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.
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.
Plan to name AIDS bill after homophobe is “bizarre” 2
12:42 PM — He backed the ban on HIV+ people entering the United States and slammed the government for spending money on a "disease transmitted by people deliberately engaging in unnatural acts."
COMMENT: Is Hillary setting her sights on 2012? 2
11:54 AM — Remaining true to her image as a tenacious fighter, Senator Hillary Clinton has dusted herself off after the bruising 2008 Democratic primary race against Barack Obama.
Ron Paul under fire over health cover for Presidential campaign workers 2
11:07 AM — Kent Snyder, the openly gay 49-year-old campaign chair responsible for helping Libertarian Presidential hopeful Ron Paul raise more than $35 million, died on June 26 after being hospitalised for about two months.
South Carolina gays pledge to pay for Tube adverts
10:44 AM — The organisers of Pride in the US state of South Carolina have decided to raise money to pay for an ad campaign on the London Underground promoting the state to gay tourists.
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.