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  • 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.

  • Australian MP polls constituents on gay marriage 10

    Polls show more support for marriage equality

    4:51 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has begun polling his constituents on the issue of marriage equality. The former opposition leader has sent questionnaires to residents in his Sydney seat of Wentworth.

  • Disabled man banned from having sex with male partner 102

    A judge ordered that 'Alan' should not have sexual relationships

    3:25 PM — In a ruling described as “homophobic” and “a denial of the rights of disabled people”, a 41-year-old man has been barred from having sex with another man until he has a better grasp of the health implications of his act.

  • 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.

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