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June 2008

  • 28th June 2008

    Meanwhile, from Paris to Berlin, gays celebrate their freedom

    This photo of Paris Pride was taken by El Mostrito on Flickr.com in 2006 - the whole image is at the bottom of the story

    9:41 PM — In Paris, half a million of some of the most desirable men - and women - in the world took to the streets of their elegant city to show tout le monde just how fabulous they are.

  • 20 Pride marchers hurt in Czech attacks 1

    The attacks injured 20 people

    8:48 PM — Tear gas and fireworks were used by a mob of 150 homophobes, among them nationalist extremists, at a Pride event in the Czech city of Brno.

  • 60 arrests and petrol bomb attacks at Sofia Pride

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in Bulgaria in the 1960s

    8:33 PM — A heavy police presence ensured there were no injuries to the 150 participants at Sofia Pride in Bulgaria today.

  • Gay dancer ejected from Big Brother after spitting row 3

    Dennis (green top)  alledgedly spitting in the face of Mohamed (red top) (photo: Channel 4/ published by MailOnline)

    1:57 PM — Gay dancer Denis McHugh has been removed from the Big Brother house and will be questioned by police it has emerged this afternoon.

  • Feature: Stay true to your home’s style

    Respect for age – try to retain a style that reflects your home’s period.

    11:41 AM — Whether your home was built in Victorian times or in the middle to latter half of the 20th century, it was born with certain architectural details specific to the times. Over the years or even centuries, homeowners like to leave their mark by adding new features, but too many take away the old to make room for the new.

  • Serve up new dining looks

    The Hawthorn range from Furniture Village: brings contemporary elegance to any dining space.

    11:33 AM — When people think about giving their home interior a makeover, it's often about a new colour scheme and replacing the three-piece suite with something a bit more up to date. But if you are a dinner party sort of person who likes to make an impression on guests, it makes sense to look at the dining room particularly.

  • Cooking up function and style

    Kitchen function isn't just about cooking – it's also about a warm heart to the home.

    11:28 AM — The average homeowners could easily spend over £10,000 for a stylish kitchen makeover, but style should never outweigh function, otherwise, the workhorse of their home will be all shiny appliances and no muscle power. Appearances, after all, aren’t everything.

  • Feature: Make a success of DIY design

    Stylish interiors come through using the right amount of furniture for the space.

    11:10 AM — Home makeover programmes have inspired millions of people to become a little more creative with their interiors. You can now choose from endless paint shades, rolls of designer wallpapers, floor coverings, furniture styles and accessories. It is piecing them all together that is the hard bit.

  • Feature: Recycling can’t keep up

    Recycling rates are rising, but so is the sheer volume of waste

    11:07 AM — The good news is that recycling rates have risen and the UK is on schedule to meet EU targets. However, the issue of waste is an escalating problem whose solution lies in changing the nation's buying habits and our attitudes to consumption, according to the authors of a new report.

  • House sicknesses

    Is your home sick?

    11:01 AM — Your property is your biggest asset, so you should make the most of it. That's what House Doctor and many other home decorating shows will tell you. Garish colour schemes, flower-power curtains and messy clutter are just some of the ways to devalue your property.

  • Elton John party raised £10m at charity auction

    Sir Elton John is a regular host of charity events

    10:54 AM — Elton John's Thursday night, £3000 a head White Tie and Tiara Ball raised £10 million from a celebrity auction. Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish held the event at their lavish £20 million home in Windsor.

  • 27th June 2008

    MEPs warn EU candidate country over Pride policing

    Michael Cashman, West Midlands MEP and President of the Intergroup

    5:45 PM — Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights have warned the Croatian authorities that police must adequately protect a Pride march this weekend.

  • Havana gay rights march cancelled after arrests 3

    Proposed changes to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexuals

    5:27 PM — Cuba's first ever gay pride parade was cancelled just moments before it was due to begin. Organisers of the event, together with Florida’s Unity Coalition, are claiming police brutality.

  • Homophobic party push Labour into fifth at by-election

    The BNP says that homosexuality should not be promoted as equal

    5:05 PM — The election to replace Boris Johnson as MP for Henley has proved humiliating for the government, with Labour pushed into fifth place by the Greens and the BNP.

  • My husband will fight for gay equality claims Michelle Obama

    Michelle Obama addressed the Democratic National Committee's Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council

    4:38 PM — US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to help working-class families overcome poverty, according to the Democratic nominee's wife.

  • Gay rights foe Stephen Green faces bankruptcy over court costs 11

    Mark Thompson and Jonathan Thoday were awarded costs totalling £90,000 against Green

    4:27 PM — Preacher Stephen Green may have overstepped the mark when he tried to bring a private prosecution against the BBC Director General.

  • Queen invests Sir Ian with top honour

    The Hollywood A-lister  was awarded a knighthood in 1990

    3:50 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has been made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and equality. The award was presented to the 69-year-old national treasure by the Queen.

  • COMMENT: Genetic explanations of homosexuality are crude, simplistic and doomed to failure 4

    The corollary of the 'born gay' idea is the suggestion that no one can be 'made gay'

    3:44 PM — A few years ago, Dr James Watson, the Noble Prize winner who co-discovered DNA, reopened the controversy over the so-called gay gene when he defended a woman's right to abortion.

  • Gay bar in Budapest suffers arson attack amid concerns about Pride 3

    The chief of police in Budapest has said he is anticipating disruptions to this year's Pride

    3:35 PM — Gay rights activists in Hungary have spoken of their concerns about extreme right-wing violence in the country after a gay bar in the capital Budapest was set on fire with a petrol bomb.

  • Nick Clegg calls on Heinz to reinstate same-sex kiss advert 16

    Nick Clegg has written to the Director of UK Corporate Affairs at Heinz

    3:19 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has become the first party leader to comment on the decision of food manufacturer Heinz to withdraw an advert from TV because it depicted two men kissing.

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