1:36 PM — More than 200 police officers, paramilitary troops and members of the Armed Forces in Italy have set up a new gay organisation.
Court backs New York’s recognition of out of state gay marriages 1
12:22 PM — A New York court has backed the state Governor's order that gay and lesbian couples who legally married in other countries or US states will have their status recognised.
Gay Republican group endorses McCain candidacy 7
11:47 AM — The board of directors of the Log Cabin Republicans has voted 12 to 2 to endorse the candidacy of John McCain for President of the United States.
2nd September 2008
Teenage pregnancy eclipses start of Republican convention
2:35 PM — Storms, both literal and political, hung over the start of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis yesterday.
MEPs debate anti-discrimination proposals
12:32 PM — Members of the European Parliament have given their support to a new EU directive on discrimination in goods and services.
1st September 2008
Video: Local gays asked to be “Minnesota-nice” to visiting Republicans 5
2:24 PM — A tongue-in-cheek advertising campaign created by a Minneapolis-St Paul agency is encouraging the city's LGBT community to embrace the Republican National Convention.
Taiwanese gay “priest” accused of fraud and sexual assault 1
2:04 PM — A man who claimed he could ward off ghosts that targeted gay men is to be investigated by police in Taiwan.
Jail for two women in Emirates’ first lesbian indecency case
1:33 PM — A Bulgarian woman and her Lebanese partner have been sentenced to one month in jail after being found guilty by a Dubai court of indecent acts.
Bosnia’s first gay festival criticised as “provocative” to Muslims 6
12:03 PM — A Muslim politician in Bosnia has criticised the country's gay community for holding an LGBT event that coincides with his religion's observance of Ramadan.