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  • 24th November 2010

    Texas trans woman arrested for using female toilet 12

    Trans groups say that trans people are permitted to use whichever toilets they prefer

    3:22 PM — A trans woman in Houston, Texas, has been arrested after using a female toilet in a library. Tyjanae Moore was arrested by police last Wednesday for "knowingly entering a restroom of the opposite sex" but trans groups say her arrest was unlawful.

  • New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27

    Martin Callanan is the new head of the Conservatives in Europe

    2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.

  • Gay men in London warned over ‘drugged robberies’ 7

    Gay drinkers in Charing Cross were warned to be on their guard

    1:54 PM — Middle-aged gay men who drink in the Charing Cross area of London have been advised to stay on their guard after a spate of drug-assisted robberies. Lambeth Police say there have been a number of incidents in which older men have been approached by a young man in a Charing Cross bar and subsequently robbed.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Judge extends ban on Ugandan tabloid outing gays 6

    A previous edition of Rolling Stone

    6:20 PM — A Ugandan judge has extended a ban on a tabloid outing gay men and lesbians. Rolling Stone, which is no relation to the US magazine, has been publishing lists of people it identified as gay, plus their addresses and photographs.

  • Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 5

    The couple say they will go to court over the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    3:52 PM — A straight couple who were barred from having a civil partnership say they will fight the ban in court. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, of Bristol, said they were disappointed to have been rejected by Bristol register office because they are straight but hope that their attempt would help change the law.

  • Teenage girls ‘kicked gay man as he lay unconscious’

    Ian Baynham died last year after being attacked in Trafalgar Square

    3:05 PM — Two teenage girls taunted a gay man and then kicked him as he lay unconscious, a court has heard. Ruby Thomas and Rachel Burke are accusing of stamping and kicking Ian Baynham, a 63-year-old civil servant who died 18 days after he was knocked to the floor last September in Trafalgar Square.

  • Pentagon: No gay soldiers fired this month 2

    There have been no sackings under DADT in the last month

    10:46 AM — No US troops have been fired for being gay in the last month, the Pentagon has said. Last month, defence secretary Robert Gates tightened the rules on dismissals, placing the power to sack out gay troops in the hands of just three officials.

  • 22nd November 2010

    Trans woman’s killer sentenced for rape 4

    Andrea Waddell was killed by Neil McMillan last year

    3:22 PM — A man who killed a trans prostitute has been handed an indefinite jail sentence for the earlier rape of another woman. Neil McMillan, 43, of Brighton, has already been jailed for at least 22 years for the murder of Andrea Waddell, a trans woman.

  • Australian Greens predict legal gay marriage as poll shows majority support 7

    The Australian Greens say gay marriage will soon be legalised

    2:58 PM — The Australian Green party is predicting that gay marriage will soon become law as a poll shows 57 per cent of the public are in favour of the change. Of the 37 per cent who were against the change, 16 per cent were opposed and 21 per cent were strongly opposed.

  • Gay Saudi prince convicted of murder must pay prosecution costs 5

    Saud was convicted of murdering his servant

    12:36 PM — A gay Saudi prince convicted of murdering his servant must pay his prosecution costs. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, will have to pay more than £100,000 for the cost of his trial at the Old Bailey.

  • Straight Bristol couple next to demand a civil partnership 7

    The couples are challenging the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships (Photo: made-underground)

    11:18 AM — A heterosexual couple from Bristol will attempt to get a civil partnership tomorrow morning. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt say the ban on straight civil partnerships is "unjust, discriminatory and offensive".

  • 19th November 2010

    Two soldiers held over shooting at Rio de Janeiro Pride

    The teenager was shot at Pride

    4:30 PM — Two soldiers are being held by the Brazilian army after a teenager was shot at Sunday's Rio de Janeiro Pride. Nineteen-year-old student Douglas Igor Marques Luiz was shot once in the stomach during the gay festival.

  • ‘Shameful’ UN vote ‘may lead to more gay executions’ 28

    The UN vote removed reference to gays and lesbians in the resolution

    11:06 AM — A United Nations panel’s decision to remove sexual orientation from an anti-execution resolution is “shameful” and may encourage murders of LGBT people, gay rights campaigners say.

  • 18th November 2010

    UN deletes gay reference from anti-execution measures 17

    The resolution condemns unjustified executions (Photo: Bryan Davidson)

    4:54 PM — A United Nations panel has deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in a resolution condemning unjustified executions. The motion was introduced by Morocco and Mali and the vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.

  • US Senate to vote again on gay military ban 6

    The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next month

    4:02 PM — The US Senate is expected to vote again next month on the ban on out gay soldiers. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the vote would be scheduled after Thanksgiving.

  • Australian MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage 4

    Australian MPs voted to canvass the public on gay marriage

    12:02 PM — Australian politicians will ask voters whether gay marriage should be legalised after the Green Party won a motion on the issue. A recent poll commissioned by gay groups found 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the change.

  • 17th November 2010

    US county elects first transgender judge 10

    Victoria Kolakowski is the first trans trial judge in the US

    3:11 PM — Victoria Kolakowski has become the first trans person to be elected as a trial judge in the US. She was elected as a superior court judge in Alameda County, California, beating deputy district attorney John Creighton with 51 to 48 per cent of the vote.

  • Christian doctor loses gay adoption case 34

    Dr Sheila Matthews was told there was no evidence for her case

    2:15 PM — A Christian doctor who claimed she was a victim of religious discrimination has lost her case against Northamptonshire County Council. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was "not God's will" and that children do better with heterosexual parents.

  • May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying 35

    Home Secretary Theresa May scrapped the public body equality duty

    12:56 PM — Schools will be given new powers to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying and measures to delete historic sex convictions will be in the Freedom Bill, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today. She also said that an equality duty on public bodies would be scrapped.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.

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