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  • 16th February 2011

    Virginia House panel says no to gay employment protections 4

    Gay and lesbian state workers are not protected in Virginia (Photo: Jyri)

    11:13 AM — A bill to ban discrimination against gay people in state employment has been killed by a Virgina House panel. Currently, Virgina gives no legal protection lesbians and gays employed by the state, although it does offer employees protection from discrimination on the basis of race, gender and a number of other characteristics.

  • 15th February 2011

    Budapest Pride banned by police over ‘traffic concerns’ 5

    Protestors wanted to hold a rally outside parliament (Photo: Dirk Hartung)

    4:10 PM — This year's Budapest Pride festival has been banned by police, ostensibly because it will cause too much traffic disruption. Gay rights campaigners in the Hungarian capital claimed that the decision was politically motivated and are planning to challenge it in court.

  • Man stabbed in unprovoked anti-gay attack in north London 84

    Police say the attack was unprovoked

    2:34 PM — A man was stabbed in Camden on Monday by a knifeman who asked if he was gay, police have said. The 36-year-old, who had spent the evening in the Black Cap pub, was walking by Camden Lock Bridge with two friends at around 2.15am.

  • Gay men should be pardoned for historic sex crimes, Peter Tatchell says 7

    Peter Tatchell says up to 100,000 men were criminalised for being gay

    1:28 PM — Gay men who were branded criminals for sex acts which are now legal should be pardoned, a gay rights campaigner says. Peter Tatchell estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 gay men were convicted of "victimless offences" between 1885 and 2003 and has urged the government to "right this historic wrong".

  • US gay campaigners hold Valentine’s marriage rallies

    US campaigners demanded equal marriage (File photo)

    11:58 AM — Gay rights campaigners across the US held a series of Valentine's Day rallies and demonstrations yesterday to call for marriage equality. Gay couples in cities such as Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago requested marriage licences, while others staged civil disobedience actions.

  • Gay waiter wins £21,500 over harassment 8

    The waiter was awarded £21,500.

    10:43 AM — A gay waiter at one of London's Michelin-starred restaurants has won £21,500 after colleagues subjected him to anti-gay taunts.

  • Two men deny inciting anti-gay hatred

    The five were charged with stirring up hatred

    10:18 AM — Two Derby men have denied inciting hatred by distributing leaflets which allegedly called for gays to be killed. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, appeared at Southern Derbyshire magistrates' court yesterday to plead not guilty to the charge.

  • 14th February 2011

    Arizona appeals in court to stop paying insurance benefits to gay partners 4

    Arizona paid benefits to same sex partners of state employees since 2008

    8:31 PM — Attorneys for the state of Arizona will ask a federal appeals court for permission to cease providing insurance benefits to partners of gay employees.

  • Campaigners welcome gay marriage equality plans 22

    The government is considering the case for gay marriage equality

    2:42 PM — Gay rights campaigners have welcomed plans to allow religious civil partnerships and gay marriages. Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that Liberal Democrat equality minister Lynne Featherstone will announce a proposal to end the ban on same-sex marriage at the same time as the government announces the timetable for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.

  • Sacked Christian doctor says he may sue Home Office 27

    Dr Raabe wants an apology

    11:03 AM — A Christian doctor sacked as a drugs advisor by the government says he may sue if the Home Office does not apologise to him. Dr Hans-Christian Raabe was fired from the advisory panel because he failed to mention controversial past work in interviews, the Home Office said earlier this month.

  • 13th February 2011

    British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality 84

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel are among the couples challenging the ban on gay marriage (Photo: Chris Houston)

    9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.

  • 11th February 2011

    Home Office says gay sex convictions will be deleted 15

    The bill says that convictions will be 'disregarded'

    6:07 PM — The Home Office has responded to claims by campaigners that promises to wipe historic gay sex convictions will not actually lead to them being deleted. Critics said today that the provisions in the Protection of Freedom Bill would only "disregard" the previously-illegal acts, rather than deleting them.

  • Gay sex criminal records will NOT be ‘deleted’, campaigners say 29

    Campaigners say the convictions will not be "deleted"

    2:20 PM — Gay men convicted of historic consensual sex offences will not be able to "delete" them from their records, campaigners say.

  • UK government to announce law to expunge gay sex crimes from criminal records 25

    David Cameron announced the move on PinkNews.co.uk

    12:41 AM — The government is to finally announce the full details of the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which among other issues, will expunge convictions for now legal consensual gay sex from criminal records.

  • 10th February 2011

    Figures show 28% rise in London anti-gay hate attacks 72

    Ruby Thomas was convicted of Ian Baynham's manslaughter (photo: Facebook)

    5:36 PM — A month after a teenage girl was jailed for the manslaughter of a gay man, new figures have shown a rise in reported anti-gay hate attacks in London.

  • 9th February 2011

    Man attacked gay Labour councillor with hammer after sex 53

    The court was told that the victim was struck with a hammer

    5:17 PM — A gay councillor had to be treated in hospital after a man he met for sex attacked him with a hammer. Neil Wilson, a Labour member of Newham council, invited Marian Calin to his Plaistow home in January last year after meeting him at Wanstead Flats.

  • Hawaii’s civil unions bill makes progress 6

    Hawaii is moving closer to civil unions

    2:42 PM — Hawaii is moving closer towards civil unions for gay couples. A bill was approved by a legislative committee yesterday and will now go to the House soon for a full vote.

  • Ugandan asylum seeker wins case review 9

    BN was won a review of her case

    11:19 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker has won the right to stay in the UK until her case is reviewed. The 29-year-old lesbian says she will be killed if sent home because gay people are persecuted in Uganda.

  • 8th February 2011

    Podiatrist found guilty of misconduct over ‘gay’ patients 27

    The podiatrist was found guilty of misconduct

    5:38 PM — A Christian podiatrist has been found guilty of misconduct towards patients he thought were gay. Steve Hardie, of Peterborough, was found to have treated those he thought were gay less favourably.

  • Nebraska lesbians not allowed to divorce 7

    Nebraska says that no gay marriage means no gay divorce

    5:02 PM — A lesbian couple in the US state of Nebraska have been barred from divorcing by a judge. Brenda Mueller and Deborah Pry were told that as Nebraska doesn't recognise gay marriage, it doesn't recognise gay divorce.

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