28th July 2008
Nigerian activist granted asylum in the UK
1:14 PM — Davis Mac-Iyalla, a leader of the gay Christian movement in Nigeria, has been granted asylum in the UK. Mr Mac-Iyalla, 36, is the leader of Changing Attitude Nigeria.
Report shows “significant progress” for gays in Ireland
12:46 PM — A forum that advises the Irish government on equality and social inclusion has said that there has been progress on gay rights in the past five years.
South African named as new UN human rights chief
12:33 PM — The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will be South African judge Navanethem Pillay. She has been nominated despite initial American resistance over her support for abortion rights.
Concern for missing Ugandan gay rights activist
12:18 PM — One of three people who demonstrated at an AIDS international conference in Uganda has disappeared. Usaam Auf Mukwaya was arrested at the HIV/AIDS Implementers' Meeting last month.
Congress discussion on Bush impeachment is “anger management”
10:59 AM — With his run for the White House behind him, Representative Dennis Kucinich got an official airing in the House Judiciary Committee last week in his continued quest to impeach President Bush.
25th July 2008
Belfast Pride given permission to go ahead – Iris invited
5:16 PM — The Northern Ireland Parades Commission has given permission for Belfast Pride to go ahead on August 2nd without any restrictions.
No BNP rally on the day of Stoke Pride
5:00 PM — The British National Party will not be holding a rally in Stoke on Trent on the same day as the city's Pride event.
Tories call for an election after Labour defeat in Glasgow East 3
1:19 PM — The leader of the Conservative party has called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to call an election after Labour lost their third-safest seat in Scotland in a by-election yesterday.
Will David Cameron attend Alan Duncan’s gay ‘wedding’? 3
12:50 PM — One of the most senior members of the Conservative party will enter into a civil partnership today. Up to 300 people are thought to have been invited to a celebration of Alan Duncan's nuptials.
Muslim Congressman “honoured” to join fight for gay equality
11:56 AM — The first Muslim to be elected to the United States Congress has given very public support to gay rights.
Obama raises $52m in June, but not from Hillary supporters
10:36 AM — Barack Obama had a stellar fundraising month in June bringing in an astounding $52 million. Hillary Clinton’s largest donors have continued to withhold their financial support.
24th July 2008
US Congress holds first hearing on gays in the military 2
2:51 PM — Yesterday the United State House of Representatives Armed Services Committee's Military Personnel Subcommittee held the first hearing into a possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
German court rules forced divorces for trans people unconstitutional
2:08 PM — A ruling by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has been hailed as a major victory for the trans community.
Tory councillor charged with having gay sex in a public toilet 9
11:51 AM — A Conservative councillor in Harrow has appeared in court charged with engaging in sexual activity in a public lavatory. Robert Benson did not enter a plea at Harrow Magistrates' Court last week.
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.