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January 2010

  • 4th January 2010

    Malawi gay couple ‘beaten in prison’

    The pair will face trial next week

    7:20 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who were jailed for holding a wedding ceremony have said they are being beaten in prison. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were denied bail and will face trial next week for indecency charges.

  • Gay son prevented from donating blood to dying mother 38

    Gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood

    6:27 PM — A gay man whose mother died from cancer is calling for a change in the law after he was prevented from donating blood to help her. Dij Bentley's mother Christine, 47, died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year.

  • Obama appoints trans woman to Department of Commerce 27

    Amanda Simpson has been appointed to the Department of Commerce

    4:07 PM — US President Barack Obama has appointed a trans woman to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce. Amanda Simpson is on the board of directors of the National Centre for Transgender Equality and has worked in the aerospace and defence industry for 30 years.

  • Copyright holder baulks at ‘gay’ Sherlock Holmes film 44

    Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes

    2:46 PM — The US copyright holder of the Sherlock Holmes series has threatened to withdraw permission for a film sequel if producers develop a homoerotic storyline.

  • Bisexual penguin fights serious illness 7

    Harry is suffering from a 'serious' illness

    1:17 PM — The bisexual penguin at the centre of a much-reported love triangle is gravely ill. Harry, a Magellan penguin at San Francisco Zoo, is suffering from a respiratory illness.

  • Trans woman wins complaint against newspaper for ‘tranny’ headline 22

    The Sunday Life was found in breach of one part of the code

    1:14 PM — The Press Complaints Commission has ruled that a Belfast newspaper breached the press code of practice for calling a trans woman a "tranny". Keira McCormack complained she had been deeply insulted by the November 1st 2009 article in the Sunday Life.

  • Woman fails to hand child to lesbian ex-partner 6

    The biological mother may be charged with parental child abduction

    12:27 PM — A US woman who was ordered to hand over custody of her child to her lesbian ex-partner could be charged with parental abduction for failing to comply with a court order.

  • US HIV travel ban lifted today 19

    The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US will be lifted today

    11:28 AM — The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US officially ends today. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV but was lifted by President Barack Obama in November.

  • Lady Gaga tackles homophobic fan 21

    Gaga declared 'war' on a homophobic fan

    11:10 AM — Lady Gaga was reportedly forced to confront a homophobic man at one of her gigs. The gay-friendly singer had performed in an Ottawa club and was dancing with friends when a man approached her to hurl homophobic abuse at her and fellow star Adam Lambert.

  • Elton John speaks about helping Eminem quit drugs 4

    Elton John discussed addiction

    11:08 AM — Elton John has spoken for the first time about supporting Eminem in his battle to quit drugs. The singer also dicussed helping George Michael with his alleged drug problems.

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