19th July 2010
US gay group gains UN accreditation 2
8:36 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has been granted consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council.
Deputy Lib Dem leader Simon Hughes says government will allow gay couples to marry 64
6:00 PM — Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, has said that the government will give gay couples the right to civil marriage. He predicted that the change would be made before the next general election.
Liverpool Pride unveils Cabaret Stage line-up 3
4:14 PM — Liverpool's first Pride event will have a cabaret stage with acts such as burlesque, singing, drag kings and queens and a Liza Minelli tribute. The rainbow circus-themed festival, to be held on August 7th and 8th, is Liverpool's first official Pride event.
Peter Mandelson reportedly paid £350,000 for book serialisation rights 3
3:36 PM — Lord Mandelson was reportedly paid around £350,000 by The Times for the serialisation rights to his memoirs. The former business secretary is believed to have boosted the newspaper's sales by more than 100,000 copies.
Lady Gaga hits out at ‘God Hates Fags’ church 50
3:06 PM — Lady Gaga hit out at members of Westboro Baptist Church, calling them "hate criminals". The singer played a concert in St Louis, Missouri on Saturday night, which was picketed by the controversial church.
Filmmaker seeks Polari speakers for documentary 6
2:54 PM — A filmmaker is seeking speakers of Polari to interview them for a documentary. The slang language, which some believe can be traced back as far as the 16th century, was used by a small number of gay people as a private communication method to avoid hostile attention and develop an identity.
Peter Mandelson says he’s ‘comfortable’ with memoirs 7
12:08 PM — Lord Mandelson has said he is comfortable with his portrayal of Labour's years in power and the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Robert Mugabe says no to gay rights in Zimbabwe’s constitution 26
11:33 AM — Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has repeated his views on gay rights, saying they will not be protected in the country's new constitution.
Mickey Rourke planning biopic of gay rugby star Gareth Thomas 11
10:45 AM — Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke is hoping to make a film of the life of gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas. The rugby fan reportedly wants to play Thomas in the film and got the idea after reading about the player coming out late last year.
18th July 2010
Conservatives filmed racy advert featuring naked gay couple coming out as Tories 24
2:56 PM — The Sunday Times has disclosed that the Conservative Party filmed pre-election cinema advertisements that portrayed a gay couple, in a shower "coming out" as Conservative among racy series with references to pornography and teenage pregnancy but were never shown. The newspaper claims that the advertisements cost £100,000 to make, while others say they cost between £300,000 and £500,000.
17th July 2010
SDPL leader Marek Borowski promises to open Warsaw Pride if elected mayor 1
6:51 PM — Marek Borowski, leader of the Social Democracy of Poland party, has promised to open the next Warsaw Pride if elected mayor.
Thousands celebrate EuroPride as anti-gay protesters line the route 8
6:46 PM — Approximately 10,000 people took to the streets of Warsaw today to celebrate EuroPride 2010. Anti-gay protesters held up the parade several times, as marchers waited in 35° Celsius heat.
Gay Tory Nick Herbert attends EuroPride in Warsaw 17
6:42 PM — Gay Conservative MP Nick Herbert and British ambassador Ric Todd spoke to PinkNews.co.uk today at Warsaw's EuroPride. Mr Herbert and Mr Todd rode on the Fundacja Równości (Equality Foundation) truck during the parade, which was attended by approximately 10,000 people.
16th July 2010
US judge rejects delay over trial of boy who ‘killed gay classmate’
5:55 PM — A US judge has ordered that defence lawyers for a teenager accused of shooting dead a gay classmate be ready for the trial.
Man furious after car wash attendant daubs homophobic graffiti on car 15
5:28 PM — A gay man who took his partner's car to a car wash in Oxford was furious to discover that the attendant had scrawled homophobic graffiti on the roof.
Republican gay group challenges military gay ban in court 5
5:10 PM — The Log Cabin Republicans, the party's gay group, is challenging the US ban on out gay soldiers in court. They are seeking a federal injunction to immediately halt the policy, which requires lesbian and gay soldiers to keep their sexuality secret or be fired.
Gay Tory minister Nick Herbert to challenge party allies’ homophobia at Europride 25
4:15 PM — Policing minister Nick Herbert, Britain's most senior out gay politician, will attend Europe's largest Pride celebration in Warsaw tomorrow, where he is expected to encourage Tory allies to be more tolerant.
John Barrowman to host charity gala West End Bares 3
3:19 PM — Gay actor John Barrowman is to host the Broadway charity gala West End Bares in London. The long-running burlesque-style event will be coming to the city for two performances in September.
Mexico City offers free honeymoon to first gay couple to wed in Argentina 2
2:33 PM — The first gay couple to take advantage of same-sex marriage in Argentina have been offered a free honeymoon by Mexico City.
Charges dropped against gay US soldier Dan Choi 3
1:10 PM — Two gay US soldiers who chained themselves to the White House fence in protest over the military's gay ban have had the charges against them dropped.