20th August 2012
Shetland youth politicians promote marriage equality in schools 9
12:16 PM — Youth politicians in the Shetland Isles are actively promoting the Love Equally campaign alongside the rest of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Ulster councillor withdraws ‘gay disease’ remark 38
11:32 AM — An Ulster Unionist councillor has taken back a series of comments he made in which he compared homosexuality variously to a “disease” and a "disability" during a debate on marriage equality.
17th August 2012
Russian anti-gay group sues Madonna for $10m for ‘causing moral suffering’ 85
10:39 PM — A group of homophobic Russian activists have sued Madonna for $10 million after they claimed she insulted their feelings when she spoke out in favour of gay equality during last week's concert in St Petersburg.
Guatemalan trans woman says she was raped in mens’ wing of Danish asylum seekers camp 66
4:40 PM — A young Guatemalan trans woman who sought asylum in Denmark says that on her arrival she was placed in the men's wing of an asylum seeker's camp and gang raped by several men who forced their way into her room.
Update: each member of LGBT-supporting feminist punk band Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in prison 86
1:21 PM — Three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot have been found guilty and convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over a their protest in a Moscow cathedral during which they performed an anti-Putin "punk prayer".
Appeal against century-long ban on gay pride in Moscow is refused 29
11:54 AM — Nikolay Alexeyev, founder of Moscow Gay Pride, has had his appeal against the century-long ban on the parade rejected by Moscow City Court.
Ukrainian public morality body claims Spongebob Squarepants is “gay” 39
11:10 AM — There are proposals afoot in the Ukraine to censor a number of children's television shows following a study by a conservative commission group who have deemed certain shows "a real threat" to the country's young, including Spongebob Squarepants, who was labelled "gay".
16th August 2012
Slovakian opposition party proposes legislation for registered same-sex couples 3
4:08 PM — The opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party of Slovakia have announced plans to submit a bill to next month's parliamentary session that would partially make the registered partnerships of LGBT couples equal with those of married heterosexual couples.
15th August 2012
Gay Dean: Church of England’s attitude on marriage equality is ‘contemptible’ 31
4:38 PM — Dr Jeffrey John, Britain's highest-ranking out gay cleric has slammed the Church of England, saying that they are pursuing a "morally contemptible" policy on marriage equality.
Nearly 1,400 same-sex Czech couples are in registered partnerships 3
3:23 PM — A total of 1,390 same-sex couples have entered into registered partnerships in the Czech Republic since the law came into being in July 2006. The majority of the couples are male.
Pro-traditional family group blast US ambassador for supporting Prague Pride celebrations 28
1:26 PM — An international anti-LGBT, pro-traditional family group is apparently furious that the US ambassador to the Czech Republic has given his blessing to the Prague Pride Festival taking place this week.
14th August 2012
Lady Gaga builds nursery for godson and angers animal rights organisation 35
4:27 PM — Lady Gaga is reportedly getting an new wing built in her house on the Greek island of Crete for her godson Zachary, son of Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
13th August 2012
Video: Mayor of Reykjavik drags up at gay pride to show support for Pussy Riot 10
10:32 PM — With a week to go before the verdict in the Pussy Riot trial, the Mayor of Reykjavik Jon Gnarr has donned a pink dress and danced to the band's music on a float at the city's gay pride festival.
Ten out gay Olympians win gold at London 2012 Games 14
11:12 AM — Ten openly LGBT Olympians have taken home gold from the London 2012 Games. If they were a team, they would have tied with Mexico and Ethiopia in total medals.
Thousands gather in Dublin for marriage equality march 6
9:59 AM — The fourth Irish March for Marriage took place in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon. Thousands gathered for a lively demonstration calling for the country to introduce marriage equality.
11th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna accused of breaking anti-gay law and branded a whore 39
5:22 PM — As expected, this week’s gig by the queen of pop in Russia’s second largest city has not passed off without controversy.
9th August 2012
London: Olympians and Paralympians offered free entry to 2014 Gay Games 5
10:31 AM — Olympians and Paralympians are being offered free entry to the ninth quadrennial Gay Games, due to take place in the US in 2014.
8th August 2012
St Petersburg: Madonna responds to hate with pink wristbands 2
10:44 PM — The pop icon’s official Facebook page talks of the fashion accessories forming “part" of her upcoming show in the Russian city.
Vatican rejects Bulgarian lawyer for job over gay sex book 5
5:17 PM — A 39-year-old lawyer has seen his hopes of becoming a new aide to the Pope dashed. According to the Independent, Bulgaria’s Kiril Maritchkov was turned down from an ambassadorial position after the Vatican became aware of his literary past.
7th August 2012
Germany: Call for equal tax benefits for gay couples 18
5:35 PM — Members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, have called for gay couples in civil unions the same tax breaks as married couples.