17th January 2012
Comment: Repeal the Public Order Act’s sweeping Section 5 87
12:54 PM — Peter Tatchell argues the law criminalising 'insulting' speech is open to abuse by over-zealous police and prosecutors and constitutes a ban on free speech and the right to protest.
13th January 2012
Man arrested for Facebook gay date in Saudi Arabia 110
10:32 PM — As British prime minister, David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia today, activists report the plight of a man arrested by the religious police who may face corporal punishment.
Leaflet defendant had to ‘stop gays or risk tsunami’
2:06 PM — A man accused of stirring up hatred with anti-gay leaflets said homosexuality needs to be stopped or society risks a natural disaster, a court has heard.
Full court martial recommended for gay Wikileaks soldier 17
11:17 AM — Bradley Manning, the gay soldier at the centre of a storm over leaked military information, has been recommended for a full court martial following a pre-trial hearing over Christmas. Officials at Fort Meade, Maryland said there was sufficient evidence to proceed to a military jury.
12th January 2012
Anti-gay leaflet defendant ‘wanted police to check slogans’
12:08 PM — A man accused of stirring up hatred with anti-gay leaflets had met with police to ask for advice on how to stay within the law, a court has heard. There is no indication police approved the anti-gay content, but a lawyer says it is clear he did not mean to break the law.
11th January 2012
Gay man “terrorised” by leaflets, court told
10:45 AM — Gay men have appeared in court in Derby to tell of their experience receiving homophobic leaflets which questioned whether gays should be executed. One said he felt "terrorised" when the leaflets were pushed through his letterbox and thought he was the victim of a hate campaign.
Stephen Fry supports Catholic priest’s ‘gay panic’ petition 6
10:01 AM — Stephen Fry backed an Australian Catholic priest's petition to eliminate the "gay panic" defence from Queensland's criminal courts as signatures reached 10,000. He recently topped a PinkNews.co.uk list of the most influential Tweeters on gay life.
10th January 2012
8,500 sign Catholic priest’s petition to end “gay panic” defence 28
11:24 AM — A Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia has seen huge support for his petition to have the “gay panic" defence struck out. Defendants claim "gay panic" in murder cases to try and downgrade the charge, saying the victim made a gay advance and they lost control of their actions.
9th January 2012
Homophobic Welsh crime rate up on “improved victim confidence” 9
4:33 PM — A 40% rise in reported homophobic crime over the last three years in South Wales has been attributed to the increased confidence of gay people to come forward. 401 homophobic incidents were reported to South Wales Police in 2011, up significantly on the 289 in 2008.
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.