16th July 2009
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.
Family of murdered New York trans woman call for protection under hate crimes bill 2
4:13 PM — The family of Lateisha Green, the trans woman who was shot dead last year, have called for trans people to be protected under New York's hate crime laws.
Former minister Patricia Hewitt says gay rights and diversity ‘not part of who Gordon Brown is’ 13
2:55 PM — Amidst the criticism recently heaped on Gordon Brown by female ministers, former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has claimed that gay rights and the women's liberation movement passed the prime minister by.
India’s Supreme Court accepts challenge to ruling on gay sex 4
1:49 PM — The Indian Supreme Court has agreed to consider a petition against a lower court's ruling that homosexuality should be decriminalised.
US bishops vote to overturn moratorium on gay clergy 12
11:37 AM — Anglican bishops in the US have voted to reject a three-year moratorium on the consecration of gay clergy. The result follows of a vote of clergy and laity on Sunday, which also voted against the moratorium.
13th July 2009
Texas politician calls for inquest into gay sailor’s death 8
6:12 PM — US representative Sheila Jackson Lee has called for an inquest into the "bizarre" death of sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
New York senator reportedly considering moratorium on military gay ban 2
5:39 PM — New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is reportedly considering an amendment which would place an 18-month moratorium on the discharges of gay military personnel.
Senior Scottish clergyman says gays should be able to marry in churches 14
5:26 PM — A senior cleric has said that gays should be able to get married in church. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth said civil partnerships were not equal to marriage and that gay couples should be able to walk down the aisle together.
Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘regret’ over move to ordain gay bishops 29
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his regret over a vote which called to reject a moratorium on gay bishops.
Peter Tatchell criticises Stonewall over Equality Bill 18
2:09 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has attacked Stonewall over its support of the government's Equality Bill, saying the legislation is "discriminatory".
Muslim academic claims homosexuality can be compatible with Islam 32
10:54 AM — A leading Muslim academic has said there is evidence in the Koran that homosexuality can be compatible with Islam. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, 29, said that despite the evidence, conservative Muslims will not accept homosexuality as they are "deeply homophobic".