17th July 2009
Gay and single parents ‘ignored by the Catholic Church’ 10
1:02 PM — The chief executive of a marriage charity has said that there is no evidence that children do better with heterosexual parents.
Polish MEP and leader of Tories’ new group ‘called gays fags’ 29
10:27 AM — Footage has emerged of Polish Law and Justice Party MEP and the leader of the Tories' new bloc in Europe calling gay people "fags" in an interview in 2000.
16th July 2009
Rise in homophobic hate crime in London 74
6:33 PM — Figures released today by the Metropolitan Police show a 13.5 per cent rise in homophobic hate crimes reported across London.
Pakistan court orders equal benefits for trans people 5
4:44 PM — The Supreme Court in Islamabad has ordered that trans people should receive equal protection and support from the government.
Jamaican lesbian appeals deportation as Home Office says sexuality ‘is a ruse’ 22
3:59 PM — A Jamaican lesbian who served time in a UK prison for drug offences is appealing her deportation order, saying she will be killed if she returns to the country. She was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in 2005.
Expenses exodus ‘could pave the way for more gay MPs’ 6
3:28 PM — A Speakers Conference report has suggested that the large numbers of MPs resigning following the expenses scandal could be replaced with more diverse candidates, such as gays, women and ethnic minorities.
Texas gay bar ‘raided after customer was seen drunk’ 3
2:42 PM — Police records have shown that a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar was raided because a man was arrested for being extremely drunk outside two days earlier.
Trevor Phillips reappointed as chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission 5
1:34 PM — Trevor Phillips has been reappointed for a second three-year term as the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His appointment was revealed by equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday.
US student ‘forced’ into ex-gay therapy 81
11:44 AM — A gay pre-med student from Arkansas has been "forced" into therapy to cure him of homosexuality. According to his friends, Bryce Faulkner, 23, was preparing to come out to deeply religious family when his mother discovered emails to his boyfriend.
Tory MEP expelled for standing against candidate from ‘homophobic’ Polish Law and Justice Party 20
11:02 AM — A Tory MEP expelled from David Cameron's new grouping in the European Parliament for standing against a Polish Law and Justice candidate has told PinkNews.co.uk that the party's 'homophobia' contributed to his decision.
US Episcopal church begins drafting prayer for gay couples 6
10:13 AM — Episcopal bishops have given permission for an official prayer for gay couples to be drafted. The news follows a vote of the church this week to reject a moratorium on the consecrations of gay bishops in committed partnerships.
15th July 2009
Politicians and gay groups raise concerns over the Equality Bill 10
4:29 PM — Last week, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell launched an attack on the Equality Bill, saying it was "discriminatory" and that LGBT people were "explicitly excluded" from some protections.
Neo-Nazi obsessed with homophobic bomber could face years behind bars 14
4:16 PM — A white supremacist who was obsessed with homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland was convicted today of a string of terrorism offences.
Man threatens legal action over Liverpool flying Pride flag 34
3:26 PM — A man has threatened to take legal action over Liverpool city council and Merseyside police for flying the rainbow flag in support of gay rights.
Analysis: A lawyer’s take on the Equality Bill 4
2:34 PM — The Equality Bill is now in the report stage before undergoing a third reading. It has been designed to consolidate and simplify existing laws and the government has hailed it as a gateway to "a fairer future".
Comment: Catholic inconsistency over epidemics 12
2:21 PM — Last month, the Diocese of Plymouth sent letters to its priests advising them to stop offering wine at communion in a bid to help fight the swine flu epidemic. But what of its treatment of the rather more serious epidemic of HIV/AIDS?
14th July 2009
MEP refuses to sit next to BNP leader Nick Griffin 19
6:49 PM — On the day that BNP MEPs Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons took up their seats in the European Parliament, a Democratic Unionist MEP refused to sit next to them.
Bill Clinton says gays should be able to marry 10
6:31 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has said he is now "basically" in favour of gay marriage. During his term, he opposed equal rights for gay couples and introduced the Defence of Marriage Act.
Video: US protestors stage ‘kiss-in’ outside Mormon temple 16
5:55 PM — Around 100 gay and heterosexual couples held a 'kiss-in' outside a Mormon temple in Salt Lake City to protest over a couple who were stopped by security guards for embracing on its property.
Lithuania’s parliament passes ‘Section 28-style’ law to ban homosexuality in schools 26
5:43 PM — The Lithuanian parliament today voted to pass a law that bans information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.