8th August 2008
India’s health minister calls for decriminalisation of homosexuality
1:29 PM — A leading Cabinet minister in India has said that laws that criminalise gay sex should be overturned. Anbumani Ramadoss made his remarks at the 17th International Conference on AIDS.
Gay blood donors would bring “infection and death” claims Red Cross 2
12:38 PM — Gay activists have accused the Red Cross of scare tactics on the first day of a hearing into Australia's gay blood ban in Hobart yesterday.
Teenager accused of murdering gay classmate pleads not guilty 3
11:42 AM — A 14-year-old boy pleaded not guilty yesterday at the start of his trial in California for the murder of his classmate.
Democratic convention platform short on LGBT issues 2
10:43 AM — The Democratic National Committee sent a draft of the party’s 2008 platform to committee members yesterday that incorporated planks from the platforms of former candidates.
Video: Kanye West asks his fans to turn their back on gay hate 5
10:29 AM — Rapper and record producer Kanye West took a moment during a concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to denounce homophobia and anti-gay hate language.
7th August 2008
Malaysian political leader pleads not guilty to sodomy charge 1
5:15 PM — Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim been bailed by a court in Malaysia after pleading not guilty to charges of sodomy. His trial will begin on September 10th.
DEA orders actress to answer questions about Heath Ledger’s drugs
2:09 PM — America's Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a subpoena to require actress Mary-Kate Olsen to testify in front of a grand jury.
Lesbian politician to co-chair Obama LGBT committee
1:58 PM — With the US Presidential race tightening, Barack Obama is stepping up his efforts to reach out to the gay and lesbian community.
Video: Paris Hilton responds to McCain ad with “bid” for White House
11:31 AM — Last week, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain used the images of poptart celebrities Paris Hilton and Britney Spears in a new campaign ad video.
EXCLUSIVE: Man forced to sell flat after French refuse to recognise civil partnership 16
11:18 AM — A gay man has spoken of his anger after French authorities refused to recognise a UK civil partnership.
6th August 2008
‘God Hates Fags’ sect to picket show about their founder 9
5:39 PM — Alistair Newton, playwright and director of The Pastor Phelps Project: A Fundamentalist Cabaret, has invited the show's inspiration, homophobic pastor Fred Phelps, to the opening night.
Obama pledges support for gay families 1
4:45 PM — The presumptive Democratic party nominee for President of the United States has pledged to work towards the elimination of discrimination against LGBT families if elected.
Schwarzenegger to decide on honour for assassinated gay politician
4:18 PM — The Governor of California has been sent a bill that would make the anniversary of the birth of Harvey Milk a "day of significance" in the state’s educational institutions.
Moscow Pride organisers invite Boris 2
1:19 PM — Organisers of Moscow Gay Pride have invited the mayors of three leading European capitals to take part in Gay Pride events in the Russian capital in 2009.
MTV and MySpace join forces to promote HIV awareness
11:10 AM — MTV Networks International (MTVNI) and MySpace have announced the launch of Untold Stories, an interactive story-writing competition.
Obama and McCain battle for vital female vote
12:49 AM — Given that women have held the key to deciding every Presidential election since 1968, it appears that both the Republican and Democratic presumptive nominees have some work to do.
President Bush’s homophobia makes my blood boil says Lauper 4
12:42 AM — During a stop on her True Colours tour recently, gay rights advocate Cyndi Lauper blasted President George W Bush, calling him homophobic and anti-American.
5th August 2008
Prison gang rape of Mafia ‘poet’ prompts government response 4
5:23 PM — The Sicilian Mafia's "honour code" doesn't bar members from being poets, but a jailed suspect's penchant for writing verse led his fellow mobsters to assume he was gay.
Bill Clinton: AIDS is “a very big dragon” but it can be slain
2:15 PM — Former US President Bill Clinton said nations fighting AIDS need to reform their health care systems to reach high-risk groups neglected during the past quarter of a century.
India’s gay prince charms EuroPride 1
1:49 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people braved pouring rain in Stockholm on Saturday at this year's colourful EuroPride parade.