17th May 2010
Belarus police break up Slavic Pride 2
5:03 PM — A group of 20 marchers who defied a ban on Slavic Pride was forcefully broken up by Belarus police on Saturday morning. The event was cancelled by Minsk city officials but a small group decided to march anyway.
Austrian straight couple fighting for civil union 5
3:33 PM — A straight couple in Austria who reject traditional marriage are fighting to be allowed to have a civil union. Helga Ratzenboeck and Martin Seydl believe the law should be blind to gender and sexual orientation.
Gay couple to sue over being barred from bed and breakfast 27
2:05 PM — The gay couple who were barred from a Christian-run bed and breakfast in March have decided to sue the owners. Michael Black, 62, and John Morgan, 56, will take legal action against Susanne and Mike Wilkinson, owners of the Swiss B&B in Berkshire.
14th May 2010
Police drop charge against ‘homophobic’ street preacher 14
4:32 PM — A street preacher arrested for describing homosexuality as a sin has had the charge against him dropped. Dale McAlpine, 42, of Yeowartville, Workington, was charged last month with a public order offence after he told a passerby that homosexuality was a "sin".
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ‘outed by softball photo’ 7
10:35 AM — An American newspaper has been accused of outing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by publishing a photograph of her playing softball as a student.
13th May 2010
Man jailed for 99 years for murder of Puerto Rican gay student 4
10:58 AM — A Puerto Rican man has been jailed for 99 years after pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of a gay student. Juan Martinez Matos, 26, admitted killing 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November.
12th May 2010
Trans woman launches legal challenge after being denied breast surgery 6
2:25 PM — A trans woman has launched a legal challenge after her primary care trust decided she could not have breast implants funded by the NHS.
11th May 2010
US military student may have to pay back $80,000 scholarship money for coming out 7
4:31 PM — A student given $80,000 worth of military scholarship money may have to pay it all back because she came out as a lesbian.
Maryland voters support gay marriage 1
4:02 PM — Voters in the US state of Maryland now narrowly support allowing gay couples to marry, a survey suggests. The Washington Post poll of 1,030 adults, taken last week, found that 46 per cent support allowing same-sex marriage, compared to 44 per cent against and ten per cent who said they had no opinion.
Man on trial for murder of trans woman Andrea Waddell
12:01 PM — The man accused of killing trans sex worker Andrea Waddell strangled her and set her body alight, a court heard yesterday. Satellite installer Neil MacMillan, 41, of Bennett Road, Brighton, denies the 29-year-old's murder.
Worcester man jailed for blackmailing gay victims 5
10:48 AM — A man who threatened to expose his victims' homosexuality if they did not give him money has been jailed for four and a half years.
10th May 2010
Defendant uses ‘gay panic defence’
3:45 PM — A man charged with the murder of a gay man has claimed he "flipped" after the victim touched his leg. Rodney Greenland, 47, of Ipswich, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death last July, Ipswich crown court heard.
Friend charged with murder of gay Scottish teenager
12:08 PM — A friend of 16-year-old gay student Jack Frew has been charged with his murder. Craig Roy, 17, is expected to appear in court today.
Boy, 14, pleads guilty to attack on gay Liverpool student 13
10:52 AM — A 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to taking part in an attack on a gay Liverpool student. Liverpool magistrates' court heard that the boy had been part of a seven-strong gang which hurled homophobic abuse at the 19-year-old student and punched him in the face.
Scottish teenager ‘may have been killed for being gay’ 23
10:26 AM — The friends of a Scottish 16-year-old found dead last week say they believe he may have been killed in a homophobic attack. Jack Frew was found near a cycle path in Mossneuk, East Kilbride, last Thursday at around 7pm. His throat had been cut.
8th May 2010
Baltic Gay Pride ban overturned by Lithuanian Supreme Court 6
12:09 PM — A Lithuanian court of appeal last night overturn a ban on the country's first pride event, so that it can take place in the next few hours. Despite assurances from police that hundreds of marchers through the capital Vilnius would be protected, the Lithuanian Attorney General's Office argued that they could be injured by anti-gay groups. A court sided with the Attorney General and banned the the Baltic Pride march on the 6th May.
6th May 2010
Progress for Argentina’s gay marriage bill 4
5:25 PM — Argentina's House of Deputies has approved a bill which proposes giving gay couples the right to marry. The lower house passed the bill by 125 votes to 109 and it will now go to senators for approval.
Baltic Pride suspended after authorities claim marchers could be hurt 4
4:25 PM — Baltic Pride, due to be held this weekend in Lithuania, has been suspended after authorities said they could not guarantee participants' safety.
5th May 2010
Exclusive: Philippa Stroud’s lawyers warn media over ‘gay cure’ claims 87
4:54 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has been told by solicitors representing Philippa Stroud that a number of media organisations have been contacted warning them of their duties not to publish false allegations about a parliamentary candidate in the run-up to tomorrow's general election.
Defendant ‘hit gay man to protect girl’
2:28 PM — A student accused of the manslaughter of a gay man says he hit the victim because he thought he was attacking a girl. Ian Baynham, 62, died last October 18 days after he was assaulted in Trafalgar Square.