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2011

  • 28th January 2011

    David Kato buried as pastor condemns homosexuality 22

    David Kato was buried today

    4:55 PM — Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was buried today but scuffles broke out at his funeral as the pastor urged gays to repent. Mr Kato, who was murdered in his home on Wednesday, was laid to rest in his village near Kampala.

  • London anti-hate crime charity opens drop-in service 2

    Galop has opened a drop-in centre

    4:10 PM — London charity Galop is offering a new drop-in service for LGBT people affected by hate crime, discrimination and domestic abuse. The service will also offer LGBT people the chance to talk to a sexual abuse caseworker in confidence about incidents, whether recent or from childhood.

  • Star Trek writer wishes he’d included gay roles 29

    Star Trek has never had a gay character

    3:33 PM — Star Trek writer and producer Brannon Braga says he regrets not including gay characters in the TV series and films. Speaking to After Elton, he said it was "a shame" that gay characters had not been included in the late 80s and early 90s.

  • Thai airline recruits transgender staff 15

    A Thai airline is recruiting trans women

    2:19 PM — Thai airline PC Air is recruiting transgender staff in a bid to boost the prospects of the "third sex". The newly-formed company took on three trans women this week in its first round of hiring.

  • French court says no to gay marriage 30

    France allows gay couples to have civil unions

    1:24 PM — France's constitutional court upheld the ban on gay marriage today after a challenge from a lesbian couple. Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years and have four children, asked for the right to marry but were turned down by the Constitutional Council.

  • US store censors Elton’s magazine cover with new baby 37

    The 'modesty shield' over the magazine (Photo: Twitter)

    11:11 AM — A US chain store deemed a magazine cover featuring Elton John's family so offensive, it was covered to "protect" young shoppers.

  • Men charged with anti-gay hatred over execution leaflets

    The men will appear before a court today

    10:50 AM — Two men in Derby are the first to be charged under new laws against stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, were accused of handing out leaflets called 'The Death Penalty?' outside a Derby mosque.

  • 27th January 2011

    Tributes to ‘brave’ gay rights campaigner David Kato 12

    Friends and supporters paid tribute to David Kato (

    6:08 PM — Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was brave, inspiring and stubborn, his friends and supporters say. The primary school teacher joined the fight for equal rights in Uganda in 1998, when he returned to Africa after the end of apartheid.

  • Don’t send gays and lesbians back to Uganda, asylum group warns 26

    Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda (Photo: B Hernandez)

    5:34 PM — An LGBT asylum group says the murder of Ugandan gay campaigner David Kato is evidence of the threat gays and lesbians face in the country.

  • Ian Baynham’s family: ‘His only crime was to stand up for who he was’ 19

    Ian Baynham was 'proud and honest' about who he was

    3:29 PM — The family of a gay man killed in a homophobic attack say his only crime was to stand up for who he was. Ian Baynham, 62, died in hospital two weeks after he was attacked on a night out in Trafalgar Square in 2009 by teenagers who shouted homophobic abuse at him.

  • Glee creator calls Kings of Leon drummer ‘homophobic’ 26

    Ryan Murphy said the band were "assholes". Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    2:16 PM — Glee creator Ryan Murphy has called Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill a “homophobe” for comments he made about the show. The row started after the band refused permission for their song 'Use Somebody' to be included in the gay-friendly comedy.

  • Ken Livingstone accused of hypocrisy for earning money from anti-gay Iran 23

    Ken Livingstone has stepped down from Press TV

    1:51 PM — London mayor candidate Ken Livingstone has been criticised for earning thousands of pounds for his work as a presenter for an Iranian TV channel.

  • Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46

    The owners of the Swiss B&B are being sued

    11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.

  • Ugandan gay rights activist beaten to death 79

    David Kato's name, photo and address were published in Rolling Stone

    10:40 AM — A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who sued a newspaper for publishing the names and photos of gay people has been beaten to death. David Kato's death is being investigated by police and activists say he was attacked in his home near Kampala yesterday afternoon.

  • 26th January 2011

    Gay marriage bill gains support in Maryland 9

    Maryland has been urged to grant gay couples marriage, rather than civil unions (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    5:32 PM — A bill to give gay and straight couples equal marriage rights has been introduced in Maryland's House of Delegates.

  • G-A-Y founder has HIV test to raise awareness 17

    Jeremy Joseph receiving his HIV test results

    5:07 PM — G-A-Y founder Jeremy Joseph is shown having an HIV test and discovering the results in a photo diary for Boyz magazine. The promoter said he took the test publicly to raise awareness of safer sex information for gay men.

  • Teenage girl jailed for seven years for killing of gay man Ian Baynham 117

    Ruby Thomas was convicted of Ian Baynham's manslaughter (photo: Facebook)

    3:49 PM — A teenage girl who kicked and punched a gay man in a homophobic attack has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

  • Tom Ford on why gay men are ‘better fashion designers’ 16

    Tom Ford says gay men make better designers (Photo: Nicolas Genin)

    3:40 PM — Tom Ford says gay men make better designers because they can "detach the physical from the spiritual". Speaking to artist John Currin for Interview magazine, the designer said that gay men's lack of sexual desire for women allows them to combine physical beauty with "soul and personality".

  • Obama: Gays will serve openly in the military this year 3

    Barack Obama said gay troops would serve openly this year

    2:25 PM — US President Barack Obama mentioned the military gay ban in his State of the Union address yesterday. In the annual address, he called for more support for troops, veterans and their families and acknowledged that some are gay.

  • Scans show difference in transgender brains 54

    Brain scans showed differences in transgender people's brains

    1:52 PM — A team of scientists has discovered differences in the brains of transgender people. The researchers, at the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, Spain, believe their technique could help doctors identify transgender people at an early age, giving them more options for treatment, such as delaying the onset of puberty.

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