12th July 2012
Queensland priest relaunches campaign against ‘gay panic’ defence 9
2:22 PM — A Queensland priest who started a campaign to have the 'gay panic' comprehensively removed from local law in Australia has relaunched his campaign.
Lesbian music teacher ‘highly commended’ in national teaching awards 13
1:16 PM — Lesbian music teacher Elly Barnes has been ‘Highly Commended’ at the annual awards ceremony held by the Times Educational Supplement for her work promoting LGBT issues in schools.
Italy: Police apologise after manual dubs homosexuality ‘deviant’ 9
12:31 PM — The national police force in Italy has apologised after a training manual listed homosexuality alongside bestiality, incest and necrophilia as a 'sexual deviance'.
London: Body found in gay sauna 38
11:53 AM — The body of a man was found at the gay sauna Chariots in east London yesterday.
Black Swan’s gay love scene prompts more complaints than any other film 39
10:45 AM — Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning performance as a troubled ballerina in Black Swan may have appealed to critics, but her lesbian love scene earned the film more complaints than any other in the UK last year.
11th July 2012
South Africa: Church billboard lists homosexuality with alcoholism 20
4:43 PM — The South African Advertising Standards Authority has received a complaint over a billboard which listed homosexuality among vices and personal problems a church could help people with.
Soho: Woman ‘thrown out of bar’ over Hitler wine complaint 107
4:08 PM — A woman claims she was 'violently thrown out' of a private club in London's gay district of Soho after complaining about an image of Hitler on a wine bottle behind the bar.
Russia: Group calls for Facebook ban over gay marriage icon 53
3:35 PM — Religious activists in Russia are calling for a nationwide ban on Facebook now the social network allows gay couples to use an icon to represent their marriage.
Northern Ireland: Equal marriage campaign group launched 13
11:13 AM — A new campaigning group, Equal Marriage NI, has been launched to push for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland.
Vince Cable: ‘Difficult’ to justify gay marriage ban 91
10:31 AM — Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he believes the current system of civil partnerships for gay couples is 'fine', but that it is 'difficult' to justify a ban on gay civil marriages and will support plans to lift it.
Lady Gaga social network unveiled 13
9:40 AM — Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga has unveiled a new social network, LittleMonsters.com.
10th July 2012
Cotswolds: Anger as council shuts down discussion on equal marriage motion 60
5:46 PM — An angry exchange has taken place at a meeting of the Cotswolds District Council in Gloucestershire after discussion of the issue of marriage for gay couples was quashed by leaders.
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.