26th June 2009
Lithuanian President blocks homophobic law 21
4:05 PM — The President of Lithuania has vetoed a new law that would have banned materials that “agitate" for gay relationships from schools.
Pride in Sofia could be a “step forward” for Bulgaria 4
2:57 PM — The Rainbow Friendship Rally that will take place on Sunday in Sofia could serve "as a step forward in attitudes of acceptance and tolerance in Bulgarian society," a leading commentator has said.
Gordon Brown writes to gay community ahead of Pride 30
2:01 PM — The Prime Minister has sent good wishes for "the Pride season" to readers of the gay community.
Irish gays ‘deserve marriage rights’ claim campaigners 11
1:45 PM — A group campaiging for gay marriage in Ireland has criticised the government after the publication of the civil partnership bill.
Gay legal group backs new employment discrimination law
1:15 PM — A legal organisation that fights for the civil rights of lesbians and gay men has urged the United States Congress to act swifly to introduce new legislation protecting LGBT people in the workplace.
Obama ‘should have issued an executive order’ allowing gays in the military 7
1:05 PM — A leading Democrat in the US has said the country's President should have ordered that a ban on openly gay people serving in the Armed Forces come to an end.
Irish parliament hit by gay protest 2
12:55 PM — A gay rights activists was arrested in Dublin yesterday after a protest at the Irish parliament.
25th June 2009
Gay group’s complaint about Canterbury council rejected 58
4:47 PM — The Local Government Ombudsman has rejected complaints from a gay group that their local council do not do enough for the LGBT community.
British parliamentarians condemn Lithuania’s anti-gay law 13
3:33 PM — A new law passed in Lithuania that "protects" minors by restricting publication of information on homosexual and bisexual relationships has been condemned across Europe.
Gay US Congressman re-introduces workplace discrimination bill 7
1:38 PM — A Congressman in the United States has introduced an "inclusive" Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the House of Representatives.
White House to hold gay Pride reception 18
1:18 PM — The President of the United States is to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a reception for LGBT people at the White House.
Sarkozy accused of abandoning human rights after Yade is moved to sport 4
12:57 PM — The President of France has been criticised for moving his minister for human rights to a new department and failing to fill her role.
23rd June 2009
John Bercow wins race for Speaker 8
2:58 PM — John Bercow, the Tory MP for Buckinghamshire, has won the race to succeed Michael Martin as the new Speaker. The MP has been something of a leader for gay rights in his party since changing his views on the gay age of consent in 2000.
BNP could face court injunction over membership policy 12
1:07 PM — The British National Party may face legal action over its membership policy, which essentially bans non-white people from joining the party.
22nd June 2009
Tories join with ‘homophobic’ Polish party in Europe 51
4:12 PM — The Conservative Party has joined with the Polish Law and Justice Party in Europe, it was announced today. The Polish party has been accused of homophobia, antisemitism and racism.
19th June 2009
President of Iran admits gays do exist in his country as 700-strong crowd protests in London 39
4:42 PM — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his opponents to pandering to the gay vote, despite previously saying gays do not exist in his country.
18th June 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for UK intervention after Gibraltar defeats equal age of consent 66
6:10 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for Foreign Secretary David Miliband to intervene after Gibraltar today voted to defeat a bill equalising the age of consent for gay men.
Bill to equalise age of consent in Gibraltar defeated 6
4:41 PM — A Private Members Bill aimed to equalise the age of consent for gay men in Gibraltar has been defeated in parliament. However, a gay group has argued that the wording of the bill meant it could not have been passed.
Trans woman runs for mayor in Idaho 4
12:45 PM — Melissa Sue Robinson, a trans woman, is running in the mayoral election for Nampa, Idaho. Robinson is the founder of civil rights organisation the National Association for the Advancement of Transgendered Persons, which was established in Michigan in 2000.
Exclusive: British Foreign Office reacts to gay Iraqi killings 6
12:32 PM — The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released a statement on the killings of gay men in Iraq, following strong condemnation of the reports from the US State Department last week.