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February 2011

  • 4th February 2011

    Study suggests immune system treatment for HIV 3

    The mice were cured of an HIV-like illness

    3:58 PM — A study on mice with an HIV-like infection found that boosting their immune systems cured them of the disease. Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia said their findings could help develop drugs to help people rid their bodies of infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis.

  • Trans woman to stand trial over death of trans lawyer

    Sonia Burgess died in October

    3:13 PM — A trans woman from Cricklewood is to stand trial in July over the death of lawyer and trans woman Sonia Burgess.

  • US lesbians win right to attend school event together 7

    The students won the right to attend together (FILE PHOTO)

    2:08 PM — A Minnesota lesbian couple have won the right to attend their school's royalty court event together. Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom, both 18, were elected to onto the royalty court but Champlin Park High School then announced a change in policy, saying that students would walk with a parent or favourite teacher.

  • US transgender survey finds ‘discrimination and ridicule at every turn’ 12

    Trans people face 'abuse, ridicule and discrimination'. (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    11:47 AM — A large-scale study of trans people in America says that almost every part of social and legal convention ridicules, abuses and discriminates against transgender people.

  • Ugandan police say David Kato was killed over sex payment 34

    David Kato was killed last week

    10:47 AM — Ugandan police have claimed that gay rights campaigner David Kato was killed by a man he had arranged to pay for sex. Mr Kato, who was recently outed by a newspaper, was beaten to death with a hammer at his home last week.

  • 3rd February 2011

    Utah politician’s bill ‘to exclude gay families’ 15

    Gay parents have few rights in Utah (Photo: ILGA)

    5:31 PM — A politician in the US state of Utah has introduced a bill which gay groups fear could strip all recognition of gay couples.

  • Clinton Cards withdraws ‘batty boy’ card after gay protests 40

    The card will be withdrawn

    5:18 PM — Clinton Cards has apologised for a greetings card which features a character called ‘Batty Boy’. The retailer apologised for causing offence this afternoon and said the card was being withdrawn from stores.

  • Homophobia ‘can make you ill’, study says 17

    The study looked at cortisol levels in the brain

    4:48 PM — A study has found a link between homophobia and hormonal changes that can lead to illness. According to research from Montreal's Concordia University, people who had suffered homophobia had higher levels of stress hormone cortisol in their brains.

  • Clinton Cards sells ‘batty boy’ card 56

    Batman and 'Batty Boy' (Photo: Twitpic)

    4:04 PM — Clinton Cards has been criticised for selling a greetings card which features a character called 'Batty Boy'. The card shows a cartoon Batman and his new sidekick, who has a limp wrist and an earring.

  • Simon Pegg says men should kiss more to beat homophobia 36

    Simon Pegg says he is "boringly straight"

    3:02 PM — Straight men should kiss each other more to understand homosexuality, Simon Pegg says. The married actor said that homophobia comes from a fear of the unknown.

  • Fresh appeal for lesbian asylum seeker 12

    A fresh appeal will be heard

    2:18 PM — A fresh appeal will be held for Ugandan asylum seeker Brenda Namigadde next week. The 29-year-old lesbian says she will be killed if deported from the UK to her home country.

  • Survey finds football fans disapprove of homophobia 19

    Justin Fashanu remains the only pro footballer to have come out

    1:23 PM — A survey released to coincide with LGBT History Month says that the vast majority of fans strongly oppose homophobia in football. The research, carried out at the University of Staffordshire, surveyed 3,500 fans, players and game officials.

  • I’d be bisexual if I was 21, Ted Haggard says 45

    Ted Haggard said he didn't have "sex sex" with the male prostitute

    10:46 AM — Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard says he would be bisexual if he was 21 and not a Christian. Speaking to GQ magazine, the disgraced preacher insisted he was happily married to wife Gayle and said he still believes that the Bible says homosexuality "is not God's best plan for people".

  • 2nd February 2011

    Reports say man confessed to Ugandan gay activist murder 7

    David Kato was killed last week

    5:39 PM — A man has reportedly confessed to killing Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato. The campaigner was killed in his home last week and local police said today that a man had admitted to killing him in a "personal disagreement".

  • Anti-gay Iris Robinson fined for car crash 22

    Iris Robinson has withdrawn from public life

    5:12 PM — The homophobic former DUP MP Iris Robinson has been fined £200 for causing a car crash. According to the Belfast Telegraph, she was also given three penalty points after admitting driving without due care and attention

  • Former Tory Lord Chancellor says Christians must have the right to bar gays 75

    Lord Mackay argued that Christians should be free to bar gay couples

    4:52 PM — Lord Mackay of Clashfern has argued that Christians must be free to act on their consciences when it comes to gay rights. The former Lord Chancellor under Margaret Thatcher and John Mayor said insisting that Christians abide by equality laws - such as in the case of hotel owners - was "Orwellian".

  • Iowa lawmakers move to ban gay marriage 23

    Iowa's gay marriage laws are under threat

    3:41 PM — Iowa's House has approved a measure that seeks to ban gay marriage in the state. The state legalised marriage for couples in 2009 after Supreme Court judges said a ban violated the constitution.

  • Carlisle men fined for shouting abuse at trans women 8

    The pair were fined for the abuse

    2:22 PM — Two men from Carlisle have been fined for shouting abuse at two transgender women in the street. Carlisle magistrates' court heard that Wayne Blair and Stephen Currie, both 22, had threatened Simone Armstrong and Kim Oakland and yelled anti-gay abuse at them.

  • First cross-dressing character for Corrie 25

    Coronation Street will reportedly have a cross-dressing character

    1:30 PM — Coronation Street is to get its first cross-dressing character. According to The Sun, new character Marc (Andrew Hall) will have a female alter ego Marcia.

  • Police launch new hate crime website 8

    Police say hate crime is under-reported

    11:40 AM — A new website to encourage people to report hate crime has been launched. True Vision gives information on what hate crime is and how to report it.

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