28th January 2011
Three appear in court over anti-gay leaflets
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
5:32 PM — A bill to give gay and straight couples equal marriage rights has been introduced in Maryland's House of Delegates.
Teenage girl jailed for seven years for killing of gay man Ian Baynham 117
3:49 PM — A teenage girl who kicked and punched a gay man in a homophobic attack has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
25th January 2011
Christian hotel owners to appeal ruling 324
6:14 PM — The Christian hotel owners who refused to let a gay couple share a room are appealing against the ruling. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel near Penzance, were found to have acted unlawfully when denying civil partners Martin Hall and Steven Preddy a room.
24th January 2011
Gay bar owner defends ‘straights only’ job advert 48
12:08 PM — The owner of a Manchester gay bar has defended a job advert asking for straight staff. AXM Group, which owns gay venue AXM Bar on Canal Street, sent out an alert last week for flyering staff for another of its clubs, Downtown, which is a student venue.
21st January 2011
MEP Michael Cashman says he’s working to stop Iranian gay executions 28
3:31 PM — Gay Labour MEP Michael Cashman has said he is working to stop the planned executions of two young men for alleged homosexuality offences.
Man jailed for raping lesbian at wedding reception 26
1:14 PM — A man was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of raping a lesbian at a wedding reception. Michael Hughes, 23, invited the victim to see how luxurious his hotel room was but attacked her, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.
20th January 2011
Husband of murdered honeymooner ‘suffering acute stress’
4:34 PM — The husband of murdered bride Anni Dewani is suffering from "acute stress", his lawyer says. Shrien Dewani was set to appear before an extradition hearing but failed to turn up.
Man jailed for sexually assaulting lesbian 13
3:54 PM — A Cardiff man has been jailed for two years for climbing into bed next to a sleeping woman and sexually assaulting her. Darren Hogan, 25, said he was unaware that the woman was a lesbian and Cardiff crown court heard that his unwanted attention had been particularly distressing for her.
Elton gig raises $3 million for California gay marriage 14
3:06 PM — Elton John raised $3 million for the campaign to bring gay marriage back to California last night. The new father played a private concert in the Hollywood Hills, which benefited the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
19th January 2011
Report finds huge levels of discrimination against gay and trans people in Utah 19
9:20 PM — A report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) has found significant homophobia and discrimination in the state of Utah, home to the Mormon Church. The study of 939 LGBT Utahans found that sixty seven per cent of transgendered and forty four percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual Utahans say they have either been sacked or have been denied a job or promotion as a result of their LGBT status.
Federal court to decide whether gay fathers’ names will appear on birth certificate 2
4:13 PM — Louisiana state officials are asking the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn previous ruling forcing them to accept another state’s rules.
European Parliament calls on Lithuania to shelve anti-gay law 9
2:15 PM — The "public promotion of homosexual relations" would be punishable by a fine of up to €2900 if new legislation is adopted.