26th August 2012
Catholic Cardinal calls for objective debate over gay marriage and abortion 51
9:06 PM — An Irish Catholic Cardinal has called for a calm and reasoned debate over gay marriage and abortion, but said the church was not prepared to move their position on the latter.
Same-sex marriage bill to be introduced in France this October 84
5:47 PM — New legislation which will be introduced into the French Parliament as early as October will allow gay couples to marry.
24th August 2012
LGBT centre in Lancashire awarded £450,000 4
2:00 PM — An LGBT project in Lancashire has been awarded £450,000 by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.
Bulgaria: Hackers use gay pop singer’s video to attack Russian court’s website 9
1:08 PM — Unidentified hackers attacked the website of the Moscow-based court who sentenced Pussy Riot last week by posting on it a video by Azis, a gay Bulgarian Romani pop singer.
Manchester Pride to send message of solidarity to St Petersburg 13
11:14 AM — The thousands who attend Manchester Pride this weekend are being urged to use the event to send a message of solidarity to LGBT people in St Petersburg.
Opponents of marriage equality gather to protest Scottish government’s legislation plans 47
10:29 AM — A cabinet meeting hosted by the Scottish leadership at Renfrew Town Hall yesterday drew a crowd of around 200 people protesting against their government's plans for marriage equality.
23rd August 2012
Gay people biggest threat to Germany after euro crisis – says politician 84
8:23 PM — A senior member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats Union (CDU) party has ignited a storm of controversy after saying the country’s future “lies in the hands of families [and] not in same-sex partnerships.”
Northern Ireland: Retired Church of Ireland cleric backs calls for marriage equality to be legalised 10
12:33 PM — A retired senior Church of Ireland cleric has called for marriage equality to be made legal.
22nd August 2012
Vicar returns to parish and vows celibacy after being attacked by his lover 18
10:43 AM — A gay vicar who was scarred after being attacked by his lover has returned to work in his parish, vowing celibacy.
21st August 2012
Lawyer: Pussy Riot “may face physical harm and violence” 6
11:14 PM — The defence lawyer for the Russian feminist punk bank, Pussy Riot, has said he is concerned for the wellbeing of the group who were jailed last week.
Scotland for Marriage to protest against marriage equality meeting 18
4:03 PM — Campaigners against marriage equality in Scotland are planning to hold a protest outside a Scottish cabinet meeting this Thursday.
Surrey FA team up with Pride Sports 2
3:33 PM — The Surrey Football Association have tamed up with Pride Sports with a view to help combat homophobia in sports and encourge LGBT people who wish to participate in football.
Pro-life group say marriage equality could lead to an increase in abortions 159
2:08 PM — The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), a pro-life and anti-LGBT group, have issued a flyer urging people to write to their MP in protest at the government's plans for marriage equality because they believe it to be a threat to unborn children.
20th August 2012
Essex landlord forced by council to remove gay pride flags from pub 63
3:25 PM — A pub in Essex has been forced to take down rainbow pride flags after complaints from villagers.
Poll suggests churchgoers less likely to vote Tory in light of PM’s support for marriage equality 34
2:23 PM — A new poll suggests that many churchgoers in the UK are increasingly unlikely to vote Tory owing to David Cameron's promise to legalise marriage equality prior to the next election.
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".