18th July 2008
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.
Restrictions on Pope protesters lifted by Australian court 1
4:19 PM — A ban on anti-papal protests in Australia has been lifted by Australia's Federal Court. NoToPope, a coalition of LGBT, atheist and religious groups, was able to protest at World Youth Day WYD in Syndey.
“40 cross-dressing tourists” arrested in Dubai 3
4:01 PM — Police in the Gulf state of Dubai have arrested 40 men in a crackdown on transvestites. Dubai is one of the seven oil-rich United Arab Emirates.
Gay Iranian granted refugee status by UN
2:54 PM — A gay Iranian asylum seeker has been granted refugee status by the UN after eighteen months of campaigning.
Human Rights Watch calls on EU nations to back discrimination directive
1:04 PM — A New York-based human rights group has called on the member states of the European Union to implement a new directive on discrimination.
Plan to name AIDS bill after homophobe is “bizarre” 2
12:42 PM — He backed the ban on HIV+ people entering the United States and slammed the government for spending money on a "disease transmitted by people deliberately engaging in unnatural acts."
Joker role could win posthumous Oscar for Brokeback star 2
12:14 PM — The new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, lands in Britain next Friday. Buzzing with the glowing reviews of Heath Ledger's last performance as the Joker, the late actor has been tipped for a posthumous Oscar.
COMMENT: Is Hillary setting her sights on 2012? 2
11:54 AM — Remaining true to her image as a tenacious fighter, Senator Hillary Clinton has dusted herself off after the bruising 2008 Democratic primary race against Barack Obama.
Singing star Cole has Hepatitis C
11:19 AM — Grammy winner Natalie Cole has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a liver disease doctors say likely stemmed from her past years of drug abuse, her publicist said in a statement yesterday.
Ron Paul under fire over health cover for Presidential campaign workers 2
11:07 AM — Kent Snyder, the openly gay 49-year-old campaign chair responsible for helping Libertarian Presidential hopeful Ron Paul raise more than $35 million, died on June 26 after being hospitalised for about two months.
South Carolina gays pledge to pay for Tube adverts
10:44 AM — The organisers of Pride in the US state of South Carolina have decided to raise money to pay for an ad campaign on the London Underground promoting the state to gay tourists.
16th July 2008
Former minister arrested over sodomy allegations 2
5:49 PM — Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been arrested and will be detained overnight following allegations of sodomy made last month.
Senate may vote to repeal US ban on HIV+ travellers
5:24 PM — A former candidate for President of the United States has said he hopes he will be able to remove a ban on people who are HIV positive travelling to the country.
AIDS conference to demand action not words over human rights
1:28 PM — The host country of an AIDS conference has been criticised for falling short on commitments made to address HIV-related human rights abuses.
The fight for EU discrimination directive has barely begun 1
1:13 PM — The announcement last month that the European Commission is to introduce a new directive on discrimination was warmly welcomed by gay rights advocates.
McCain moves to clarify hardline stance on gay adoption
12:52 PM — John McCain has been sending contradictory messages regarding his stance on gay adoption in recent days. In an interview Senator McCain appeared to align himself with President George W. Bush’s tough stance.
Massachusetts moves to allow out of state gays to get married 1
11:54 AM — An obscure law originally passed to deny some interracial couples access to marriage will be repealed, the Massachusetts state Senate has decided.
15th July 2008
Obama’s double-digit lead over McCain evaporates 1
7:54 PM — Barack Obama's lead over his Republican rival Senator John McCain appears to have almost completely evaporated in recent weeks.