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May 2011

  • 16th May 2011

    Christian doctor wants drug advisor job back 175

    Dr Hans-Christian Raabe wants his job back

    4:55 PM — A Christian doctor who was sacked from his job as a government drugs advisor is launching a legal bid to get his job back. Hans-Christian Raabe was fired from the advisory panel in February because of papers he had written on homosexuality.

  • Concerns over Eurovision 2012 host Azerbaijan’s gay rights record 84

    Germany hosted this year's event

    3:43 PM — After winning Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest, Azerbaijan has won the right to host next year's competition. However, broadcasters, fans and human rights groups are concerned that the country's record on gay rights makes it deeply unsuitable to hold the contest.

  • Chaz Bono hopes to marry his girlfriend 20

    Chaz Bono plans to get married

    2:53 PM — Chaz Bono has revealed he plans to marry girlfriend Jennifer Elia before the year is out. Speaking to Piers Morgan, the star said he and Elia had been engaged for two years but "kind of had to put things on hold a little bit" while he transitioned.

  • US basketball chief Rick Welts announces he’s gay 12

    Rick Welts said he wanted to start a conversation about gay people in sport

    2:30 PM — Rick Welts, the president and chief executive of US basketball team Phoenix Suns, has come out. He made the announcement in a newspaper interview this weekend.

  • Teenager jailed for seven years over anti-gay attack 94

    Adam Ayres was jailed for seven years

    10:44 AM — A Leicestershire teenager has been jailed for seven years for his part in a vicious attack on a gay man. Adam Ayres, 18, tricked the gay man into meeting him in a car park and ambushed him last March.

  • Violence breaks out between Christians and gays in Australian city 215

    The gay rights rally was interrupted by Christian protesters

    10:40 AM — Police had to intervene when a clash broke out at a gay rights rally in Adelaide, Australia, this weekend. The rally was held to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

  • 13th May 2011

    Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 32

    The campaigner's death is being investigated

    5:46 PM — A Pride organiser in Mexico was attacked and killed last week in what may have been a homophobic attack. Quetzalcoatl Leija Herrer was killed while walking home from a night out in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero State, on May 4th.

  • Gay network founder climbs Everest for HIV charity 6

    Greg Healey set off last month

    4:39 PM — The founder of gay network Village Drinks is climbing Mount Everest to raise money for charity. Greg Healey, 30, is currently halfway to the summit after setting off from Kathmandu in April.

  • Ian Paisley Jr says he has ‘grown up’ over anti-gay views 129

    Ian Paisley Jr said he still strongly disagrees with homosexuality

    4:13 PM — Ian Paisely Jr says he has "grown up" since condemning homosexuality in an interview four years ago but still strongly disagrees with it. In 2007, the DUP MP said he was "repulsed" by homosexuality and that it "harm[s] society".

  • Ugandan parliament adjourns without vote on anti-gay bill 50

    The bill would have strengthened Uganda's current laws against homosexuality (Photo: Brett Lock)

    3:16 PM — Uganda's parliament adjourned today without voting on a gay execution bill. The anti-homosexuality bill was expected to be debated today but Speaker Edward Ssekandi Kiwanuk said there is no time to take up the bill in this session.

  • Teen arrested over anti-gay stickers may be charged with inciting hatred

    The stickers were found across the East End

    2:26 PM — Prosecutors are considering whether to charge a teenager arrested over homophobic stickers in London's East End with inciting anti-gay hatred. If Mohammed Hasnath is charged with the offence, it will only be the second time the law has been used.

  • Video: Trans star Dana International misses out on Eurovision final 35

    Dana International will not be in tomorrow's final

    1:37 PM — Israeli singer Dana International was knocked out of the Eurovision Song Contest last night at the semi-final in Dusseldorf. The star, who is transgender, performed her song Ding Dong but failed to win a place in Saturday's final.

  • Man jailed for conning gay prostitutes – again 113

    Michael Goldsmith was jailed for three years

    11:50 AM — A man jailed for conning male prostitutes has been handed another prison sentence for the same offence. Michael Goldsmith, 40, of Menai Bridge, Wales, was caught out when he tried to con an earlier victim again.

  • US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72

    Uganda may debate the bill today

    10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."

  • 12th May 2011

    Stonewall fundraiser return to London’s Paramount Club 3

    The Paramount Club will host the fundraiser

    5:41 PM — A fundraising event for gay charity Stonewall will be held at the Paramount Club in London next week. Next Friday's event, to be held at the top of the Centre Point Tower, aims to raise money for the charity's Education for All campaign, which tackles anti-gay bullying in schools.

  • Study suggests effective vaccine for HIV in monkeys 8

    The study suggested a vaccine could be used to prevent HIV

    5:39 PM — A study on monkeys has suggested that a vaccine could be used against HIV. The experiment, on rhesus macaques, looked at the effect of the vaccine on the monkey form of HIV, known as simian simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV).

  • ‘Milk’ voted gay film of the decade 26

    Harvey Milk (right) was a gay campaigner

    4:52 PM — 'Milk', the story of gay rights hero Harvey Milk, has been voted the gay film of the decade. A Stonewall poll of 800 people put the biopic in the top spot. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn, was commended for its realistic portrayal of gay people.

  • Minnesota Senate approves referendum on gay marriage ban 5

    Voters are likely to support a constitutional ban

    4:05 PM — The Minnesota Senate has given the go-ahead to a 2012 voter referendum on whether the state should have a constitutional ban on gay marriage. The bill, introduced by Republican senator Warren Limmer, passed by 30-27 votes. One Democrat senator, Leory Stumpf, joined Republicans in voting for it.

  • Delaware governor signs civil unions into law 8

    Gay couples in Delaware will soon be able to have civil unions

    3:12 PM — The governor of the US state of Delaware has signed a civil unions bill into law. As he signed the bill yesterday, Governor Jack Markell told gay couples in a 500-strong audience: "Your family is now equal under the law."

  • US House panel attempts to delay lifting of military gay ban 18

    The ban is expected to be lifted this summer (Photo: US Army)

    2:00 PM — A US House panel has approved a defence bill which contains a clause to delay the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers. The House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 to approve an amendment requiring the chiefs of all four military services to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness, AP reports.

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