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  • 14th January 2011

    Woman accused of pretending to be a man to trick women into sex

    The court heard that Samatha Brooks had pretended to be a man

    4:11 PM — A Scottish woman has been accused of tricking two women into sex by pretending to be a man. Samantha Brooks, 26, of Perthshire, is said to have posed as a man called Lee Brooks for nine years and hidden her genitals by claiming she had testicular cancer.

  • NY teachers sue after being sacked for ‘naked lesbian romp’ 5

    The New York teachers are suing over their firings

    3:52 PM — Two female teachers sacked from a New York school after a janitor claimed to have seen them having sex are to sue. Alini Brito, 30, and Cindy Mauro, 34, were allegedly caught naked in a classroom last November while the rest of the James Madison High School in Brooklyn, new York, was watching a performance.

  • 13th January 2011

    Gay man wins constructive dismissal case against ‘London’s oldest gay pub’ 14

    A tribunal found the claimant was constructively dismissed

    4:09 PM — A gay man who accused London's oldest gay pub of discrimination has also won his case for constructive dismissal.

  • Maryland edges towards gay marriage 5

    Maryland could be next to allow gay marriage (Photo Ludovic Bertron)

    3:44 PM — The governor of the US state of Maryland says he will sign a gay marriage bill into law. The bill is currently progressing through the state Legislature and it is thought to have enough support to pass.

  • Public bodies asked to find out about gay and trans staff 17

    Public bodies won't be forced to ask staff if they are gay (Photo: Jyri)

    2:05 PM — Large public employers are being encouraged to find out how represented lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are in their organisations. As part of the Equality Act, all public bodies will be required to publish information about the diversity of their staff from April but the government will not set diversity targets.

  • Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships 25

    Ireland now recognises foreign gay marriages and civil partnerships (Photo: Mattias Homberg)

    11:56 AM — Gay couples living in Ireland who have married or had a civil partnership abroad will be recognised as civil partners from today. The change is part of Ireland's new civil partnership laws, which give gay couples almost all the rights of marriage.

  • Transgender drug dealer spared prison 17

    Jean Morris was spared prison

    10:53 AM — A transgender drug dealer was spared prison after a judge said placing her in a men's facility would prolong her "sexual nightmare". Jean Morris, 41, was convicted of possessing Class C drug ketamine with intent to supply.

  • 12th January 2011

    Police chief of ‘America’s gayest city’ resigns after claims of homophobia 10

    Police had arrested gay men after approaching them

    5:11 PM — The police chief of Palm Springs has resigned after targeting gay tourists in an undercover sex sting. David Dominguez was also recorded apparently using the word 'faggot' and one of his detectives used the word 'c*******er' about a suspect.

  • Arizona prevents anti-gay church picketing killed 9-year-old’s funeral 34

    Children from the church at another picket

    3:58 PM — The US state of Arizona has quickly pushed through legislation to ban the picketing of funerals. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church had planned to picket the funeral of a nine-year-old girl to gain publicity but now says it will not disrupt the event in exchange for air time on radio stations.

  • Peter Tatchell: Don’t criminalise homophobic Christians 181

    Peter Tatchell says freedom of speech must be preserved

    1:21 PM — Where do we draw the line between religious freedom and free speech on the one hand, and public order and the protection of minorities on the other hand? Should people of faith have the right to express views that others find offensive and bigoted?

  • 11th January 2011

    Hillary Clinton pushes for gay rights but won’t support equal marriage 20

    Hillary Clinton said the Obama administration was leading the way on gay rights globally

    5:02 PM — Hillary Clinton says she's tried to put LGBT rights "near the top" of the Obama administration's foreign agenda. In an interview with US gay magazine The Advocate, Ms Clinton said there was a "rising global tide of violence" against LGBT people around the world and said America was "taking the lead" in making changes.

  • Ugandan opposition leader says he won’t prosecute gays 6

    Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda

    4:38 PM — The Ugandan opposition leader has reportedly suggested that homosexuality should be decriminalised. Kizza Besigye, who leads a four-party opposition group, is to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in a vote next month.

  • Former Labour candidate avoids jail over anti-gay abuse 18

    David Bradley admitted sending the homophobic texts

    1:52 PM — A former Labour Party candidate has avoided jail after admitting sending homophobic text messages to a gay rival. David Bradley, 29, of Bristol, received an eight-month suspended sentence.

  • 10th January 2011

    Pro-gay US congresswoman shot, six killed 29

    Gabrielle Giffords remains seriously ill

    5:30 PM — A pro-gay US congresswoman is in a critical condition and six people were killed after a gunman opened fire at her public meeting in Arizona. Gabrielle Giffords, of Tucson, remains gravely ill in hospital after being shot in the head at close range.

  • Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for progress on gay marriage 46

    Ed Miliband called for progress on marriage equality

    4:20 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for progress on gay marriage by the end of this year. Speaking on Saturday on the tenth anniversary of the equal age of consent, he said that there was more to do on marriage equality.

  • 6th January 2011

    Rhode Island gay marriage bill re-introduced 7

    Rhode Island is expected to return to the issue of gay marriage

    4:45 PM — A bill to allow gay couples to marry is to be re-introduced today. Democrat representative Arthur Handy told The Providence Journal he has secured the support of 27 so-sponsors and expects to sign up more.

  • Turkish LGBT group shut down by court 35

    Another Turkish gay group has been ordered to close

    2:36 PM — Another Turkish LGBT organisation has been ordered to close. A criminal court in Bursa, north-west Turkey, ruled that the Rainbow Association must shut down after claims its members had engaged in prostitution. The group denies the allegations.

  • Door staff attacked with knuckle-duster at Belfast gay club

    Police have not yet established a motive for the attack

    1:37 PM — Three door staff at a Belfast gay club were taken to hospital yesterday after being attacked with a weapon believed to be a knuckle-duster. The staff - two women and one man - were treated for non-life-threatening head or facial injuries.

  • First US transgender trial judge is sworn in 8

    Victoria Kolakowski took the oath of office this week

    11:23 AM — Victoria Kolakowski made history this week when she became the first trans person to be sworn in as a trial judge in the US.

  • 5th January 2011

    Teen attacked man he thought was ‘gay flasher’ 12

    The court heard that the victim was kicked on the ground

    4:21 PM — A teenager from Plymouth faces jail after he attacked a man he thought was coming on to him. Liam O'Brien, 18, punched and kicked the victim on the floor because he believed he was exposing himself deliberately, Plymouth magistrates' court heard.

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