7th August 2012
Mitt Romney ‘supports rights of gay Scout members’ 17
10:34 PM — US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is against many gay rights measures, but he does back the right of gay people to join the Scouts. In 1994, he said that while the Boy Scouts of American should be free to set its own policies, he agreed that it should allow gay people to be members, staff and volunteers.
Gay man publishes father’s letter disowning him 187
3:35 PM — A gay man has published a letter sent to him by his father to disown him after he came out.
Manchester: Nurse convicted of homophobic verbal abuse against policeman 22
1:50 PM — A nurse in Manchester has been convicted of homophobic abusing a policeman as he tried to break up a racially aggravated argument.
6th August 2012
ObamaCare ‘will ban discrimination against transgender people’ 6
10:10 PM — A senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services has told transgender rights groups that federal health programmes and companies receiving federal dollars are barred from discriminating against trans people.
US: Gay rights group donates $1m to marriage equality efforts
10:06 PM — US gay rights group Human Rights Campaign has donated $1m to marriage equality efforts in four states. Campaign groups in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington will each receive $250,000.
Poll: Gay men take twice as many holidays 38
10:02 AM — A new poll suggested gay men take double the national average number of holidays each year.
2nd August 2012
London: Record attendance at gay professionals network 10
5:19 PM — Village Drinks, the social event for gay professionals, is celebrating its highest attendance for an event, with a record 600 members attending the group’s summer party in London tonight.
1st August 2012
Bid to decriminalise gay acts in Northern Cyprus at European court 11
6:00 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has registered a case to decriminalise homosexuality in Northern Cyprus, the last place in the Council of Europe where being gay is a criminal offence.
31st July 2012
Buckinghamshire: Police appeal over potentially homophobic attack 10
5:42 PM — Thames Valley Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses in High Wycombe after a man was physically assaulted and was thought to be subjected to verbal homophobic abuse in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Video: Matrix director Lana Wachowski speaks on film after transition 12
4:15 PM — Co-director of the Matrix films Lana Wachowski has appeared on film for what is believed to be the first time since transitioning.
30th July 2012
First out lesbian MP Angela Eagle becomes patron of Liverpool Pride 7
4:27 PM — Former government minister and first openly lesbian MP Angela Eagle has now become the first patron of Liverpool Pride.
New condom guide for gay and bi men launched 40
3:03 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched an online guide instructing gay men in condom use.
29th July 2012
US: Michigan gay rights campaigners launch hunger strikes 5
9:14 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Michigan, US, are launching an 100-day shift-based hunger strike to protest against the state's "extreme anti-gay environment". The strikers, from eight gay rights organisations, will fast for 24 hours at a time at LGBT centre Affirmations in Ferndale. The shifts end on election day.
Vietnam considers legal recognition for gay couples 22
9:10 PM — Vietnam's Communist government is considering whether to legalise marriage or civil registration for gay couples. The Justice Ministry is debating whether to include rights for gay couples in an overhaul of marriage laws. It has been suggested that these rights will focus on inheritance, property and adoption of children.
New York City council speaker Christine Quinn wants Chick-fil-A to leave 19
9:07 PM — New York City council speaker Christine Quinn has called on fast-food outlet Chick-fil-A to leave because of its anti-equality views. Ms Quinn, who is in a same-sex marriage, wrote to the president of New York University where Chick-fil-A has an outlet, urging him to break off his relationship with the chain.
Oxford University changes dress code for transgender students 14
9:04 PM — Transgender students at Oxford University will be permitted to wear formal dress appropriate to their new sex. The institution has changed its strict dress code for students taking exams or attending formal events after a campus LGBT group intervened.
27th July 2012
Video: Campaign promotes ‘worry-free sex’ 7
5:05 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has released an inventive new video showing the thoughts about condom use by both gay and straight couples in the final moments before sex.
Liverpool: Two-year project on life of April Ashley launched 4
2:57 PM — Arts festival Homotopia is preparing to launch a two year heritage project to research, explore and document the experiences of transgender people in Britain over the past 70 years, focussing on the life of trans model and actress April Ashley.
26th July 2012
Target releases a gay-friendly ad 15
11:33 PM — US retailer Target has been praised for advertising depicting a gay male couple on their wedding day. The ad, highlighting the company's wedding gift registry service, shows a male couple holding hands. The taglines say: "That's Love" and "Be Yourself. Together."
Small HIV study raises hopes of ‘functional cure’ 5
11:31 PM — A small HIV study carried out in France has raised hopes of finding a "functional cure". Twelve patients were able to stop taking HIV medication and maintained a low level of the virus in their bodies for a median of six years.