16th July 2008
Bishops gather for conference of a lifetime
11:21 AM — The 650 senior clergy gathered in the cathedral city of Canterbury today for the start of their once-a-decade get together must all be aware that this conference is make or break for the Anglican communion.
Islington to appeal against civil partnership ruling 13
10:56 AM — The London Borough of Islington has decided it will appeal against an employment tribunal ruling involving civil partnerships.
Lesbian Dame honoured at Manchester Pride’s classical music events
10:32 AM — Suffragette activist and "establishment lesbian" Dame Ethel Smyth is to be honoured as part of Manchester Pride's first classical music series.
15th July 2008
Gay man wins £37,000 discrimination case against church 4
6:57 PM — A 25-year-old gay man who was constantly teased and humiliated by his boss at a Christian retreat has won an employment tribunal against the Presbyterian Church of Wales.
Woman’s claim on estate of mother’s lesbian partner rejected
3:20 PM — The ex-wife of director Ken Russell has lost her High Court battle over the £2.3m estate of her mother’s lesbian lover.
Homophobic bishop tries to influence Glasgow by-election 9
3:10 PM — A leading Roman Catholic leader in Scotland has attacked the Labour party over its support for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
Christian registrar who won ‘gay marriage’ case had child out of wedlock 45
1:51 PM — A civil registrar who claimed her Christian belief is so fundamental that she cannot conduct civil partnerships is an unmarried single mother.
AIDS charity wants schools to teach gay sex education 1
1:20 PM — The National AIDS Trust wants sex and relationships education in schools to deal with same sex relationships.
Bishops to remain in Lords under proposed reforms 5
12:50 PM — A proposal to reform the House of Lords by making it entirely elected has been put forward by the government.
Campaigning clergyman’s new life as a holiday host
12:13 PM — He may be best-known as a leading voice in the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, but Reverend Richard Kirker will soon be swapping the good fight for the good life.
Foreign Office issues advice to Pride travellers
11:39 AM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued advice for LGBT people travelling to gay Pride events. Holland, Denmark, and South Africa are holding major gay Pride marches later this summer.
14th July 2008
Boris appoints second gay Deputy Mayor of London
11:40 PM — The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has nominated one of Britain's leading gay local politicians as his new Deputy Mayor. Two of his five deputies are gay. Sir Simon Milton, the head of the Local Government Association (LGA) will replace Ray Lewis who recently resigned.
INTERVIEW: Trust him, he’s a junior doctor 1
9:43 PM — A quote from the Mayor of London graces the back cover of Max Pemberton's book. "Painfully funny," it reads.
INTERVIEW: Why law firms are joining forces to make the most of LGBT talent
4:21 PM — The InterLaw Forum, intended to strengthen diversity within the London legal sector and promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBT talent, will meet for the fourth time later this week.
INTERVIEW: A British hom com to warm the most cynical of hearts
2:53 PM — British cinema's attempts at capturing gay life in the country have had mixed results. The complaint most often overheard in the bars and coffee shops of Soho is that they are either hyper-real or deeply depressing.
Archbishop of Wales attacks fundamentalists for damaging Anglican unity 2
12:46 PM — A senior Anglican leader has lamented the loss of "a generosity of spirit and diversity" in the worldwide church. The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said that fundamentalists are damaging Anglican unity and there should be a backlash against them.
Education minister backs LGBT History Month
11:33 AM — The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families will be attending the LGBT History Month pre-launch event in November, it has been confirmed.
British Army joins up to Stonewall workplace scheme 2
12:01 AM — The British Army has become the 400th member of the Diversity Champions programme run by gay equality organisation Stonewall.
13th July 2008
Tutu calls for Anglican unity as homosexuality continues to tear communion apart 2
11:32 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu pleaded with the Anglican Communion to show unity as it tries to reconcile the views of liberals and evangelicals over homosexuality.
Sir Ian McKellen reveals he has received death threats
9:15 PM — Appearing on the BBC's current affairs programme, Sunday AM, the gay actor Sir Ian McKellen said that he has received many death threats. He also spoke out against homophobia within Christianity.