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  • 8th February 2011

    Transgender woman told ‘dress as a man to find work’ 54

    Tina Cook says she was advised to dress as a man

    1:50 PM — A transgender woman claims she was told by a Jobcentre to dress as a man to find work. Tina Cook, 54, who began transition last year, used to work in the construction industry but was made redundant 18 months ago.

  • Scotland sees huge increase in reported homophobic hate crime 12

    Anti-gay hate crimes have risen substantially

    11:39 AM — The number of reported homophobic hate crimes has risen five-fold in Scotland in the last five years. Figures show that there were 666 reported incidents in 2009-10, a substantial increase from 2004-5, when just 114 incidents were reported.

  • Seven-year-old donates to LA gay centre because he thinks inequality is unfair 40

    Malcolm and his letter

    12:55 AM — A seven-year-old has donated $140 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) because he doesn't think it's right for gay people not to be treated equally. The child, called Malcolm, was given $140 by his parents to donate to the charity of his choice. He chose to split the money between the gay centre and the HRC.

  • 7th February 2011

    ‘Faggot taunt’ started Shia LaBeouf fight 8

    Shia LaBeouf allegedly lashed out after being called a 'faggot'

    5:24 PM — Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was arrested this weekend after allegedly being involved in a bar fight in California. According to reports, the fight broke out after fans called the actor a "faggot" for refusing to speak to them.

  • Christian podiatrist ‘didn’t want to treat patients he thought were gay’

    The podiatrist is accused of bigotry towards patients he thought were gay

    4:36 PM — A Christian podiatrist has appeared before a professional trial over claims that he tried to get a colleague to swap patients with him because he thought the man was gay.

  • India’s Supreme Court hears gay sex case 11

    The Indian Supreme Court is to hear the case

    3:07 PM — India's Supreme Court will today hear arguments for and against a 2009 court ruling which decriminalised gay sex. In 2009, the Delhi high court ruled that a Colonial-era ban on gay sex was unconstitutional.

  • Elton says fatherhood is ‘incredible’ 8

    The new fathers spoke of their joy

    2:26 PM — Being a father is "incredible", Elton John and David Furnish say. The couple, who are parents to Zachary, born on Christmas Day, revealed more about their new life.

  • Corrie stars ‘honoured’ to play lesbian couple 7

    Sacha Parkinson said the couple's relationship would have ups and downs

    11:58 AM — Coronation Street actresses Sacha Parkinson and Brooke Vincent say they are honoured to play the soap's first lesbian couple. They added that the relationship was a "love story", rather than a "phase".

  • Christian GP sacked from drugs panel over views on homosexuality 259

    Dr Raabe was sacked from the advisory panel

    11:15 AM — A Christian doctor who co-wrote a paper linking gays to paedophilia has been sacked as a government drug advisor. Dr Hans-Christian Raabe claimed he had been "sacrificed on the altar of political correctness" but the Home Office said he had been fired because he failed to mention the controversial work in interviews.

  • 4th February 2011

    Elton John says he wants Rush Limbaugh to support civil unions 20

    Elton John said Lady Gaga was 'pure genius'

    4:54 PM — Elton John says he wants unlikely friend Rush Limbaugh to say he supports civil partnerships for gay couples. The singer sang at the controversial radio host's wedding last year and was reportedly paid $1 million for the gig.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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