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  • 11th October 2011

    Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48

    Home HIV tests are currently illegal

    1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.

  • Scottish faith groups want gay marriage referendum 36

    The faith groups want a referendum on gay marriage

    1:21 PM — Two Scottish faith groups are calling for a referendum on gay marriage. Dundee-based Solas and the Free Church say voters should be allowed to choose whether Scotland allows gay couples to wed.

  • 10th October 2011

    South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16

    Mike Rann said civil unions were a "halfway house". (Photo: SABREnet)

    4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".

  • Scottish Lib Dem leader attacks bishops for ‘imposing’ gay marriage views 34

    Willie Rennie said bishops were 'imposing' their views

    3:48 PM — Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, has attacked Catholic bishops for seeking to "impose" their views on gay marriage. Speaking on Saturday to the Scottish Liberal Democrat party conference, he said that Catholic bishops' moves to scupper gay marriage plans were "an affront to liberal democracy".

  • Four convicted of Cape Town lesbian’s murder 2

    Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death.

    2:08 PM — Four men have been found guilty of murdering a lesbian in Cape Town, South Africa. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha on February 4th 2006.

  • Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72

    Archbishop Mario Conti has launched a campaign against gay marriage

    11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.

  • 7th October 2011

    Tory MP says gay marriage is ‘a step too far’ 192

    The government will look at legalising gay marriage

    3:12 PM — Conservative MPs have spoken out against prime minister David Cameron's support for gay marriage. On Wednesday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.

  • Man jailed for setting his dog on woman in anti-gay attack 92

    Jason Boswell was jailed for six and a half months

    10:49 AM — A Manchester man has been jailed for six and a half months for setting his dog on a woman in a homophobic attack. Jason Boswell, of Dean Road, Gorton, set his Japanese Akita on Karen Wilson in an unprovoked attack while she and another woman were cycling on the Fallowfield Loop last July.

  • 6th October 2011

    Gay rights activists report another murder in Johannesburg 8

    South African activists want a full investigation

    4:40 PM — Gay rights campaigners in South Africa say a fifth gay murder in Johannesburg suggests there may be a homophobic killer at large. In the last year, there have been four cases in which gay men were found dead in similar circumstances - bound and strangled in their homes with no sign of a break-in.

  • California teenager will face re-trial over gay school shooting

    Larry King, 15, was shot dead

    1:36 PM — A California teenage is to face a retrial over the shooting of his gay classmate. However, Brandon McInerney, who was 14 at the time of the killing, will now not face hate crime charges.

  • Cameron faces religious backlash over gay marriage comments 203

    The Catholic Church will formally oppose the plans

    11:33 AM — Religious leaders have criticised prime minister David Cameron's public backing for gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester yesterday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.

  • Australian transgender men win legal recognition 4

    The pair must be recognised as men, the highest court ruled

    9:50 AM — Two transgender men in Australia have won the right to be legally recognised as men without undergoing sex reassignment surgery. The pair, who have not been named, have had their breasts removed and some hormone therapy, although they still have some female sexual organs.

  • 5th October 2011

    Tennessee student says principal assaulted him for wearing gay rights t-shirt 20

    Chris Sigler says his principal assaulted him for wearing a gay rights t-shirt

    2:12 PM — A Tennessee student claims his principal assaulted him for wearing a t-shirt in support of a school gay-straight alliance. Chris Sigler, 17, a student at Sequoyah High School, wore a home-made shirt which read 'GSA: We've got your back' last Tuesday.

  • New medical rules for US transgender inmates

    Rules for trans prisoners have changed

    11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.

  • 4th October 2011

    Transgender woman tells of street abuse 28

    The court heard that Kim Oakland had suffered transphobic abuse

    5:56 PM — A transgender woman from Carlisle has told how she was subjected to transphobic abuse as she walked through the city centre.

  • Gay dads Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow accused of faking clinical trials

    The couple ran Euroderm Research

    4:51 PM — Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, the UK's first gay surrogate dads, have been accused of faking the results of clinical trials. The couple, who are parents to five children, including two sets of twins, deny five counts of contravening the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.

  • Obama ‘still working’ on gay marriage views 95

    Barack Obama is 'still working' on his views on gay marriage

    10:06 AM — US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".

  • 3rd October 2011

    Government moves to wipe gay sex convictions 46

    Gay men will be able to have the convictions deleted

    6:05 PM — The government has tabled amendments to remove convictions of gay men convicted of now-legal sex acts. The promise to remove such criminal records announced by the Conservative Party before last year's election.

  • ‘Serial killer’ may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg 8

    The killings were reported in Johannesburgm South Africa

    3:18 PM — There are fears that a serial killer may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa. Four gay men have been discovered bound and strangled in their homes in the last ten months.

  • Six suspected anti-gay extremists arrested in Belgrade 23

    The Pride march was cancelled (Photo: Kevin Wong)

    12:05 PM — Serbian police have arrested six suspected anti-gay extremists in connection with attempts to disrupt a Pride march. The march, which was to be held yesterday in Belgrade, was cancelled by police over fears of mass violence.

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