21st July 2011
Transgender woman shot dead in Washington DC 14
5:12 PM — A transgender woman was shot dead in Washington DC on Wednesday morning. Police said Lashai McLean, 23, was walking along Dix Street in the north-east area with another transgender person when they exchanged words with two men.
TUC attacks equality commission’s opt-out proposals for anti-gay staff 130
4:33 PM — The Trades Union Congress says it is "deeply concerned" at the Equality and Human Rights Commission's proposals to give homophobic workers the right to avoid serving gay people.
UK Border Agency begins recording gay asylum claims 5
2:48 PM — The government says the UK Border Agency has begun collecting data on the numbers of asylum claims based on sexual orientation. Campaigners welcomed the news and said the records would show whether the system is working.
Government to consider removing ‘insult’ from Public Order Act 28
2:05 PM — The government says it will "assess the benefits" of removing the crime of causing 'insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to prosecute street preachers who persist in delivering anti-gay sermons in public, although some campaigners say it should not be illegal to insult people.
Christian campaigners claim ‘massive support’ for compromises for anti-gay workers 157
1:14 PM — Christian rights campaigners say there is massive support for proposals to allow anti-gay workers to avoid serving gays and lesbians.
John Barrowman says Torchwood gay sex scene ‘vital to story’ 67
12:13 PM — Torchwood star John Barrowman says a gay sex scene banned by the BBC is vital to the storyline. Although US audiences will see the raunchy scenes with Barrowman's bisexual character Captain Jack Harkness, BBC bosses decided they would be too explicit for a UK audience, even after the watershed.
EastEnders’ Ben Mitchell to come out as gay 26
11:57 AM — Another EastEnders character is to come out as gay. Hardman Phil Mitchell's son Ben will reportedly come out after kissing another boy.
Ghana minister orders arrest of all gays in Western Region 51
10:32 AM — A minister in Ghana has reportedly ordered the arrest of all gays and lesbians in the country's Western Region. Paul Evans Aidoo, the minister for the region, has directed the Bureau of National Investigations and other agencies to find gay people and bring them before the courts.