25th July 2008
AIDS tops Heath Ledger’s Joker journal 2
10:42 AM — By all accounts, Heath Ledger spent months getting into the head of The Joker as he prepared to film The Dark Knight, a role critics seem to think might bag the late actor a posthumous Oscar nomination.
Obama raises $52m in June, but not from Hillary supporters
10:36 AM — Barack Obama had a stellar fundraising month in June bringing in an astounding $52 million. Hillary Clinton’s largest donors have continued to withhold their financial support.
24th July 2008
US Congress holds first hearing on gays in the military 2
2:51 PM — Yesterday the United State House of Representatives Armed Services Committee's Military Personnel Subcommittee held the first hearing into a possible repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
German court rules forced divorces for trans people unconstitutional
2:08 PM — A ruling by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has been hailed as a major victory for the trans community.
Gaydar expands its radio reach to Australia
12:14 PM — The UK's most popular gay radio station is to launch in Australia later this year. GaydarRadio has won armfuls of awards and is broadcast in the UK on Sky and globally online.
Vanity Fair parodies Obama ‘terrorist’ magazine cover 1
10:56 AM — Vanity Fair has stepped into the fray over a controversial New Yorker Magazine cover featuring a cartoon Barack Obama as a terrorist by issuing their own faked John McCain parody cover this week.
Homophobic politician in gun drama 4
10:29 AM — For the second time in two months, anti gay Oklahoma representative Sally Kern was stopped from entering the state capitol with a firearm, saying she simply forgot to remove the gun from her purse.
Locker room jocks and Rosie O’Donnell to feature in Little Britain USA
10:24 AM — The American version of hit comedy show Little Britain will introduce a host of outrageous new characters and even boasts of a guest appearance by comedy queen Rosie O'Donnell.
23rd July 2008
Gay advocacy groups get consultative status at United Nations
5:00 PM — Two sexual orientation and gender identity rights groups have been given consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
HIV vacccine trial cancelled because of safety concerns
1:38 PM — A research trial for the PAVE-100 AIDS vaccine planned in the U.S. has been cancelled over concerns that additional research is needed to prove the vaccine is safe.
Thank you for being a friend – Golden Girl dies aged 84
1:31 PM — Golden Girls star Estelle Getty died in her Los Angeles home at 5:35 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to a report from TMZ.com.
Stockholm gets ready for EuroPride
1:11 PM — Ten of thousands of spectators are expected to attend this years EuroPride in Stockholm, making the city Europe's gay capital.
Swedish man jailed for attacks on gays he met in chatrooms
12:31 PM — A life sentence has been handed to a Swedish man for his brutal attacks against gay men. Swedish website The Local reported that the 35-year-old was convicted of killing a man in his own home on December 28th.
Obama is “only hope” for gays serving openly in US military
11:30 AM — Democrats convening the first congressional hearing on the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy since its enactment 15 years ago say electing Barack Obama to the White House is the only hope at getting it repealed.
Swimmer Ian Thorpe reveals he is dating a woman
11:24 AM — For years, probably since his appearance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, many have been speculating, and most gay men have been hoping, that the Thorpedo—gold medal winner Ian Thorpe—was indeed a homo.
22nd July 2008
Antilles to appeal against court ruling on same-sex couples
3:37 PM — The Netherlands Antilles has said it will appeal against a court ruling that established same-sex couples have the same rights there as they do in Holland.
Exclusive: My boyfriend was murdered in Turkish “honour killing” 5
3:01 PM — The body of Ahmet Yildiz, Turkey's first suspected victim of a gay "honour killing," has been removed from the city morgue. His boyfriend spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about his murder.
Lesbos islanders lose court case over use of “lesbian” 3
2:01 PM — A court in Athens today rejected a law suit from a small group of residents of the island of Lesbos that attempted to stop homosexual women from using the term 'lesbian' to define themselves.
Activists plan next Moscow Pride on day of Eurovision final
1:17 PM — Despite bans on the event every year, the organisers of Moscow Pride have announced their plans for 2009. Russia won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year for the first time.
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.