23rd July 2014
Tulisa’s PA: ‘I don’t know why I said Simon Cowell was gay – it is not true’ 1
6:21 PM — Simon Cowell has received an apology from Tulisa Contostavlos’ personal assistant who made false claims about the music mogul’s sexual orientation.
Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire charged with money laundering and misconduct in public office 1
4:14 PM — Former MEP Nikki Sinclaire has been charged with money laundering and misconduct in public office after an inquiry into her expense claims.
Saudi man jailed and to receive 450 lashes over Twitter ‘homosexual contacts’ 36
3:04 PM — A man in Saudi Arabia has been jailed for three years and will receive 450 lashes for using his Twitter account to promote “homosexual contacts”.
22nd July 2014
Lord Joffe: Critics of Assisted Dying Bill ‘opposed’ legalising homosexuality 5
3:51 PM — Lord Joffe has compared the opponents of the Assisted Dying Bill to those who argued against decriminalising homosexuality.
School chief defends Brunei’s death penalty for gays and says they should face UK exile 58
1:55 PM — A former chairman of governors at a school in Birmingham has defended the Sultan of Brunei’s death penalty for gay citizens.
Indian Government to wait for Supreme Court decision over anti-gay law 6
12:44 PM — India will take no decision on amending a law banning same-sex sexual activity until the Supreme Court rules, a government minister says.
Government rejects calls to posthumously pardon men convicted of homosexuality 49
11:34 AM — The government has rejected calls for convictions for homosexual acts to be posthumously disregarded.
17th July 2014
Public Health England welcomes WHO announcement on PrEP for gay men 11
6:31 PM — The WHO’s decision to recommend that gay men should consider using PrEP as an additional method against HIV has been welcomed by Public Health England.
Lifetime gay blood ban not justifiable, says Europe Court of Justice Advocate General
4:57 PM — A lifetime ban preventing French gay men from donating blood is not justifiable, says the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.
Leeds: Police appeal over anti-gay assault at train station
3:03 PM — Police are appealing for information following a homophobic assault at Leeds train station.
Nick Clegg: Tories are ‘lining up with Putin’ over European Court power curb 3
2:20 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has launched an attack on Conservative plans to limit the power of the European Court of Human Rights.
European Court of Human Rights confirms forced divorce of trans people is legal 6
1:01 PM — Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their new gender recognised, European judges rules.
16th July 2014
MP Caroline Lucas urges Nicky Morgan to make sex education statutory 6
7:09 PM — A bill to make PHSE a statutory requirement for schools has been tabled by Green MP Caroline Lucas.
Catholic Church defends buying bungalow for Cardinal Keith O’Brien 31
6:05 PM — A Scottish cardinal who admitted to "inappropriate behaviour" with male priests is living out retirement in a bungalow paid for by the Catholic Church.
Lawyer: UK has ‘long way to go’ in protecting LGBT asylum seekers 2
4:30 PM — A leading barrister says the UK has "a long, long way to go" when it comes to protecting those fleeing homophobic persecution.
UNAIDS: The HIV epidemic can be brought under control by 2030 1
3:09 PM — The HIV epidemic can be brought under control by 2030, UNAIDS says.
15th July 2014
Croatia passes civil partnerships law 52
5:14 PM — Croatia’s Parliament has passed a law allowing civil partnerships for same-sex couples.
WHO accused of ‘perpetuating gay stereotypes’ with PrEP announcement 70
4:20 PM — Journalist Patrick McAleenan has questioned the WHO’s decision to recommend that gay men should consider using antiretroviral drugs as an additional method of preventing HIV infection.
Gay Tory MP Nick Boles given ministerial responsibilities for equal marriage and LGBT equality 14
1:40 PM — Junior Conservative minister Nick Boles has been given specific responsibilities for same-sex marriage and LGBT equality, as part of today’s reshuffle, Downing Street confirms.
Will Nicky Morgan champion LGBT equality in schools as Education Secretary? 8
12:02 PM — Michael Gove, who previously resisted updating sex education guidance in schools, has been replaced by a minister who voted against same-sex marriage - and is now responsible for the entire equalities brief and all of schools.