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  • 22nd December 2009

    Former drag queen awarded £30,000 in unfair dismissal case 7

    Mr Awford, known on the club circuit as, 'Dean the Queen,' was awarded £30,000 compensation

    11:10 AM — Former drag queen ,Dean Awford, has been awarded £30,000 for unfair dismissal from a high end furniture store. Employment Judge David Kearsley found that Mr Awford had been unfairly dismissed by store manager David Gray.

  • 21st December 2009

    Proposed law change may ban production of bareback porn 14

    Bareback porn has become and major genre in the gay porn industry

    12:48 PM — An American gay health charity are planning to file a petition that could see a ban on the production of bareback pornography. California's AIDS Healthcare Foundation will file a petition to amend state law to mandate that all adult-film stars use condoms.

  • Christian leader supports death penalty for gays 87

    Christian Voice opposes abortion, homosexuality, no-fault divorce and safer sex education. Additionally it supports the death penalty and does not recognise the concept of marital rape

    12:06 PM — A far right Christian group has urged fellow Christians to support Uganda's proposed law that would make homosexuality punishable by death. The law would impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex with a minor or disabled person or someone infected with HIV.

  • Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40

    Today is the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships

    10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.

  • 20th December 2009

    BBC ‘may face sanctions’ after gay execution debate 34

    Trevor Phillips suggested the BBC could face legal action over the comments

    3:32 PM — Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said the BBC may face sanctions over last week's online debate on whether gays should be executed.

  • 18th December 2009

    Washington DC mayor signs gay marriage bill 12

    DC mayor Adrian Fenty supported the bill

    7:15 PM — Washington DC's mayor Adrian Fenty has signed a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. He signed it at a public ceremony at All Souls Church, which has a gay-friendly Unitarian congregation.

  • Convictions for homophobic hate crime increase 5

    The CPS figures showed convictions were increasing

    4:28 PM — Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have shown a ten per cent rise in four years in the numbers of people being convicted for homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.

  • Ugandan parliament to debate anti-gay bill today 15

    Uganda's parliament will debate the bill today

    12:40 PM — Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill will be discussed in the country's parliament today. It is thought that this debate will follow a second reading and a vote will be taken in January after a third reading.

  • Man who killed gay council worker has sentence reduced 13

    Meehan's sentence was reduced by two years

    11:41 AM — A man who murdered a gay council officer has had his prison sentenced reduced by two years. David Meehan, who was 19 at the time, admitted murdering James Kerr, 51, in a public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.

  • Former drag queen accuses boss of homophobia

    Dean Awford alleged his boss had discriminated against him.

    11:31 AM — A gay man who once worked as a drag queen is suing his boss for unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Dean Awford claims David Gray was homophobic and referred to him as "she" in front of customers.

  • 17th December 2009

    Portugal tipped to allow gay marriage 16

    Portgual could allow gay marriage by April

    6:06 PM — Portugal's government is drawing up a law to allow gay marriage. According to Associated Press, the legislative change would remove any references to gender and if passed, would come in to force by April.

  • Gay Christian group welcomes assurances from Archbishop of Canterbury on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 7

    The Archbishop's office said he condemned the bill

    2:02 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has received assurances from the Archbishop of Canterbury's office that he condemns the proposed anti-homosexuality bill currently before the Ugandan parliament.

  • Australian music teacher acquitted of lesbian affair with student 3

    Leonie Pech was acquitted of the charges

    12:09 PM — An Australian music teacher has been acquitted over allegations she had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Leonie Pech, 42, was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of indecent assault.

  • Homophobic singer Buju Banton ‘innocent’ of drug charges 22

    Banton is said to be confident he will be exonerated

    11:45 AM — Buju Banton, the homophobic Jamaican reggae star, is innocent of the drug charges against him, his lawyer has said. The Grammy-nominated singer was arrested last Thursday in Miami.

  • Gay activist killed in Honduras 12

    Walter Trochez was a well-known campaigner in Honduras

    11:32 AM — A gay rights activist has been killed in Honduras in a drive-by shooting. Walter Trochez, 25, was well-known for campaigning for equality in the country and had reportedly been harassed and beaten recently.

  • 16th December 2009

    Groups welcome Ladele ruling over civil partnerships 10

    Lillian Ladele lost her appeal yesterday

    4:48 PM — Secular and libertarian groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that a council did not discriminate against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships.

  • Man convicted of homophobic murder jailed for life 18

    David Kilcullen must serve at least 32 years in prison

    12:53 PM — A man who was convicted yesterday of the murder and attempted murder of a south London gay couple has received a life prison sentence. The judge told David Kilcullen he may never been freed.

  • Rwanda to vote on criminalising homosexuality 31

    Prison terms of up to ten years could be imposed

    11:11 AM — Rwanda's lower house will reportedly vote today on a revision to the penal code which would criminalise homosexuality. It would impose prison sentences of five to ten years, or fines higher than the average yearly wage.

  • 15th December 2009

    Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10

    The DC council has approved gay marriage

    9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.

  • Man, 19, kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Texas 1

    The attack took place in Brewster County, Texas

    6:02 PM — Two men have been arrested in connection with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 19-year-old man in west Texas. The victim was reportedly picked up in a bar before the attack took place.

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