24th July 2008
Gays to show their Pride in a city with nine BNP councillors 6
11:40 AM — Stoke on Trent's third annual Pride march has come under fire from local BNP supporters. One disgruntled local branded Pride "a disgusting 'thrusting in our faces' of homosexuality."
Gay asylum seekers to be discussed at Lib Dem conference
11:05 AM — Rights for LGBT asylum seekers will be one of the primary focuses at the Lid Dem conference to be held in Bournemouth in September.
Vanity Fair parodies Obama ‘terrorist’ magazine cover 1
10:56 AM — Vanity Fair has stepped into the fray over a controversial New Yorker Magazine cover featuring a cartoon Barack Obama as a terrorist by issuing their own faked John McCain parody cover this week.
Homophobic politician in gun drama 4
10:29 AM — For the second time in two months, anti gay Oklahoma representative Sally Kern was stopped from entering the state capitol with a firearm, saying she simply forgot to remove the gun from her purse.
23rd July 2008
Gay advocacy groups get consultative status at United Nations
5:00 PM — Two sexual orientation and gender identity rights groups have been given consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
DUP members defend Iris’ right to express her homophobia 12
2:09 PM — Two leading members of the Democratic Unionist Party have come out in defence of their colleague Iris Robinson.
Obama is “only hope” for gays serving openly in US military
11:30 AM — Democrats convening the first congressional hearing on the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy since its enactment 15 years ago say electing Barack Obama to the White House is the only hope at getting it repealed.
22nd July 2008
Antilles to appeal against court ruling on same-sex couples
3:37 PM — The Netherlands Antilles has said it will appeal against a court ruling that established same-sex couples have the same rights there as they do in Holland.
Exclusive: My boyfriend was murdered in Turkish “honour killing” 5
3:01 PM — The body of Ahmet Yildiz, Turkey's first suspected victim of a gay "honour killing," has been removed from the city morgue. His boyfriend spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about his murder.
Activists plan next Moscow Pride on day of Eurovision final
1:17 PM — Despite bans on the event every year, the organisers of Moscow Pride have announced their plans for 2009. Russia won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year for the first time.
Concern for AIDS experts detained in Iran
12:29 PM — Two brothers who are pioneers in the prevention of HIV transmission in Iran have been held by the authorities without charge for nearly a month.
Campaigning MEP delighted at US vote to remove HIV+ travel ban
12:08 PM — A Liberal Democrat politician who led a campaign for the abolition of a ban on HIV+ travellers to the US has said she is "delighted" that the Senate has voted to end the current restrictions.
Iris Robinson’s homophobia encourages “thugs that perpetrate hate” 5
11:48 AM — Northern Ireland's only health project for gay and bisexual men has said that statements from a local MP comparing homosexuality to child abuse "will add more fuel to the fires of prejudice and bigotry."
Iris claims Hansard “misquoted” her child abuse comments 10
11:11 AM — A Unionist MP has tried to claim that the parliamentary report "misquoted her" and she did not say homosexuality and sodomy are worse that child abuse.
21st July 2008
Man flees Turkey after “honour killing” of his gay activist boyfriend 4
5:03 PM — The partner of murdered gay student Ahmet Yildiz has been forced to flee Turkey in fear of his life. Yildiz, a 26-year-old physics student, was shot leaving a cafe on the Bosphorus strait during the weekend.
US Census to “edit out” same-sex married couples
3:54 PM — The US government may claim that the 2010 Census "will be one of the shortest and easiest to complete since the nation’s first census in 1790," but it will also be the first to exclude legally married couples.
Religious people not as homophobic as leaders think reports Stonewall 2
3:20 PM — A Stonewall survey has found that religious leaders do not adequately represent their followers views on homosexuality.
Stop aid to homophobic countries says Tatchell 3
3:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has called for all international aid to be stopped if it is going to a country with a homophobic agenda.
75% of Americans want to allow gays in the military 4
2:04 PM — A new survey by the Washington Post and ABC News has found that three-quarters of Americans think that openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be allowed to serve in the military.
Iris, gays and the age of consent 1
1:25 PM — Here is a transcript of comments by Strangford MP Iris Robinson to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee on 17th June 2008.