5th July 2012
Critics claim Anderson Cooper ‘came out to boost ratings’ 19
9:14 PM — CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has enjoyed plenty of support after coming out this week but not everyone has been so charitable. Some critics have claimed that the broadcaster made his declaration to boost CNN's flagging ratings.
US: Episcopal Church to debate blessing for gay couples 2
8:12 PM — The Episcopal Church in the US is to debate a blessing rite for gay couples who wish to marry. The church's General Convention starts today in Indianapolis.
Texas: Police release sketch of suspect in fatal shooting of lesbian couple 3
7:09 PM — Police in Portland, Texas, have released a sketch of a suspect wanted for the shooting of a teenage lesbian couple in a park last month. Mollie Olgin, 19, was shot dead while her girlfriend, Mary Christine Chapa, 18, remains in hospital after being shot in the head.
Virginia gay couple sue gym over discriminatory ‘family’ policy 23
6:30 PM — A gay male couple from Roanoke, Virginia, are suing a gym which allegedly revoked their membership because of their sexual orientation.
Foreign Office human rights minister praises ‘Illegal to be you’ video campaign 7
5:17 PM — Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister for human rights has praised a new viral video imagining a world in personal traits like hair colour or height were criminalised in the same way as homosexuality.
Evening Standard backs religious marriage rights for gay couples 14
3:55 PM — The Evening Standard has backed marriage rights for gay couples in religious ceremonies today.
Musician Frank Ocean praised after revealing first love was for a man 12
3:33 PM — Musician Frank Ocean has revealed his first love was with another man when he was 19, receiving praise from those in the music industry for coming out while beginning to forge a successful career as a hip-hop artist.
Scotland: Former first minister backs marriage for gay couples 18
2:23 PM — Scotland’s former First Minister, Jack McConnell, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation which would allow gay couples to marry.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backs religious marriages for gay couples 63
1:03 PM — The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has become the most senior figure in the government to voice personal support for religious gay marriage rights today.
Report: 99 percent of gay pupils hear homophobic language in school 31
12:43 PM — A report launched today has found that 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in Britain’s secondary schools experience homophobic bullying, while 99 percent hear the word 'gay' being used disparagingly at their schools.
Wimbledon: Fans hear ‘game points’ as gay slur in BBC coverage of Murray match 128
12:07 PM — A comment in last night's Wimbledon quarter-final between Andy Murray and David Ferrer has prompted complaints to the BBC from fans who believed it was anti-gay.
Comment: More inclusive media would help tackle homophobic bullying in schools 8
11:03 AM — A recent report by Ofsted ‘No place for bullying’ found that the least effective schools at tackling bullying were the ones which did not effectively develop pupils’ understanding about diversity, or help them empathise with each other to the fullest extent.
London: Gay arts festival GFEST cancelled 19
10:32 AM — London’s annual gay and transgender arts festival GFEST has been cancelled this year due to a lack of funding.