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  • 28th October 2011

    Man questioned over death of gay barman Stuart Walker

    Stuart Walker was found dead early on Saturday

    12:02 PM — An 18-year-old man is being questioned in connection with the death of a gay barman in Ayrshire. Police said the teenager was being "detained" over the murder of 28-year-old Stuart Walker.

  • 27th October 2011

    Gay murder victim Stuart Walker was questioned over child indecency

    Police are investigating Stuart Walker's death

    11:20 AM — A gay man whose beaten and burned body was found near an Ayrshire industrial estate last weekend had been questioned by police over an alleged child indecency incident. Stuart Walker, a barman from Cumnock, was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police said he had suffered "horrific" injuries.

  • 26th October 2011

    Police release CCTV image of gay pub attack 35

    Police are appealing for information

    4:24 PM — Leicester police have released a CCTV image after two men were severely burned at a gay pub. The incident took place at about 12.40am on Tuesday October 25th at the Rainbow and Dove Public House in Charles Street.

  • 25th October 2011

    Queensland to vote on gay civil unions 7

    Queensland may be next to allow civil unions (Photo: Kevin Hong)

    2:26 PM — The Australian state of Queensland is set to legalise civil unions. Premier Anna Bligh is to allow her MPs a free vote on the matter and has said she expects an "overwhelming" majority to vote in favour.

  • Man arrested after burns assault at Leicester gay pub 22

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    1:01 PM — A man has been arrested after two people were burned at a Leicester city centre gay pub. The incident happened at the Rainbow and Dove in Charles Street at around 12.40am this morning.

  • Anti-gay Twitter users mock Stuart Walker’s death 127

    Some Twitter users mocked Mr Walker's death

    12:03 PM — Homophobic Twitter users have outraged others by mocking the death of Ayrshire gay man Stuart Walker. Mr Walker, 28, was found dead near an industrial estate early on Sunday morning. Police said he had suffered a "violent" and "sustained" attack.

  • Murdered gay barman ‘may have been sexually assaulted’ 89

    Stuart Walker was found dead early on Saturday

    10:23 AM — Police have said that a gay barman may have been sexually assaulted before he was murdered. Stuart Walker's body was found at 5am on Saturday near an industrial estate in Cunnock, Ayrshire.

  • 24th October 2011

    Police investigate ‘horrific’ death of gay man 128

    Stuart Walker was found dead early on Saturday

    10:31 AM — Police are investigating the brutal killing of a gay man in Ayshire, Scotland. Stuart Walker, 28, from Cumnock, was found dead with "horrific injuries" close to Caponacre Industrial Estate, Cumnock, just before 5am on Saturday.

  • 21st October 2011

    Nigeria seeks to strengthen anti-gay laws 59

    Nigeria is considering strengthening anti-gay laws

    4:06 PM — Lawmakers in Nigeria hope to pass a bill which strengthens laws against homosexuality. The legislation seeks to criminalise same-sex marriage. Its sponsor, Senator Domingo Obende, claimed that gay marriage is "spreading" and must be stopped.

  • Teen jailed for minimum of 12 years for murdering gay pensioner 19

    Aiden Jackson was jailed for a minimum of 12 years

    2:52 PM — An 18-year-old has been jailed for murdering a 67-year-old gay Lincolnshire man. Aiden Jackson was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years by a judge at Lincoln crown court for killing David Cowley in November last year.

  • 20th October 2011

    Gay couple subjected to anti-gay abuse on London train 136

    Police are appealing for information (Photo: Dannie Mole)

    10:36 AM — A gay couple were subjected to a torrent of offensive anti-gay abuse on a London Overground train earlier this month. The incident happened just before 6pm on the 17:38 Hampstead Heath to Stratford service on Saturday October 1st.

  • 19th October 2011

    Gay couple’s home targeted in homophobic attack 27

    Police are treating the incident as an anti-gay attacl

    5:03 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a gay couple's Oxfordshire home was targeted by youths with an air gun. The couple, aged 45 and 39, were at their home in Chestnut Close at around 9pm last Wednesday when they heard a bang at the back of their home.

  • Three Northern Cyprus men arrested for gay sex 44

    Gay sex remains illegal in North Cyprus

    10:38 AM — Three men in Northern Cyprus have been arrested for sexual "acts against nature". The men were arrested in a private home in north Nicosia last Thursday and have already spent five days in custody.

  • 17th October 2011

    Gay man jailed for homophobic attack 23

    Robert Jackson was jailed for the attack

    11:11 AM — A gay man has been jailed for breaking another gay man's jaw in two places in a homophobic attack. Maidstone crown court heard that Robert Jackson's attack was motivated by homophobia, despite being gay himself.

  • 14th October 2011

    North Wales police to display rainbow flag in stations 41

    Rainbow flag stickers will be displayed in North Wales police stations (Photo: Kevin Wong)

    4:43 PM — North Wales police are to display rainbow flag stickers in stations to encourage gay people to report homophobic crime. Diversity leaders at the force believe the stickers will reassure gay people that they will be treated sensitively and respectfully.

  • Government consults on removing ‘insulting’ speech from public order laws 217

    The government is considering changing the Public Order Act

    11:52 AM — The Home Office is looking at the possibility of removing the offence of causing "insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to arrest Christian street preachers who deliver anti-gay sermons, such as Cumbrian preacher Dale McAlpine.

  • 11th October 2011

    Johannesburg police dismiss ‘gay serial killer’ reports 14

    Police say there is no evidence of a serial killer

    3:44 PM — Police in Johannesburg, South Africa, say there is no evidence a serial killer is targeting gay men. According to the Star newspaper, there have been six killings of gay men over the last 18 months which bear similarities.

  • 10th October 2011

    Four convicted of Cape Town lesbian’s murder 2

    Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death.

    2:08 PM — Four men have been found guilty of murdering a lesbian in Cape Town, South Africa. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha on February 4th 2006.

  • 7th October 2011

    Man jailed for setting his dog on woman in anti-gay attack 92

    Jason Boswell was jailed for six and a half months

    10:49 AM — A Manchester man has been jailed for six and a half months for setting his dog on a woman in a homophobic attack. Jason Boswell, of Dean Road, Gorton, set his Japanese Akita on Karen Wilson in an unprovoked attack while she and another woman were cycling on the Fallowfield Loop last July.

  • 6th October 2011

    Gay rights activists report another murder in Johannesburg 8

    South African activists want a full investigation

    4:40 PM — Gay rights campaigners in South Africa say a fifth gay murder in Johannesburg suggests there may be a homophobic killer at large. In the last year, there have been four cases in which gay men were found dead in similar circumstances - bound and strangled in their homes with no sign of a break-in.

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