4th December 2008
EU framework for tackling racism could lead to recognition of homophobic crime 1
1:36 PM — The new Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia has been adopted by the European Council of Ministers, exactly seven years after it was first presented by the European Commission.
Burundi urged not to criminalise homosexual acts
12:49 PM — A leading human rights group has called on politicians in Burundi to drop plans to amend the penal code and prohibit same-sex acts.
Moscow’s gay-bashing Mayor pledges continued intolerance 6
12:34 PM — The Mayor of Moscow has said he will continue to ban gay "propaganda." Moscow Pride organisers have been denied the right to hold an event in May for three years running.
3rd December 2008
75% of Americans support legal recognition for same-sex couples 5
5:43 PM — A new survey has revealed that a majority of Americans support some form of legal civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. However, just 47% favour gay marriage while 49% oppose it.
Obama may nominate gay woman Mary Beth Maxwell to his Cabinet
4:34 PM — US news sources are reporting that a lesbian employment rights activist is one of three people being considered for the post of Labour Secretary.
Kurdish doctor jailed for writing about homosexual sex 8
4:12 PM — A leading press freedom organisation has called for the release from prison of a doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an article about homosexual sex.
2nd December 2008
Obama: America’s destiny is shared with the world’s 1
6:05 PM — Yesterday's introduction of key members of the National Security Team by President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden saw many firsts.
US gay group welcomes Obama’s attorney general nominee 2
5:45 PM — America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans group has welcomed the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.
Moscow activists pledge to go to Strasbourg over Pride bans
4:53 PM — A Russian court has thrown out appeals from the organisers of Moscow Pride over a ban on gay rights marches earlier this year.
Indian official questions right of High Court to decrminalise gay sex 3
3:46 PM — A senior government lawyer has said it "may not be proper" for the Delhi High Court to overturn a colonial-era law that bans "unnatural sex" in India.
Irish state broadcaster announces first gay programme 2
3:23 PM — One of RTE's new digital radio channels will broadcast Ireland's first ever programme specifically for the gay community.
Barack Obama commits to addressing AIDS “crisis” in the US
2:03 PM — The President-elect of the United States marked World AIDS Day yesterday with a committment to fight HIV in America as well as worldwide.
Vatican opposes UN resolution on decriminalisation 18
12:19 PM — The Vatican's observer at the United Nations has criticised a European Union initiative on homosexuality.
1st December 2008
James Franco: Sean Penn wanted more gay sex in Harvey Milk film 2
10:57 PM — Hollywood star Sean Penn urged the writers of the Harvey Milk biopic Milk to include more gay sex scenes, says co-star James Franco. Penn plays Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official, in the film.
President-elect Obama challenged over HIV civil rights abuses
6:58 PM — An LGBT civil rights group has urged the new President of the United States to tackle inequalities faced by people living with HIV and AIDS.
Obama nominates former rival Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State 2
5:52 PM — Today saw a moment of healing for the Democratic party when US President-elect Barack Obama formally nominated Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
Britain’s £15m support for change in direction on AIDS in South Africa
2:21 PM — The UK's International Development Minister travelled to Johannesburg last week to offer the new South African Health Minister, Barbara Hogan, direct support as she embarks upon a new drive to tackle the HIV epidemic.
Graham Norton confirms he will not be replacing Sir Terry as Eurovision host
1:22 PM — Comedian and TV presenter Graham Norton has put an end to rumours that he will be replacing fellow Irishman Terry Wogan as the BBC's Eurovision host.
Gays in Haiti show their Pride during AIDS march 1
12:18 PM — A small group of men openly declared their homosexuality during a protest in Haiti at the weekend.
Obama to name Clinton and Jones in new national security team
11:55 AM — The President-elect of the United States is expected to nominate Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State later today when he names his national security team.