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  • 8th February 2011

    Scotland sees huge increase in reported homophobic hate crime 12

    Anti-gay hate crimes have risen substantially

    11:39 AM — The number of reported homophobic hate crimes has risen five-fold in Scotland in the last five years. Figures show that there were 666 reported incidents in 2009-10, a substantial increase from 2004-5, when just 114 incidents were reported.

  • 7th February 2011

    More than 100 gay men arrested in Bahrain 7

    Bahrain criminalises homosexuality

    3:32 PM — Up to 130 gay men were reportedly arrested last week at a private party in Bahrain. Reports said that the event, at a sports club in Hidd, was a gay wedding and guests were said to have been spotted in make-up and women's clothes.

  • India’s Supreme Court hears gay sex case 11

    The Indian Supreme Court is to hear the case

    3:07 PM — India's Supreme Court will today hear arguments for and against a 2009 court ruling which decriminalised gay sex. In 2009, the Delhi high court ruled that a Colonial-era ban on gay sex was unconstitutional.

  • 4th February 2011

    Trans woman to stand trial over death of trans lawyer

    Sonia Burgess died in October

    3:13 PM — A trans woman from Cricklewood is to stand trial in July over the death of lawyer and trans woman Sonia Burgess.

  • US lesbians win right to attend school event together 7

    The students won the right to attend together (FILE PHOTO)

    2:08 PM — A Minnesota lesbian couple have won the right to attend their school's royalty court event together. Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom, both 18, were elected to onto the royalty court but Champlin Park High School then announced a change in policy, saying that students would walk with a parent or favourite teacher.

  • Ugandan police say David Kato was killed over sex payment 34

    David Kato was killed last week

    10:47 AM — Ugandan police have claimed that gay rights campaigner David Kato was killed by a man he had arranged to pay for sex. Mr Kato, who was recently outed by a newspaper, was beaten to death with a hammer at his home last week.

  • 3rd February 2011

    Utah politician’s bill ‘to exclude gay families’ 15

    Gay parents have few rights in Utah (Photo: ILGA)

    5:31 PM — A politician in the US state of Utah has introduced a bill which gay groups fear could strip all recognition of gay couples.

  • Fresh appeal for lesbian asylum seeker 12

    A fresh appeal will be heard

    2:18 PM — A fresh appeal will be held for Ugandan asylum seeker Brenda Namigadde next week. The 29-year-old lesbian says she will be killed if deported from the UK to her home country.

  • 2nd February 2011

    Reports say man confessed to Ugandan gay activist murder 7

    David Kato was killed last week

    5:39 PM — A man has reportedly confessed to killing Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato. The campaigner was killed in his home last week and local police said today that a man had admitted to killing him in a "personal disagreement".

  • Anti-gay Iris Robinson fined for car crash 22

    Iris Robinson has withdrawn from public life

    5:12 PM — The homophobic former DUP MP Iris Robinson has been fined £200 for causing a car crash. According to the Belfast Telegraph, she was also given three penalty points after admitting driving without due care and attention

  • Former Tory Lord Chancellor says Christians must have the right to bar gays 75

    Lord Mackay argued that Christians should be free to bar gay couples

    4:52 PM — Lord Mackay of Clashfern has argued that Christians must be free to act on their consciences when it comes to gay rights. The former Lord Chancellor under Margaret Thatcher and John Mayor said insisting that Christians abide by equality laws - such as in the case of hotel owners - was "Orwellian".

  • Iowa lawmakers move to ban gay marriage 23

    Iowa's gay marriage laws are under threat

    3:41 PM — Iowa's House has approved a measure that seeks to ban gay marriage in the state. The state legalised marriage for couples in 2009 after Supreme Court judges said a ban violated the constitution.

  • Carlisle men fined for shouting abuse at trans women 8

    The pair were fined for the abuse

    2:22 PM — Two men from Carlisle have been fined for shouting abuse at two transgender women in the street. Carlisle magistrates' court heard that Wayne Blair and Stephen Currie, both 22, had threatened Simone Armstrong and Kim Oakland and yelled anti-gay abuse at them.

  • Police launch new hate crime website 8

    Police say hate crime is under-reported

    11:40 AM — A new website to encourage people to report hate crime has been launched. True Vision gives information on what hate crime is and how to report it.

  • 1st February 2011

    Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months 7

    LGBT groups say the killings need to be investigated

    5:57 PM — LGBT campaigners are calling on Honduran authorities to fully investigate the murders of six transgender women in just 60 days. According to Human Rights Watch, the first death was on November 29th and the latest took place on January 17th.

  • Governor of Illinois signs gay civil-unions into law 9

    2:36 AM — The Governor of Illinois has signed the state's same sex civil-union legislation into law. The move comes after a state senate vote to recognise same sex unions.

  • 31st January 2011

    Q&A: The Equal Love campaign’s legal case 13

    The Equal Love campaign seeks marriage equality

    3:47 PM — This week, four gay and four straight couples will file a challenge at the European Court of Human Rights against the UK's ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships. Here, human rights lawyer and case advisor Professor Robert Wintemute explains the legal basis of the application to the European court.

  • UK gay marriage challenge goes to European Court 27

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel are challenging the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    1:54 PM — A challenge against the UK's bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships will be filed at the European Court of Human Rights this week.

  • 30th January 2011

    Ugandan lesbian’s asylum appeal rejected because she didn’t read gay magazines 75

    Judge: "The Appellant appears to have taken no interest in forms of media by magazines, books, or other information relating to her sexual orientation"

    1:54 AM — A lesbian asylum seeker who was granted a last-minute reprieve from deportation to Uganda was denied the right to remain in the UK because she didn't own magazines or other literature relating to her sexuality, it has been revealed.

  • 28th January 2011

    Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker wins last minute reprieve from deportation from UK 22

    The campaigner Peter Tatchell and other activists at an earlier protest

    11:59 PM — Solicitors acting for a Ugandan lesbian who was due to be deported from the United Kingdom earlier this evening have said that she has won a temporary reprieve of in advance of a fresh court appeal.

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