30th June 2008
Inequality for same-sex couples in different EU nations is “cause for concern”
4:25 PM — The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency has said that greater legislative protection and wider support within the EU is required for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans citizens.
Gay blood ban is lawful, says Finnish official 1
3:36 PM — The Finnish Red Cross policy of banning men who have sex with men from donating blood should not be considered unlawful.
Former minister facing another sodomy accusation
2:35 PM — A leading opposition politician in Malaysia temporarily took refuge in the Turkish embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after his assistant accused him of sodomy.
Congress holds first hearing on transgender discrimination
2:11 PM — The United States Congress held its first ever hearings on transgender issues last week. The two openly gay members of the House of Representatives testified alongside transgender professionals.
US Army discharges openly gay sergeant after TV appearance
1:48 PM — A 30-year-old army medic who became the first American active-duty gay service member to speak on television about life in the army as a gay man has been discharged.
Indian activists march in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata
12:14 PM — More than a thousand people took to the streets of three major Indian cities to celebrate Pride this weekend.
Urban Outfitters denies chairman has homophobic views 10
10:47 AM — The chairman of high street retailer Urban Outfitters has donated thousands of dollars to a homophobic US Senator.
One million commemorate Stonewall Riots in New York 3
10:21 AM — The largest of the pride celebrations in the United States, more than one million people attended yesterday's gay pride parade in New York, which commemorates the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
Chace Crawford denies gay relationship with Gossip Girls co-star
10:11 AM — In the latest round of rumours that Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford is gay (this batch linking him to co-star Ed Westwick), the young heartthrob's publicist has issued a statement to Us Weekly that Crawford is 100 percent straight.
28th June 2008
Meanwhile, from Paris to Berlin, gays celebrate their freedom
9:41 PM — In Paris, half a million of some of the most desirable men - and women - in the world took to the streets of their elegant city to show tout le monde just how fabulous they are.
20 Pride marchers hurt in Czech attacks 1
8:48 PM — Tear gas and fireworks were used by a mob of 150 homophobes, among them nationalist extremists, at a Pride event in the Czech city of Brno.
60 arrests and petrol bomb attacks at Sofia Pride
8:33 PM — A heavy police presence ensured there were no injuries to the 150 participants at Sofia Pride in Bulgaria today.
27th June 2008
MEPs warn EU candidate country over Pride policing
5:45 PM — Members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights have warned the Croatian authorities that police must adequately protect a Pride march this weekend.
Havana gay rights march cancelled after arrests 3
5:27 PM — Cuba's first ever gay pride parade was cancelled just moments before it was due to begin. Organisers of the event, together with Florida’s Unity Coalition, are claiming police brutality.
My husband will fight for gay equality claims Michelle Obama
4:38 PM — US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama will fight for equal rights for gays just as he fought to help working-class families overcome poverty, according to the Democratic nominee's wife.
Gay bar in Budapest suffers arson attack amid concerns about Pride 3
3:35 PM — Gay rights activists in Hungary have spoken of their concerns about extreme right-wing violence in the country after a gay bar in the capital Budapest was set on fire with a petrol bomb.
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.