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  • 19th February 2010

    US politician apologises for remarks on anal sex 43

    Nancy Elliot (centre) at last week's hearing

    5:17 PM — A New Hampshire politician has apologised for graphic remarks she made about anal sex. State representative Nancy Elliott made her comments during a judiciary committee hearing last week on proposals to repeal the state's gay marriage law.

  • Ex-gay mother avoids charges in custody battle 6

    Janet Jenkins (left) and Lisa Miller before they split up

    3:11 PM — An American woman who refused to give her ex-partner access to their child is not facing criminal charges. Lisa Miller disappeared with seven-year-old Isabella nearly two months ago after a judge ruled she had to hand the child over to her former civil partner Janet Jenkins.

  • Man called Gay changes surname to join the Navy 25

    Mr Gay hopes to join the Royal Navy

    1:00 PM — A man called Tristram Gay is changing his name because he fears he will get bullied in the Navy for it. The 21-year-old, of St James, Hereford said he had been the target of jokes all his life.

  • Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62

    The government was accused of trying to introduce "the new Section 28"

    11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".

  • 18th February 2010

    Tatchell attacks PCC ruling on Jan Moir 39

    Peter Tatchell said the PCC should be disbanded

    6:36 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the Press Complaints Commission for rejecting complaints over Daily Mail writer Jan Moir. Mr Tatchell argued that the watchdog should be disbanded.

  • Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10

    Gay marriage was legalised in New Hampshire last month

    12:50 PM — Efforts to roll back the US state of New Hampshire's recent gay marriage law have been defeated. Gay marriage became legal in the state on January 1st but conservative Republicans quickly announced plans to seek repeal.

  • Kenyan police release gay men 3

    Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya

    12:18 PM — Six men arrested in Kenya by police who suspected them of being gay have been released. The men, aged between 20 and 35, were taken into custody last Friday after rumours they were planning a gay wedding in the coastal town of Mtwapa.

  • 17th February 2010

    Police arrest gay BBC presenter after mercy killing confession 36

    Ray Gosling has been arrested

    11:57 AM — Ray Gosling, the veteran BBC presenter who admitted killing a former lover who was dying of AIDS, has been arrested. Mr Gosling, 70, made the confession in the BBC's Inside Out programme which was aired on Monday night.

  • 16th February 2010

    US man banned from having ‘I’m gay’ numberplate 18

    Keith Kimmel said he was proud to be gay

    7:08 PM — An Oklahoma student is suing state officials for barring him from getting a personalised car numberplate reading "IM GAY". Keith Kimmel said he was proud to be gay.

  • Another man arrested in Malawi 5

    Another man has been arrested in Malawi

    5:21 PM — Another man has been arrested on homosexuality charges in Malawi. Police spokesman Dave Chingwalu said a 60-year-old man was arrested on Monday and charged with sodomy.

  • Gay civil partnerships approved for parliament 17

    Civil partnership ceremonies will be held in parliament

    2:57 PM — The Houses of Parliament will be opened for civil partnerships and marriages for both MPs and members of the public. Westminster council has approved two rooms for use for the non-religious ceremonies after Speaker John Bercow began looking into the possibility of holding ceremonies for gay MPs on parliament's grounds last year.

  • Comment: So much military trash 16

    Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged

    1:03 PM — Petty Officer Second Class Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged from the US military after an investigation into his sexuality forced him to come out last year. He confessed his sexual orientation to civilian investigators after rumours began flying around his unit about an alleged sexual partner.

  • Gay man jailed for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission 14

    Mark James was sentenced to more than four years in jail

    11:59 AM — A gay man who absconded to France after being convicted for recklessly infecting his former boyfriend with HIV was arrested when he returned to the UK for cancer treatment.

  • Police to investigate gay BBC presenter’s mercy killing 42

    Ray Gosling will be investigated by police over the confession

    11:50 AM — Nottinghamshire police have launched an investigation after a gay veteran BBC presenter admitted killing his lover on a programme broadcast last night.

  • 15th February 2010

    France de-lists transgenderism as a mental illness 32

    France will not consider transgenderism a mental illness

    5:30 PM — France has become the first country in the world to declassify transgenderism as a mental illness. A health minister signalled the change would be made last May and this was confirmed last week by a government decree.

  • Gay charity to help British men convicted of homosexuality 4

    Galop are seeking other men who were charged with homosexuality offences

    4:42 PM — London-based gay charity Galop is seeking other men who have had to reveal past convictions for buggery or gross indecency. The charity is supporting John Crawford, who is fighting to remove a 51-year-old conviction for consensual homosexual sex from his criminal record.

  • Man still has to declare 51-year-old buggery conviction 65

    John Crawford is fighting to have his conviction removed

    11:51 AM — A gay man who was convicted of buggery 51 years ago is fighting to clear his name and have the conviction removed from his criminal record.

  • 12th February 2010

    European Parliament says candidate countries must offer gays protection 17

    The European Parliament said the countries must offer LGBT protections

    6:33 PM — The European Parliament has said that Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey must prove they can offer "genuine protection" to gay people in order to join the European Union.

  • Five men arrested in Kenya over gay wedding plans 19

    Kenya is in east Africa

    4:51 PM — Five men suspected of being gay have been arrested in Kenya after local people protested over a planned gay wedding.

  • Survey finds three quarters of Americans support out gay soldiers 3

    Support is rising for out gay soldiers

    3:07 PM — A poll has found that nearly 75 per cent of Americans support allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation.

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