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  • 21st April 2011

    Tennessee Senate panel approves school gay ban bill 66

    Schools may be barred from discussing homosexuality

    1:52 PM — A Senate education panel in Tennessee has approved a bill to prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools. The legislation, known as the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, was introduced by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield, who has been pushing for the law for several years.

  • Gay marriage rally at Buckingham Palace 119

    Kate and William are being asked to support marriage equality (Photo: Mario Testino 2010)

    1:10 PM — Gay rights campaigners are to hold a rally outside Buckingham Palace on Monday to call for the right to marry. The midday event, organised by Peter Tatchell, will see activists attempt to deliver a wedding card to Kate Middleton and Prince William to ask them to support marriage equality.

  • 20th April 2011

    15 charges for US student in gay suicide case 79

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    5:51 PM — A student accused of secretly recording his roommate having sex with a man has been charged with 15 offences. Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped to his death last September after Dharun Ravi, 19, allegedly filmed him and showed the footage to classmates.

  • Father ‘killed lesbian daughter’s girlfriend and her mother’ 57

    Norma Hurtado, 24, was shot dead at her home

    5:07 PM — A Texas man who was upset at his daughter's lesbian relationship killed her girlfriend and the girl's mother, police say. Jose Alfonso Aviles, 45, is accused of shooting Norma Hurtado, 24, and her mother Maria Hurtado, 57, at their Austin home on Monday.

  • Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23

    Polls are finding more support for gay marriage

    2:28 PM — Another American poll suggests that just over half of voters support marriage equality. The CNN poll found that 51 per cent of the 824 adults surveyed said gay couples should be allowed to wed.

  • Delaware approves civil unions for gay couples 3

    Gay couples in Delaware will have the right to civil unions (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    1:51 PM — The US state of Delaware has become the eighth to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The measure was approved this month by 13-6 votes in the Senate and 25-16 votes in the House.

  • Four of five main Scottish parties promise action on gay marriage 31

    Most Scottish parties promise some action on the issue

    11:09 AM — Four of Scotland's five main political parties say they will take action on gay marriage ahead of next month's elections. The two largest parties, the SNP and Labour, say they will consult on the issue. The Lib Dems and Greens promise full equality.

  • US student charged for lying about anti-gay attack 28

    Quinn Matney's injury was self-inflicted

    10:25 AM — A student who lied about being the victim of a homophobic attack has been charged with filing a false report. Quinn Matney, a 19-year-old freshman at the University of North Carolina, claimed that a man shouted anti-gay abuse at him and burned his wrist.

  • 19th April 2011

    Prince William and Kate Middleton urged to support gay marriage 164

    William and Kate 'should support gay marriage' (Copyright 2010 Mario Testino)

    5:28 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wants Prince William and fiancée Kate Middleton to support gay marriage. The pair, who are to wed next Friday, "have the option to get married", Mr Tatchell said.

  • Hungary approves new ‘anti-gay’ constitution 52

    Hungarian politicians voted for the new constitution

    11:09 AM — Hungarian politicians have approved a new constitution which bans gay marriage. The document restricts marriage to heterosexuals and does not protect LGBT people from discrimination.

  • 18th April 2011

    Irish trans woman wins £30,000 for discrimination 13

    Louise Hannon won her case

    5:50 PM — An Irish trans woman has been awarded 35,000 euros (£30,000) after an equality tribunal ruled she was discriminated against on the grounds of gender and disability. Louise Hannon claims that her employer, First Direct Logistics Limited, discriminated against her after she revealed she was transitioning.

  • Gay stable-boy sexually harassed female manager 44

    The tribunal said the groom's sexuality did not matter

    2:38 PM — A female manager has won £12,300 in damages after she was groped and harassed by a gay stable-boy. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, groped Louise Smith, pretended to have sex with her and exposed himself in front of her, an employment tribunal heard.

  • 15th April 2011

    Bill could make gay history compulsory in California schools 30

    Schools may be required to teach gay history

    5:52 PM — The teaching of gay history could become compulsory in California schools if a new bill becomes law. The bill, SB 48, was passed by the Senate today by 23 to 14 votes. Its full name is The FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful) Education Act.

  • Rev Jesse Jackson denies harassing gay employee 13

    Jesse Jackson refutes the claims

    4:23 PM — Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has denied claims he harassed and ridiculed a gay employee. Tommy Bennett, who worked for Rev Jackson's civil rights group Rainbow PUSH from 2007-2009, alleges that his co-workers discriminated against him because he is gay.

  • Drinker claims gay kissing couple were ‘over the top’ 121

    Hundreds will protest at the pub tonight (Photo: Michael Arrighi)

    2:20 PM — A drinker who complained about a gay couple kissing in a London pub claims they were "over the top". Gary from Richmond, who did not give his surname, called BBC 5 Live this morning to explain why he reported the couple to management at the John Snow.

  • 14th April 2011

    Government website asks: Should Equality Act be scrapped? 104

    Ministers want to know if people think the Equality Act is a "bad idea"

    12:23 PM — A government website asks members of the public whether the Equality Act should be scrapped completely. Red Tape Challenge is designed to help ministers identify "burdensome" legislation and "pointless or outdated rules".

  • Gay man attacked by gang who tricked him into meeting, court hears

    The court heard that the victim was contacted on a gay website

    11:35 AM — A gay man was attacked by a gang who tricked him into meeting them in a car park, a court heard yesterday. The 50-year-old victim suffered a fractured skull after he was beaten with bats.

  • 13th April 2011

    Peter Tatchell: Ten-year gay blood ban is unjustified 40

    Gay and bisexual men are barred for life from donating blood

    2:34 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says that replacing the blanket ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood with a ten-year ban is unjustified and most can safely become donors.

  • 12th April 2011

    New Jersey trans man fired from men-only job 16

    El'Jai Devoureau was sacked on his second day at work

    2:52 PM — A New Jersey transgender man has been fired after his employers decided that he did not fulfil a men-only requirement of the job. El'Jai Devoureau, 39, was hired by a drug treatment centre last summer and was required to watch men giving urine samples for drug testing.

  • 11th April 2011

    US HIV patients want right to HIV organ transplants 6

    US law forbids HIV-positive organs going to HIV-positive recipients

    4:05 PM — HIV-positive patients in the US are lobbying for the right to receive HIV-infected transplant organs. They argue that there are hundreds of HIV-infected organs available every year and that making the change would save lives and give more people the chance of a transplant.

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