21st July 2008
Iris, gays and the age of consent 1
1:25 PM — Here is a transcript of comments by Strangford MP Iris Robinson to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee on 17th June 2008.
God-fearing cop claims “blatant support” for gays makes his job too difficult 8
1:01 PM — A Christian policeman who circulated emails at work suggesting homosexuality was sinful is taking his force to an employment tribunal.
Iris Robinson compares homosexuality to child abuse 86
12:28 PM — A controversial Unionist politician has said she stands by her comparison of the sexual abuse of children to homosexual relationships.
Bishop calls on church to embrace gays at “make or break” conference 2
11:41 AM — The Bishop of Colombo has called on the Anglican Communion to be inclusive of gay and lesbian people.
Bill Clinton confirms he will campaign for Obama 1
11:20 AM — Former US President Bill Clinton publicly acknowledged yesterday that he is eager and ready to campaign for Barack Obama.
Officers to be posted on school campuses after gay teen murder
11:13 AM — Though school administrators had already taken up the issue of school safety before the murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King earlier this year, the case has sparked renewed interest.
20th July 2008
Bishops open service at Lambeth Conference despite gay split 4
2:14 PM — Hundreds of Anglicans Bishops representing hundreds of countries have taken part in a service in Canterbury for the once in a decade Lambeth Conference.
18th July 2008
US Senate votes to remove ban on HIV+ travellers 2
4:32 PM — The United States Senate has approved a new bill that includes clauses that will end the effective ban on HIV+ people visiting the country.
Poll indicates voters will reject California gay marriage ban 1
3:41 PM — A survey of 672 Californians who are "likely to vote" in November has found that just over half of them oppose a ballot measure banning same-sex marriages.
Jesse Jackson’s second apology in a week over Obama comments
3:23 PM — Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson spewed the N word during a break at a television interview in which he widely criticised Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Ugandan President claims homosexuality is “foreign culture” 6
2:51 PM — The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has spoken of his country's "rejection" of homosexuality during a speech he gave at the wedding of a former MP's daughter.
Dutch replace ‘maiden name’ with ‘birth name’ to spare gay blushes 4
12:23 PM — The Dutch civil service has developed a new name for "maiden name" so married gay men won't feel awkward.
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.
Gay marriage ban will be on California ballot, court rules 1
11:51 AM — The California Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to remove a voter’s initiative seeking to ban same-sex marriage in the state from the November ballot.
17th July 2008
Anglicans accuse dissident bishops of weakening “body of Christ” 1
5:28 PM — The Lambeth conference has started with a robust rebuke to the 260 Anglican bishops boycotting the meeting.
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.
Civil Service to promote diversity in the workplace
3:36 PM — One of the UK's largest employers has launched a new diversity strategy. The Civil Service employs 532,000 people in Britain.
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.