22nd July 2012
Boston mayor says ‘anti-gay’ Chick-fil-A not welcome 16
9:23 PM — The mayor of Boston has said that fast food chain Chick-fil-A will find it "very difficult" to open in Boston because of its statements on marriage equality. Mayor Thomas M Menino suggested he would block the chain from opening in the city because it "discriminates against a population".
20th July 2012
Protest planned over anti-gay Olympic states 19
5:28 PM — A protest is being planned outside an International Olympic Committee meeting this weekend to petition it to disqualify states which discriminate against citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation in sport.
Salesman unfairly dismissed after complaint over anti-gay bullying 10
1:55 PM — A married father has won £44,000 at an employment tribunal after suffering homophobic bullying at his workplace in Leeds.
19th July 2012
Chick-fil-A answers to criticism over gay rights 37
11:33 PM — US fast food store Chick-fil-A has released a statement after its chief operating officer declared the company was against marriage equality. On Monday, Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged”, when asked about its perceived opposition to equal marriage.
US: Judge says Colorado State Patrol has ‘anti-gay culture’ 7
11:30 PM — A state administrative law judge in Colorado has delivered a scathing judgment on the State Patrol for having an "anti-gay culture".
14 openly gay and lesbian athletes to compete in London Olympics 47
11:29 PM — At least 14 out gay and lesbian athletes will be competing in London's Olympic Games. According to OutSports.com, which published the list, statistics suggest that there are many more gay or lesbian competitors.
Video: Warren Beatty’s transgender son speaks out 10
11:26 PM — The transgender son of actors Warren Beatty and Annette Bening has spoken about his life and experiences. Stephen Beatty, 20, who was born physically female, began transition at the age of 14. He has made a video for WeHappyTrans.com.
EU backs exhibition at new Pride House for London Olympics 1
5:29 PM — The European Union has pledged financial support for an exhibition on pioneering gay sport figures at the newly-resurrected Pride House 2012.
18th July 2012
US: Kentucky girl, 16, beaten by men in anti-gay attack 36
11:49 PM — A 16-year-old girl in Kentucky, US, is recovering from a broken jaw after being attacked by two men who shouted anti-gay slurs. The Louisville teenager, who has not been named, was reportedly walking to a shop with two younger boys on Tuesday morning when they were approached by four adults.
US report: HIV rates particularly high in gay black men 19
11:45 PM — A report released ahead of the 19th International AIDS Conference says that black gay men in the US account for one in four new HIV infections. The report, from the Black AIDS Institute, is titled: Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America.
US: Dismissed lesbian den mother takes petition to Scouts 7
11:41 PM — A den mother dismissed by the Boy Scouts of America because she is a lesbian has taken a 300,000 signature petition to the organisation's headquarters.
Canada: Gay couple win human rights case after being barred from B&B 10
11:39 PM — A gay couple in British Columbia, Canada, have won their human rights case against a Christian B&B which refused to let them stay.
Jewish group offers training on LGBT inclusiveness 5
5:20 PM — Following allegations that a Jewish school in London showed pupils anti-gay material, a Jewish forum has provided a free training course for community members to support LGBT inclusion in the faith.
17th July 2012
US: George W Bush and Hillary Clinton to attend HIV conference 3
11:17 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former president George W Bush are expected to attend an HIV conference in Washington this week.
Chick-Fil-A chief confirms company is opposed to equal marriage 46
11:15 PM — The chief operating officer of US fast food chain Chick-Fil-A has confirmed that his company is against equal marriage rights for gay people. Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was "guilty as charged", when asked about its perceived opposition to equal marriage.
California: Anti-gay groups fail to win vote on Fair Education Act 8
11:12 PM — A coalition of anti-gay groups has failed to secure enough support for a referendum on California's Fair Education Act. Anti-gay campaigners announced yesterday that they did not collect enough signatures for a vote on the pro-LGBT law in November.
US: Boy Scouts will keep ban on gay people 32
11:10 PM — The Boy Scouts of America has announced it will retain its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff. Since 1991, it has stated that homosexuality is inconsistent with the Scout Oath.
16th July 2012
ACLU asks Supreme Court to hear lesbian widow’s DOMA case 8
10:19 PM — The Supreme Court has been asked to hear the case of a lesbian widow forced to pay more than $350,000 in federal estate tax after her wife died. The ACLU filed the petition, a writ of certiorari, on behalf of 83-year-old Edith Windsor, who was treated in law as if she and her late wife Thea Spyer were strangers.
US: FDA approves Truvada for HIV prevention 4
10:17 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Truvada for use in HIV prevention. The drug has been approved for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, which is the use of antiretroviral drugs to decrease the likelihood of HIV infection in people with a high risk of contracting it.
Texas: Lesbian teenager leaves hospital after shooting 4
10:15 PM — A lesbian teenager in Portland, Texas, has left hospital three weeks after being shot in the head. Mary Kristene Chapa, 19, was seriously injured in the attack while her girlfriend Mollie Olgin, also 19, was killed.