10th July 2012
US: Most Utah voters back legal recognition for gay couples – but not marriage 7
11:55 PM — Polling shows that 71 per cent of Utah voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples. The survey, by Brigham Young University, found that 43 per cent of respondents thought civil unions should be legal, while 28 per cent wanted full marriage equality.
Gay US congressman Barney Frank says Republicans ‘ignored’ his wedding 7
11:45 PM — Barney Frank, the gay US congressman who married his partner at the weekend, says Republican colleagues have "mostly ignored" his wedding.
US: Marriage equality campaign aims to attract young conservatives 1
11:21 PM — A new US marriage equality campaign has been launched for young people who consider themselves Republican, conservative or libertarian. The 'Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry' initiative was launched by national group Freedom to Marry and aims to highlight the bipartisan nature of marriage equality.
US: Gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny has asteroid named for him 6
11:12 PM — American gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny has had an asteroid named after him. The activist, who died last October aged 86, was sacked from his government job as an astronomer in 1957 for being gay. He later became one of the leading lights of the US gay rights movement.
Liverpool FC to march in city Pride parade 18
11:51 AM — Liverpool Football Club has announced it will be the first Premier League club in the country to be officially represented at a Pride event, although no footballers have been announced as taking part.
9th July 2012
US: Latino groups launch push for marriage equality 4
11:45 PM — Leading US Latino groups are backing a campaign to raise awareness of gay rights and marriage equality. Twenty-one of America's largest Latino groups have signed up to the Familia es Familia campaign, which was launched on Sunday in Las Vegas.
HIV treatment ‘hindered by anti-gay laws’ 10
11:11 PM — Treatment for HIV around the world is being hindered by anti-gay laws, an independent report says. The Global Commission on HIV and the Law said that countries were wasting valuable resources by pursuing "archaic" laws against gay people.
US: New Hampshire gay group settles in HIV discrimination lawsuit 2
10:30 PM — A gay rights group in New Hampshire has reached a settlement with a town it sued for trying to shut down a home for people with HIV and AIDS. The town of Gilsum was sued by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) on behalf of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region.
US: Washington priest who denied communion to lesbian leaves diocese 14
10:07 PM — A priest who told a lesbian she could not receive communion at her mother's funeral has left the Archdiocese of Washington. Rev Marcel Guarnizo officiated at the February funeral of Barbara Johnson's mother at St John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg.
3,000 march at incident-free Budapest Pride 6
3:12 PM — Budapest Pride 2012 took place safely on Saturday despite earlier threats and the mayor’s unwillingness to support the event. Over 3,000 marchers took to the streets protected by riot police.
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.
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.
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.
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.