2nd July 2008
European Commission releases discrimination directive proposal
2:02 PM — Gay, lesbian and bisexual European Union citizens will be entitled to equal treatment in the areas of social protection, including social security and health care.
EU survey finds gays face discrimination across Europe 3
12:23 PM — Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is seen as the second most widespread type in the EU, according to a new survey of 27,000 people across the Union.
US Christian fundamentalists pressured Heinz to drop gay kiss advert 1
11:03 AM — A right-wing and outspokenly homophobic group in the United States organised a campaign against an advert that was only shown in the UK.
1st July 2008
Coronation Street Spoilers: Tony plays dirty in his bid for the garage
10:27 PM — Not someone to let anything get in his way, Tony is hell-bent on buying the garage from Kevin this week. There is just one thing standing in his way – Kevin, who is equally determined not to sell. Move over David and Goliath.
Emmerdale Spoilers: Donald’s daughter makes an unexpected appearance
10:16 PM — Lexi is shocked when she overhears that Donald is planning to leave the business. She calls Carl immediately and warns him that the company may be about to be sold. He then wastes no time in confronting Donald with these fears. Donald wonders aloud whether Carl feels the business owes him.
EastEnders Spoilers: Peggy and Ronnie track Roxy down in Dorset
10:13 PM — Ronnie and Peggy take the road trip from hell this week as they leave Albert Square in search of wayward mum-to-be Roxy who has done a runner. Ronnie is hell-bent on dragging her good-for-nothing sister back to Walford to grow up and be a responsible mother, while Peggy sees the journey as an opportunity to break down Ronnie’s emotional walls. Needless to say it’s a recipe for disaster.
Gay Christian group denounces breakaway Anglicans 2
3:39 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) has strongly criticised the formation of an Anglican group hostile to homosexuality.
Homosexuality not a mental disorder, just an abomination says Iris 16
12:42 PM — Northern Ireland's most famous female politician has said that she does not think all gay people need psychiatric treatment.
London Eye bathed in rainbow colours to mark Pride
12:06 PM — One of the UK's best-known tourist attractions will become a multi-coloured symbol of diversity for three days when it will be illuminated in the Pride rainbow colours for Pride London.
Rowan Williams condemns “breakaway” Anglicans
10:33 AM — The row over the acceptance of gay clergy continues as an aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury accused Anglicans who gathered in Jerusalem last week of "becoming a Protestant sect."
30th June 2008
Deputy First Minister to attend Glasgow Pride 1
9:46 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Scotland has announced that she will address Glasgow's pride rally. Nicola Sturgeon who is also the Health and Wellbeing Secretary in the Scottish Government will join the marchers as the pride parade culminates in George Square.
Silence from Heinz as MPs object to gay kiss ban 5
3:25 PM — A group of MPs have signed an early day motion condemning food manufacturer Heinz for withdrawing a TV advert featuring a same-sex kiss.
Final fundraising for out of hours sexual health clinic
12:27 PM — Gay revellers will be asked to put their hand in their pocket to raise funds for the doctors, nurses and testing kits for the first year of the UK's only weekend and evening sexual health clinic at Pride London this Saturday.
Homophobia questions may be added to British Crime Survey 1
11:41 AM — A Home Office minister has said the department is considering adding new questions to the British Crime Survey after a Stonewall report indicated that many homophobic incidents go unreported.
Barclays to sponsor gay and lesbian networking event 1
11:16 AM — A major financial institution will sponsor the main summer event by professional gay networking group Village Drinks.
Urban Outfitters denies chairman has homophobic views 10
10:47 AM — The chairman of high street retailer Urban Outfitters has donated thousands of dollars to a homophobic US Senator.
29th June 2008
Evangelicals decide to stick with Anglican Communion but fight gay ordination 7
1:12 PM — The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), which is closing in Jerusalem today, has approved the formation of a new global network to fight against the preaching of "false gospels" of homosexuality and other "immoral" sexual behaviour.
Gardening: Spring and summer herb gardening 1
11:34 AM — The whole process of growing and nurturing herbs, hand picking the aromatic leaves, adding them to home cooking and enjoying their flavour at the dinner table is a satisfying activity.
Gardening: Use your garden to boost your home’s value
11:14 AM — When most of us want to sell our home we focus on what we can do inside it, but the difference you make on the outside can prove extremely profitable. A well-kept garden can be a growing investment for your property, boosting its value by up to 10 per cent, according to garden maintenance firm Nicenstripy.
Gardening: tips for July 1
11:07 AM — Let's hope the rain stays away and we have a sunny July. Even if you have lots of gardening jobs to get through, this is the time to relax and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work over the past year. However, try not to overdo it when the weather is hot; save any gardening tasks for the early morning or early evening.