10th July 2012
US: Episcopal Church bishops approve blessing for gay couples 4
4:48 PM — Leading bishops of the two million-strong Episcopal Church in the US have approved a blessing for the relationships of gay couples.
US: Washington state marriage equality supporters raise $1m in June
2:57 PM — The Washington United for Marriage raised nearly $1 million last month in its bid to keep Washington's recently-passed marriage equality laws on the statute books following news that a public ballot will be held on the issue later this year.
Ireland: 734 civil partnerships since introduction last year 26
1:26 PM — 1,468 gays and lesbians in Ireland have taken advantage of the country's new civil partnerships law, which came into force in 2011.
Liverpool FC to march in city Pride parade 18
11:51 AM — Liverpool Football Club has announced it will be the first Premier League club in the country to be officially represented at a Pride event, although no footballers have been announced as taking part.
Polynesia: Anglican Church to take view on gay weddings in 2014 5
10:23 AM — The General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has indicated that a decision will not be made on the issue of marriage rights for gay couples until 2014.
9th July 2012
Scotland: Schools research shows gay students facing homophobia 5
3:40 PM — Pioneering research into Scottish schools reveals homophobic bullying is ‘a daily nightmare’ for over half of Scotland’s school pupils, while a quarter of young gay Scots attempt suicide.
3,000 march at incident-free Budapest Pride 6
3:12 PM — Budapest Pride 2012 took place safely on Saturday despite earlier threats and the mayor’s unwillingness to support the event. Over 3,000 marchers took to the streets protected by riot police.
Comment: Pride needs a political motive or it needs a change 110
2:25 PM — Ollie McFadden argues that without an enemy in the government, Pride in the UK has lost its political edge and needs to lose its focus on the march in favour of something more inclusive.
Derbyshire Pride postponed after flooding 8
1:25 PM — Derbyshire's Pride event on Saturday was postponed at the last minute due to the flooding experienced across the north of England.
China: Wives of gay men ‘defrauded by support website’ 2
10:52 AM — Fifty wives of gay men in China say a website set up to provide them with support in their marriage has defrauded them, state media reports.
Archbishop of Canterbury questions mandate for equal marriage rights 71
9:52 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has questioned the government's mandate for the introduction of equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
7th July 2012
London: Showers and cuts fail to dampen spirits at WorldPride 2012 39
5:49 PM — Rain showers, a ban on floats and the absence of one high-profile politician failed to dent the enthusiasm of parade-goers and passers-by as London celebrated WorldPride today.
6th July 2012
Feature: Decriminalising homosexuality in Belize 9
11:34 AM — PinkNews.co.uk speaks to Caleb Orozco, the executive president of the United Belize Advocacy Movement about the bid to overturn the law in Belize which criminalises homosexuality.
London: Lib Dem ‘straight fight’ leaflet ‘insensitive to gay candidate’ 55
10:46 AM — Tories have complained today of a Liberal Democrat election leaflet in south-west London which described a 'straight fight' between that party's candidate and the gay Conservative also standing for the council.
European Parliament condemns violence against lesbians in Africa 4
10:17 AM — The European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on violence against lesbian women and gay and transgender rights more generally in Africa.
5th July 2012
Foreign Office human rights minister praises ‘Illegal to be you’ video campaign 7
5:17 PM — Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister for human rights has praised a new viral video imagining a world in personal traits like hair colour or height were criminalised in the same way as homosexuality.
Musician Frank Ocean praised after revealing first love was for a man 12
3:33 PM — Musician Frank Ocean has revealed his first love was with another man when he was 19, receiving praise from those in the music industry for coming out while beginning to forge a successful career as a hip-hop artist.
Report: 99 percent of gay pupils hear homophobic language in school 31
12:43 PM — A report launched today has found that 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in Britain’s secondary schools experience homophobic bullying, while 99 percent hear the word 'gay' being used disparagingly at their schools.
Wimbledon: Fans hear ‘game points’ as gay slur in BBC coverage of Murray match 128
12:07 PM — A comment in last night's Wimbledon quarter-final between Andy Murray and David Ferrer has prompted complaints to the BBC from fans who believed it was anti-gay.
Comment: More inclusive media would help tackle homophobic bullying in schools 9
11:03 AM — A recent report by Ofsted ‘No place for bullying’ found that the least effective schools at tackling bullying were the ones which did not effectively develop pupils’ understanding about diversity, or help them empathise with each other to the fullest extent.