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  • 2nd February 2011

    Iowa lawmakers move to ban gay marriage 23

    Iowa's gay marriage laws are under threat

    3:41 PM — Iowa's House has approved a measure that seeks to ban gay marriage in the state. The state legalised marriage for couples in 2009 after Supreme Court judges said a ban violated the constitution.

  • Carlisle men fined for shouting abuse at trans women 8

    The pair were fined for the abuse

    2:22 PM — Two men from Carlisle have been fined for shouting abuse at two transgender women in the street. Carlisle magistrates' court heard that Wayne Blair and Stephen Currie, both 22, had threatened Simone Armstrong and Kim Oakland and yelled anti-gay abuse at them.

  • Police launch new hate crime website 8

    Police say hate crime is under-reported

    11:40 AM — A new website to encourage people to report hate crime has been launched. True Vision gives information on what hate crime is and how to report it.

  • 1st February 2011

    Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months 7

    LGBT groups say the killings need to be investigated

    5:57 PM — LGBT campaigners are calling on Honduran authorities to fully investigate the murders of six transgender women in just 60 days. According to Human Rights Watch, the first death was on November 29th and the latest took place on January 17th.

  • Governor of Illinois signs gay civil-unions into law 9

    2:36 AM — The Governor of Illinois has signed the state's same sex civil-union legislation into law. The move comes after a state senate vote to recognise same sex unions.

  • 31st January 2011

    Q&A: The Equal Love campaign’s legal case 13

    The Equal Love campaign seeks marriage equality

    3:47 PM — This week, four gay and four straight couples will file a challenge at the European Court of Human Rights against the UK's ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships. Here, human rights lawyer and case advisor Professor Robert Wintemute explains the legal basis of the application to the European court.

  • UK gay marriage challenge goes to European Court 27

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel are challenging the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    1:54 PM — A challenge against the UK's bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships will be filed at the European Court of Human Rights this week.

  • 30th January 2011

    Ugandan lesbian’s asylum appeal rejected because she didn’t read gay magazines 75

    Judge: "The Appellant appears to have taken no interest in forms of media by magazines, books, or other information relating to her sexual orientation"

    1:54 AM — A lesbian asylum seeker who was granted a last-minute reprieve from deportation to Uganda was denied the right to remain in the UK because she didn't own magazines or other literature relating to her sexuality, it has been revealed.

  • 28th January 2011

    Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker wins last minute reprieve from deportation from UK 22

    The campaigner Peter Tatchell and other activists at an earlier protest

    11:59 PM — Solicitors acting for a Ugandan lesbian who was due to be deported from the United Kingdom earlier this evening have said that she has won a temporary reprieve of in advance of a fresh court appeal.

  • Gay former cabinet minister Nick Brown claims his phone was tapped 4

    Nick Brown was chief whip under Gordon Brown and Tony Blair

    7:12 PM — Gay Labour MP, Nick Brown, who served as chief whip during Gordon Brown's tenure as prime minister and during Tony Blair's first administration has said that he believes his phone line was bugged by a tabloid newspaper.

  • Gay campaigners hope for reprieve for Ugandan asylum seeker 14

    Campaigners at an earlier protest (Photo: Brett Lock)

    5:49 PM — Gay rights campaigners are hoping that a lesbian Ugandan woman will be spared deportation from the UK this evening. Brenda Namigadde is to be placed on a plane at 9.20pm after the UK Border Agency decided that she had no right to remain in the UK, as there was not enough evidence to show she is gay.

  • Three appear in court over anti-gay leaflets

    The men were accused of handing out leaflets near a mosque

    5:14 PM — Three men appeared in court today on charges of distributing threatening written material to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • London anti-hate crime charity opens drop-in service 2

    Galop has opened a drop-in centre

    4:10 PM — London charity Galop is offering a new drop-in service for LGBT people affected by hate crime, discrimination and domestic abuse. The service will also offer LGBT people the chance to talk to a sexual abuse caseworker in confidence about incidents, whether recent or from childhood.

  • French court says no to gay marriage 30

    France allows gay couples to have civil unions

    1:24 PM — France's constitutional court upheld the ban on gay marriage today after a challenge from a lesbian couple. Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years and have four children, asked for the right to marry but were turned down by the Constitutional Council.

  • Men charged with anti-gay hatred over execution leaflets

    The men will appear before a court today

    10:50 AM — Two men in Derby are the first to be charged under new laws against stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, were accused of handing out leaflets called 'The Death Penalty?' outside a Derby mosque.

  • 27th January 2011

    Don’t send gays and lesbians back to Uganda, asylum group warns 26

    Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda (Photo: B Hernandez)

    5:34 PM — An LGBT asylum group says the murder of Ugandan gay campaigner David Kato is evidence of the threat gays and lesbians face in the country.

  • Ian Baynham’s family: ‘His only crime was to stand up for who he was’ 19

    Ian Baynham was 'proud and honest' about who he was

    3:29 PM — The family of a gay man killed in a homophobic attack say his only crime was to stand up for who he was. Ian Baynham, 62, died in hospital two weeks after he was attacked on a night out in Trafalgar Square in 2009 by teenagers who shouted homophobic abuse at him.

  • Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46

    The owners of the Swiss B&B are being sued

    11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.

  • Ugandan gay rights activist beaten to death 79

    David Kato's name, photo and address were published in Rolling Stone

    10:40 AM — A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who sued a newspaper for publishing the names and photos of gay people has been beaten to death. David Kato's death is being investigated by police and activists say he was attacked in his home near Kampala yesterday afternoon.

  • 26th January 2011

    Gay marriage bill gains support in Maryland 9

    Maryland has been urged to grant gay couples marriage, rather than civil unions (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    5:32 PM — A bill to give gay and straight couples equal marriage rights has been introduced in Maryland's House of Delegates.

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