29th July 2010
Gay groups urge Lady Gaga to cancel Arizona gig over immigration laws 11
6:27 PM — Gay groups in the US are calling on Lady Gaga to cancel a gig in Phoenix, Arizona, in protest at new immigration laws. Gaga, who is bisexual and a gay rights supporter, is due to play a concert in the city on Saturday.
Banking heir sues for libel over Peter Mandelson story
5:12 PM — Nathaniel Rothschild is suing the Daily Mail over a story which claimed he set up a meeting between Lord Mandelson and a Russian billionaire. The newspaper's story, published on May 22nd of this year, was titled "Mandelson, an oligarch and a £500m deal".
Homophobic ‘family’ group claims repealing US military gay ban will spread HIV 14
1:31 PM — The homophobic Family Research Council has begun a campaign against efforts to repeal America's ban on out gay soldiers in the military.
Hawaii gay couples file lawsuit for equal rights 3
11:10 AM — Six Hawaiian couples have filed a lawsuit against the state demanding full equality. Three weeks ago, governor Linda Lingle vetoed a civil partnerships bill and apparently compared it to condoning incest.
28th July 2010
Man’s jaw broken in Merseyside homophobic attack 28
5:06 PM — A 27-year-old man had to be treated in hospital for a fractured jaw after being punched in a homophobic attack in Bootle, Merseyside. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened on Marsh Lane on June 21st.
Lord who tabled religious civil partnerships amendment now supports gay marriage 14
4:45 PM — Lord Waheed Alli, the Labour peer who tabled an amendment in the last government to allow religious civil partnerships, has called for full marriage equality.
Malaysian trans woman wins asylum in UK 14
1:55 PM — A Malaysian trans woman who had a civil partnership with a British man has won her fight to stay in the UK. Fatine Young, 36, who was born male, feared she would be arrested and jailed if returned to her home country, which would consider her relationship to be homosexual.
Gay activists say government is ‘ignoring’ calls for same-sex civil marriage 70
11:25 AM — The government's equalities office is holding a series of private meetings this week to discuss the possibility of holding civil partnerships for gay couples in church. Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said he and other campaigners had a meeting with junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone yesterday but claimed the majority of those present wanted full gay marriage.
27th July 2010
New Jersey court refuses to hear gay marriage case 2
10:49 AM — New Jersey's Supreme Court has refused to hear a case on gay marriage, telling supporters to pursue it through the lower courts. The state currently has civil unions but gay campaigners are pushing for full marriage equality.
26th July 2010
Christian student sues college for trying to make her change anti-gay views 325
5:28 PM — A counselling student has filed a lawsuit against her college claiming that it tried to make her change her anti-gay beliefs. Jennifer Keeton, a 24-year-old graduate student of Augusta State University, is a Christian and believes homosexuality is immoral and a "lifestyle choice".
Ireland ‘has more work to do’ on gay rights, gay senator says 12
4:29 PM — Irish senator David Norris has said that both Northern Ireland and the Republic are "nearly there" on gay rights legislation.
US gay man wins $600,000 after being denied access to dying partner 8
3:51 PM — An elderly gay man from California has won a $600,000 (£388,144) settlement after claiming he was barred from seeing his dying partner in hospital.
British man wins French civil partnership tax victory 15
2:44 PM — A French court has ordered that a British man should be returned more than £30,000 he paid to tax authorities after inheriting a home from his civil partner.
Lesbian couple told by Swedish bank to ‘live apart’ 5
1:54 PM — A Swedish lesbian couple who tried to get a mortgage say they were shocked to be told by a bank clerk that they should reconsider their relationship and live apart.
Zimbabwe gay rights activist not guilty of porn charge 6
12:59 PM — A Zimbabwean gay rights worker arrested on charges of having porn in his office has been found not guilty. Ignatius Muhambi, 38, a worker for the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation, was arrested in May over allegations of possessing "indecent material".
Gay men and lesbians ‘more likely to use drugs’ than heterosexuals 34
11:13 AM — Gay men and lesbians are markedly more likely to use illegal drugs than straight people, a Home Office-funded study says. The UK Drug Policy Commission, which carried out the study, has called for a review of how drug services treat minority groups.
23rd July 2010
Dan Choi fired under military gay ban 22
4:40 PM — One of America's most outspoken critics of the ban on out gay soldiers has been discharged under the law. Lt Dan Choi, an Iraq veteran, was honourably discharged from the Army National Guard.
Catholic Church will ‘never’ recognise gay marriage, bishop tells Cameron 49
3:22 PM — A Scottish bishop has written to prime minister David Cameron to tell him that the Catholic Church will 'never' recognise marriage for gay couples.
Seven gay couples sue Montana for domestic partnerships 5
2:11 PM — Seven gay couples in Montana, US, are suing the state for failing to legalise domestic partnerships. The suit was brought on behalf of the couples by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Government plans to stop Pope arrest 68
1:15 PM — The government has proposed changes to the law which will prevent gay and atheist campaigners arresting the Pope when he visits the UK in September. Whitehall officials were said to be "seriously concerned" that figures such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Tatchell could attempt to bring a private prosecution against the Catholic leader under international criminal law.