6th July 2012
Video: Hillary Clinton sends acceptance message for WorldPride award 2
11:17 AM — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has sent a video message to London thanking WorldPride organisers for giving her its World LGBT Award.
London: Lib Dem ‘straight fight’ leaflet ‘insensitive to gay candidate’ 55
10:46 AM — Tories have complained today of a Liberal Democrat election leaflet in south-west London which described a 'straight fight' between that party's candidate and the gay Conservative also standing for the council.
European Parliament condemns violence against lesbians in Africa 4
10:17 AM — The European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on violence against lesbian women and gay and transgender rights more generally in Africa.
Essex: Head praises ‘greatly loved’ trans teacher 17
9:18 AM — A transgender teacher has been praised for her courage and popularity by staff and pupils at a secondary school in Essex ahead of her transition this summer.
New call for HIV at-home testing kits in the UK 221
9:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust has called for the incorporation of at-home testing kits for HIV into UK strategies following their approval for sale in the US.
5th July 2012
Foreign Office human rights minister praises ‘Illegal to be you’ video campaign 7
5:17 PM — Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister for human rights has praised a new viral video imagining a world in personal traits like hair colour or height were criminalised in the same way as homosexuality.
Evening Standard backs religious marriage rights for gay couples 14
3:55 PM — The Evening Standard has backed marriage rights for gay couples in religious ceremonies today.
Musician Frank Ocean praised after revealing first love was for a man 12
3:33 PM — Musician Frank Ocean has revealed his first love was with another man when he was 19, receiving praise from those in the music industry for coming out while beginning to forge a successful career as a hip-hop artist.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backs religious marriages for gay couples 63
1:03 PM — The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has become the most senior figure in the government to voice personal support for religious gay marriage rights today.
Report: 99 percent of gay pupils hear homophobic language in school 31
12:43 PM — A report launched today has found that 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in Britain’s secondary schools experience homophobic bullying, while 99 percent hear the word 'gay' being used disparagingly at their schools.
Wimbledon: Fans hear ‘game points’ as gay slur in BBC coverage of Murray match 128
12:07 PM — A comment in last night's Wimbledon quarter-final between Andy Murray and David Ferrer has prompted complaints to the BBC from fans who believed it was anti-gay.
London: Gay arts festival GFEST cancelled 19
10:32 AM — London’s annual gay and transgender arts festival GFEST has been cancelled this year due to a lack of funding.
4th July 2012
Shadow home secretary meets with liberal faith groups on equal marriage 18
4:59 PM — The shadow home secretary hosted a roundtable discussion on equal marriage rights for gay couples in London today, inviting religious figures to discuss their support for religious recognition in the government's plans.
Northern Ireland: Public meeting on equal marriage in Belfast tomorrow 7
4:27 PM — A free public conference will be held tomorrow evening in Belfast to unite supporters of equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland into a new campaigning group.
Pride London chair stands down 32
1:26 PM — Pride London's chair has stepped down following criticism of the organisation's handling of WorldPride 2012, which has been scaled back at the last minute.
Derby: Muslim group plans ‘biggest ever’ Pride protest despite gay hate convictions 153
12:17 PM — A 'bigger than ever' protest by a group of Muslim fundamentalists is being planned for Derbyshire's upcoming Pride parade this weekend.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson will not attend WorldPride ‘Plan B’ 55
11:17 AM — The GLA has confirmed today the Mayor of London Boris Johnson will not attend the heavily scaled back WorldPride parade in the capital this Saturday, as sponsors confirm the event in its original form has become 'unsalvageable'.
Zimbabwe: Gay rights group to be charged with insulting Mugabe 58
10:09 AM — Police in Zimbabwe have summoned the director of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe group and intend to charge the organisation with insulting the president, Robert Mugabe.
3rd July 2012
Gay-only room adverts ‘may be illegal’ 116
6:14 PM — Landlords' adverts which specify that only gay people, or people from a particular racial group or gender, should apply to rent a room in their home may be illegal, a BBC investigation suggests.
London: Calls to replace Pride organisers for 2013 39
2:59 PM — While a last minute meeting takes place at City Hall to see if it is possible to save parts of London's WorldPride event this weekend, calls have been made to hand the organisation of the event on to a new body in future.