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May 2010

  • 10th May 2010

    Defendant uses ‘gay panic defence’

    The trial continues

    3:45 PM — A man charged with the murder of a gay man has claimed he "flipped" after the victim touched his leg. Rodney Greenland, 47, of Ipswich, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death last July, Ipswich crown court heard.

  • Friend charged with murder of gay Scottish teenager

    Jack Frew was found dead on election night

    12:08 PM — A friend of 16-year-old gay student Jack Frew has been charged with his murder. Craig Roy, 17, is expected to appear in court today.

  • Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately ‘died happy’ 9

    Stephen Gately died happy, his civil partner said

    11:43 AM — Stephen Gately died at a time in his life when he was contented and happy, his civil partner Andrew Cowles has said. In one of his first interviews since Gately's death last October, Mr Cowles described his partner's happiness at writing a novel and being open about his sexuality.

  • Boy, 14, pleads guilty to attack on gay Liverpool student 13

    The boy pleaded guilty to the attack

    10:52 AM — A 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to taking part in an attack on a gay Liverpool student. Liverpool magistrates' court heard that the boy had been part of a seven-strong gang which hurled homophobic abuse at the 19-year-old student and punched him in the face.

  • Scottish teenager ‘may have been killed for being gay’ 23

    Jack Frew was described as popular and respected

    10:26 AM — The friends of a Scottish 16-year-old found dead last week say they believe he may have been killed in a homophobic attack. Jack Frew was found near a cycle path in Mossneuk, East Kilbride, last Thursday at around 7pm. His throat had been cut.

  • 8th May 2010

    Baltic Gay Pride ban overturned by Lithuanian Supreme Court 6

    Lithuania's pride has been reinstated

    12:09 PM — A Lithuanian court of appeal last night overturn a ban on the country's first pride event, so that it can take place in the next few hours. Despite assurances from police that hundreds of marchers through the capital Vilnius would be protected, the Lithuanian Attorney General's Office argued that they could be injured by anti-gay groups. A court sided with the Attorney General and banned the the Baltic Pride march on the 6th May.

  • 7th May 2010

    Liberal Democrat Evan Harris loses Oxford seat 96

    Evan Harris lost his seat

    4:05 PM — Liberal Democrat science spokesman Evan Harris has lost his seat in Oxford West and Abington to a Christian candidate. One Christian group said his defeat was the "most significant individual result of the election".

  • Updated: David Cameron makes ‘comprehensive offer’ to Lib Dems 113

    David Cameron made an offer to the Lib Dems

    3:14 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has made a "comprehensive offer" to the Liberal Democrats to work with him in parliament. A hung parliament was declared this morning and although the Conservatives won the most votes, they do not have an overall majority.

  • Updated: Out gay Tory shadow ministers retain seats 10

    Alan Duncan kept his Rutland and Melton seat

    11:55 AM — The three out gay men in David Cameron's shadow cabinet have held on to their seats. Nick Herbert, Alan Duncan and Greg Barker were all returned to Westminster. Mr Duncan and Mr Barker saw a slight drop in their majorities to the Liberal Democrats.

  • Lib Dems lose seats, gain another gay MP 11

    Nick Clegg said he was disappointed by the result

    10:49 AM — The Liberal Democrats now have two out gay MPs - but the latest count shows they have lost six seats overall. The result so far has been seen widely as disastrous for Nick Clegg's party, which hoped to capitalise on his perceived good performance in the televised debates.

  • Controversial Tory MPs Chris Grayling and Julian Lewis keep seats 13

    Chris Grayling held his seat

    10:07 AM — Two of the Conservative MPs who provoked controversy with their views on gay rights have kept their seats. Chris Grayling and Julian Lewis were returned to Westminster, while the Scottish candidate who said gays were "not normal" came third in his constituency.

  • Caroline Lucas makes history as first Green MP 19

    Caroline Lucas became the first Green MP

    9:24 AM — Caroline Lucas made history last night by becoming the Green Party's first MP. The party has consistently been ranked the best for gay equality issues by PinkNews.co.uk readers.

  • Top gay Labour MPs hold onto their seats with reduced majorities 5

    Ben Bradshaw kept his seat

    8:51 AM — The most high-profile out gay Labour MPs held onto their seats last night but most suffered a reduction in their majorities. Ben Bradshaw, for Exeter, won with 38.2 per cent, with Tory candidate Hannah Foster behind on 33 per cent. He suffered a reduced majority.

  • Margot James becomes the second out lesbian in parliament 15

    Margot James is the new MP for Stourbridge

    7:55 AM — Margot James has become the Conservative MP for Stourbridge, making her only the second out lesbian in parliament. Ms James joins Labour MP Angela Eagle, who held onto her Wallasey seat last night with 51.8 per cent of the vote.

  • Philippa Stroud fails to win parliamentary seat 49

    Mrs Stroud failed to win the seat

    7:26 AM — Philippa Stroud, the Conservative candidate who allegedly tried to "cure" gay people of demons, failed last night to win a seat. Mrs Stroud was standing in Sutton and Cheam, a seat the Tories hoped to win.

  • Peter Robinson- husband of ‘homophobe’ Iris Robinson loses his seat 21

    Peter Robinson lost his seat

    1:15 AM — The first minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson, has lost his Westminister seat. He is the husband of Iris Robinson, the former MP and Northern Ireland assembly member who called gays an"abomination" and suggested they could be cured.

  • 6th May 2010

    Progress for Argentina’s gay marriage bill 4

    Argentina's lower house approved a gay marriage bill

    5:25 PM — Argentina's House of Deputies has approved a bill which proposes giving gay couples the right to marry. The lower house passed the bill by 125 votes to 109 and it will now go to senators for approval.

  • Cannes Film Festival to get first gay award 2

    The Queer Palm will be Cannes' unofficial gay award

    4:47 PM — Cannes Film Festival will have its first unofficial gay award this year. Inspired by the Teddy award at Berlin Film Festival and the Queer Lion at Venice Film Festival, an independent group is establishing the Queer Palm.

  • Baltic Pride suspended after authorities claim marchers could be hurt 4

    Baltic Pride has been suspended

    4:25 PM — Baltic Pride, due to be held this weekend in Lithuania, has been suspended after authorities said they could not guarantee participants' safety.

  • Children are ‘spontaneously gay’, says Brazilian archbishop 22

    The archbishop claimed children were "spontaneously" gay

    3:21 PM — A controversial conservative Brazilian archbishop has claimed that children are "spontaneously gay" and that gay rights will lead to rights for paedophiles.

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