10th July 2008
OutRage! backs Boris over abolition of gay advisory panel 13
1:45 PM — A radical gay rights group has backed the Conservative Mayor of London's decision to scrap the short-lived Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Advisory Panel.
Moscow’s Mayor will not face court over Pride bans
1:02 PM — The organisers of Moscow Pride were officially informed today that a criminal case against the homophobic Mayor of Moscow, who banned the event, would not be opened.
Cayman Islands to ban gay marriage 1
12:16 PM — An amendment to legislation in the Cayman Islands defining marriage as between a man and a woman is expected to get support from the government and opposition.
TUC chief complains to Peter Robinson about his wife 2
11:53 AM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland will be getting a letter from the TUC this week complaining about his wife's claims that gay people can be turned straight.
Jesse Jackson apologises for Obama remarks
11:24 AM — Ahead of Fox News' scheduled airing of disparaging comments he made about Barack Obama in a private conversation, Rev. Jesse Jackson has already issued an apology.
9th July 2008
Gays in Northern Cyprus seek European support for law reform
1:04 PM — An anti-homophobia group in Northern Cyprus has launched an English language version of their website.
Retired US military officers call for end to ban on gays
10:35 AM — A new study released this week by a team of retired senior flag and general officers from the US military has concluded that the ban on openly gay service members is counterproductive.
8th July 2008
Council of Europe to step up efforts for LGBT rights
11:00 PM — Campaigners have hailed as a "very important development" a decision by the Council of Europe to step up efforts to protect the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Straight Pride has a “homophobic agenda” 5
6:35 PM — Plans for a so-called "Straight Pride" in New York, promoted by a reggae music label, have been criticised by leading a campaigner against homophobia.
Conservatives accuse Hutton over equality in his own department
5:50 PM — A senior Tory has rejected criticism from a Cabinet minister that the party is not committed to equality.
Foreign Office minister condemns violence at Pride events
5:31 PM — The Minister for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Jim Murphy, has condemned the violence at Gay Pride events.
Boris team rejects criticism over LGB advisory panel 16
5:18 PM — A decision by the new London administration not to continue with a Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Advisory Panel formed by former Mayor Ken Livingstone has been attacked by a leading gay Muslim activist.
EXCLUSIVE: Cabinet minister urges Tories to back workplace equality
4:31 PM — The Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has challenged the Tory party over equality.
Court rules Russia’s President is immune from gay legal action
2:04 PM — Organisers of Moscow’s Pride event have been told their complaint against the President of Russia will not be considered because he is immune from legal action.
Purcell did consider standing for Glasgow East 2
1:23 PM — The leader of Glasgow City Council has confirmed he did consider putting his name forward as a candidate for a parliamentary by-election in the city.
Gay commissioner will not be “bullied” by Sarkozy
12:36 PM — The row between the European Commissioner for External Trade and the President of France over the world trade talks is over, one of the protagonists said today.
MEPs demand European Commission action after Pride violence
12:04 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has accused the Hungarian government of being unable to guarantee the safety of their citizens and visitors to the country.
COMMENT: Sex education leaves lesbians in the dark 1
11:16 AM — More voices are being added to the call for more and better Sex and Relationship Education. The Family Planning Association and Brook, two of the UK’s leading sexual health charities, recently called for SRE to be taught at a younger age.
7th July 2008
Photos: Pride was a busy day for Sir Ian McKellen 4
6:49 PM — The man perhaps best-known around the globe as Wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy certainly fulfilled his duties to the gay community at Pride London on Saturday.
Gay council leader rejects run for Parliament
5:20 PM — One of the leading lights of the Scottish Labour party has rejected calls for him to stand in the Glasgow East by-election.