8th July 2008
Council of Europe to step up efforts for LGBT rights
11:00 PM — Campaigners have hailed as a "very important development" a decision by the Council of Europe to step up efforts to protect the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Foreign Office minister condemns violence at Pride events
5:31 PM — The Minister for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Jim Murphy, has condemned the violence at Gay Pride events.
Court rules Russia’s President is immune from gay legal action
2:04 PM — Organisers of Moscow’s Pride event have been told their complaint against the President of Russia will not be considered because he is immune from legal action.
MEPs demand European Commission action after Pride violence
12:04 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has accused the Hungarian government of being unable to guarantee the safety of their citizens and visitors to the country.
7th July 2008
INTERVIEW: A heartbeat away from the Mayor of London
3:13 PM — Boris Johnson has quite a few deputies. However, only one of them is the statutory Deputy Mayor, the one mentioned in the legislation that created the post of Mayor of London.
Japanese ban on gay magazines in jails is illegal say lawyers
12:55 PM — A 30-year-old detainee in the Tokyo Detention House has been denied the right to read gay magazines.
Budapest police praised by Pride organisers 2
12:21 PM — This weekend's Budapest Pride experienced full support from police amid violent fascist attacks, said organisers.
6th July 2008
Gays have no legal protection from international persecution says tribunal 8
8:07 PM — A gay asylum seeker has been told that he should be safe in his homeland of Syria, provided he behaves "discreetly." A tribunal found that gays have no right of protection from international persecution.
Boyzone star Stephen Gately suffers £80,000 break-in 1
7:28 PM — Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately has suffered from a burglary in which he lost £80,000 worth of jewellery.
4th July 2008
Blow for Boris as deputy Mayor resigns 3
7:54 PM — Ray Lewis has resigned as London's deputy mayor for young people with immediate effect. There has been a welter of allegations about Mr Lewis, a former Church of England priest.
Muslim group welcomes Chief Justice’s Sharia law comments 15
5:27 PM — A leading Muslim youth organisation has said that the Chief Justice "recognised Britain's diversity" when he said that elements of Sharia law could be used in the legal system.
Nigerian gay rights campaigner freed from asylum detention centre 2
4:33 PM — Davis Mac-Iyalla, a leader of the gay Christian and gay rights movement in Nigeria, was arrested and incarcerated in Oakington asylum detention centre in Cambridgeshire earlier this week.
Hope for Ugandan lesbian’s asylum appeal 1
4:20 PM — A Ugandan lesbian has moved one step closer to her goal for asylum in the UK after a senior immigration judge dismissed the previous tribunal as a "mess."
Rupert St bouncer awaits sentencing for vicious attack
12:14 PM — A bouncer who worked at a popular gay bar in Soho has pleaded guilty to beating up a young gay customer in a vicious attack inside the bar.
3rd July 2008
Amid petrol bomb attacks, 400 police committed to gay beauty pageant
1:27 PM — While gay activists in Budapest are complaining that the police are not protecting gay businesses in the city, the organisers of Mr Gay Europe have announced they will have "400 policemen and women to protect them during the final."
Activists unhappy that EU discrimination directive excludes marriage 1
11:21 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Association has broadly welcomed the new discrimination directive announced by the European Commission yesterday.
Budapest gay sauna attacked with petrol bombs 3
10:40 AM — A gay establishment in the Hungarian capital has been targeted, the second attack in a week. Four petrol bombs were thrown into sauna called Magnum in the early hours of yesterday morning.
2nd July 2008
European Commission releases discrimination directive proposal
2:02 PM — Gay, lesbian and bisexual European Union citizens will be entitled to equal treatment in the areas of social protection, including social security and health care.
EU survey finds gays face discrimination across Europe 3
12:23 PM — Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is seen as the second most widespread type in the EU, according to a new survey of 27,000 people across the Union.
Gay man cut off lover’s penis and flushed it away 1
10:38 AM — A jealous man has been arrested in the Philippines for cutting off the penis of his gay lover while he was sleeping in their hotel room on Tuesday and flushing it down the toilet.