24th July 2008
Gays to show their Pride in a city with nine BNP councillors 6
11:40 AM — Stoke on Trent's third annual Pride march has come under fire from local BNP supporters. One disgruntled local branded Pride "a disgusting 'thrusting in our faces' of homosexuality."
Gay asylum seekers to be discussed at Lib Dem conference
11:05 AM — Rights for LGBT asylum seekers will be one of the primary focuses at the Lid Dem conference to be held in Bournemouth in September.
22nd July 2008
Exclusive: My boyfriend was murdered in Turkish “honour killing” 5
3:01 PM — The body of Ahmet Yildiz, Turkey's first suspected victim of a gay "honour killing," has been removed from the city morgue. His boyfriend spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about his murder.
ITV soap may get lesbian character after just 48 years 4
12:42 PM — Coronation Street is planning on introducing its first lesbian character. A source at Granada told the News of the World: "Violet was pinpointed as the one character they could take down that route."
Black protests mark end of Pope’s trip to Australia 4
11:24 AM — Thousands of gay rights protesters across Australia joined a black parade in protest over the Pope's visit to the country.
21st July 2008
Man flees Turkey after “honour killing” of his gay activist boyfriend 4
5:03 PM — The partner of murdered gay student Ahmet Yildiz has been forced to flee Turkey in fear of his life. Yildiz, a 26-year-old physics student, was shot leaving a cafe on the Bosphorus strait during the weekend.
Cardinal’s same-sex resting place upsets Vatican saint makers 4
4:31 PM — Cardinal Newman, Britain's most famous Catholic convert after Tony Blair, is to have his last request overridden by the Catholic Church in a bid to make him a saint.
Religious people not as homophobic as leaders think reports Stonewall 2
3:20 PM — A Stonewall survey has found that religious leaders do not adequately represent their followers views on homosexuality.
God-fearing cop claims “blatant support” for gays makes his job too difficult 8
1:01 PM — A Christian policeman who circulated emails at work suggesting homosexuality was sinful is taking his force to an employment tribunal.
18th July 2008
Ugandan President claims homosexuality is “foreign culture” 6
2:51 PM — The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has spoken of his country's "rejection" of homosexuality during a speech he gave at the wedding of a former MP's daughter.
Dutch replace ‘maiden name’ with ‘birth name’ to spare gay blushes 4
12:23 PM — The Dutch civil service has developed a new name for "maiden name" so married gay men won't feel awkward.
Czech minister calls for debate about gay adoption 2
11:58 AM — The Czech minister for human rights and ethnic minorities has called for a debate on whether the gay partner of a parent should be allowed to adopt his or her child.
17th July 2008
“Scottish and inspirational” Pop Idol headlines Dumfries Pride
4:36 PM — Michelle McManus will play the Dumfries and Galloway Pride on 16th August as the opening act. It is the first Pride to take place in the region.
Restrictions on Pope protesters lifted by Australian court 1
4:19 PM — A ban on anti-papal protests in Australia has been lifted by Australia's Federal Court. NoToPope, a coalition of LGBT, atheist and religious groups, was able to protest at World Youth Day WYD in Syndey.
New campaign encourages mums to help their kids come out
3:00 PM — A new anti-homophobia campaign is targeting working class mothers in the belief they "act as the catalyst for change" in the family unit.
Gay Iranian granted refugee status by UN
2:54 PM — A gay Iranian asylum seeker has been granted refugee status by the UN after eighteen months of campaigning.
Joker role could win posthumous Oscar for Brokeback star 2
12:14 PM — The new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, lands in Britain next Friday. Buzzing with the glowing reviews of Heath Ledger's last performance as the Joker, the late actor has been tipped for a posthumous Oscar.
16th July 2008
Lesbian Dame honoured at Manchester Pride’s classical music events
10:32 AM — Suffragette activist and "establishment lesbian" Dame Ethel Smyth is to be honoured as part of Manchester Pride's first classical music series.
15th July 2008
AIDS charity wants schools to teach gay sex education 1
1:20 PM — The National AIDS Trust wants sex and relationships education in schools to deal with same sex relationships.
UN under fire over treatment of gay asylum seekers
11:54 AM — Two gay Iranian asylum seekers are being ignored by UN refugee authorities in Turkey because of their sexuality, claims the Iranian Queer Organisation.