7th July 2008
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.
Police fire water cannons at fascists attacking Budapest Pride 1
6:46 PM — While hundreds of thousands peacefully enjoyed London's gay Pride parade Hungarian riot police were forced to use water cannons and tear gas in order to prevent fascists from throwing petrol bombs at Budapest Pride.
4th July 2008
German Lutherans could elect first gay bishop
7:22 PM — A gay clergyman in Germany is standing for election as Bishop of Schleswig. Horst Gorski, 51, is a member of the Lutheran Church in Germany (EKD).
McDonald’s defiant as homophobes call for boycott 15
1:55 PM — The American Family Association has called on consumers to boycott McDonald's after the company said it will continue to support gay staff.
Australia’s gay Olympian attacks PM over same-sex marriage 2
1:21 PM — A 20-year-old diver set to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympic Games in August has said that the country's Prime Minister is "narrow-minded" for opposing marriage equality for gay couples.
Transgender man gives birth to baby girl 1
12:17 AM — Thomas Beatie, who was born a woman but after a combination of surgery and hormones lives as a man, has given birth to a girl at a hospital in Oregon. Mr Beatie's story was first featured on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in April.
3rd July 2008
Amid petrol bomb attacks, 400 police committed to gay beauty pageant
1:27 PM — While gay activists in Budapest are complaining that the police are not protecting gay businesses in the city, the organisers of Mr Gay Europe have announced they will have "400 policemen and women to protect them during the final."
Activists unhappy that EU discrimination directive excludes marriage 1
11:21 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Association has broadly welcomed the new discrimination directive announced by the European Commission yesterday.
Budapest gay sauna attacked with petrol bombs 3
10:40 AM — A gay establishment in the Hungarian capital has been targeted, the second attack in a week. Four petrol bombs were thrown into sauna called Magnum in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Education minister to support LGBT History Month
10:18 AM — The organisers of LGBT History Month have said they are delighted that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families will be attending their pre-launch event in November.
2nd July 2008
Habbo’s InfoBus to educate teens about Erase Hate campaign
4:39 PM — A global virtual community for teenagers has teamed up with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to educate young online users about dignity and respect.
European Commission releases discrimination directive proposal
2:02 PM — Gay, lesbian and bisexual European Union citizens will be entitled to equal treatment in the areas of social protection, including social security and health care.
LGBT Christians must toughen up says Bishop Robinson
1:42 PM — The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican Communion has said that people who want to change the church to become more accepting should "expect suffering."
Ashlee is not my beard, says Fall Out Boy Pete
12:47 PM — Fall Out Boy front man Pete Wentz, well known for courting the limelight, has spoken to a gay mag about making out with boys, his hatred of homophobia and the constant rumours he might be into men.
EU survey finds gays face discrimination across Europe 3
12:23 PM — Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is seen as the second most widespread type in the EU, according to a new survey of 27,000 people across the Union.
McCain backs same-sex marriage opponents 1
11:22 AM — At first, he thought the issue should be left to the states allowing the voters to decide if same-sex couples should be granted marriage equality under the law.
Gay man cut off lover’s penis and flushed it away 1
10:38 AM — A jealous man has been arrested in the Philippines for cutting off the penis of his gay lover while he was sleeping in their hotel room on Tuesday and flushing it down the toilet.
Obama shows support for gays over California marriage issue 2
10:33 AM — Barack Obama has shown his support for the LGBT community in California and took a stand against a constitutional amendment that would overturn the state Supreme Court’s recent decision to legalise same-sex marriage.
1st July 2008
Gays write to Russian president about governor’s homophobic outburst
3:57 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have written a letter to the President of the Russian Federation in an attempt to put pressure on the government to prosecute the homophobic governor of Tambov.