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  • 23rd February 2011

    Maryland Senate debates gay marriage

    Gay campaigners want Maryland to offer marriage equality (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    3:37 PM — Maryland's Senate began debating gay marriage today. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state's marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.

  • David Cameron says World Cup could make Qatar more gay-friendly 35

    David Cameron said the World Cup could make Qatar more gay-friendly

    2:40 PM — Hosting the World Cup in 2022 could make Qatar more gay-friendly, British prime minister David Cameron said today. Mr Cameron, who is on a visit to the Gulf State, said that there is "no place for homophobia in football" and that the games could be an "engine for social change".

  • Polish gay football fans ask for separate seats at Euro 2012 4

    The Polish gay football fan group said its members would be harassed

    2:09 PM — A Polish group of gay football fans has asked for separate seating at the 2012 European Championships to protect them from other fans.

  • 22nd February 2011

    Tory councillor suspended for six months over gay porn images 22

    Simon Renwick was suspended for six months

    5:21 PM — A Tory councillor in Fylde, near Blackpool, has been suspended for six months after more than 1,000 gay porn images were found on his work laptop. Simon Renwick claims someone else malicously downloaded the images, but Fylde council decided to suspend him for not securing the computer properly.

  • Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’ 12

    Scottish police are said to be more gay-friendly

    3:39 PM — Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims. According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.

  • First UK national forum for LGBT Jews formed 13

    The group's name means 'rainbow'

    1:12 PM — A national forum has been launched for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Jews. Keshet UK, which means 'rainbow', hopes to challenge prejudice, tackle anti-gay bullying and support Jewish LGBT people in schools, synagogues and social care.

  • America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17

    Large companies would rather keep hold of talented staff

    10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.

  • 21st February 2011

    Man claims he had four-year gay affair with killer Raoul Moat 18

    Raoul Moat is said to have had a four-year gay affair

    3:33 PM — Killer Raoul Moat had a four-year affair with another man, it has been claimed. According to the Sun, 34-year-old Carl Redford says he and Moat slept together up to three times a week.

  • Israel appoints first out gay judge 14

    Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel A gay judge has been appointed as Israel's first gay judge

    2:46 PM — The first openly gay judge has been appointed in Israel. Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel Aviv Labor Court on Friday.

  • Rufus Wainwright has baby with Leonard Cohen’s daughter 8

    Rufus Wainwright has become a father

    2:44 PM — Rufus Wainwright has become a father. The gay singer-songwriter announced on his website today that he and Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen, had become "proud parents".

  • The Queen’s composer hits out at ‘gay-bashing thugs’ in Church of England 6

    The Queen's composer criticised the Church of England

    12:38 PM — The Queen's composer has attacked "gay-bashing fundamentalists" in the Church of England for refusing to allow civil partnerships. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, 76, hit out at clerics for refusing to officiate gay couples' ceremonies.

  • Liverpool to promote gay village 10

    Liverpool wants to make the most of its gay quarter

    12:34 PM — Liverpool is to promote and develop its gay quarter to cash in on the so-called 'pink pound'. The council has hired a planning consultancy to look at how the city can be marketed as a worldwide tourist destination for gay travellers.

  • Ugandan asylum seeker says publicity will put her life at risk 9

    Uganda does not allow homosexuality

    11:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who was ordered to leave the UK says that publicity means her life will be at risk if returned to Uganda. The woman, referred to as BN, initially claimed that she was a lesbian but a judge ruled that there was no evidence for this.

  • Trans model Lea T says she wished she was gay 7

    Lea T said her family had come to accept her

    9:45 AM — Givenchy muse and model Lea T has revealed she used to wish she was gay instead of transgender. The 28-year-old was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey last week and explained how she had come to accept she was born in the wrong body.

  • Gay-only hotels to be investigated for discriminating against straights 134

    Gay-only hotels are being investigated

    9:42 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to investigate gay-only hotels for possible breaches of equality law. The body said it needed to establish an "objective balance" after investigating Christian-run hotels which bar gay couples.

  • 18th February 2011

    WikiLeaks cables reveal Ugandan homophobia 7

    David Kato was mocked at a meeting, one cable said. (Photo: Jocelyn Edwards)

    4:41 PM — Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks show the extent of Ugandan homophobia. American embassy cables describe a 2009 UN-sponsored meeting which gay rights campaigner David Kato spoke at.

  • New Hampshire’s gay marriage law under threat 10

    New Hampshire's gay marriage law is under threat

    3:03 PM — Politicians in the US state of New Hampshire are attempting to repeal a 2009 marriage equality law. New Hampshire legalised the practice in 2009 but two bills to make it illegal are currently in front of the House.

  • Teenager jailed for kicking gay man in the face 13

    Kyle Watson was jailed for the attack

    1:39 PM — A teenager from Newcastle has been jailed for his part in an attack on a gay man. Kyle Watson, 19, admitted kicking 25-year-old Michael Gibbons after barging into his house.

  • 17th February 2011

    Amnesty International asks Hungary to allow Budapest gay Pride 1

    Budapest Pride has been banned

    5:37 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has asked Hungary to allow this year's Budapest Pride. After asking permission to hold a rally outside parliament, organisers were told that the entire march would be banned.

  • New Moscow mayor says no to gay Pride marches 6

    Sergei Sobyanin is not in favour of gay rights marches

    3:43 PM — Moscow's mayor Sergei Sobyanin says that the city does not need gay Pride marches. When asked by the Ekho Moskvy radio station if a march would be permitted this year, he said: "I doubt it."

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