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  • 29th September 2010

    Lesbian mother wins legal battle over child support 8

    The lesbian mother won her case at the European Court of Human Rights (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    1:33 PM — A lesbian who had to pay more child support than if she was in a heterosexual relationship has won her case at the European Court of Human Rights. She was awarded £2,550 in damages and £15,275 after the court ruled that she had been discriminated against.

  • 28th September 2010

    Judge rules sacked lesbian flight nurse should be reinstated

    Major Margaret Witt should be reinstated, a judge ruled

    4:25 PM — A flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be reinstated, a federal judge has ruled. Former Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves.

  • Police detain gay cruisers in Beijing 9

    Up to 80 gay men were said to have been arrested

    11:33 AM — Dozens of gay men have been detained at an outdoor cruising site in Beijing, China. According to AFP, a gay rights campaigner claimed that more than 80 men at a forested pick-up spot in Mudanyuan, to the north of the city, on Sunday and Monday.

  • 27th September 2010

    Anti-gay pastor Eddie Long vows to ‘fight’ gay sex claims

    Eddie Long said he would fight the allegations

    10:58 AM — Eddie Long, the anti-gay leader of one of America's largest church congregations, has said he will fight allegations he coerced young men in his flock to have sex with him. Last week, three young men filed lawsuits alleging that Mr Long gave them money, cars and holidays in return for massages, oral sex and masturbation.

  • 23rd September 2010

    Peter Tatchell: Tide is turning on gay marriage 29

    Civil partnerships were legalised in the UK in 2005

    5:22 PM — Same-sex marriage is an idea whose time has come. It is the growing trend all over the world, from Canada to South Africa and Argentina. Why can't we have marriage equality in Britain too?

  • Anti-gay megachurch preacher denies sex with young men

    Eddie Long has been accused of coercing young men into sex

    5:04 PM — The pastor of one of America's largest congregations is denying that he coerced three young men into sex by offering them cars, jewellery and cash. Eddie Long, the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, has frequently attacked homosexuality and has called for a national ban on gay marriage.

  • Florida ends ban on gays and lesbians adopting 4

    Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting has been overturned (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    1:44 PM — The US state of Florida has overturned its ban on gays and lesbians adopting children. Governor Charlie Crist announced the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling yesterday and said the ban would end immediately, although the decision can be appealed.

  • Teenager jailed for extorting £87,000 in gay chatline sting 7

    Kelz Sutherland was jailed for 45 months

    12:28 PM — An Edinburgh teenager has been jailed for 45 months after he was found guilty of extorting £87,700 in a sting on men using gay and adult chatlines. Kelz Sutherland, 19, last month admitted nine charges of extortion between January 1st 2008 and December 31st 2009.

  • 21st September 2010

    Senate to vote on out gay soldiers 2

    The US Senate will vote later today (Photo: US Army)

    6:37 PM — The US Senate is to vote today on a bill which contains a measure to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers in the military. The measure has been added to the National Defence Authorisation Act and Democrat senators need 60 votes for it to progress to a debate on the floor.

  • Eleven gay rights activists arrested for protest in Moscow 4

    Russian campaigners held an unauthorised protest today

    4:26 PM — Eleven gay rights activists were arrested today for holding a protest outside Moscow's city hall in protest at the homophobia of mayor Yuri Luzhkov. They were arrested by police at around 6.15pm local time after chaining themselves to a metal fence next to the building.

  • 20th September 2010

    Lady Gaga to join gay rights protest 7

    Lady Gaga will join a protest today

    3:43 PM — Lady Gaga will join a protest in Maine against the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. A spokesman from the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network said the bisexual singer would join LGBT veterans at the event today in Portland.

  • Gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev ‘kidnapped and drugged’ by Russian security agents 5

    Nikolai Alekseev suspects he was drugged by Russian security agents

    10:04 AM — Russian gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev says he was kidnapped and possibly drugged by Russian security forces who detained him for more than two days. Mr Alekseev went missing on Wednesday evening from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow when he was due to catch a plane to Geneva.

  • 19th September 2010

    Montana Republicans want to make homosexuality and straight public hand holding illegal 29

    The ban on homosexuality is included in a list of bizarre proposed prohibitions

    6:50 PM — As socially conservative 'Tea Party' win a number of victories in Republican primaries across the United States of America, it has emerged that the Republican Party in Montana has retained a policy to criminalise homosexuality in the state. Although the proposed ban sits alongside bizarre official policies including a proposed ban on mixed sex couples holding hands after sunset.

  • 17th September 2010

    California waiter ‘stabbed for being gay’ 5

    The waiter was attacked in what police say was a hate crime

    6:02 PM — A waiter in Santa Maria, California, is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed for "being gay". Police said the unnamed waiter was at work in a Denny's restaurant when 24-year-old Curtis Martin tapped on the window and asked to use the toilet.

  • Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev ‘applying for political asylum’ but friends fear messages are fake 4

    Supporters are concerned for Nikolai Alekseev's safety

    4:56 PM — Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev is said to be applying for political asylum in Belarus. His supporters have raised concerns that he has only communicated by text since his arrest on Wednesday and fear the messages may be fake.

  • Gay Nigerian asylum seeker faces deportation 15

    The deportation has been postponed (Photo: B Hernandez)

    1:13 PM — A Nigerian man who was due to be deported from the UK last night has been given a temporary reprieve. Hope Nwachukwu, 33, says he was tortured and forced to watch his sisters being raped in his home country because he is gay.

  • George Michael cancels bail application 5

    George Michael was jailed for eight weeks

    11:46 AM — George Michael has abandoned a bid for freedom, cancelling an application for bail. The gay singer began an eight-week sentence on Tuesday for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis after London Pride in July.

  • 16th September 2010

    Russian gay rights campaigner arrested in Moscow 11

    Nikolai Alekseev was arrested yesterday

    10:34 AM — Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner was arrested at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport yesterday. Nikolai Alekseev was boarding a flight to Geneva and had passed through passport control when he was arrested by Russian border police yesterday evening.

  • 15th September 2010

    Majority of Irish people in favour of gay marriage 9

    The poll found strong support for gay marriage

    3:07 PM — An Irish poll on social attitudes has suggested that most people agree with marriage equality and would not think less of a person for being gay or lesbian.

  • Stonewall urged to speak out for marriage equality 53

    The letter calls for debate on marriage equality

    11:34 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall is being urged to "end its silence" and support full marriage equality for gay and straight couples. An open letter signed by a number of gay rights activists, gay religious groups and individuals will be sent to the charity on Friday to ask it to publicly support the issue.

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