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  • 29th September 2011

    Man, 18, convicted of murdering gay pensioner 48

    Aiden Jackson was found guilty of murder

    3:53 PM — An 18-year-old man has been convicted of murdering a gay pensioner. Aiden Jackson, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, faces a life sentence for the killing of 67-year-old David Cowley.

  • Gay rights groups accuse NI health minister of ignoring them 14

    Edwin Poots was accused of snubbing gay rights campaigners

    1:40 PM — Campaigners against the gay blood donation ban have accused Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots of snubbing them. Mr Poots announced last week that he would not lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, despite the rest of the UK doing so on November 7th.

  • Religious groups say gay marriage ban blocks faith freedom 65

    Faith groups want the right to hold gay weddings

    10:45 AM — Scottish religious leaders have warned that banning faiths from holding gay weddings will compromise religious freedom. Representatives from the Unitarians, Liberal Jews, Quakers, the Metropolitan Community Church and the Pagan Federation held a conference in Edinbugh yesterday to back calls for marriage equality.

  • 28th September 2011

    Gaydar fraudster jailed for four years 21

    Mark Bishop has been jailed for four years and three months

    4:59 PM — A man who trawled Gaydar to find victims to steal from has been jailed for four years and three months. Mark Andrew Bishop, 37, of no fixed abode, stole £300,000 from one of his nine known victims, although police say he may have targeted many more men.

  • Jury considers case of teen accused of murdering gay man

    The jury is considering a murder charge against Aiden Jackson

    1:16 PM — A jury in Lincolnshire is considering the case of a teenager accused of killing a gay man. Aiden Jackson, 18, denies murder but admits manslaughter and claims he attacked 67-year-old David Cowley because he was "disgusted" by the older man's sexual advances.

  • Scottish faith groups call for gay marriage 130

    Scotland is considering allowing gay couples to marry

    10:04 AM — A coalition of faith groups has announced its support for introducing gay marriage in Scotland. The group does not include the Church of Scotland or the Scottish Catholic Church.

  • 27th September 2011

    Judge upholds 21-year sentence for trans woman’s killer 14

    Destiny Lauren was killed at her Kentish Town flat

    11:15 AM — A man convicted for the second time of killing a transgender woman has had his original sentence upheld. Leon Fyle, 23, will serve 21 years for killing 29-year-old Destiny Lauren at her flat in Kentish Town, London, in 2009.

  • 26th September 2011

    Man’s jaw broken in Edinburgh anti-gay attack 63

    Police are looking for the gang

    1:35 PM — Police in Edinburgh are seeking a gang who broke a man's jaw during a homophobic attack early on Saturday morning. The victim, 20, had just left the GHQ nightclub when he passed a group of four men and one woman on Broughton Street at 2.30am.

  • Christian street preacher told gay couple to ‘burn in hell’

    Michael Overd denies shouting abuse at the couple

    10:42 AM — A Christian street preacher has appeared in court charged with verbally abusing a gay couple. Michael Overd, 47, from Creech St Michael in Somerset, allegedly told the men that they were "evil" and would "burn in hell".

  • 23rd September 2011

    Obama administration opposes full severance pay for sacked gay troops 21

    Former Air Force Staff Sgt Richard Collins started the case

    3:39 PM — Although the ban on openly gay troops was lifted on Tuesday, the Obama administration was arguing in court yesterday against a lawsuit which seeks full severance pay for those sacked under the law.

  • Three students may face charges over teenager’s suicide 59

    Jamey Rodemeyer died last weekend

    3:12 PM — New York police are considering charging a number of students over the suicide of a 14-year-old boy. Jamey Rodemeyer, a student at Williamsville North High School, killed himself last Sunday after suffering years of anti-gay bullying.

  • Northern Ireland minister accused of homophobia over gay blood ban 26

    Edwin Poots has been accused of homophobia

    2:32 PM — Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has come under heavy pressure to lift the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood. He has been accused of homophobia.

  • Video: Gay soldier booed at Republican presidential debate 122

    Rick Santorum said he would bring back the ban (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    1:54 PM — A gay soldier who submitted a question to a Republican presidential debate was booed by the audience. Stephen Hill, who is currently stationed in Iraq, was told by candidate Rick Santorum (pictured) that he would keep the military gay ban.

  • Man found guilty in retrial over transgender woman’s murder 10

    Destiny Lauren was killed in November 2009

    12:49 PM — A London man has been found guilty for a second time of murdering a transgender woman. Leon Fyle, of Catford, was convicted of the murder of Destiny Lauren last September and sentenced to 21 years in prison but the Court of Appeal ruled his original conviction was “unsafe".

  • 22nd September 2011

    ‘Speedo fetish’ man sued over websites 37

    A lawsuit has been filed in an Australian court

    5:24 PM — An Australian man with a Speedo fetish is being sued by the brand for breaching its copyright. Dave Evans, 24, is being sued by Speedo over a number of websites he owns which show men posing in - and out of - the skimpy swimwear.

  • Men jailed for attacking and robbing gay victim

    The pair were sentenced to eight and five years in jail

    1:55 PM — Two men from Melton, Leicestershire, have been jailed for attacking and robbing a gay man. Andrew Davis, 42, and Jonathan Huckerby, 21, were jailed for eight and five years respectively for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and theft.

  • Northern Ireland health minister refuses to lift gay blood ban 70

    The ban will be lifted in England, Wales and Scotland

    10:57 AM — Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's health minister, has refused to lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. He has said that the current policy “should not be altered” because of safety concerns around HIV transmission.

  • 21st September 2011

    Obama’s UN speech: We must stand up for gay rights everywhere 60

    President Obama urged countries to back gay rights

    5:57 PM — Addressing a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly today, US president Barack Obama urged countries to stand up for gay rights. The president, who was discussing the Palestine statehood bid, said: "No country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere."

  • CCTV shows vicious anti-gay attack in central London 109

    Police are appealing for information

    4:48 PM — Police have released CCTV footage of a vicious homophobic attack on two men in Charing Cross, London. The film shows the victims, aged 22 and 25, walking in the direction of Tottenham Court Road at around 1.30am on August 9th.

  • Marines begin recruitment drive at gay community centre 8

    Marines began targeting LGB people for recruitment yesterday

    2:12 PM — Marine recruiters pitched up at an Oklahoma gay community centre to find openly lesbian, gay or bisexual recruits. The 18-year-old law banning openly gay troops was finally repealed yesterday and Marine recruiters set up a stall at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center in Tulsa.

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