30th June 2008
US Army discharges openly gay sergeant after TV appearance
1:48 PM — A 30-year-old army medic who became the first American active-duty gay service member to speak on television about life in the army as a gay man has been discharged.
Homophobia questions may be added to British Crime Survey 1
11:41 AM — A Home Office minister has said the department is considering adding new questions to the British Crime Survey after a Stonewall report indicated that many homophobic incidents go unreported.
28th June 2008
20 Pride marchers hurt in Czech attacks 1
8:48 PM — Tear gas and fireworks were used by a mob of 150 homophobes, among them nationalist extremists, at a Pride event in the Czech city of Brno.
60 arrests and petrol bomb attacks at Sofia Pride
8:33 PM — A heavy police presence ensured there were no injuries to the 150 participants at Sofia Pride in Bulgaria today.
Gay dancer ejected from Big Brother after spitting row 3
1:57 PM — Gay dancer Denis McHugh has been removed from the Big Brother house and will be questioned by police it has emerged this afternoon.
27th June 2008
MEPs warn EU candidate country over Pride policing
5:45 PM — Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights have warned the Croatian authorities that police must adequately protect a Pride march this weekend.
Gay rights foe Stephen Green faces bankruptcy over court costs 11
4:27 PM — Preacher Stephen Green may have overstepped the mark when he tried to bring a private prosecution against the BBC Director General.
Gay bar in Budapest suffers arson attack amid concerns about Pride 3
3:35 PM — Gay rights activists in Hungary have spoken of their concerns about extreme right-wing violence in the country after a gay bar in the capital Budapest was set on fire with a petrol bomb.
“Family” advocates fight back against Irish civil partnerships 3
12:23 PM — Conservative politicians in Ireland's ruling political party are seeking to thwart Tuesday's "comprehensive" decision to allow gay and lesbian couples to legally register their relationships.
Politics and showbiz unite to show support for gay asylum seekers
12:17 PM — A Hollywood star, prominent politicians and leading gay-rights activists showed their support for LGBT asylum seekers and same-sex bi-national couples at a fundraiser last week.
26th June 2008
Jacqui Smith’s Iran comments misunderstood claims minister 3
6:28 PM — A Home Office minister has defended his boss against accusations that she does not understand the dangers faced by gay people in Iran.
Stonewall welcomes “very significant” Equality Bill 1
5:43 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall today welcomed the announcement by Cabinet minister Harriet Harman that a new Equality Bill to be brought before Parliament will include a need for public bodies to promote gay equality.
New legislation will instruct public bodies to promote gay equality 1
5:16 PM — The new Equality Bill published today includes proposals for all public bodies to promote equality for gay and lesbian people.
Budapest police braced for disruptions to Pride
4:32 PM — Budapest's police chief Gabor Toth is expecting harsher and more frequent disruption to the city's Pride parade.
Russian gays call for prosecution of homophobic governor
4:25 PM — Two gay rights activists have called on the State Office of Public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation to start criminal proceedings against the Governor of the Tambov region.
Gay couples could adopt in Northern Ireland after legal ruling
10:57 AM — In the aftermath of a landmark court case which paved the way for unmarried couples in Northern Ireland to adopt, legal experts said there should be no reason as to why gay couples cannot take advantage of the ruling.
Shocking new report shows one in five gays are victims of homophobic violence 8
12:01 AM — A new survey of gay, bisexual and lesbian people has revealed that they are regular targets for physical and verbal abuse, yet many do not trust the police to take action.
Home Secretary pledges action on homophobic hate crime 6
12:01 AM — Today’s report from Stonewall revealing the extent of abuse that many of Britain’s 3.6 million lesbian and gay people face has spurred the Home Secretary into action.
25th June 2008
Analysis: What is in Ireland’s civil partnership bill? 2
4:36 PM — The new civil partnership bill proposed in Ireland gives same-sex couples the same financial and maintenance protection as married couples, a breakthrough for the lesbian and gay community.
Irish gay group claims civil partnerships are discriminatory 2
1:24 PM — An organisation that lobbies for full civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in Ireland has attacked their government’s civil partnership proposals.