27th June 2008
You will go to hell, preacher tells “gay” CNN presenter 22
12:31 PM — Is Anderson Cooper going to hell? Rev. Al Sharpton seems to think so, and while appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss Rev. James Dobson.
“Family” advocates fight back against Irish civil partnerships 3
12:23 PM — Conservative politicians in Ireland's ruling political party are seeking to thwart Tuesday's "comprehensive" decision to allow gay and lesbian couples to legally register their relationships.
Mormons back ban on same-sex marriage in California
10:34 AM — The Mormon church has waded into the California gay marriage row calling on its members to join the effort to amend that state's constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
26th June 2008
Budapest police braced for disruptions to Pride
4:32 PM — Budapest's police chief Gabor Toth is expecting harsher and more frequent disruption to the city's Pride parade.
Russian gays call for prosecution of homophobic governor
4:25 PM — Two gay rights activists have called on the State Office of Public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation to start criminal proceedings against the Governor of the Tambov region.
US shock jock claims Democrats will “bend over” for gays
11:32 AM — A conservative Talk Radio host hit a home run this week when he told a caller “Democrats will bend over, grab the ankles, and say have your way with me" to black and gay voters.
MEPs back Sofia Pride in face of nationalist threat
11:10 AM — Bulgaria’s first ever Pride parade has received the backing of leading members of the European Parliament amid threatened disruption by nationalist groups.
25th June 2008
Condom activists target Pope’s trip to Australia
5:10 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has been branded ‘anti-condom’ ahead of his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day next month.
Analysis: What is in Ireland’s civil partnership bill? 2
4:36 PM — The new civil partnership bill proposed in Ireland gives same-sex couples the same financial and maintenance protection as married couples, a breakthrough for the lesbian and gay community.
Irish gay group claims civil partnerships are discriminatory 2
1:24 PM — An organisation that lobbies for full civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in Ireland has attacked their government’s civil partnership proposals.
Gay rights foe accuses Obama of “distorting the Bible” 2
11:44 AM — Where there’s smoke, there’s usually Focus on the Family's James Dobson, and as Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama continues his outreach to evangelical voters, Dobson is accusing the Illinois Senator of distorting the Bible.
Comment: Pride seems to be the same all over the world 3
10:57 AM — Although I have probably been to as many Gay Prides in the last year as Fred Phelps, I won’t be going to any of them this weekend.
Will Smith shows Letterman why once you go black …. 1
10:44 AM — David Letterman has greeted many a guest with a warm embrace, a kiss on the cheek, but none quite so intimate as the pucker he got last night from Will Smith.
24th June 2008
Irish gay rights group welcomes civil partnership bill 5
5:08 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network has welcomed the "comprehensive" civil partnership legislation published by the Irish government today.
Homophobia a vote winner in Jamaica 1
4:49 PM — A new survey conducted in Jamaica has found that the Prime Minister's stridently anti-gay statements have boosted his popularity.
Jerusalem Pride goes ahead despite court challenge 1
1:32 PM — Israel's Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition to ban this year's Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, which will go ahead as planned on Thursday.
Austrian gays claim “act of aggression” over residence permits
1:02 PM — Austria's gay rights record has taken a turn for the worse with reports that the government is to make residency more difficult for bi-national same-sex couples.
Homophobes plan protest against Sofia Pride 4
12:07 PM — An nationalist group is threatening to mar gay celebrations in Bulgaria with a "Week of Intolerance."
Boy George denied US entry visa 1
11:34 AM — United States Customs isn't keen on giving singer Boy George "Time" - according to reports on Monday, the former Culture Club lead singer has been denied a visa.
20 years on, council apologises for arrests of gay activists
11:25 AM — In August 1988, a newly formed group pressing for law reform in Tasmania set up a stall at a popular outdoor market in Hobart.