16th July 2008
Islington to appeal against civil partnership ruling 13
10:56 AM — The London Borough of Islington has decided it will appeal against an employment tribunal ruling involving civil partnerships.
Lesbian Dame honoured at Manchester Pride’s classical music events
10:32 AM — Suffragette activist and "establishment lesbian" Dame Ethel Smyth is to be honoured as part of Manchester Pride's first classical music series.
15th July 2008
Gay man wins £37,000 discrimination case against church 4
6:57 PM — A 25-year-old gay man who was constantly teased and humiliated by his boss at a Christian retreat has won an employment tribunal against the Presbyterian Church of Wales.
Tom Cruise adverts appear on gay blog
3:50 PM — File this one under oops… maybe. After years of telling the world he’s not gay, an ad for Tom Cruise’s official website is going after the gay community for business.
Woman’s claim on estate of mother’s lesbian partner rejected
3:20 PM — The ex-wife of director Ken Russell has lost her High Court battle over the £2.3m estate of her mother’s lesbian lover.
Homophobic bishop tries to influence Glasgow by-election 9
3:10 PM — A leading Roman Catholic leader in Scotland has attacked the Labour party over its support for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
Insurance website claims gay men die younger than straights 1
2:17 PM — A leading insurance comparison website has caused a storm of debate by claiming gay men have a life expectancy 20 years shorter than heterosexual men.
AIDS charity wants schools to teach gay sex education 1
1:20 PM — The National AIDS Trust wants sex and relationships education in schools to deal with same sex relationships.
Campaigning clergyman’s new life as a holiday host
12:13 PM — He may be best-known as a leading voice in the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, but Reverend Richard Kirker will soon be swapping the good fight for the good life.
UN under fire over treatment of gay asylum seekers
11:54 AM — Two gay Iranian asylum seekers are being ignored by UN refugee authorities in Turkey because of their sexuality, claims the Iranian Queer Organisation.
Foreign Office issues advice to Pride travellers
11:39 AM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued advice for LGBT people travelling to gay Pride events. Holland, Denmark, and South Africa are holding major gay Pride marches later this summer.
14th July 2008
McCain: “I don’t believe in gay adoption” 3
9:57 PM — The presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States declared his opposition to gay adoption in an interview in yesterday's New York Times.
INTERVIEW: Trust him, he’s a junior doctor 1
9:43 PM — A quote from the Mayor of London graces the back cover of Max Pemberton's book. "Painfully funny," it reads.
Sun shines on Vienna as record numbers celebrate Pride
5:13 PM — 120,000 revellers attended Vienna's Rainbow Parade on Saturday. Organisers credited the highest turnout on record to the 30C temperatures in the Austrian capital.
INTERVIEW: Why law firms are joining forces to make the most of LGBT talent
4:21 PM — The InterLaw Forum, intended to strengthen diversity within the London legal sector and promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBT talent, will meet for the fourth time later this week.
INTERVIEW: A British hom com to warm the most cynical of hearts
2:53 PM — British cinema's attempts at capturing gay life in the country have had mixed results. The complaint most often overheard in the bars and coffee shops of Soho is that they are either hyper-real or deeply depressing.
Moscow bans demonstration outside Iranian embassy
11:48 AM — Gay rights activists in Russia have been denied permission to protest outside Iran's embassy in Moscow.
Education minister backs LGBT History Month
11:33 AM — The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families will be attending the LGBT History Month pre-launch event in November, it has been confirmed.
British Army joins up to Stonewall workplace scheme 2
12:01 AM — The British Army has become the 400th member of the Diversity Champions programme run by gay equality organisation Stonewall.
13th July 2008
Tutu calls for Anglican unity as homosexuality continues to tear communion apart 2
11:32 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu pleaded with the Anglican Communion to show unity as it tries to reconcile the views of liberals and evangelicals over homosexuality.