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  • 11th November 2010

    Irish civil partners to be included in immigration laws 17

    Ireland will soon allow civil partnerships

    6:21 PM — The Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern has tabled amendments to give civil partners equal treatment in Ireland's immigration laws. The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill is currently at Committee stage in the Dáil.

  • £10,000 reward offered for information about death of gay man 17

    Nigel Price died in hospital four months after he was attacked

    5:00 PM — A £10,000 award is being offered to anyone who has information to solve the death of a gay man who was attacked in Southampton a year ago. Nigel Price, 58, was found on Southampton Common on Saturday November 14th 2009 with severe head injuries.

  • Man stabbed 12 times ‘after youths thought he was gay’

    The case continues

    12:39 PM — Four men have been accused of stabbing a London man 12 times because they believed he was gay, a court has heard. The group, aged between 16 and 31, allegedly believed that the victim had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs,

  • Pentagon report says ‘minimal risk’ to lifting gay military ban 8

    Most troops were reportedly ok with out gay colleagues

    12:15 PM — A Pentagon report says that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell will have have minimal risk to the war effort and troops' safety, sources say. The Washington Post, which cites two sources familiar with the document, says that more than 70 per cent of the troops surveyed said the effect of lifting the ban would be positive, mixed or non-existent.

  • 10th November 2010

    Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.

  • Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.

  • 9th November 2010

    Saudi man receives lashes and prison sentence for gay video 17

    Saudi Arabia has strict laws against homosexuality

    6:53 PM — A 27-year-old Saudi man has been punished with 500 lashes and five years in prison after appearing in a gay video. The short film was allegedly made inside a prison, although the Prison Administration denies this.

  • Gay married couple may be split up after US deportation order 6

    The couple fear they will be split up

    6:33 PM — A Brazillian man and his American husband may be split up after the US attorney-general refused to reverse an immigration order. Genesio Oliveira, 31, is married to Tim Coco, 49, of Massachusetts, but Mr Oliveira believes he may be sent back to Brazil within six months.

  • Straight couple denied civil partnership again 34

    Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle were refused a civil partnership

    5:36 PM — A straight couple from London have once again been denied a civil partnership. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 26, expected to be turned away from Islington registry office this morning but said they would take legal action over the refusal.

  • Australian lesbian couple banned from school ball 13

    The girls complained that they been been discriminated against

    3:09 PM — A teenage lesbian couple in Australia are changing schools after they were barred from attending a ball together. Hannah Williams, 16, wanted to take her girlfriend Savannah Supski, also 16, to the event at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar in Melbourne but the Year 11 student was told she could only attend the ball with a boy.

  • 8th November 2010

    ‘Gay’ Lebanese man refused Australian visa 6

    The man was denied a protection visa because authorities did not think he was gay

    5:22 PM — A Lebanese Muslim man was refused a protection visa in Australia because authorities did not believe he was gay. The man, who cannot be named, says he is gay but became engaged to an Australian woman to escape his abusive father.

  • Lesbian and gay man in child custody battle 6

    The lesbian couple are appealing against a ruling granting the father joint custody

    4:25 PM — A lesbian and a gay man are fighting a custody battle over their two children who were conceived by artificial insemination. The lesbian mother, who is in a civil partnership, had two children, now aged seven and nine, with the man after he advertised in a gay magazine to become a father.

  • 2nd November 2010

    Men accuse TfL of ‘failing to investigate anti-gay tube abuse’ 18

    The three men are considering legal action against TfL

    6:41 PM — Three gay friends are considering legal action against Transport for London (TfL) after they say the company failed to properly investigate an incident in which they claim they were subjected to homophobic abuse by a member of tube staff

  • Equal Love campaign: First gay couple denied marriage 21

    All eight couples will file a legal challenge (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    4:46 PM — The first of eight gay and straight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws have been denied a marriage at a London registry office, as expected. Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel, the lead gay couple in the Equal Love campaign, were denied permission to marry this morning in Greenwich.

  • Federal appeals court rules DADT will remain in place indefinitely 13

    The ban will stay in place for now

    11:56 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should stay in place indefinitely. The decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals means that the ban on out gay soldiers is expected to be retained throughout a legal battle over whether it is constitutional.

  • 1st November 2010

    Trans woman remanded in male prison over tube death

    Sonia Burgess died last Monday at Kings Cross station

    12:39 PM — A trans woman has been remanded in a men's prison on a charge of murdering 63-year-old Sonia Burgess, who was hit by a train at Kings Cross station last Monday. Nina Kanagasingham, 34, of Chichele Road, Cricklewood, did not enter an application for bail at the Old Bailey this morning.

  • Anti-gay Christian couple to challenge fostering ban at High Court 120

    The couple were told they could not foster children (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    11:08 AM — A Christian couple who were barred from fostering children after they admitted that they believe homosexuality is unacceptable are to challenge the ban at the High Court.

  • 31st October 2010

    Gay synagogue was target of Yemeni exploding packages plot 5

    The Or Chadesh gay community believes it was the target of attack

    11:49 AM — A lesbian and gay Jewish congregation in Chicago was the target of one of the explosive-laden packages intercepted on route from Yemen, a Rabbi has claimed.

  • 29th October 2010

    Universities ‘should employ watchdogs against discriminatory extremism’ 17

    The report said student unions should use watchdogs to curb extremism

    4:03 PM — Universities should employ watchdogs to guard against religious extremism, a report has said. It accused some members of the Islamic society at City University of intimidating gay, female and Jewish students, as well as those who worked on the student newspaper.

  • ‘Most US troops’ okay with openly gay colleagues 9

    Most troops were said to be okay with out gay colleagues (Photo: US Army)

    10:56 AM — The majority of US troops and their families are okay about serving alongside openly gay colleagues, according to Pentagon sources familiar with the findings of an internal survey.

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