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February 2011

  • 15th February 2011

    Man stabbed in unprovoked anti-gay attack in north London 84

    Police say the attack was unprovoked

    2:34 PM — A man was stabbed in Camden on Monday by a knifeman who asked if he was gay, police have said. The 36-year-old, who had spent the evening in the Black Cap pub, was walking by Camden Lock Bridge with two friends at around 2.15am.

  • Gay men should be pardoned for historic sex crimes, Peter Tatchell says 7

    Peter Tatchell says up to 100,000 men were criminalised for being gay

    1:28 PM — Gay men who were branded criminals for sex acts which are now legal should be pardoned, a gay rights campaigner says. Peter Tatchell estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 gay men were convicted of "victimless offences" between 1885 and 2003 and has urged the government to "right this historic wrong".

  • US gay campaigners hold Valentine’s marriage rallies

    US campaigners demanded equal marriage (File photo)

    11:58 AM — Gay rights campaigners across the US held a series of Valentine's Day rallies and demonstrations yesterday to call for marriage equality. Gay couples in cities such as Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago requested marriage licences, while others staged civil disobedience actions.

  • Gay waiter wins £21,500 over harassment 8

    The waiter was awarded £21,500.

    10:43 AM — A gay waiter at one of London's Michelin-starred restaurants has won £21,500 after colleagues subjected him to anti-gay taunts.

  • Two men deny inciting anti-gay hatred

    The five were charged with stirring up hatred

    10:18 AM — Two Derby men have denied inciting hatred by distributing leaflets which allegedly called for gays to be killed. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, appeared at Southern Derbyshire magistrates' court yesterday to plead not guilty to the charge.

  • 14th February 2011

    Arizona appeals in court to stop paying insurance benefits to gay partners 4

    Arizona paid benefits to same sex partners of state employees since 2008

    8:31 PM — Attorneys for the state of Arizona will ask a federal appeals court for permission to cease providing insurance benefits to partners of gay employees.

  • David Cameron supports LGBT History Month 17

    David Cameron gave support to LGBT History Month

    5:21 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has given support to LGBT History Month, saying it "enriches" society. In a message for the yearly celebration of LGBT culture, he said: "Events like this enrich our society and challenge us to think more about the world around us."

  • Updated: Stickers declare ‘gay-free zone’ in east London 108

    One of the stickers posted in the East End

    4:30 PM — Stickers have been placed around London's East End, declaring it a "gay-free zone". The messages, posted on buildings and lampposts close to gay nightspots George & Dragon and the Joiner's Inn, say "Arise and warn. Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment."

  • Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day, Melanie Phillips! 146

    3:41 PM — Happy Valentine's Day to Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, who used the romance of February 14th to urge against giving gay couples the right to marry. Obviously struck by one of Cupid's sharper arrows, she took the occasion to suggest that gay marriage could soon lead to people marrying their hamsters.

  • Campaigners welcome gay marriage equality plans 22

    The government is considering the case for gay marriage equality

    2:42 PM — Gay rights campaigners have welcomed plans to allow religious civil partnerships and gay marriages. Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that Liberal Democrat equality minister Lynne Featherstone will announce a proposal to end the ban on same-sex marriage at the same time as the government announces the timetable for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.

  • Lady Gaga picks up three Grammy awards after arriving inside an egg 4

    Lady Gaga arrives at the Grammy awards in style (photo credit: @idrisjoel)

    12:18 PM — Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga won three Grammy awards last night after arriving at the ceremony inside an egg carried in by six topless models.

  • ‘Poofters welcome’, says hotel owner 73

    The hotel is listed as gay-friendly

    11:24 AM — A hotel owner in Hampshire has been condemned by a local council for declaring: "Poofters welcome here." Mike Sacqui, owner of the Penny Farthing Hotel, in Lyndhurst, put the message on an A board outside.

  • Sacked Christian doctor says he may sue Home Office 27

    Dr Raabe wants an apology

    11:03 AM — A Christian doctor sacked as a drugs advisor by the government says he may sue if the Home Office does not apologise to him. Dr Hans-Christian Raabe was fired from the advisory panel because he failed to mention controversial past work in interviews, the Home Office said earlier this month.

  • 13th February 2011

    Lady Gaga arrives at the Grammys inside an egg 15

    Lady Gaga arrives at the Grammy awards in style (photo credit: @idrisjoel)

    11:09 PM — Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga has arrived at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles inside an egg carried in by six scantily clad models.

  • British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality 84

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel are among the couples challenging the ban on gay marriage (Photo: Chris Houston)

    9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.

  • 11th February 2011

    Home Office says gay sex convictions will be deleted 15

    The bill says that convictions will be 'disregarded'

    6:07 PM — The Home Office has responded to claims by campaigners that promises to wipe historic gay sex convictions will not actually lead to them being deleted. Critics said today that the provisions in the Protection of Freedom Bill would only "disregard" the previously-illegal acts, rather than deleting them.

  • US gay newspaper staff quit over ‘censorship’ 9

    The pair quit the Florida Agenda last week

    4:32 PM — The editor and a reporter at a US gay newspaper have quit, claiming that they were asked to kill an unflattering story on an advertiser.

  • Botswana MP says he hates gays and lesbians 42

    Homosexuality is illegal in Botswana

    3:59 PM — A Botswana politician says he agrees with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's views on homosexuality. Pono Moatlhodi, who is the deputy speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, told a January meeting on HIV prevention that he would "never tolerate" gays and lesbians.

  • Gay sex criminal records will NOT be ‘deleted’, campaigners say 29

    Campaigners say the convictions will not be "deleted"

    2:20 PM — Gay men convicted of historic consensual sex offences will not be able to "delete" them from their records, campaigners say.

  • Lady Gaga debuts ‘gay anthem’ Born This Way 27

    Lady Gaga released Born This Way today

    12:10 PM — Lady Gaga released her latest single Born This Way today. The track was hailed as "the new gay anthem" by Elton John. Listen to it here.

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