23rd June 2008
Discreet gays should be safe in Iran claims Home Secretary 7
11:11 AM — The Home Office does not think that Iranian asylum seekers who identify as gay or lesbian should automatically be assumed to be at risk if they are returned, according to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
Catholic Church accused of delaying discrimination bill in Croatia 2
10:46 AM — A leading gay advocacy group has written to government officials and MPs in Croatia expressing concern at delays in introducing a new law banning discrimination.
Greens propose same sex marriage in Tasmania
10:19 AM — The Green party in Tasmania has announced it intends to to re-introduce same-sex marriage legislation originally tabled in 2005, despite continued opposition from both major political parties.
21st June 2008
English bishops snub Archbishop of Canterbury over homosexuality 14
11:07 PM — As the Archbishop of Canterbury grapples with the "marriage" of two gay clergy in a Church of England service, one of his most senior bishops, the Bishop of Rochester, will join two other English bishops and 250 from across the world to boycott the Lambeth Conference.
20th June 2008
John Edwards on Obama’s Vice Presidential list
5:58 PM — The leader of the Congressional Black Caucus has revealed that former Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards is on a list of potential running mates for presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
Tory claims “sex change” surgery is a choice 5
5:49 PM — A Conservative MP has claimed that gender reassignment is a "matter of choice." Mark Pritchard, who represents The Wrekin, expressed his view during Business Questions in the House of Commons yesterday.
Nigerian Archbishop claims there is “no hope” for Anglican communion 10
4:06 PM — A group of anti-gay senior Anglican clergy are gathering in Israel for a conference on the future of the church as one of their leaders claims the unified communion is effectively over.
EU raises HIV ban with US homeland security chief 2
2:28 PM — The European Commissioner for Justice has raised the issue of people with HIV being banned from entry into the US visa waiver programme with Michael Chertoff, US Secretary of Homeland Security.
Business advice offered to LGBT entrepreneurs
1:25 PM — The Gay Business Association is hosting an Ask The Experts event as part of the Pride London festival, open to all LGBT professionals from charities, businesses and other organisations.
Sarkozy blames Mandelson for Lisbon referendum defeat
12:53 PM — The European Union Trade Commissioner has said that the President of France has "nothing against him personally" after Mr Sarkozy blamed him for the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by Irish voters.
Ukrainian gay groups form union 2
11:07 AM — Three leading gay and lesbian organisations in the Ukraine have formed the Union of Gay Organisations of Ukraine (UGOU).
19th June 2008
Gay discrimination law passes Lithuanian parliament
6:35 PM — Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation has been included in a new Law on Equal Treatment passed by the Lithuanian parliament.
Californian voters split over gay marriage 1
5:49 PM — With the arrival of legal gay and lesbian marriages in California, same-sex marriage opponents are working feverishly to render those same marriages illegal.
Home Office minister will join Stonewall at hate crimes report launch 1
4:59 PM — New research conducted by gay equality organisation Stonewall will have high-level government support at its launch next week.
Bishop’s anger at priest who conducted same-sex “wedding” 8
3:58 PM — The Bishop of London has accused one of the priests under his jurisdiction of breaking his oath of canonical obedience.
Sweden warns Moldova over LGBT rights
3:42 PM — Swedish Foreign Minster Carl Bildt has condemned the violence against homosexuals during the Moldova Pride Festival and demanded that Moldavian government upholds the rights of its LGBT people.
More than 100 people complain to police about “gay cure” MP 5
3:00 PM — A meeting in Belfast organised by gay advocacy group the Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSo) earlier this week was told than more than 100 complaints have been lodged with police about Iris Robinson.
COMMENT: Why Obama could be good for gays 8
1:54 PM — When Hillary Clinton explicitly called for gay rights (twice) in her concession speech it was noteworthy. Why?
Australian Senate delays gay equality legislation
1:46 PM — The Australian Democrats have accused opposition parties of homophobia after they used their Senate majority to delay legislation on same-sex discrimination.
Turkish trans singer faces jail over Army comments 1
1:25 PM — A well-known trans performer in Turkey is facing jail after a TV outburst where she implied that military action against separatists is not worth soldier's lives.