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  • 29th December 2009

    Gay Malawi couple charged with indecency over ceremony 8

    The couple were charged with public indecency

    2:29 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who held a public wedding ceremony have been arrested and charged with public indecency. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza had a tradiitonal ceremony in the south African country on Saturday.

  • 24th December 2009

    Father accused of forcing ‘gay’ son to have sex with a prostitute

    The case will be heard at a higher court

    4:59 PM — A father is standing trial in Queensland, Australia, for allegedly forcing his 14-year-old son to sleep with a prostitute because he thought the boy was gay. According to the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, the alleged incident happened in 2007 at a family barbecue.

  • Former Mr Gay UK arrested for alleged ‘serious sex offence’

    Mark Carter was named Mr Gay UK in 2006

    3:53 PM — Police officer Mark Carter, the 2006 Mr Gay UK winner, has been arrested on suspicion of a sex attack. Carter, who is a serving officer with Huddersfield Police, has been suspended from duty.

  • Georgian gay rights group raided by police 3

    Police were accused of not wearing uniforms or producing search warrants

    3:21 PM — The Inclusive Foundation, a gay rights group based in the eastern European country of Georgia, was raided by police earlier this month and its leader arrested. European gay organisation ILGA-Europe said the raid was motivated by homophobia.

  • Archbishop of York speaks out on Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 28

    Archbishop of York John Sentamu said the bill was "victimising"

    12:32 PM — Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who was born in Uganda, has condemned the country's plans to introduce the death penalty of life imprisonment for gays. Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme this morning, he criticised the "victimising" language in the bill and said the communion was "committed" to listening to the experiences of gay people.

  • Ethics minister says Uganda’s death penalty for gays will be ditched 49

    James Nsaba Buturo said the death penalty would be ditched

    11:26 AM — The Ugandan minister for ethics and integrity has suggested that the country will ditch its plans to execute gays in favour of life imprisonment. James Nsaba Buturo said this would allow authorities to rehabilitate gays.

  • 23rd December 2009

    Lithuanian parliament revises ‘gay ban’ law 10

    Lithuania's parliament revised the law

    5:09 PM — Lithuania has revised a controversial law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality. The country's parliament voted 58-4, with 25 abstentions, to amend the law. It prohibited the "public dissemination" of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.

  • Club drug ban comes into force today 10

    Some club drugs will be banned from today

    1:42 PM — From today, 'legal highs' such as GBL, BZP and Spice will become Class C drugs. GBL (gamma-butaryl lactone), which is said to be popular on the gay club scene, is a liquid used in paint stripper and nail varnish remover.

  • Boy George barred from appearing on Big Brother 16

    Boy George was barred from appearing on Celebrity Big Brother

    12:20 PM — Singer Boy George will not be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother after a High Court judge dismissed his appeal. The star, real name George O'Dowd, was barred from going on the show when the Probation Service said his appearance would undermine public confidence in the justice system.

  • Women hurt in homophobic attack in Plymouth 6

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    11:55 AM — Two young women were injured in Plymouth when they were attacked outside a bar. The pair, one in her teens and one in her early 20s, told police they were attacked by a group of men outside Goodbody's cafe and bar at around 3.15am on Monday morning.

  • 22nd December 2009

    Ugandan President threatens to reject homophobic bill 28

    US newspaper DC Agenda claims that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to reject the bill

    3:00 PM — The President of Uganda has threatened to veto the a controversial new bill that could see homosexuals sentenced to the death penalty or lifetime imprisonment. US newspaper DC Agenda claims that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to US secretary of state for African affairs Jonnie Carson on two separate occasions that he would reject the bill currently making its way through parliament.

  • US law firm faces £31m sexual harassment lawsuit 2

    In addition to the $50m, Kamps is seeking to be reinstated to Fried Frank as a partner

    1:41 PM — A former associate at a major US law firm is filing a $50m (£31m) sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employers. Julie Kamps, who was dismissed from law firm Fried Frank in January, is claiming that a female partner at the firm harassed her and that she was overlooked for promotion because of her sexuality.

  • Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22

    The decision to allow full marriage for gay couples prompted jubilation in the streets from Mexico City's LGBT community and gay rights groups

    12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.

  • Filmstar Tom Cruise sued by alleged gay lover 27

    In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star

    12:04 PM — Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is being sued over allegations of wiretapping. Magazine editor, Michael Davis Sapir, claims that the actor hired private detective, Anthony Pellicano, to wiretap his phone. In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star.

  • Former drag queen awarded £30,000 in unfair dismissal case 7

    Mr Awford, known on the club circuit as, 'Dean the Queen,' was awarded £30,000 compensation

    11:10 AM — Former drag queen ,Dean Awford, has been awarded £30,000 for unfair dismissal from a high end furniture store. Employment Judge David Kearsley found that Mr Awford had been unfairly dismissed by store manager David Gray.

  • 21st December 2009

    Proposed law change may ban production of bareback porn 14

    Bareback porn has become and major genre in the gay porn industry

    12:48 PM — An American gay health charity are planning to file a petition that could see a ban on the production of bareback pornography. California's AIDS Healthcare Foundation will file a petition to amend state law to mandate that all adult-film stars use condoms.

  • Christian leader supports death penalty for gays 87

    Christian Voice opposes abortion, homosexuality, no-fault divorce and safer sex education. Additionally it supports the death penalty and does not recognise the concept of marital rape

    12:06 PM — A far right Christian group has urged fellow Christians to support Uganda's proposed law that would make homosexuality punishable by death. The law would impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex with a minor or disabled person or someone infected with HIV.

  • Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40

    Today is the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships

    10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.

  • 20th December 2009

    BBC ‘may face sanctions’ after gay execution debate 34

    Trevor Phillips suggested the BBC could face legal action over the comments

    3:32 PM — Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said the BBC may face sanctions over last week's online debate on whether gays should be executed.

  • 18th December 2009

    Washington DC mayor signs gay marriage bill 12

    DC mayor Adrian Fenty supported the bill

    7:15 PM — Washington DC's mayor Adrian Fenty has signed a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. He signed it at a public ceremony at All Souls Church, which has a gay-friendly Unitarian congregation.

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