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  • 5th July 2011

    Trial begins for US teen accused of shooting dead gay classmate

    Larry King was shot dead by his classmate

    2:43 PM — The trial has begun in the case of an American teenager accused of shooting dead a gay classmate. Lawrence King, 15, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot twice in the head on February 12th 2008 during a lesson at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.

  • Peter Tatchell: ‘David Cameron should come out in support of gay marriage’ 30

    David Cameron should back gay marriage, Peter Tatchell claims

    1:48 PM — Peter Tatchell says same-sex marriage "reeks of assimilationism" - but prime minister David Cameron should support it.

  • 4th July 2011

    Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson tipped to lead Scottish Tories 46

    Ruth Davidson has been tipped as the next Scottish Tory leader

    2:01 PM — Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson is being tipped as a contender to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Despite only being elected two months ago, the former BBC journalist is said to have impressed senior figures at Westminster and Holyrood, who have urged her to stand in the contest.

  • 1st July 2011

    Woman, 74, charged with assault for kissing anti-gay preacher 45

    Joan Parker claimed the preacher had been screaming that gays will go to hell

    2:20 PM — A 74-year-old gay rights supporter has been charged with assault for kissing an anti-gay preacher during a pride event in North Carolina. Joan Parker, who attended last Saturday's event with her husband, says she kissed the preacher on the cheek while he screamed that gay people would go to hell.

  • Soho bomber David Copeland loses appeal over sentence 51

    David Copeland told police he wanted to start a 'racial war'

    1:48 PM — David Copeland, the Soho nailbomber who killed three people in 1999, has lost an appeal to have his sentence cut. The 35-year-old, from Hampshire, set off three bombs over the course of two weeks designed to kill and seriously injure London's gay, Asian and black communities.

  • Seattle man says ‘God told him’ to rape and stab lesbian couple

    Isaiah Kalebu claimed God told him to kill the women

    10:18 AM — A man in Seattle, US, has admitted the rape and stabbing of a lesbian couple, claiming that "God told" him to do it. Isaiah Kalebu, 25, is accused of breaking into the couple's home in July 2009 and and torturing and raping them repeatedly before stabbing them.

  • Police name man found dead at gay cruising spot 15

    The body was found on Clapham Common

    9:57 AM — Police have released the name of a man found dead on London's Clapham Common. He was named as Eric Anthony James, 49, of Lambeth.

  • 30th June 2011

    Rhode Island governor set to sign controversial civil unions bill 13

    Governor Lincoln Chafee has been urged by gay activists not to sign the bill

    10:16 AM — Rhode Island's Senate has approved a civil unions bill for gay couples and state governor Lincoln Chafee is set to sign it. The bill was approved last night by 21-16, after it was voted out of committee stage.

  • 29th June 2011

    Gay campaigners oppose Rhode Island civil unions bill 7

    Gay activists want the civil unions bill to be vetoed

    3:20 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Rhode Island are urging the state's governor to veto a civil unions bill because they say it contains “dangerous” and “discriminatory” language. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate this week but campaigners are deeply concerned about some of the religious provisions within it.

  • New Jersey gay couples sue for the right to marry 33

    Gay couples in NJ will sue for the right to wed

    12:21 PM — Seven gay couples in the US state of New Jersey are to sue for the right to marry. The couples, along with some of their children, say they will file a suit in the state Supreme Court today to demand that their partnerships are recognised as marriages rather than civil unions.

  • Man who accused Louis Walsh of sexual assault set to be charged with extortion

    Louis Walsh was vindicated

    10:47 AM — The man who accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of sexually assaulting him in a Dublin bar will reportedly be charged with extortion and wasting police time.

  • 28th June 2011

    Brazil judge approves gay marriage 11

    A gay couple in Brazil are now considered married

    11:30 AM — A judge in Brazil has approved the country's first gay marriage. The country legalised civil unions in May but stopped short of granting same-sex couples the right to marry.

  • 25th June 2011

    British gay policeman victim of homophobic attack in Slovenia 59

    Slovenia allows private civil partnership ceremonies

    1:47 PM — A British gay policeman was savagely attacked in a homophobic incident in Slovenia it has been reported. Oliver McNally was in the capital Ljubljana with straight friends on a stag party but fell out with anti-gay revellers in a nightclub after what has only been described as an 'encounter' who later attacked him with metal police-style batons.

  • New York state approves gay marriage law 113

    New York legalised gay marriage

    9:13 AM — Late on Friday evening, New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage. After days of negotiation over protections for religious groups, senators voted 33-29 to pass the bill.

  • 24th June 2011

    Anti-gay singer Buju Banton jailed for drug offences 52

    Buju Banton was jailed for ten years (Photo: Wili Hybrid)

    2:07 PM — Homophobic reggae singer Buju Banton has been sentenced to ten years in jail for drug offences. The Jamaican star, real name Mark Myrie, was found guilty in February after a previous mistrial.

  • Two arrests after man is found dead on Clapham Common 64

    The man was found dead on Clapham Common

    1:14 PM — Two men in their 40s have been arrested after a man was found dead on Clapham Common, London. Police were called to the popular gay cruising spot at 2.35am on Wednesday morning after reports of a body being found.

  • New York gay marriage vote delayed again 37

    New York's gay marriage bill drags on (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    10:37 AM — The New York Senate's vote on gay marriage has been delayed again. The bill has already been approved by the Assembly but amendments to give religious groups more protection are being discussed.

  • 23rd June 2011

    Transgender woman banned from using Poole stadium toilets 52

    Victoria Saxe-Coburg says she was banned from the women's toilet

    3:36 PM — A transgender woman has described her humiliation at being barred from using the women's toilets at Poole stadium. Victoria Saxe-Coburg, 55, was watching a speedway event between Poole Pirates and Wolverhampton Wolves on June 8th when security staff told her in front of other fans that there had been a complaint about her.

  • New Jersey man charged over murder of transgender model

    Victoria Carmen White was shot dead in an alleged hate crime

    11:43 AM — A New Jersey man has been charged with murder and bias intimidation over the death of a transgender woman last September. Victoria Carmen White, 28, was shot dead after an altercation on September 12th 2010 at a house in Maplewood.

  • 22nd June 2011

    New York gay marriage vote could be decided on Wednesday 50

    New York's Senate could vote on gay marriage tomorrow

    10:54 AM — New York senators are expected to vote on gay marriage tomorrow (Wednesday) or Thursday. The bill was to go to the vote last Friday but stalled after Republicans raised concerns about protections for religious groups.

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