23rd July 2008
Obama is “only hope” for gays serving openly in US military
11:30 AM — Democrats convening the first congressional hearing on the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy since its enactment 15 years ago say electing Barack Obama to the White House is the only hope at getting it repealed.
Swimmer Ian Thorpe reveals he is dating a woman
11:24 AM — For years, probably since his appearance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, many have been speculating, and most gay men have been hoping, that the Thorpedo—gold medal winner Ian Thorpe—was indeed a homo.
22nd July 2008
Antilles to appeal against court ruling on same-sex couples
3:37 PM — The Netherlands Antilles has said it will appeal against a court ruling that established same-sex couples have the same rights there as they do in Holland.
Exclusive: My boyfriend was murdered in Turkish “honour killing” 5
3:01 PM — The body of Ahmet Yildiz, Turkey's first suspected victim of a gay "honour killing," has been removed from the city morgue. His boyfriend spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about his murder.
Lesbos islanders lose court case over use of “lesbian” 3
2:01 PM — A court in Athens today rejected a law suit from a small group of residents of the island of Lesbos that attempted to stop homosexual women from using the term 'lesbian' to define themselves.
Activists plan next Moscow Pride on day of Eurovision final
1:17 PM — Despite bans on the event every year, the organisers of Moscow Pride have announced their plans for 2009. Russia won the Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year for the first time.
Man overboard on gay cruise rescued, then shot, by police
12:51 PM — A man who fell overboard from a gay cruise yacht was shot dead when he fought the police officers who had rescued him.
Concern for AIDS experts detained in Iran
12:29 PM — Two brothers who are pioneers in the prevention of HIV transmission in Iran have been held by the authorities without charge for nearly a month.
Black protests mark end of Pope’s trip to Australia 4
11:24 AM — Thousands of gay rights protesters across Australia joined a black parade in protest over the Pope's visit to the country.
21st July 2008
Man flees Turkey after “honour killing” of his gay activist boyfriend 4
5:03 PM — The partner of murdered gay student Ahmet Yildiz has been forced to flee Turkey in fear of his life. Yildiz, a 26-year-old physics student, was shot leaving a cafe on the Bosphorus strait during the weekend.
Cardinal’s same-sex resting place upsets Vatican saint makers 4
4:31 PM — Cardinal Newman, Britain's most famous Catholic convert after Tony Blair, is to have his last request overridden by the Catholic Church in a bid to make him a saint.
US Census to “edit out” same-sex married couples
3:54 PM — The US government may claim that the 2010 Census "will be one of the shortest and easiest to complete since the nation’s first census in 1790," but it will also be the first to exclude legally married couples.
Stop aid to homophobic countries says Tatchell 3
3:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has called for all international aid to be stopped if it is going to a country with a homophobic agenda.
75% of Americans want to allow gays in the military 4
2:04 PM — A new survey by the Washington Post and ABC News has found that three-quarters of Americans think that openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be allowed to serve in the military.
Bishop calls on church to embrace gays at “make or break” conference 2
11:41 AM — The Bishop of Colombo has called on the Anglican Communion to be inclusive of gay and lesbian people.
Bill Clinton confirms he will campaign for Obama 1
11:20 AM — Former US President Bill Clinton publicly acknowledged yesterday that he is eager and ready to campaign for Barack Obama.
Officers to be posted on school campuses after gay teen murder
11:13 AM — Though school administrators had already taken up the issue of school safety before the murder of 15-year-old Lawrence King earlier this year, the case has sparked renewed interest.
18th July 2008
US Senate votes to remove ban on HIV+ travellers 2
4:32 PM — The United States Senate has approved a new bill that includes clauses that will end the effective ban on HIV+ people visiting the country.
Fans mourn as lesbian singer Katie Reider dies aged 30 2
4:05 PM — Cincinnati-born singer-songwriter Katie Reider, an out lesbian active in the LGBT community, has died from complications resulting from a two year battle with a rare facial tumour.
Poll indicates voters will reject California gay marriage ban 1
3:41 PM — A survey of 672 Californians who are "likely to vote" in November has found that just over half of them oppose a ballot measure banning same-sex marriages.