18th July 2008
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.
“40 cross-dressing tourists” arrested in Dubai 3
4:01 PM — Police in the Gulf state of Dubai have arrested 40 men in a crackdown on transvestites. Dubai is one of the seven oil-rich United Arab Emirates.
Gay Iranian granted refugee status by UN
2:54 PM — A gay Iranian asylum seeker has been granted refugee status by the UN after eighteen months of campaigning.
Human Rights Watch calls on EU nations to back discrimination directive
1:04 PM — A New York-based human rights group has called on the member states of the European Union to implement a new directive on discrimination.
16th July 2008
MP calls for new law to remove religious discrimination from public services 10
8:43 PM — Public servants should not be allowed to discriminate on the grounds of their beliefs, Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott said today.
Former minister arrested over sodomy allegations 2
5:49 PM — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been arrested and will be detained overnight following allegations of sodomy made last month.
Senate may vote to repeal US ban on HIV+ travellers
5:24 PM — A former candidate for President of the United States has said he hopes he will be able to remove a ban on people who are HIV positive travelling to the country.
AIDS conference to demand action not words over human rights
1:28 PM — The host country of an AIDS conference has been criticised for falling short on commitments made to address HIV-related human rights abuses.
The fight for EU discrimination directive has barely begun 1
1:13 PM — The announcement last month that the European Commission is to introduce a new directive on discrimination was warmly welcomed by gay rights advocates.
McCain moves to clarify hardline stance on gay adoption
12:52 PM — John McCain has been sending contradictory messages regarding his stance on gay adoption in recent days. In an interview Senator McCain appeared to align himself with President George W. Bush’s tough stance.
Police gay couple deny indecent images charges 2
11:59 AM — A police officer and his detective boyfriend hid a stash of child pornography under the bed they shared, a court was told.
Massachusetts moves to allow out of state gays to get married 1
11:54 AM — An obscure law originally passed to deny some interracial couples access to marriage will be repealed, the Massachusetts state Senate has decided.
Islington to appeal against civil partnership ruling 13
10:56 AM — The London Borough of Islington has decided it will appeal against an employment tribunal ruling involving civil partnerships.
15th July 2008
Gay man wins £37,000 discrimination case against church 4
6:57 PM — A 25-year-old gay man who was constantly teased and humiliated by his boss at a Christian retreat has won an employment tribunal against the Presbyterian Church of Wales.
Woman’s claim on estate of mother’s lesbian partner rejected
3:20 PM — The ex-wife of director Ken Russell has lost her High Court battle over the £2.3m estate of her mother’s lesbian lover.
Christian registrar who won ‘gay marriage’ case had child out of wedlock 45
1:51 PM — A civil registrar who claimed her Christian belief is so fundamental that she cannot conduct civil partnerships is an unmarried single mother.
UN under fire over treatment of gay asylum seekers
11:54 AM — Two gay Iranian asylum seekers are being ignored by UN refugee authorities in Turkey because of their sexuality, claims the Iranian Queer Organisation.
14th July 2008
INTERVIEW: Why law firms are joining forces to make the most of LGBT talent
4:21 PM — The InterLaw Forum, intended to strengthen diversity within the London legal sector and promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBT talent, will meet for the fourth time later this week.