8th July 2012
Australia: ACT bid to remove surgery requirement for trans recognition 3
11:43 PM — Legal and human rights groups in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are pushing to change a law which requires transgender people to have surgery in order to change their legal gender.
China lifts ban on lesbians donating blood 1
10:40 PM — Lesbians in China can now legally give blood - although the ban on sexually active gay and bisexual men remains. The Ministry of Health announced last week that the ban on lesbians donating blood would be lifted immediately.
US: Gay congressman Barney Frank marries 4
9:35 PM — Gay Democratic congressman Barney Frank has married his partner Jim Ready in Massachusetts. Mr Frank, who was first the congressman to voluntarily declare being gay, is also the first congressman to have a same-sex marriage while in office.
Google launches ‘Legalise Love’ gay rights campaign 10
9:18 PM — Google has launched a campaign called 'Legalise Love', aimed at pushing for gay rights in countries with anti-homosexuality laws.
Scotland: Catholic Church declares ‘war on gay marriage’ 215
6:55 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK has declared “war on gay marriage” pledging to spend another £100,000 in its campaign against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Scotland.