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  • 19th July 2011

    Malaysian trans woman loses court case over gender change 5

    Malaysia does not allow trans people to be recognised in their new sex

    11:22 AM — A Malaysian trans woman has lost her court case to legally change her sex. Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz, 26, had sex reassignment surgery in 2008 in Thailand and hoped to obtain an identity card declaring she is female.

  • First out gay man confirmed as federal court judge 9

    J Paul Oetken is the first out gay man confirmed as a federal court judge

    10:59 AM — The US Senate has confirmed the first out gay man to serve as a federal court judge. J Paul Oetken, 45, was last night voted on to the bench for the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York.

  • 18th July 2011

    Man carjacked and left half-naked at gay cruising spot 67

    Lewis Harding was found guilty of robbery

    3:42 PM — A man who was tricked into removing his trousers was carjacked at a gay cruising spot near Coventry. Leamington Crown Court heard that the victim, 45, began speaking to a younger man while parked in a layby on the A45 near the Stonebridge roundabout in Coventry.

  • Chicago man ‘looked too gay’ to donate blood 23

    US law places a lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has had gay sex

    11:54 AM — A straight Chicago man says he was turned away from a blood donation centre because he "looked gay". Aaron Pace, 22, who says he is effeminate but not gay, went to the Bio-Blood Components donation centre recently.

  • More extremist posters appear in East London 217

    One of the posters found in Tower Hamlets last week

    11:20 AM — More extremist posters have been discovered in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets. It is understood the posters were found last Thursday morning at council-managed housing blocks in Shadwell, next to the DLR and Overground station.

  • ‘Family’ group wants referendum on California gay education 51

    Schools will have to teach pupils about gay history

    10:39 AM — A California 'family' group is seeking a voter referendum on a new state law requiring schools to teach pupils about gay history. The Capitol Resource Institute, a socially conservative group, has long campaigned against the legislation, which was signed into law last week.

  • 15th July 2011

    Obama administration asks court to keep military gay ban for now 59

    The ban on out gay troops is set to be repealed this year

    3:30 PM — The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to reconsider a verdict ruling that the ban on openly gay troops should end immediately. Last week, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcing the ban.

  • Man pleads not guilty to New Jersey trans woman’s murder

    Victoria Carmen White was shot dead

    1:39 PM — A New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a transgender model. Alrashim Chambers, 24, denies shooting Victoria Carmen White, 28, after meeting her on a night out in September last year.

  • New Irish transgender laws ‘will break up families’ 27

    Ireland is to introduce legislation to recognise trans people

    11:53 AM — Irish proposals designed to give transgender people more rights will break up happy families, trans campaigners say. The plans say that trans people who married in their old gender will have to divorce or legally separate in order to be recognised in their new gender, regardless of whether they remain in a loving relationship with their partner.

  • California governor signs bill for gay history in schools 37

    Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Wednesday

    10:16 AM — California governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill requiring all schools to teach about the contributions of LGBT people through history. The move makes the state the first in the US to ensure that all children learn about figures such as San Francisco gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk.

  • 14th July 2011

    Sign the petition for UK marriage equality 41

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Streitzel are part of the legal case

    11:26 AM — Gay rights campaigners have launched a petition to call for gay marriages and straight civil partnerships in the UK. The Equal Love campaign, led by Peter Tatchell, has already filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Men attacked in Vauxhall after London Pride 129

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    10:13 AM — Two men were attacked and robbed in Spring Gardens, Vauxhall, after London Pride. The men, aged 25 and 33, were returning home from a night out at around 1.40am Sunday July 4th when they were set upon by a gang of between eight and ten black males.

  • 13th July 2011

    Ohio lesbian loses custody battle over ex-partner’s daughter 5

    The court heard that the women planned to be parents together

    4:18 PM — A lesbian in Ohio, US, has lost a custody battle over the biological daughter of her former partner. Michele Hobbs and Kelly Mullen had lived together in Cincinnati and made the decision to become parents before Ms Mullen gave birth to the child, Lucy, in 2005.

  • Equality commission defends ‘compromise’ plan for gay and religious rights clashes 284

    Counsellor Gary McFarlane refused to work with gay couples

    2:22 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission says the rights of gays and lesbians will not be diminished by an intervention into legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Instead, the body said that its heavily criticised plans would lead to "better respect for religious rights within the workplace ... without diminishing the rights of others".

  • Jersey allows religious civil partnerships 30

    Gay couples will be able to have religious civil partnerships - if they can find a willing church

    10:55 AM — Jersey has passed a law to allow civil partnerships - including giving gay couples the right to tie the knot in church if they - and religious organisations - wish.

  • 12th July 2011

    Lib Dem MP says Home Office appears ‘institutionally homophobic’ on asylum 27

    Mike Hancock said he had 'grave concerns'

    6:12 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused the Home Office and the UK Border Agency of appearing "institutionally homophobic" in cases of gay asylum seekers. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, wrote to immigration minister Damien Green on behalf of a gay Ugandan constituent who was due to be deported on Monday.

  • Stonewall ‘deeply disturbed’ at equality commission U-turn on religious rights 68

    The EHRC says 'compromises' should be found in cases where gay and religious rights clash

    1:50 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has condemned a move by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to intervene in two legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Chief executive Ben Summerskill said the body must state clearly that it does not agree that religious beliefs should allow people to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

  • Sainsbury’s apologises for transgender toilet ban 20

    Stephanie Collins was told to use the disabled toilets

    1:07 PM — Sainsbury's has apologised after a transgender woman was told by a Surrey store that she could not use the women's toilets.

  • 11th July 2011

    US city to reimburse gay workers for unfair tax 21

    Workers will be reimbursed for unfair taxes

    2:23 PM — A Massachusetts city will become the first to pay gay public workers more than their straight colleagues because gay workers are subject to more federal tax. The city of Cambridge has been looking for a solution to the issue of unfair federal taxes for six months and now plans to reimburse affected workers.

  • 9th July 2011

    How the News of the World threatened PinkNews after Ashley Cole expose 48

    7:33 PM — Five years ago, PinkNews.co.uk became entangled in one of the most complex libel disputes in recent times between the News of the World and the footballer Ashley Cole. Legal threats against PinkNews.co.uk made by the News of the World could have threatened this publication with closure. As the News of the World prepares to publish its last edition, we look back at this extraordinary case.

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