9th January 2012
Five men on trial today for “gay death penalty” leaflets
2:14 PM — The trial of five men accused of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation begins today. The defendants are accused of breaking new laws by handing out leaflets calling for gays to be executed.
Malaysian opposition leader’s sodomy charge thrown out 8
10:48 AM — The former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia has been cleared today of the sodomy charges in Kuala Lumpur after key DNA evidence was questioned. Anwar, 64, the current leader of the political opposition in the Asian country said he was a "little surprised".
6th January 2012
Not guilty verdict in gay escort’s obscenity trial 53
3:33 PM — A jury in London has returned a unanimous not guilty verdict for a man charged under the Obscene Publications Act for distributing DVDs containing scenes of extreme gay sex acts. Michael Peacock was cleared of six charges earlier this afternoon, in what has been described as "the most significant obscenity trial of the decade".
5th January 2012
Malaysian opposition leader speaks of “archaic” sodomy laws during trial
1:13 PM — The former Deputy Prime Minister and current Leader of the Opposition in Malaysia has spoken of the "archaic" and "unjust" sodomy laws under which he is standing trial.
Filipino father admits burning son after discovering three children were gay 11
9:48 AM — A Filipino father has told police he drunkenly attacked his son after learning that three of his children were gay. The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch said today that 19-year-old Edmund Padilla was left with burns and blisters after his father, Erano, attacked him with boiling water.
4th January 2012
18-year-old jailed for two months after Stonewall Inn assault 14
3:08 PM — A man has been jailed in New York for two months attacking a man in the toilets of the city's Stonewall Inn. Christopher Orlando had admitted one charge of third-degree assault as a hate crime and one charge of second-degree attempted robbery against Benjamin Carver, 34.
30th December 2011
Catholic priest petitions to remove Australian “gay panic defence” 53
10:14 AM — A Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia has started an online petition to ensure the complete removal of the "homosexual advance defence", which has been used to attempt to have murder charges lessened to manslaughter if the victim had propositioned the killer.
29th December 2011
Former Mr Gay UK returns to police duties after being cleared of rape charges 48
3:01 PM — PC Mark Carter, the winner of the 2006 Mr Gay UK title has returned to police work this week after being cleared of charges that he raped a man and sexually assaulted two others in 2009.
Trans teenager pleads guilty to £2,500 Katie Price identity theft 16
12:46 PM — A teenager from Lincolnshire has admitted stealing thousands of pounds from former glamour model Katie Price by pretending to be her at a local bank. Kerry Marshall, 18, appeared before Lincoln Crown Court and pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud this autumn.
23rd December 2011
Malaysia urged to repeal anti-gay law and abandon politician’s trial 22
10:29 AM — The Malaysian government has been urged to revoke its laws criminalising homosexuality and abandon the criminal trial of its former deputy Prime Minister, which is believed to be nearing a verdict.
22nd December 2011
Trans woman’s killer found guilty of manslaughter after Tube death 8
2:46 PM — The killer of Sonia Burgess, a trans human rights lawyer who was pushed to her death under a Tube train in London last year, has been convicted of manslaughter. Senthooran Kanagasingham, 35, of Cricklewood, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey.
Adam Lambert “arrested after fight” at Finnish gay bar 22
1:05 PM — American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has reportedly been arrested outside a gay bar in Helsinki after a violent fight with his boyfriend. Lambert, 29, is said to have fought with Sauli Koskinen, a Finnish reality TV star, outside a bar called Don’t Tell Momma.
Football stewards “will wear headcams” to prevent homophobic abuse 23
10:16 AM — Officials at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium in London have confirmed they will wear head-mounted video cameras to monitor abusive chants at a match tonight.
21st December 2011
Man serving life sentence tried to strangle gay inmate after relationship 9
2:20 PM — A man who is currently serving a life sentence for murdering his brother has been sentenced for trying to kill a gay inmate after a brief relationship. After their relationship soured, Livesey plotted to kill Aaron Keenan by luring him into his cell and strangling him.
Zimbabwe MP arrested for claiming Robert Mugabe “practised homosexuality” 63
10:28 AM — A female member of parliament in Zimbabwe has been arrested after claiming the president, Robert Mugabe, had a sexual relationship with former president Canaan Banana.
20th December 2011
Comment: Should the law protect us from insults? 271
2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk reader Stuart Ross discusses his experience of receiving offensive comments online amid the ongoing debate over whether to remove the use of "insulting words" from the offences in the Public Order Act.
Caution follows further homophobic taunts at Brighton football match 10
12:16 PM — A London football fan who shouted homophobic abuse at a Brighton football match has been formally cautioned after discussing the incident in an online forum. The 18-year-old was warned verbally by Sussex Police after he shouted abuse at Brighton and Hove Albion fans following a match on 6 November.
Prison staff “refused to display” Stonewall posters for young offenders 93
10:37 AM — Prison staff at the Feltham Young Offenders Institute in London refused official recommendations to display positive images of gay and bisexual relationships to inmates, according to a report released today.
Brandon McInerney receives 21 year prison sentence for gay school shooting 48
9:51 AM — A US court has sentenced Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King, to 21 years in prison. The prison sentence is part of a plea bargain he made with the court in Ventura County, California.
19th December 2011
Sentencing due today in case of US gay school shooting 17
10:49 AM — A court in the US is due to sentence Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King. The district attorney’s office said as part of the plea deal that he would serve 11 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for the use of a firearm, but will not serve time for the murder.