22nd July 2008
Man overboard on gay cruise rescued, then shot, by police
12:51 PM — A man who fell overboard from a gay cruise yacht was shot dead when he fought the police officers who had rescued him.
Concern for AIDS experts detained in Iran
12:29 PM — Two brothers who are pioneers in the prevention of HIV transmission in Iran have been held by the authorities without charge for nearly a month.
Black protests mark end of Pope’s trip to Australia 4
11:24 AM — Thousands of gay rights protesters across Australia joined a black parade in protest over the Pope's visit to the country.
21st July 2008
Man flees Turkey after “honour killing” of his gay activist boyfriend 4
5:03 PM — The partner of murdered gay student Ahmet Yildiz has been forced to flee Turkey in fear of his life. Yildiz, a 26-year-old physics student, was shot leaving a cafe on the Bosphorus strait during the weekend.
Cardinal’s same-sex resting place upsets Vatican saint makers 4
4:31 PM — Cardinal Newman, Britain's most famous Catholic convert after Tony Blair, is to have his last request overridden by the Catholic Church in a bid to make him a saint.
US Census to “edit out” same-sex married couples
3:54 PM — The US government may claim that the 2010 Census "will be one of the shortest and easiest to complete since the nation’s first census in 1790," but it will also be the first to exclude legally married couples.
Stop aid to homophobic countries says Tatchell 3
3:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has called for all international aid to be stopped if it is going to a country with a homophobic agenda.
75% of Americans want to allow gays in the military 4
2:04 PM — A new survey by the Washington Post and ABC News has found that three-quarters of Americans think that openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be allowed to serve in the military.
Bishop calls on church to embrace gays at “make or break” conference 2
11:41 AM — The Bishop of Colombo has called on the Anglican Communion to be inclusive of gay and lesbian people.
Bill Clinton confirms he will campaign for Obama 1
11:20 AM — Former US President Bill Clinton publicly acknowledged yesterday that he is eager and ready to campaign for Barack Obama.
Officers to be posted on school campuses after gay teen murder
11:13 AM — Though school administrators had already taken up the issue of school safety before the murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King earlier this year, the case has sparked renewed interest.
18th July 2008
US Senate votes to remove ban on HIV+ travellers 2
4:32 PM — The United States Senate has approved a new bill that includes clauses that will end the effective ban on HIV+ people visiting the country.
Fans mourn as lesbian singer Katie Reider dies aged 30 2
4:05 PM — Cincinnati-born singer-songwriter Katie Reider, an out lesbian active in the LGBT community, has died from complications resulting from a two year battle with a rare facial tumour.
Poll indicates voters will reject California gay marriage ban 1
3:41 PM — A survey of 672 Californians who are "likely to vote" in November has found that just over half of them oppose a ballot measure banning same-sex marriages.
Jesse Jackson’s second apology in a week over Obama comments
3:23 PM — Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson spewed the N word during a break at a television interview in which he widely criticised Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Ugandan President claims homosexuality is “foreign culture” 6
2:51 PM — The Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has spoken of his country's "rejection" of homosexuality during a speech he gave at the wedding of a former MP's daughter.
Dutch replace ‘maiden name’ with ‘birth name’ to spare gay blushes 4
12:23 PM — The Dutch civil service has developed a new name for "maiden name" so married gay men won't feel awkward.
Czech minister calls for debate about gay adoption 2
11:58 AM — The Czech minister for human rights and ethnic minorities has called for a debate on whether the gay partner of a parent should be allowed to adopt his or her child.
Gay marriage ban will be on California ballot, court rules 1
11:51 AM — The California Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to remove a voter’s initiative seeking to ban same-sex marriage in the state from the November ballot.
17th July 2008
Anglicans accuse dissident bishops of weakening “body of Christ” 1
5:28 PM — The Lambeth conference has started with a robust rebuke to the 260 Anglican bishops boycotting the meeting.