29th July 2008
Madrid Pride organisers face lawsuit for “hate speech” 9
12:28 PM — A "pro-family" activist group in Spain has filed charges against the organisers of the 2008 Madrid Gay Pride march. HazteOir accused them of making hateful statements against Catholics.
Six day festival of gay Pride in Foyle will include “Iris tribute”
11:44 AM — The gay community in the Foyle region of Northern Ireland will celebrate Pride next month with an "Iris Robinson tribute."
28th July 2008
Ugandan police accused of torturing gay activist 3
6:06 PM — A leading gay rights organisation has said that a Ugandan human rights activist was tortured by police.
Bahraini MP calls for gay crackdown to begin 1
4:04 PM — A set of proposals approved by Bahrain's parliament targeting homosexual activity in the country should be implemented, according to a politician in the Gulf state.
Russian prosecutors decline to take action against homophobic governor 2
3:37 PM — The State Office of Public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation has decided not to start criminal proceedings against the Governor of the Tambov region.
Tatchell claims Protestant icon William of Orange was bisexual 4
1:58 PM — Northern Ireland Protestants who are anti-gay are hypocrites because King William of Orange had male lovers, a leading gay rights activist has claimed.
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.