31st July 2008
Costa Rican Christians protest against gay marriage
11:04 AM — Last Saturday some 20,000 people from around Costa Rica dressed in white t-shirts paraded down a main street in San José to express their opposition to a legislative proposal to make gay marriage legal.
US HIV travel ban lifted as Bush signs new AIDS bill 10
12:53 AM — US President Bush has signed a new law lifting a ban on HIV positive people from entering the United States and signed new legislation to fight Aids in the developing world.
30th July 2008
Catholic adoption agency agrees to comply with the law 2
4:31 PM — England's largest Roman Catholic-run adoption agency has decided to consider same-sex couples as potential parents.
“Orthodox Christians” target EuroPride churches
3:38 PM — A pastor in Stockholm has revealed that three Lutheran churches in the city have been targeted by vandals, apparently because they are supporting EuroPride.
Mandelson claims Labour party is in “flux” as leadership speculation increases
3:13 PM — The EU Commissioner for Trade has backed the Foreign Secretary's decision to set out his vision of the future for the government.
Estonia debates same-sex partnerships 1
2:07 PM — The Ministry of Justice in Estonia is preparing a draft law which would allow same-sex partners to register their cohabitation.
Tory councillor’s gay sex case adjourned for a week 1
1:00 PM — A Conservative councillor in Harrow turned up at court today to face charges of gross indecency in a public lavatory, but the case was adjourned for a week.
Same-sex marriage opponents tussle over wording of California ballot
11:27 AM — Backers of a ban on same-sex marriage in California have challenged the rewording of Proposition 8, also known as the ‘Limit on Marriage Amendment.’
Massachusetts on course to allow out of state gays to marry
10:56 AM — The Massachusetts House has voted to repeal a 1913 law that prevents gay and lesbian couples from most other states from marrying in the states.
29th July 2008
Charity questions if changes to murder law will help LGBT domestic abuse victims
5:02 PM — An overhaul of murder laws that will see the "crime of passion" defence abolished has been welcomed by a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Unionist politicians warned of consequences of homophobia 1
2:16 PM — Gay right activist Peter Tatchell's visit to Belfast continues to generate headlines, with claims that Democratic Unionist politicians are contributing to a culture of homophobia.
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.