26th July 2011
International Gay and Lesbian Association finally wins UN accreditation 11
10:59 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA) has finally won United Nations accreditation. The group, which is one of the oldest international organisations fighting for gay rights, has been trying to gain recognition at the UN for years.
25th July 2011
Anti-gay group files lawsuit against New York gay marriage 28
6:07 PM — An anti-gay group in New York has filed a lawsuit against the city's new marriage laws. The group, called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, claims the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill earlier this year.
New York mayor officiates aides’ wedding 17
4:31 PM — Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, presided over the marriage of two of his aides yesterday. He officiated the wedding ceremony of John Feinblatt, his chief policy advisor, and Jonathan Mintz, the city’s commissioner for consumer affairs, who have been together for 14 years.
Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty attacks gay marriage again 66
12:48 PM — US Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has hit out at gay marriage again. Mr Pawlenty was speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, the first day of marriage equality in New York.
22nd July 2011
Labour MP: Compromises for anti-gay staff are ‘outrageous’ 77
3:48 PM — Labour MP John McDonnell has called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission to review its decision to advocate for "compromises" and "reasonable accommodations" for workers who refuse to serve gay people. He said the move was "outrageous and totally unacceptable".
Video: Gay ‘barbarians’ glitter Marcus Bachmann’s office 15
12:24 PM — Gay rights activists dressed as 'barbarians' glittered one of Marcus Bachmann's counselling clinics after footage emerged of an employee telling a gay man he could become straight.
21st July 2011
Government to consider removing ‘insult’ from Public Order Act 28
2:05 PM — The government says it will "assess the benefits" of removing the crime of causing 'insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to prosecute street preachers who persist in delivering anti-gay sermons in public, although some campaigners say it should not be illegal to insult people.
Ghana minister orders arrest of all gays in Western Region 51
10:32 AM — A minister in Ghana has reportedly ordered the arrest of all gays and lesbians in the country's Western Region. Paul Evans Aidoo, the minister for the region, has directed the Bureau of National Investigations and other agencies to find gay people and bring them before the courts.
20th July 2011
Gay Senator David Norris ahead for Irish presidency 39
4:24 PM — Gay independent senator David Norris in in the lead for the Irish presidency, a poll of the public says. According to an Ipsos MRBI/Irish Times poll of 1,000 people, Mr Norris has 25 per cent of the vote.
Updated: 14 MPs back ‘compromise’ plans for anti-gay Christians 126
1:26 PM — Fourteen MPs - from all main parties - are backing the Equality and Human Rights Commission's plan to intervene in high-profile court cases where gay rights and Christian beliefs clash. The EHRC announced last week that it believes more should be done to find "compromises" and "reasonable accommodations" for religious workers who do not wish to serve gay people.
19th July 2011
Obama ‘proud to support’ the repeal of gay marriage ban 30
11:44 PM — The White House has revealed that president Barack Obama is "proud to support" the Respect for Marriage Act, which aims to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [sic], the federal ban on same sex marriage.
Gay conservatives GOProud want to meet Michele Bachmann 22
2:40 PM — US gay conservative group GOProud says it wants to meet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to discuss her anti-gay views. Mrs Bachmann, has said in the past that homosexuality is "slavery" and that gays are recruiting children. But since she began her presidential campaign, she has refused to talk about homosexuality.
18th July 2011
Utah Democrats elect gay man as chairman 10
4:03 PM — The US state of Utah's Democratic party has elected a gay man as its chairman. Art dealer Jim Dabakis, who has been involved in gay rights campaigning in the state, was elected on Saturday during a party convention in Salt Lake City.
15th July 2011
Obama administration asks court to keep military gay ban for now 59
3:30 PM — The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to reconsider a verdict ruling that the ban on openly gay troops should end immediately. Last week, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcing the ban.
‘More teacher training’ needed to tackle homophobic bullying 17
11:00 AM — Teachers should be given more training to deal with anti-gay bullying, the House of Lords heard yesterday. The House also heard that Ofsted should inspect the manner in which schools tackle the issue.
14th July 2011
Anti-gay groups defend Michele Bachmann’s ‘gay cure’ clinic 57
4:55 PM — US anti-gay groups have rushed to defend a Christian counselling service owned by Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband after a staff member was recorded trying to 'cure' a gay man.
Larry King joins NOH8 campaign for gay marriage 11
1:39 PM — Former CNN host Larry King has posed for a NOH8 photograph to raise awareness for marriage equality. He also filmed a soon to be released advertisement calling on president Barack Obama to support the calls for gay marriage.
12th July 2011
Video: Chris Bryant tries to get Kay Burley to apologise to him live on Sky News 165
9:22 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay former Labour foreign office minister and victim of phone hacking, attempted to elicit an apology live on air for an interview conducted by Sky News presenter Kay Burley last year.
Lib Dem MP says Home Office appears ‘institutionally homophobic’ on asylum 27
6:12 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused the Home Office and the UK Border Agency of appearing "institutionally homophobic" in cases of gay asylum seekers. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, wrote to immigration minister Damien Green on behalf of a gay Ugandan constituent who was due to be deported on Monday.
Lesbians speak up – we can’t see you 37
3:38 PM — Where are all the lesbians? Chloe Setter speaks to four gay women - including writer Julie Bindel and singer Heather Peace - to find out why lesbians lack visibility.