11th July 2008
Video: Obama accepts Jesse Jackson’s apology for castration comments
10:33 AM — Apologies flew from Reverend Jesse Jackson to presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama on Wednesday over remarks he made about the Illinois Senator on Fox News.
10th July 2008
Moscow’s Mayor will not face court over Pride bans
1:02 PM — The organisers of Moscow Pride were officially informed today that a criminal case against the homophobic Mayor of Moscow, who banned the event, would not be opened.
Cayman Islands to ban gay marriage 1
12:16 PM — An amendment to legislation in the Cayman Islands defining marriage as between a man and a woman is expected to get support from the government and opposition.
Jesse Jackson apologises for Obama remarks
11:24 AM — Ahead of Fox News' scheduled airing of disparaging comments he made about Barack Obama in a private conversation, Rev. Jesse Jackson has already issued an apology.
9th July 2008
Israeli civil rights organisation to be headed by leading gay activist
5:25 PM — The former executive director of Jerusalem's community centre for the gay community is to become the head of Israel's leading human rights group.
Pope’s visit to Sydney prompts draconian controls on free speech
4:06 PM — This Sunday lesbian and gay Christians will gather at a church in Sydney to demonstrate against Vatican homophobia as the Pope arrives in the city for Catholic World Youth Day.
Gays in Northern Cyprus seek European support for law reform
1:04 PM — An anti-homophobia group in Northern Cyprus has launched an English language version of their website.
Did Borat strike again with gay kiss at cage-fight? 2
12:17 PM — Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is suspected of orchestrating a homoerotic spectacle that went "right up to the line" of the US state of Arkansas’s morality laws.
Retired US military officers call for end to ban on gays
10:35 AM — A new study released this week by a team of retired senior flag and general officers from the US military has concluded that the ban on openly gay service members is counterproductive.
8th July 2008
Council of Europe to step up efforts for LGBT rights
11:00 PM — Campaigners have hailed as a "very important development" a decision by the Council of Europe to step up efforts to protect the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Straight Pride has a “homophobic agenda” 5
6:35 PM — Plans for a so-called "Straight Pride" in New York, promoted by a reggae music label, have been criticised by leading a campaigner against homophobia.
Court rules Russia’s President is immune from gay legal action
2:04 PM — Organisers of Moscow’s Pride event have been told their complaint against the President of Russia will not be considered because he is immune from legal action.
Gay commissioner will not be “bullied” by Sarkozy
12:36 PM — The row between the European Commissioner for External Trade and the President of France over the world trade talks is over, one of the protagonists said today.
MEPs demand European Commission action after Pride violence
12:04 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has accused the Hungarian government of being unable to guarantee the safety of their citizens and visitors to the country.
Will Smith movie Hancock criticised for homophobic dialogue 15
10:15 AM — Hancock, the story of a seriously messed up superhero starring Will Smith, took home the top spot at US cinemas last weekend, taking home an estimated $66 million (£33m) for Sony Pictures.
7th July 2008
Airline launches gay website 1
2:11 PM — Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has become the first in Europe to launch a website designed especially for the LGBT community.
Japanese ban on gay magazines in jails is illegal say lawyers
12:55 PM — A 30-year-old detainee in the Tokyo Detention House has been denied the right to read gay magazines.
Budapest police praised by Pride organisers 2
12:21 PM — This weekend's Budapest Pride experienced full support from police amid violent fascist attacks, said organisers.
American gay rights opponent Jesse Helms dies 2
10:57 AM — Former North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, often portrayed as a racist and a sexist in the media, died this morning on the Fourth of July. He was 86.
6th July 2008
Gays have no legal protection from international persecution says tribunal 8
8:07 PM — A gay asylum seeker has been told that he should be safe in his homeland of Syria, provided he behaves "discreetly." A tribunal found that gays have no right of protection from international persecution.