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.
Schools must tackle homophobia says Lib Dem leader 2
2:21 PM — Nick Clegg called on schools to be more effective in tackling homophobic bullying in a speech at the annual Stonewall Education For All conference today.
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.
Stonewall discuss homophobic bullying with Gordon Brown 1
12:39 PM — The Prime Minister met with members of gay equality organisation Stonewall on Saturday morning at Downing St.
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.
Harman was booed because of asylum stance claims Tatchell 14
11:31 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that a Cabinet minister got a frosty reception at Pride London on Saturday because of the government's stance on gay asylum seekers.
American gay rights opponent Jesse Helms dies 2
10:57 AM — Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, often portrayed as a racist and a sexist in the media, died this morning on the Fourth of July. He was 86.
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.
Police fire water cannons at fascists attacking Budapest Pride 1
6:46 PM — While hundreds of thousands peacefully enjoyed London's gay Pride parade Hungarian riot police were forced to use water cannons and tear gas in order to prevent fascists from throwing petrol bombs at Budapest Pride.
5th July 2008
EXCLUSIVE: Boris committed to future Pride London parades 7
4:22 PM — The Mayor of London has said that Pride London will have his support in future years, after he took part for the first time today. In a week where one of his deputy Mayors resigned and his father-in-law, respected broadcast journalist Sir Charles Wheeler, died, Boris Johnson seemed genuinely uplifted by the event.
David Cameron sends Pride message 4
12:18 PM — Conservative party leader, David Cameron, has sent his goodwill message to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community ahead of London's pride event. "I am delighted to send my best wishes to everyone attending this year's Pride London event."
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.
German Lutherans could elect first gay bishop
7:22 PM — A gay clergyman in Germany is standing for election as Bishop of Schleswig. Horst Gorski, 51, is a member of the Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD).
Business Secretary calls on employers to support gay staff
6:01 PM — The Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has endorsed a new report into gay, lesbian and bisexual experiences at work.
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.
Gordon Brown invites Stonewall to Downing St
4:57 PM — The Prime Minister has asked gay equality organisation Stonewall to meet with him at Downing St tomorrow. They will discuss the Education for All campaign.
Kids should be taught about gay equality says TUC chief 1
4:50 PM — The General Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had said that the only way to fight homophobic bullying at school is to teach kids about LGBT equality.
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."