24th July 2008
German court rules forced divorces for trans people unconstitutional
2:08 PM — A ruling by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has been hailed as a major victory for the trans community.
Tory councillor charged with having gay sex in a public toilet 9
11:51 AM — A Conservative councillor in Harrow has appeared in court charged with engaging in sexual activity in a public lavatory. Robert Benson did not enter a plea at Harrow Magistrates' Court last week.
Homophobic politician in gun drama 4
10:29 AM — For the second time in two months, anti gay Oklahoma representative Sally Kern was stopped from entering the state capitol with a firearm, saying she simply forgot to remove the gun from her purse.
23rd July 2008
Cruising arrest was “huge relief” claims George Michael
5:34 PM — Pop singer George Michael has said that he deliberately got himself arrested for cruising in a public toilet in LA ten years ago.
Swedish man jailed for attacks on gays he met in chatrooms
12:31 PM — A life sentence has been handed to a Swedish man for his brutal attacks against gay men. Swedish website The Local reported that the 35-year-old was convicted of killing a man in his own home on December 28th.
22nd July 2008
Exclusive: My boyfriend was murdered in Turkish “honour killing” 5
3:01 PM — The body of Ahmet Yildiz, Turkey's first suspected victim of a gay "honour killing," has been removed from the city morgue. His boyfriend spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about his murder.
Lesbos islanders lose court case over use of “lesbian” 3
2:01 PM — A court in Athens today rejected a law suit from a small group of residents of the island of Lesbos that attempted to stop homosexual women from using the term 'lesbian' to define themselves.
Activists plan next Moscow Pride on day of Eurovision final
1:17 PM — Despite bans on the event every year, the organisers of Moscow Pride have announced their plans for 2009. Russia won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year for the first time.
Man overboard on gay cruise rescued, then shot, by police
12:51 PM — A man who fell overboard from a gay cruise yacht was shot dead when he fought the police officers who had rescued him.
Iris Robinson’s homophobia encourages “thugs that perpetrate hate” 5
11:48 AM — Northern Ireland's only health project for gay and bisexual men has said that statements from a local MP comparing homosexuality to child abuse "will add more fuel to the fires of prejudice and bigotry."
21st July 2008
Man flees Turkey after “honour killing” of his gay activist boyfriend 4
5:03 PM — The partner of murdered gay student Ahmet Yildiz has been forced to flee Turkey in fear of his life. Yildiz, a 26-year-old physics student, was shot leaving a cafe on the Bosphorus strait during the weekend.
75% of Americans want to allow gays in the military 4
2:04 PM — A new survey by the Washington Post and ABC News has found that three-quarters of Americans think that openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be allowed to serve in the military.
God-fearing cop claims “blatant support” for gays makes his job too difficult 8
1:01 PM — A Christian policeman who circulated emails at work suggesting homosexuality was sinful is taking his force to an employment tribunal.
Officers to be posted on school campuses after gay teen murder
11:13 AM — Though school administrators had already taken up the issue of school safety before the murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King earlier this year, the case has sparked renewed interest.
18th July 2008
US Senate votes to remove ban on HIV+ travellers 2
4:32 PM — The United States Senate has approved a new bill that includes clauses that will end the effective ban on HIV+ people visiting the country.
Poll indicates voters will reject California gay marriage ban 1
3:41 PM — A survey of 672 Californians who are "likely to vote" in November has found that just over half of them oppose a ballot measure banning same-sex marriages.
Dutch replace ‘maiden name’ with ‘birth name’ to spare gay blushes 4
12:23 PM — The Dutch civil service has developed a new name for "maiden name" so married gay men won't feel awkward.
Gay Christian groups “disappointed” at registrar victory 3
12:10 PM — Two leading gay Christian organisations have said that an employment tribunal victory for London registrar Lillian Ladele is "disappointing."
Czech minister calls for debate about gay adoption 2
11:58 AM — The Czech minister for human rights and ethnic minorities has called for a debate on whether the gay partner of a parent should be allowed to adopt his or her child.
17th July 2008
Restrictions on Pope protesters lifted by Australian court 1
4:19 PM — A ban on anti-papal protests in Australia has been lifted by Australia's Federal Court. NoToPope, a coalition of LGBT, atheist and religious groups, was able to protest at World Youth Day WYD in Syndey.