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  • 22nd February 2011

    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."

  • 16th February 2011

    Clerics furious at Londonderry gay sauna 47

    Clerics are furious at the sauna

    2:35 PM — Protestant ministers in Londonderry are furious over a newly-opened gay sauna in the city. The Cage, on John Street, opened last week, although it does not yet have planning permission.

  • Virginia House panel says no to gay employment protections 4

    Gay and lesbian state workers are not protected in Virginia (Photo: Jyri)

    11:13 AM — A bill to ban discrimination against gay people in state employment has been killed by a Virgina House panel. Currently, Virgina gives no legal protection lesbians and gays employed by the state, although it does offer employees protection from discrimination on the basis of race, gender and a number of other characteristics.

  • 15th February 2011

    Wanted: US/night news writer and contributors

    4:42 PM — PinkNews.co.uk is looking for a US/night writer to cover US and world news and contributors who want to get their work noticed on the UK's biggest LGBT news website.

  • Budapest Pride banned by police over ‘traffic concerns’ 5

    Protestors wanted to hold a rally outside parliament (Photo: Dirk Hartung)

    4:10 PM — This year's Budapest Pride festival has been banned by police, ostensibly because it will cause too much traffic disruption. Gay rights campaigners in the Hungarian capital claimed that the decision was politically motivated and are planning to challenge it in court.

  • Gay waiter wins £21,500 over harassment 8

    The waiter was awarded £21,500.

    10:43 AM — A gay waiter at one of London's Michelin-starred restaurants has won £21,500 after colleagues subjected him to anti-gay taunts.

  • Two men deny inciting anti-gay hatred

    The five were charged with stirring up hatred

    10:18 AM — Two Derby men have denied inciting hatred by distributing leaflets which allegedly called for gays to be killed. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, appeared at Southern Derbyshire magistrates' court yesterday to plead not guilty to the charge.

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