13th August 2010
Italy’s ‘summer of homophobia’ 23
10:01 AM — In Italy over the past month, a series of incidents in which gay people have been physically and verbally attacked has led to the country's press referring to a "summer of homophobia".
12th August 2010
Tokyo Pride to return after three years 10
5:33 PM — The Japanese capital's gay community and friends are preparing to party this Saturday as Tokyo Pride takes place once again after a three-year absence.
Gay German foreign minister does not take partner to anti-gay countries 15
12:23 PM — German vice-chancellor and foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has stated that he does not take along his partner when making diplomatic trips to countries in which homosexuality is punishable by law.
Gay US Air Force officer sues over dismissal 2
11:25 AM — A gay US Air Force officer who lost his job last year after a false rape allegation forced him to reveal his sexuality has sued to block his dismissal from the military and to overturn the US army's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
Judge Walker to rule on whether gay marriages in California can resume immediately 8
10:51 AM — Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker, who last week invalidated Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state of California, is to rule today on whether marriages can resume.
Father of Mel Gibson brands Pope ‘gay’ 24
9:57 AM — The 91-year-old father of actor Mel Gibson has outed himself as a homophobe during a live phone-in on a US Christian radio station.
11th August 2010
Comment: MP Luciana Berger joins Liverpool Pride 4
4:20 PM — The day began with a march through the city centre. As the groups taking part assembled outside St George’s Hall, the noise and excitement grew. Everything from samba dancers to trade union groups to drummers were impatiently waiting for the festivities to formally begin.
Foreign Office: ‘Serious concerns’ over reports of Iranian teen’s death sentence for sodomy 8
4:02 PM — The Foreign Office says it has "serious concerns" over reports of an 18-year-old Iranian man being sentenced to death for homosexuality offences.
Family First’s Wendy Francis ‘sorry’ for hurting gay families but stands by views 16
2:22 PM — Wendy Francis, the Australian Family First candidate who tweeted that gay marriage was "emotional child abuse", has issued a statement clarifying her remarks. She caused outrage at the weekend by criticising gay parents.
Tory MP calls for UK to save Iranian teen sentenced to death for sodomy 5
1:30 PM — A gay Conservative MP has urged Foreign Secretary William Hague to intervene in the case of an Iranian teenager sentenced to death for sodomy. Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, called for pressure on Iran to show some "human compassion" in the case of Ebrahim Hamidi.
10th August 2010
Former Tory candidate warned by employer over anti-gay comments 23
3:25 PM — A teacher who stood for election as a Conservative candidate has been given a written warning by his employer for remarks about homosexuality.
9th August 2010
Gay Lib Dem MP David Laws ‘could make cabinet comeback’ 14
4:09 PM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws could return to the cabinet this autumn, political commentators believe. Mr Laws resigned from the cabinet in May after it was revealed he had broken Commons rules by using expenses to pay rent to his male partner.
Tory councillor accused of homophobia joins Liverpool Pride 6
1:55 PM — A Tory councillor who was suspended from his party for making a remark about "limpwristed boys" on Facebook joined Liverpool's first Pride this weekend.
Australian senate candidate Wendy Francis says gay marriage is ‘emotional child abuse’ 51
12:07 PM — A Queensland senate contender in Australia has provoked outrage by calling gay marriage "child abuse" which will lead to "uncontrollable depression and suicide".
Liberal Democrats to vote on gay marriage 20
11:03 AM — Liberal Democrat party members will vote on full marriage equality at their annual conference next month. The motion will call for support for gay marriage to become official party policy and is likely to pass.
6th August 2010
Gay Labour mayor at centre of Nottinghamshire homophobia row 8
2:31 PM — A Labour politician in Nottinghamshire has accused a Tory council leader of being homophobic at an youth awards ceremony in December. Retford mayor Ian Campbell, 23, says Kay Cutts, the leader of Nottinghamshire county council, refused to present him with an award.
5th August 2010
Exclusive interview: Labour leadership candidate Diane Abbott 40
8:34 PM — Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott speaks to PinkNews.co.uk about her record on gay rights, how homophobic bullying should be dealt with and her surprising aspiration to tackle homophobia globally.
Chile’s gay marriage bill ‘unlikely to succeed’ 10
2:26 PM — Two Chilean senators introduced a bill to allow gay marriage this week but commentators say the measure is unlikely to succeed.
3rd August 2010
Exclusive: Andy Burnham supports gay marriage but won’t change mind on lesbian IVF 34
6:50 PM — Andy Burnham, currently third in the race to become Labour leader, tells PinkNews.co.uk he was the first candidate to support gay marriage but does not agree with lifting the blood donation ban or removing the 'need for a father' from IVF laws.
BBC Trust rejects complaints about ‘should gays be executed?’ online debate 25
6:49 PM — The BBC Trust's editorial standards committee has rejected complaints made significant numbers of people about a BBC Online debate entitled 'Should homosexuals face execution?' saying that while the language was "stark", the apologies made by the BBC resolved the issue.