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  • 9th December 2009

    Illegal cab driver guilty of raping gay men in London 10

    Mohamad Caid was found guilty

    12:02 PM — A man who posed as a taxi driver was yesterday found guilty of raping two young gay men after picking them up from a London nightclub. Mohamad Caid, 38, was warned to expect a substantial prison sentence.

  • Communities secretary promises new funding to tackle white supremacists 14

    Police have warned of the dangers of lone white supremacists

    11:34 AM — Communities secretary John Denham yesterday promised £5 million of funding for police and local councils to tackle threats from white supremacists. Such groups frequently pose a threat to gays, along with ethnic minorities.

  • 8th December 2009

    New Jersey gay marriage bill passes committee vote 4

    The gay marriage bill goes for a Senate vote this week

    12:21 PM — A bill which would allow gay marriage in New Jersey has passed a Senate Judiciary Committee vote 7-6. The vote was taken yesterday and the bill is scheduled for a full Senate vote on Thursday.

  • US Christian student group fights for right to ban gays 17

    Lawyers for the college argue it may have to accept extremist groups

    12:18 PM — A Christian student group based at a California law school is fighting to the right to bar gay students. UC Hastings College of Law has withdrawn recognition of the group unless it changes its discriminatory rules.

  • Gay Labour councillor loses legal challenge over underage sex 28

    Steven Bayes failed in his legal challenge

    11:06 AM — A Labour councillor who was arrested in a Belfast hotel room in 2007 with his 17-year-old boyfriend has failed in a bid to bring a legal challenge against police. Steven Bayes, 47, was found with his boyfriend Dale Martin, who was 17 when he was arrested.

  • 7th December 2009

    Trans woman facing deportation to Malaysia 28

    Ian and Fatine Young are appealing for her to be allowed to stay in the UK

    5:25 PM — A trans woman who lives with her husband in Derby is fighting to be allowed to stay in Britain. Fatine Young, 38, fears she may be jailed if returned to her home country of Malaysia.

  • Lesbian wins ‘substantial’ payout for partner’s death

    The case was thought to be a legal first

    4:17 PM — A lesbian whose civil partner died after her cancer was wrongly diagnosed has won a landmark case for compensation. Tina Lane, 42, of Dorset, died of ovarian cancer in February.

  • Spain apologises for 1970s jailing of gay man 5

    Spain formally apologised for the conviction

    10:58 AM — A Spanish gay man who was sentenced to three months in jail in the 1970s has received an official apology from the government. Antoni Ruiz, 50, was jailed in 1976 at the age of 17 after coming out to his parents.

  • 6th December 2009

    Comment: Why Uganda’s homophobic legislation must be stopped 10

    Uganda's proposed law could execute gays

    11:18 PM — Blogger Daniel Edward Pitt's personal take on the horrors that could be unleashed by Uganda's proposed anti-gay legislation. "This piece of despicable homophobic propaganda has caused much shock and anger in the Western world, except of course by Christian right-wing fundamentalist rednecks who support the bill unequivocally."

  • 5th December 2009

    Guardian: Uganda is unjust and infamous 36

    The Guardian says Uganda's propsoed law is unjust

    2:05 PM — In a strongly worded leader column, The Guardian condemns Uganda's proposed law that could sentence gay people to death or leave them facing lengthy prison sentences. The newspaper says that Sweden is right to suggest that aid to the country should be cut if the law is passed.

  • 4th December 2009

    Gay Buenos Aires couple demand fine for mayor who barred marriage 1

    The couple hope to win success in the Supreme Court

    4:37 PM — A gay Buenos Aires couple who hoped to become the first to marry in Argentina this week have said the city mayor should be fined for not authorising their wedding.

  • Brighton gay man suffocated in sex act 8

    Stuart Leonard died in Brighton in August

    2:21 PM — A Brighton man died during auto-erotic asphyxiation, an inquest heard this week. Stuart Leonard, 35, was found dead in August under a tree at Dukes Mound, a local cruising spot.

  • New Jersey Senate to vote on gay marriage next week

    New Jersey's Senate will vote next week on gay marriage

    12:10 PM — The US state of New Jersey's Senate will consider the question of gay marriage next week, just days after New York's lawmakers voted to reject it.

  • 3rd December 2009

    Irish civil partnerships bill presented to parliament today 4

    The bill will be presented to parliament today

    3:10 PM — A bill to allow civil partnerships in Ireland is to be presented to parliament today by minister for justice, equality and law reform Dermot Ahern. It would give gay couples many of the rights and benefits of marriage, but not all.

  • Peter Tatchell: The Equality Bill is less than equal 16

    Peter Tatchell has criticised the Equality Bill

    2:27 PM — Way back in 1983, when I stood as the Labour candidate in the Bermondsey by-election, I proposed the idea of a single, comprehensive anti-discrimination law, to guarantee equal treatment and protection for everyone. At the time, this proposal was dismissed as "ultra left," as too radical and daring. Three decades later, however, it is close to reality.

  • US bill could see witness immunity for gay soldiers 8

    Gay servicemembers could get protection from dismissal

    12:32 PM — A bill has been introduced to allow gay and lesbian servicemembers the right to immunity when appearing before congress to give evidence on the current military gay ban.

  • US suffers another setback for gay marriage in New York’s Senate 46

    The New York Senate rejected gay marriage (Photo: Flickr user tonythemisfit)

    10:49 AM — The New York Senate yesterday voted to reject a bill which would allow gay marriage in the state. It needed 32 votes to pass but gay rights advocates were dismayed that it fell eight votes short in a 24-38 decision.

  • 2nd December 2009

    California groups ‘committed’ to 2010 gay marriage vote 6

    Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in the state (Photo: Flickr user joeand)

    6:22 PM — A coalition of Californian gay rights groups have said they are determined to get gay marriage back on the ballot next year. City gay rights activist Harvey Milk, they said he did not wait for research while campaigning for equality.

  • Man on trial for gay nightclub rapes in London

    The alleged victims were leaving Heaven nightclub (Photo: Nick Cooper)

    4:41 PM — A man is currently on trial at Woolwich crown court for sexual assaults on gay men in London. Mohamad Caid, 38, from Deptford, was charged in June with one rape, two attempted rapes, sexual assault and false imprisonment and remanded in custody.

  • California man campaigns to ban divorce to protect marriage 10

    John Marcotte says 'Til death do us part' should mean just that

    2:51 PM — A California man is leading a campaign to ban divorce in the state. John Marcotte, of Sacramento, believes that if state voters think gay marriage should be illegal, divorce should also be outlawed.

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