9th July 2012
Toronto unveils rainbow cabs to woo gay Londoners for WorldPride 2014 20
12:33 PM — Pride Toronto has unveiled a new taxi advertising campaign to promote the host city of WorldPride 2014 to gay Londoners, as the latter city handed over the mantle this weekend.
Comment: Pride is not the only sin 114
12:06 PM — Patrick Cash asks why many gay people don't identify with gay culture, whether the reasons come from the community or the media, and whether now is the time for gays to lead the way again on bravery and honour in society.
China: Wives of gay men ‘defrauded by support website’ 2
10:52 AM — Fifty wives of gay men in China say a website set up to provide them with support in their marriage has defrauded them, state media reports.
Archbishop of Canterbury questions mandate for equal marriage rights 71
9:52 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has questioned the government's mandate for the introduction of equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
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.
7th July 2012
New York: Court rejects marriage equality challenge 11
11:34 PM — A New York court has dismissed an evangelical group's challenge to the city's marriage equality laws. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms claimed the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill last year.
Leader of ‘reparative therapy’ group Exodus says gays can’t be cured 33
11:00 PM — The leader of global 'gay cure' church Exodus International has declared that gays cannot be turned straight and that so-called 'reparative therapy' may be dangerous. Exodus president Alan Chambers is said to have shocked the 'ex-gay' movement with his volte-face and is facing accusations of heresy.
Russia: Eight gay rights campaigners arrested in St Petersburg 10
10:41 PM — Eight gay rights activists were arrested today in St Petersburg, Russia, for handing out "homosexual propaganda". The campaigners were attempting to hold gay Pride rallies. Three were arrested in a park, while five more were arrested later at the Smolny complex.
US: Presbyterian Church narrowly rejects marriage equality 4
10:28 PM — The US Presbyterian Church has rejected a motion to open up marriage to gay couples. After four hours of debate on Friday, delegates at the biennial Church Assembly in Pittsburgh voted 338-308 to reject the proposals.
In Photos: London’s WorldPride 2012 parade 32
6:18 PM — PinkNews.co.uk brings you photographic highlights of the WorldPride parade in London on 7 July 2012.
London: Showers and cuts fail to dampen spirits at WorldPride 2012 39
5:49 PM — Rain showers, a ban on floats and the absence of one high-profile politician failed to dent the enthusiasm of parade-goers and passers-by as London celebrated WorldPride today.
6th July 2012
Texas: Dallas gay couple arrested for marriage equality protest 8
11:55 PM — Two gay men in Dallas, Texas, have been arrested after they refused to leave a county clerk's office. The pair, named as Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler, were protesting the state's ban on marriage equality.
Australia: Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull hits out at anti-gay ‘hypocrisy’ 16
10:38 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has attacked anti-gay campaigners as "dripping with the worst sort of hypocrisy". Frontbencher Mr Turnbull, who was delivering a lecture on the Gold Coast, attacked the coalition for its unwillingness to legalise marriage for gay couples, The Age reports.
Virginia: Gym backtracks on gay family membership ban 10
8:55 PM — A Virginia gym has lifted its ban on gay family memberships after telling a gay couple their membership was being revoked. Roanoke Athletic Club told William Trinkle in May that he, his male partner and their two-year-old son were not considered a family under Virginia law and that their membership was being cancelled.
Brad Pitt’s mother writes anti-gay letter to local newspaper 37
8:30 PM — Brad Pitt's mother has written a letter to a Missouri newspaper attacking Barack Obama on his support for marriage equality. Jane Pitt wrote to the Springfield News-Leader to say Christians should back Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is against abortion and same-sex marriage.
London: WorldPride time was changed to reduce numbers 28
6:32 PM — Information seen by PinkNews.co.uk today from inside the GLA confirms that the start time of the WorldPride event tomorrow was moved from 1pm to 11am in order to deter visitors from the event.