26th June 2008
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.
Will Smith shows Letterman why once you go black …. 1
10:44 AM — David Letterman has greeted many a guest with a warm embrace, a kiss on the cheek, but none quite so intimate as the pucker he got last night from Will Smith.
24th June 2008
Irish gay rights group welcomes civil partnership bill 5
5:08 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network has welcomed the "comprehensive" civil partnership legislation published by the Irish government today.
Homophobia a vote winner in Jamaica 1
4:49 PM — A new survey conducted in Jamaica has found that the Prime Minister's stridently anti-gay statements have boosted his popularity.
Jerusalem Pride goes ahead despite court challenge 1
1:32 PM — Israel's Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition to ban this year's Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, which will go ahead as planned on Thursday.
Austrian gays claim “act of aggression” over residence permits
1:02 PM — Austria's gay rights record has taken a turn for the worse with reports that the government is to make residency more difficult for bi-national same-sex couples.
Homophobes plan protest against Sofia Pride 4
12:07 PM — An nationalist group is threatening to mar gay celebrations in Bulgaria with a "Week of Intolerance."
Boy George denied US entry visa 1
11:34 AM — United States Customs isn't keen on giving singer Boy George "Time" - according to reports on Monday, the former Culture Club lead singer has been denied a visa.
20 years on, council apologises for arrests of gay activists
11:25 AM — In August 1988, a newly formed group pressing for law reform in Tasmania set up a stall at a popular outdoor market in Hobart.
Indian activists plan Pride marches in three cities
11:01 AM — Gay rights activists from planning Pride events in New Delhi, Calcutta and Bangalore this weekend, undeterred by the fact that homosexual acts are illegal in India.
Obama tells female Clinton supporters to “get over it”
10:48 AM — Barack Obama is trying to woo women who vigorously supported Senator Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries and caucuses, but the road to reconciliation has so far been a bumpy one.
New biography reveals Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s gay experience
10:27 AM — Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream is set to hit bookstores later this year, and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has called it "the most authoritative book ever written about me."
23rd June 2008
Half of US Air Force gay ban dismissals are women
6:28 PM — New figures obtained by an organisation dedicated to fighting the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the US Armed Forces show that women are disproportionately affected.
Tory MP attacks Home Secretary over Iran comments 3
4:56 PM — The Chairman of the Conservative Party's Human Rights Commission has added his voice to the chorus of criticism of Jacqui Smith after she claimed that gay people are in no danger in Iran as long as they are "discreet."