15th August 2011
Equality commission seeks views on gay vs religious rights cases 121
4:25 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding a brief consultation on how it should advise in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights.
Amnesty: Cameroon must release men on gay sex charges 10
3:37 PM — Amnesty International has called for Cameroonian officials to immediately release two young men charged with homosexuality offences. The pair, a 19-year-old known only as Jonas, and a 20-year-old known only as Francky - were arrested on July 25th in a car outside a night club in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé.
Anti-gay Republican ‘arranged gay sex with teenager’ 78
2:18 PM — An Indianapolis politician who has voted against gay marriage allegedly arranged a gay sex session with a teenager and tried to bribe him not to tell anyone. Republican Phillip Hinkle, 64, reportedly responded to a Craigslist ad looking for a "sugga daddy".
Trans woman and gay man wed in Cuba 30
10:07 AM — A transgender woman and a gay man have married in Cuba. Wendy Iriepa, 37, and Ignacio Estrada, 31, said their marriage is a significant step forward for LGBT rights in the country.
12th August 2011
Trial of US gay school shooting expected to end next week
5:23 PM — The trial of a California boy accused of murdering his gay classmate is expected to end this week. Lawyers for Brandon McInerney, now 17, were expected to rest their case today.
11th August 2011
Simon Hughes to sue News International about phone hacking 3
10:46 PM — The bisexual deputy-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, is to sue News International over the hacking of his phone by a private investigator working for the now defunct News of the World.
Gay man sexually assaulted and robbed on Hampstead Heath 129
5:26 PM — Police are appealing for information after a gay man was attacked, sexually assaulted and robbed on London's Hampstead Heath. Officers believe the victim may also have been drugged.
San Francisco married gay couple lose immigration case 118
4:41 PM — A married gay couple in San Francisco who have lived together for nearly 20 years have been told that one must leave the US by August 25th. Bradford Wells and Antony John Makk married seven years ago in Massachusetts. For most of the last 19 years, they have shared a home in the Castro district.
Judge rules Shrien Dewani can be extradited to South Africa for trial
2:57 PM — A British judge has ruled that millionaire businessman Shrien Dewani can be extradited to South Africa to stand trial over the murder of his wife. Anni Dewani, 29, was shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa, in November during an apparent hijacking. Local police believe her husband arranged for her to be killed by hitmen.
Trial continues over gay school shooting
12:12 PM — The trial of a boy accused of shooting dead a gay classmate has heard that administrators failed to address problems around the victim's clothes and behaviour. Brandon McInerney, who was 14 at the time, is accused of shooting 15-year-old Larry King in the back of the head during a lesson at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California, in February 2008.
Another gay harassment lawsuit filed in Minnesota 16
10:28 AM — Another lawsuit has been filed against a school district in Minnesota, which has been accused of allowing homophobic bullying. Last month, a suit was filed on behalf of five students in the Anoka-Hennepin school district, where a number of LGBT teen suicides have been reported.
10th August 2011
Chile’s president backs civil unions 7
12:26 PM — The president of Chile has proposed legalising civil unions for gay and straight couples. Sebastian Pinera said that all couples deserve "respect, dignity and support of the state" in a speech this week.
Men seek damages for ‘gay slur’ on California theme park photo 43
11:11 AM — Two men are suing a California theme park for damages after a photo of them on a ride was allegedly doctored and displayed with a gay slur.
9th August 2011
‘Obviously gay’ Ugandan asylum seeker faces deportation 15
4:33 PM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who supporters say is "obviously gay" is due to be deported on Wednesday. Robert Segwanyi, 33, says he was tortured and jailed in Uganda for being gay but an immigration judge ruled there was no evidence that he is gay and suffering post-traumatic stress disorder – in contrast to a psychiatrist’s report.
8th August 2011
London gay bookshop attacked by vandals 189
1:20 PM — London's renowned gay bookshop, Gay's the Word, has been attacked by vandals. Staff at the Marchmont Street store came to work this morning to find the front window smashed and the shopfront had been pelted with eggs.
Report calls for equality commission to be scrapped 65
11:22 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission contributes "very little to meaningful equality" and should be dismantled, a think tank report has recommended. The body, headed by Trevor Phillips, has been harshly criticised by gay rights advocates in recent weeks after calling for religious homophobes to be given 'accommodations' and 'compromises' in the workplace.
Boy George ‘suffered homophobic abuse in prison’ 20
10:38 AM — Boy George has told of the anti-gay abuse he suffered from fellow prisoners. The singer, who was jailed for four months in 2009 for falsely imprisoning a male escort, told National Prison Radio about his experiences.
5th August 2011
National Secular Society will advise in religious vs gay rights cases 621
5:30 PM — The National Secular Society has been granted permission to intervene in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights. The body will submit legal arguments in four cases where plaintiffs are appealing against UK court decisions - two of which involve Christian employees who refused to provide services to gay people.
Petition calls for end of gay blood donation ban 40
3:16 PM — A petition has been set up on the government's new e-petitions website to call for the end of the blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The petition, created by student Tom King, has more than 900 signatures at the time of writing and asks MPs to look at introducing new evidence-based criteria on which to screen gay and bisexual donors.
Row continues over Scottish MP’s gay marriage remarks 66
12:03 PM — A row has broken out between SNP politicians over a motion on gay marriage. This week, SNP MSP John Mason tabled a motion which says no one should be “forced to be involved in” gay marriages.