8th July 2008
Council of Europe to step up efforts for LGBT rights
11:00 PM — Campaigners have hailed as a "very important development" a decision by the Council of Europe to step up efforts to protect the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Straight Pride has a “homophobic agenda” 5
6:35 PM — Plans for a so-called "Straight Pride" in New York, promoted by a reggae music label, have been criticised by leading a campaigner against homophobia.
Court rules Russia’s President is immune from gay legal action
2:04 PM — Organisers of Moscow’s Pride event have been told their complaint against the President of Russia will not be considered because he is immune from legal action.
Gay commissioner will not be “bullied” by Sarkozy
12:36 PM — The row between the European Commissioner for External Trade and the President of France over the world trade talks is over, one of the protagonists said today.
MEPs demand European Commission action after Pride violence
12:04 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has accused the Hungarian government of being unable to guarantee the safety of their citizens and visitors to the country.
Will Smith movie Hancock criticised for homophobic dialogue 15
10:15 AM — Hancock, the story of a seriously messed up superhero starring Will Smith, took home the top spot at US cinemas last weekend, taking home an estimated $66 million (£33m) for Sony Pictures.
7th July 2008
Airline launches gay website 1
2:11 PM — Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has become the first in Europe to launch a website designed especially for the LGBT community.
Japanese ban on gay magazines in jails is illegal say lawyers
12:55 PM — A 30-year-old detainee in the Tokyo Detention House has been denied the right to read gay magazines.
Budapest police praised by Pride organisers 2
12:21 PM — This weekend's Budapest Pride experienced full support from police amid violent fascist attacks, said organisers.
American gay rights opponent Jesse Helms dies 2
10:57 AM — Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, often portrayed as a racist and a sexist in the media, died this morning on the Fourth of July. He was 86.
6th July 2008
Gays have no legal protection from international persecution says tribunal 8
8:07 PM — A gay asylum seeker has been told that he should be safe in his homeland of Syria, provided he behaves "discreetly." A tribunal found that gays have no right of protection from international persecution.
Police fire water cannons at fascists attacking Budapest Pride 1
6:46 PM — While hundreds of thousands peacefully enjoyed London's gay Pride parade Hungarian riot police were forced to use water cannons and tear gas in order to prevent fascists from throwing petrol bombs at Budapest Pride.
4th July 2008
German Lutherans could elect first gay bishop
7:22 PM — A gay clergyman in Germany is standing for election as Bishop of Schleswig. Horst Gorski, 51, is a member of the Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD).
McDonald’s defiant as homophobes call for boycott 15
1:55 PM — The American Family Association has called on consumers to boycott McDonald's after the company said it will continue to support gay staff.
Australia’s gay Olympian attacks PM over same-sex marriage 2
1:21 PM — A 20-year-old diver set to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympic Games in August has said that the country's Prime Minister is "narrow-minded" for opposing marriage equality for gay couples.
Transgender man gives birth to baby girl 1
12:17 AM — Thomas Beatie, who was born a woman but after a combination of surgery and hormones lives as a man, has given birth to a girl at a hospital in Oregon. Mr Beatie's story was first featured on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in April.
3rd July 2008
Amid petrol bomb attacks, 400 police committed to gay beauty pageant
1:27 PM — While gay activists in Budapest are complaining that the police are not protecting gay businesses in the city, the organisers of Mr Gay Europe have announced they will have "400 policemen and women to protect them during the final."
Activists unhappy that EU discrimination directive excludes marriage 1
11:21 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Association has broadly welcomed the new discrimination directive announced by the European Commission yesterday.
Budapest gay sauna attacked with petrol bombs 3
10:40 AM — A gay establishment in the Hungarian capital has been targeted, the second attack in a week. Four petrol bombs were thrown into sauna called Magnum in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Education minister to support LGBT History Month
10:18 AM — The organisers of LGBT History Month have said they are delighted that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families will be attending their pre-launch event in November.