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Jessica has been the editor of PinkNews.co.uk since 2009.

  • 19th August 2011

    Ugandan asylum seeker wins reprieve 17

    Supporters of Robert Segwanyi said he would be persecuted if sent home to Uganda

    10:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who says he will face homophobic persecution if returned home has been permitted to make a fresh appeal. Robert Segwanyi, 33, was due to be deported from the UK at 8pm last night.

  • 18th August 2011

    Florida teacher suspended for Facebook anti-gay remarks 69

    Jerry Buell made his remarks on his home computer (Photo: Declan TM)

    3:49 PM — A Florida teacher who wrote on Facebook that he "almost threw up" when New York legalised gay marriage has been suspended. Jerry Buell, a social studies teacher at Mount Dora High School, also wrote that gay marriages were a "cesspool" and a "sin".

  • Gay protests greet Pope’s visit to Spain 31

    The Pope is visiting Spain

    2:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Spain held a protest last night to mark the Pope's visit to the country. The Pontiff is in Spain for a four-day visit but critics complain that the country cannot afford the cost of the trip. Estimates suggest the total cost could reach 100 million euros.

  • Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill nominated for charity award 42

    Ben Summerskill has been nominated for a charity award

    1:44 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall, Ben Summerskill, has been nominated as Britain’s ‘Most Admired Charity Chief Executive'. Mr Summerskill is one of six charity chief executives nominated for the Third Sector award.

  • MP and Ugandan bishop speak out for gay asylum seeker 19

    A previous protest against Uganda anti-gay laws (Photo: Brett Lock)

    11:52 AM — A Liberal Democrat MP and a Ugandan bishop are calling for a gay asylum seeker to be given the right to stay in the UK. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, and Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo say that 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi will face harassment and possibly violence if he is sent home.

  • Video: Christine O’Donnell walks out of ‘Piers Morgan’ over gay marriage question 64

    Christine O'Donnell said questions about gay rights were 'irrelevant'

    10:54 AM — Tea Party favourite Christine O'Donnell walked off Piers Morgans' chat show after he asked her about gay marriage. She was on the show yesterday to discuss her new book Troublemaker, which mentions her anti-gay views.

  • Keighley man jailed for horrific attack on lesbian couple 57

    Adrian Feather was jailed for the attack

    10:09 AM — A 22-year-old man from Keighley, West Yorkshire, has been jailed for six and a half years for a vicious attack on a lesbian couple. Adrian Feather was said to have borne a grudge against Verona Benson and Tracey Williams after an incident in a pub.

  • 17th August 2011

    Manchester Pride’s festival director steps down 4

    Manchester Pride parade takes place next weekend

    2:38 PM — The director of Manchester Pride, Jackie Crozier, has announced she will leave her role. Ms Crozier announced today she would step down after six years with the event, although she will leave once a replacement has been found.

  • Gay rights group sues Missouri school district over website blocks 7

    The ACLU is challenging school districts which block gay websites

    1:53 PM — A school district in Missouri, US, is being sued by a gay rights group for restricting access to informative gay websites. Camdenton R-III School District is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that the district has ignored warnings that its actions are unconstitutional.

  • Ugandan lesbian campaigner denied entry to UK 42

    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been denied a UK visa

    1:17 PM — A Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner has been denied entry to the UK to speak at a Northern Ireland Pride festival. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who faces death threats for speaking out for LGBT rights in her home country, was invited to open the Foyle Pride Festival in Derry next week.

  • Leeds campaigners want official city gay quarter 6

    Leeds campaigners want recognition for the gay venues

    11:10 AM — Gay rights activists in Leeds hope to persuade the city council to officially recognise the gay village. They want recognition and business schemes for Lower Briggate, Bridge End and The Calls, which have a number of gay venues.

  • Watch: Lady Gaga debuts new video ‘You and I’ 8

    'You and I' is about being away from the one you love, Gaga says.

    10:45 AM — Lady Gaga has debuted the video for her new song 'You and I'. In typical Gaga fashion, the clip includes outlandish fashion, blood, sex and semi-nudity. Gaga is also seen as a mermaid and as her male alter-ego.

  • 16th August 2011

    Comedian Adam Carolla ‘sorry for causing offence’ over anti-LGBT rant 26

    Adam Carolla said he was a comedian, not a politician (Photo: Oddbooks)

    4:53 PM — US comedian Adam Carolla has offered a half-apology for making homophobic and transphobic remarks. The star was condemned by gay rights groups for last week's episode of The Adam Carolla Show, in which he hit out at gays and transgender people.

  • Androgynous supermodel Andrej Pejic says his gender doesn’t matter 75

    Andrej Pejic is considered the 'prettiest boy in the world'

    3:22 PM — Andrej Pejic, the Bosnian-born supermodel often mistaken for a woman, says he doesn't mind whether people think he's male or female. The 19-year-old, who has been dressing in skirts since he was a child, has appeared on catwalks around the world.

  • Supporters launch petition for Ugandan asylum seeker 12

    Uganda is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT people

    2:26 PM — Supporters of a Ugandan asylum seeker have launched a petition to call for him to be allowed to remain in the UK. Those who have met 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi say he is "obviously gay", despite a judge's ruling that there is no evidence of this.

  • EastEnders’ Pam St Clement to write ‘tell all’ book 5

    Pam St Clement is to write her autobiography

    1:56 PM — EastEnders actress Pam St Clement is reportedly planning to write a book about her quarter of a century with the soap. The bisexual star, who plays Pat Evans, announced last month she will soon leave the programme.

  • More details emerge in gay suicide case

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    1:15 PM — More details have emerged in the case of a US student who killed himself after his roommate allegedly filmed him having sex with a man. Tyler Clementi, 18, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped from the George Washington Bridge last September.

  • Australian anti-gay marriage rally held as poll finds Christians support equality 109

    A rally held today heard that gay marriage is "selfish"

    11:08 AM — Gay marriage opponents held a rally in Canberra today to condemn marriage equality. The 'National Day for Marriage' rally, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, heard from a number of speakers, including MPs, who claimed that gay marriage is "selfish", will "destroy marriage" and could give rights to paedophiles.

  • Gay birds have lifelong relationships 620

    Zebra finches can form strong same-sex relationships (Photo: Keith Gerstung)

    10:38 AM — A study has found that zebra finches can form lifelong same-sex relationships. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, chose the species to study because zebra finches are known for forming permanent monogamous relationships.

  • 15th August 2011

    Equality commission seeks views on gay vs religious rights cases 121

    The EHRC is holding a consultation

    4:25 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding a brief consultation on how it should advise in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights.

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