18th July 2012
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.
Florida Lt. governor says ‘black women like her’ don’t have lesbian affairs 9
10:13 PM — A Florida lieutenant governor accused of having a lesbian affair with an aide has said that "black women who look like [her]" don't have same-sex relationships.
15th July 2012
US: Lesbian Super-PAC aims to support pro-LGBT and women candidates 4
10:14 PM — A pro-lesbian Super-PAC (political action committee) has been launched to support political candidates in the US who back LGBT and women's rights. L-PAC has already secured high-profile backing from figures such as Billie-Jean King and actress Jane Lynch.
Argentina: Gay couples celebrate second anniversary of marriage law 4
10:11 PM — Gay couples in Argentina are celebrating the second anniversary of a law giving them the right to marry. More than 6,000 gay couples have tied the knot since Argentina's president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21st 2010.
Thomson Reuters says Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘would be bad for business’ 6
10:09 PM — One of the world's biggest news outlets, Thomson Reuters, has joined a number of companies in protesting Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban. In a statement, the firm said the proposed constitutional amendment would not "be good for Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state".
US store Target stocks cards for gay couples 20
10:06 PM — US retailer Target has begun selling greetings cards for same-sex couples. The Star-Tribune reports that cards with messages such as 'Mr & Mr' and 'For two special women' went on sale in mid-June.
14th July 2012
US: Three Atlanta men jailed for anti-gay attack 16
11:59 PM — Three men in the Georgia city of Atlanta, US, have been sentenced to five years in jail and a further five on probation for an assault on a gay man.
Russian gay rights campaigners appeal to European court over Pride bans 10
11:56 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after being banned from holding Pride marches in St Petersburg.
Adam Lambert: ‘America is in the middle of a big civil rights movement’ 11
11:53 PM — Pop star Adam Lambert says American attitudes to homosexuality are changing so fast, the country is in the middle of a "big civil rights movement".
Elton John says he ‘wasted a big part’ of his life on drugs 4
11:51 PM — Sir Elton John has spoken candidly about his past drug use, saying he "wasted a big part" of his life. The singer, speaking to the Today show for a forthcoming broadcast, said he was "consumed by cocaine, booze and who knows what else" earlier in his career.