14th July 2011
Men attacked in Vauxhall after London Pride 129
10:13 AM — Two men were attacked and robbed in Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, after London Pride. The men, aged 25 and 33, were returning home from a night out at around 1.40am Sunday July 4th when they were set upon by a gang of between eight and ten black males.
13th July 2011
Ohio lesbian loses custody battle over ex-partner’s daughter 5
4:18 PM — A lesbian in Ohio, US, has lost a custody battle over the biological daughter of her former partner. Michele Hobbs and Kelly Mullen had lived together in Cincinnati and made the decision to become parents before Ms Mullen gave birth to the child, Lucy, in 2005.
Equality commission defends ‘compromise’ plan for gay and religious rights clashes 284
2:22 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission says the rights of gays and lesbians will not be diminished by an intervention into legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Instead, the body said that its heavily criticised plans would lead to "better respect for religious rights within the workplace ... without diminishing the rights of others".
Jersey allows religious civil partnerships 30
10:55 AM — Jersey has passed a law to allow civil partnerships - including giving gay couples the right to tie the knot in church if they - and religious organisations - wish.
12th July 2011
Lib Dem MP says Home Office appears ‘institutionally homophobic’ on asylum 27
6:12 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused the Home Office and the UK Border Agency of appearing "institutionally homophobic" in cases of gay asylum seekers. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, wrote to immigration minister Damien Green on behalf of a gay Ugandan constituent who was due to be deported on Monday.
Stonewall ‘deeply disturbed’ at equality commission U-turn on religious rights 68
1:50 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has condemned a move by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to intervene in two legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Chief executive Ben Summerskill said the body must state clearly that it does not agree that religious beliefs should allow people to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
Sainsbury’s apologises for transgender toilet ban 20
1:07 PM — Sainsbury's has apologised after a transgender woman was told by a Surrey store that she could not use the women's toilets.
11th July 2011
US city to reimburse gay workers for unfair tax 21
2:23 PM — A Massachusetts city will become the first to pay gay public workers more than their straight colleagues because gay workers are subject to more federal tax. The city of Cambridge has been looking for a solution to the issue of unfair federal taxes for six months and now plans to reimburse affected workers.
9th July 2011
How the News of the World threatened PinkNews after Ashley Cole expose 48
7:33 PM — Five years ago, PinkNews.co.uk became entangled in one of the most complex libel disputes in recent times between the News of the World and the footballer Ashley Cole. Legal threats against PinkNews.co.uk made by the News of the World could have threatened this publication with closure. As the News of the World prepares to publish its last edition, we look back at this extraordinary case.
8th July 2011
Transgender woman told by Sainsbury’s to use disabled toilet 219
12:56 PM — A transgender woman in Surrey has described how staff at a Sainsbury's supermarket told her to use the disabled toilets instead of the women's facility. Stephanie Collins, 55, said she used the women's toilets but as she came out, a staff member stopped her and told her she should not have done.
7th July 2011
MP complains over anti-gay preacher’s UK visit 60
3:18 PM — An MP has asked Home Secretary Theresa May why an anti-gay US preacher is being allowed into the UK. Labour MP Richard Burden said people would question why Pastor John Hagee is allowed into the country while other hate preachers, such as Muslim speaker Sheikh Raed Salah, are banned.
New York register offices to open on a Sunday for gay weddings 12
2:04 PM — Some register officers in New York are to open on a Sunday to give gay couples a chance to marry as soon as they can.
Gay journalist threatened with knife in Dublin homophobic attack 25
11:26 AM — Police are searching for two men who punched a well-known gay journalist in the face during a homophobic attack in Dublin. The 46-year-old victim was said to be "deeply traumatised" after the incident, which took place on June 8th.
More women than men having civil partnerships 24
10:38 AM — For the first time, more women than men are having civil partnerships in the UK. According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, 49 per cent of last year's ceremonies were held by men. In 2009, men held 51 per cent of all civil partnerships.
6th July 2011
Comment: One year on from gay asylum ruling, have things changed? 26
5:21 PM — One year ago, the Supreme Court unanimously handed down a landmark decision in LGBT human rights. Asylum campaigner Paul Canning examines whether things have changed.
Lesbian asylum seeker wins right to stay in UK 6
4:34 PM — A lesbian asylum seeker from Jamaica has been granted the right to stay in the UK after immigration judges ruled that she could face persecution if sent home. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally told by the Home Office that she could not stay.
California Assembly passes gay education bill 17
3:31 PM — A bill requiring schools in California to teach pupils about LGBT history has been passed by the Assembly. It has already been approved by the Senate and now goes to state governor Jerry Brown, who has not said whether he will sign it.
5th July 2011
Trial begins for US teen accused of shooting dead gay classmate
2:43 PM — The trial has begun in the case of an American teenager accused of shooting dead a gay classmate. Lawrence King, 15, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot twice in the head on February 12th 2008 during a lesson at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.
Peter Tatchell: ‘David Cameron should come out in support of gay marriage’ 30
1:48 PM — Peter Tatchell says same-sex marriage "reeks of assimilationism" - but prime minister David Cameron should support it.
4th July 2011
Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson tipped to lead Scottish Tories 46
2:01 PM — Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson is being tipped as a contender to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Despite only being elected two months ago, the former BBC journalist is said to have impressed senior figures at Westminster and Holyrood, who have urged her to stand in the contest.