3rd July 2012
Cher appears to leave Twitter after voicing support for anti-gay pastor 42
1:57 PM — Tweets sent from Cher's account praising a pastor who said gay people were "not God's best work" have drawn confusion from fans.
Sir Derek Jacobi: Equal marriage debate a ‘squabble over nothing’ 104
12:40 PM — Legendary stage actor Derek Jacobi said he views the debate over equal marriage rights for gay couples as a 'squabble over nothing'.
Suffolk: Man fined after threatening transgender neighbour 17
12:03 PM — A building worker in Ipswich has been convicted of what is believed to be the first offence officially motivated by transphobia in Suffolk.
2nd July 2012
Facebook updates marriage icons for gay couples 8
5:34 PM — Facebook has updated the icons used to signify key events on the profile timelines of users to include gay couples' weddings.
Anderson Cooper publicly confirms he is gay 36
4:35 PM — US journalist and television presenter Anderson Cooper has publicly confirmed he is gay.
Elton John criticises Ukraine’s ‘tragic’ anti-gay draft law 4
3:50 PM — Sir Elton John has said it is 'tragic' that Ukraine is currently considering laws which would severely curtail the freedom to discuss homosexuality in the country.
Stonewall launches advice leaflets for gay tourists in Britain 40
1:46 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a series of multilingual leaflets designed to promote gay freedoms in Britain to foreign visitors.
Casablanca: Gay cruise diverted 28
12:57 PM — A gay cruise has been diverted from Moroccan city of Casablanca with organisers saying they were turned away from the port, where homosexuality is illegal.
Amateur footballer banned from matches after threatening gay referee 11
10:54 AM — An amateur footballer has been banned from watching or playing in regulated games for the next three years after verbally abusing a gay referee.
Tory MP’s bill calls for partners of gay knights to receive honorary titles 64
10:00 AM — A Private Member's Bill is to be tabled at the House of Commons this week calling for honorary titles to be bestowed on the partners of gay knights and peers.
29th June 2012
Kenya: Media link US ambassador’s resignation to Pride reception 7
4:23 PM — The US ambassador to Kenya has resigned citing 'differences' with Washington DC, but reports from Africa have suggested a link between the decision and a gay pride event hosted at the embassy in Nairobi this week.
London: School suspends Sunday church group over ‘homosexual offenders’ leaflet 58
11:52 AM — Three church groups have been suspended from using a school in East London on Sunday mornings after leaflets referring to 'homosexual offenders' were put through the doors of local houses.
Australia: 40 percent of gay couples identify as Christian 27
10:52 AM — According to 2011 census figures, 40 percent of gay couples in Australia identify themselves as Christians, compared with two-thirds of straight couples.
28th June 2012
Pride London funding ‘shortfall’ sees WorldPride heavily scaled back 43
4:50 PM — The WorldPride event in London on 7 July has been severely cut back with floats banned from the route and start times moved after a funding "shortfall", organisers Pride London confirmed today.
Scotland: Six in ten LGBT people have seen homophobia in sport, report says 3
3:36 PM — A report into levels of homophobia and transphobia in Scottish sport and recommendations to tackle the problems have been formally unveiled today.
Coming out support booklets for gay youth and families updated 2
2:45 PM — The national body FFLAG, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gay Men, has updated its support booklets for young people coming out to their parents and for parents themselves.
Video: Policing minister Nick Herbert says difference between civil partnership and marriage ‘matters’ 20
1:21 PM — Nick Herbert, the Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, has become the latest member of the government to join the Out4Marriage campaign to support efforts to legalise gay marriages.
Queensland: Groups fear three-year prison sentences under gay surrogacy ban 12
12:24 PM — Equality advocates are meeting to oppose the new Queensland government's plan to criminalise surrogacy arrangements for gay couples, single people and some straight couples.
IDAHO founder begins hunger strike for UN resolution on decriminalising homosexuality 13
11:38 AM — The founder of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia has launched a hunger strike this week calling on the new French president to honour a promise to introduce a UN resolution on the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
27th June 2012
Pride London responds to cancellation rumours 15
6:04 PM — Organisers of WorldPride 2012 Pride London have rebutted 'misrepresented rumours' that the 7 July event is in danger of cancellation and responded to 'media criticism' of the event's organisation.