3rd August 2012
Maryland: Poll suggests 54 percent will keep equal marriage at referendum 10
10:47 AM — A poll released by marriage equality advocates in Maryland suggests voters may keep the state's new laws in a ballot later this year, allowing them to come into effect in 2013.
2nd August 2012
Guernsey: Gay Disney kiss art troubles island 59
5:05 PM — A Guernsey artist caused a storm of debate by displaying a collection of artwork showing popular Disney characters engaged in same-sex kisses.
Lebanon: ‘Anal probes’ used on 36 detainees at gay cinema 42
4:13 PM — Lebanese security authorities imposed a sweeping crackdown on a gay cinema in Beirut on Saturday and closed the movie house, arresting 36 male attendees and performing anal probes on them.
Travel: Barcelona’s ten-day Circuit Festival returns (part one) 8
2:55 PM — Danny Hilton talks to Tes Cuadreny about Circuit Festival Barcelona – in the first of two parts, we find out how Circuit started, what it involves and how such an event is holding up in the economic crisis.
‘Homophobic’ ex-Tory councillor ‘suggested prostitution’ to woman needing money 31
12:47 PM — An independent councillor forced to stand down as a Welsh Assembly Conservative candidate after homophobic comments is the subject of a formal complaint for reportedly suggesting on Twitter that a woman become a prostitute to earn extra money.
Gay employee says Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was ‘very depressing’ 56
10:22 AM — Gay employees have spoken of their feelings about Chick-fil-A's stance on marriage equality, with one calling yesterday's 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' a 'very, very depressing' experience.
1st August 2012
Bid to decriminalise gay acts in Northern Cyprus at European court 11
6:00 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has registered a case to decriminalise homosexuality in Northern Cyprus, the last place in the Council of Europe where being gay is a criminal offence.
New Zealand: Equal marriage bill ‘likely to pass first reading’ 19
1:30 PM — A member's bill selected for a vote in the New Zealand parliament reportedly has enough support from MPs to pass its first reading.
Connecticut federal court finds DOMA unconstitutional 7
12:52 PM — A US federal court in Connecticut has become the latest to find the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids recognition of gay marriages at the national level, unconstitutional.
US: Supreme Court asked to hear Proposition 8 appeal 26
11:14 AM — Proponents of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriages in the US state of California, have asked the Supreme Court to overturn two lower judgements that it was unconstitutional.
31st July 2012
‘Vocal minority’ of Tories fear equal marriage will alienate volunteers 67
4:59 PM — The chair of the body which represents volunteers in the Conservative Party and a backbench MP have voiced fears that the government's commitment to marriage equality for gay couples could alienate local activists.
Travel: Vibrancy and tradition in gay Stockholm 4
3:35 PM — Home to international icons including IKEA and H&M, Stockholm is a vibrant city filled with great people, great food and lots of activities for the LGBT community, Joey Amato writes.
United Reformed Church could be first on Jersey to host civil partnerships 2
1:41 PM — Jersey's United Reformed Church will vote in September whether to become the first church on the island to allow gay civil partnership ceremonies.
South African archer comes out at Olympics 10
12:59 PM — South African archer Karen Hultzer has confirmed for the first time she is a lesbian at the London Olympics.
Comment: Why are there so few openly gay athletes at London 2012? 80
12:05 PM — If there were truly enough gay athletes arriving at the capital to crash Grindr, Professor Gregory Woods asks why only twenty or so are open about their sexual orientation at this year's Olympics.
New civil partnerships in the UK up six percent in 2011 19
11:39 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK in 2011 was 6,795, an increase of 6.4 per cent on the previous year.
30th July 2012
Tanzania: Gay rights activist found dead 14
5:29 PM — Tanzanian gay rights activist Maurice Mjomba has been found dead at his house in Dar es Salaam.
New condom guide for gay and bi men launched 40
3:03 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched an online guide instructing gay men in condom use.
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
Sarah Palin backs Chick-fil-A 51
11:11 AM — Former Republican Governor of Alaska and television personality Sarah Palin has showed her support for the Chick-Fil-A fast food chain following negative reaction to its stance on gay equality.