30th June 2008
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.
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.