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  • 14th April 2011

    Gay man attacked by gang who tricked him into meeting, court hears

    The court heard that the victim was contacted on a gay website

    11:35 AM — A gay man was attacked by a gang who tricked him into meeting them in a car park, a court heard yesterday. The 50-year-old victim suffered a fractured skull after he was beaten with bats.

  • 13th April 2011

    Peter Tatchell: Ten-year gay blood ban is unjustified 40

    Gay and bisexual men are barred for life from donating blood

    2:34 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says that replacing the blanket ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood with a ten-year ban is unjustified and most can safely become donors.

  • 12th April 2011

    New Jersey trans man fired from men-only job 16

    El'Jai Devoureau was sacked on his second day at work

    2:52 PM — A New Jersey transgender man has been fired after his employers decided that he did not fulfil a men-only requirement of the job. El'Jai Devoureau, 39, was hired by a drug treatment centre last summer and was required to watch men giving urine samples for drug testing.

  • 11th April 2011

    US HIV patients want right to HIV organ transplants 6

    US law forbids HIV-positive organs going to HIV-positive recipients

    4:05 PM — HIV-positive patients in the US are lobbying for the right to receive HIV-infected transplant organs. They argue that there are hundreds of HIV-infected organs available every year and that making the change would save lives and give more people the chance of a transplant.

  • US students charged with indecency for lesbian library sex

    The students were in a library study room

    2:42 PM — Two female students in the US state of Georgia have been charged with public indecency offences for allegedly having sex in a college library.

  • Lesbian judge in Chile fights for new US anti-discrimination laws 10

    Karen Atala's children were taken away from her

    1:57 PM — A lesbian judge from Chile is calling for new anti-discrimination laws to be introduced across North and South America. Karen Atala, 47, lost custody of her three daughters in 2004 because of her sexual orientation. She won custody of her children in two hearings, but they were overturned by the Supreme Court in 2006.

  • HIV charities surprised at gay blood ban reports 50

    HIV charities dismissed the reports

    12:09 PM — HIV prevention charities say they are surprised at reports that the government is announce the end of the gay blood donation before a review has been completed. The policy, which currently bars any man who has had gay sex from donating blood, is the subject of a review due to end this summer.

  • 10th April 2011

    Gay blood donation ban to be lifted for men who haven’t had sex for 10 years 357

    There is currently a blanket ban on gay men donating blood

    10:34 AM — The government is to lift the ban on gay men giving blood, ruling that a blanket ban is discriminatory and could be in breach of the Equality Act. However, lifting the ban will only apply to gay men who have not had sex for ten years prior to donating blood.

  • 8th April 2011

    Nepal’s gay MP: ‘Gandhi’s sexuality doesn’t matter’ 9

    Gandhi was bisexual, a book claimed

    5:25 PM — Nepal's only out gay MP says that Gandhi's legacy, rather than his sexuality, is what matters. This week, a new biography of the Indian leader claimed he had left his wife for a male bodybuilder.

  • Judge rules gay rights group can canvass outside Target 9

    Target lost its case against the gay group

    3:20 PM — A judge has ruled against US retailer Target in its bid to ban gay rights campaigners canvassing outside its San Diego stores. Target, which has been criticised for supporting anti-gay groups, claimed that Canvass For A Cause, which is working for gay marriage, was driving away its customers.

  • European parliament calls for special protection of gay and trans asylum seekers 31

    The European parliament voted for pro-LGBT asylum measures

    2:26 PM — The European parliament says that LGBT asylum seekers must be given special protection. MEPs voted this week to adopt a series of measures, such as ensuring that physical examinations are respectful and providing expert advice to asylum officials.

  • US military chiefs committed to ending gay ban 12

    The ban is set to be lifted in the summer

    10:35 AM — US military chiefs say they are making smooth progress towards lifting the ban on openly gay troops. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, the leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and Marines said troops did not appear anxious about the change.

  • 7th April 2011

    Scottish parliament elections: Labour and Lib Dems promise gay rights action 18

    The election takes place on May 5th

    4:18 PM — The Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have made manifesto promises on marriage equality ahead of May's election. Labour - which is on an equal footing with the SNP in polls - says it will consult on the issue while the Lib Dems offer a firmer commitment.

  • Gay man attacked at London cruising spot 198

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    12:23 PM — Police are investigating after a man's nose was broken in a homophobic attack on Clapham Common. The 42-year-old victim was at the popular cruising spot on Sunday April 3rd shortly before midnight when he was approached by three men who attacked him.

  • Prop 8 judge speaks for the first time about being gay 14

    Judge Vaughn Walker has not mentioned his sexuality before

    9:05 AM — The judge who struck down California's ban on gay marriage has spoken publicly for the first time about the fact he is gay. US District Judge Vaughn Walker, now retired, was outed during the course of last year's trial by a newspaper which said his sexuality was an open secret.

  • 6th April 2011

    Hawaii moves forward with workplace transgender protection bill 3

    Hawaii will add trans employment protection to the statute

    4:02 PM — A bill to protect trans people from discrimination at work is moving forward in Hawaii. It has already been passed in the House and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

  • Hungary gay groups to protest against new constitution 22

    Hungary's new constitution effectively bans same-sex marriage

    1:50 PM — Gay rights groups in Hungary are to protest over the country's new draft constitution, which they say includes a ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Court backs Wal-Mart sacking of anti-gay Christian worker 61

    Wal-Mart sacked Tanisha Matthews for harassment

    10:38 AM — A court has backed US retail giant Wal-Mart for sacking an anti-gay worker who claimed she was a victim of discrimination for being a Christian.

  • Civil partnerships legal on Isle of Man 16

    The first ceremonies will take place next week

    9:11 AM — Gay couples on the Isle of Man can now apply to have a civil partnership. A new law came into force today and the first ceremonies can take place next week.

  • 5th April 2011

    First Irish public civil partnerships take place 15

    The first ceremonies were due to take place today

    12:42 PM — Ireland's first public civil partnership ceremonies were due to take place this afternoon. The law came into force on January 1st, although the vast majority of couples were required to give three months notice of their intent to tie the knot.

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