30th June 2008
Homophobia questions may be added to British Crime Survey 1
11:41 AM — A Home Office minister has said the department is considering adding new questions to the British Crime Survey after a Stonewall report indicated that many homophobic incidents go unreported.
28th June 2008
Meanwhile, from Paris to Berlin, gays celebrate their freedom
9:41 PM — In Paris, half a million of some of the most desirable men - and women - in the world took to the streets of their elegant city to show tout le monde just how fabulous they are.
20 Pride marchers hurt in Czech attacks 1
8:48 PM — Tear gas and fireworks were used by a mob of 150 homophobes, among them nationalist extremists, at a Pride event in the Czech city of Brno.
60 arrests and petrol bomb attacks at Sofia Pride
8:33 PM — A heavy police presence ensured there were no injuries to the 150 participants at Sofia Pride in Bulgaria today.
27th June 2008
MEPs warn EU candidate country over Pride policing
5:45 PM — Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights have warned the Croatian authorities that police must adequately protect a Pride march this weekend.
Havana gay rights march cancelled after arrests 3
5:27 PM — Cuba's first ever gay pride parade was cancelled just moments before it was due to begin. Organisers of the event, together with Florida’s Unity Coalition, are claiming police brutality.
Homophobic party push Labour into fifth at by-election
5:05 PM — The election to replace Boris Johnson as MP for Henley has proved humiliating for the government, with Labour pushed into fifth place by the Greens and the BNP.
My husband will fight for gay equality claims Michelle Obama
4:38 PM — US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to help working-class families overcome poverty, according to the Democratic nominee's wife.
Gay bar in Budapest suffers arson attack amid concerns about Pride 3
3:35 PM — Gay rights activists in Hungary have spoken of their concerns about extreme right-wing violence in the country after a gay bar in the capital Budapest was set on fire with a petrol bomb.
Nick Clegg calls on Heinz to reinstate same-sex kiss advert 16
3:19 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has become the first party leader to comment on the decision of food manufacturer Heinz to withdraw an advert from TV because it depicted two men kissing.
“Family” advocates fight back against Irish civil partnerships 3
12:23 PM — Conservative politicians in Ireland's ruling political party are seeking to thwart Tuesday's "comprehensive" decision to allow gay and lesbian couples to legally register their relationships.
Politics and showbiz unite to show support for gay asylum seekers
12:17 PM — A Hollywood star, prominent politicians and leading gay-rights activists showed their support for LGBT asylum seekers and same-sex bi-national couples at a fundraiser last week.
Mormons back ban on same-sex marriage in California
10:34 AM — The Mormon church has waded into the California gay marriage row calling on its members to join the effort to amend that state's constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
26th June 2008
Jacqui Smith’s Iran comments misunderstood claims minister 3
6:28 PM — A Home Office minister has defended his boss against accusations that she does not understand the dangers faced by gay people in Iran.
Stonewall welcomes “very significant” Equality Bill 1
5:43 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall today welcomed the announcement by Cabinet minister Harriet Harman that a new Equality Bill to be brought before Parliament will include a need for public bodies to promote gay equality.
New legislation will instruct public bodies to promote gay equality 1
5:16 PM — The new Equality Bill published today includes proposals for all public bodies to promote equality for gay and lesbian people.
Budapest police braced for disruptions to Pride
4:32 PM — Budapest's police chief Gabor Toth is expecting harsher and more frequent disruption to the city's Pride parade.
Russian gays call for prosecution of homophobic governor
4:25 PM — Two gay rights activists have called on the State Office of Public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation to start criminal proceedings against the Governor of the Tambov region.
US shock jock claims Democrats will “bend over” for gays
11:32 AM — A conservative Talk Radio host hit a home run this week when he told a caller “Democrats will bend over, grab the ankles, and say have your way with me" to black and gay voters.
MEPs back Sofia Pride in face of nationalist threat
11:10 AM — Bulgaria’s first ever Pride parade has received the backing of leading members of the European Parliament amid threatened disruption by nationalist groups.