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  • 29th March 2011

    Indiana Senate approves gay marriage ban bill 26

    The ban will only become law if approved by the public

    9:51 PM — The Indiana Senate has approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions by 40 votes to 10. The public gallery had to be cleared after gay rights protesters shouted at politicians.

  • US schools warned to stop censoring gay websites 51

    The ACLU says LGBT teens are being barred from information

    1:42 PM — American schools have been warned to stop censoring educational lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender websites. The American Civil Liberties Union has written to school districts in Missouri and Michigan to warn that filtering such sites violates the constitution.

  • Teacher accused of seducing pupils denies being a lesbian

    The teacher says she is not a lesbian

    12:47 PM — A drama teacher accused of having sexual relationships with two former pupils has said she is not a lesbian. Caroline French, 38, of Darlington, is said to have groomed a 13-year-old student who was being bullied by giving her cigarettes and alcohol.

  • Maltese trans man wins right to be recognised as male 3

    Photo: Jane Doan

    10:31 AM — A transgender man in Malta has won the right to have his birth certificate changed to 'male'. The 26-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was born female but said he had always felt and acted like a man.

  • Gay rights group wants military gay ban to end immediately 15

    The military gay ban remains in place

    9:05 AM — A gay Republican group has filed an appeal to end the US ban on openly gay soldiers immediately. The Log Cabin Republicans filed their brief in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday.

  • 28th March 2011

    Maryland House approves transgender protections bill 7

    The bill does not give enough protection, trans campaigners say

    4:16 PM — The Maryland House has approved a bill to give transgender people more legal protection. However, trans campaigners are angry that the bill does not protect them from discrimination in hotels, restaurants and public toilets.

  • Breast massage woman files charges after learning masseur was not gay 54

    The woman says she consented to the massage because she thought the therapist was gay

    1:41 PM — A US woman who had a breast massage from a masseur she thought was gay has filed criminal charges against him after learning that he has a girlfriend.

  • Australian gay man pleads guilty to erotic asphyxia murder 18

    An Australian court heard that a gay man had been involved in two erotic asphyxiation deaths

    10:26 AM — An Australian gay man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a lover halfway through his trial. David Richard Fraser, of Adelaide, admits strangling 28-year-old Luke Noonan during a sex act involving erotic asphyxia in September 2009.

  • 25th March 2011

    Vigil for New York teen killed in anti-gay attack 21

    Anthony Collao was killed in the Queens district of New York

    5:50 PM — A vigil has been held for a New York teenager who was allegedly killed in a homophobic attack. Anthony Collao, 18, was attacked at a party last Saturday by a gang who allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs before kicking, punching and beating him with a metal pipe.

  • Reports say Ugandan anti-gay bill has been killed 31

    Uganda's anti-gay bill has reportedly been killed

    4:33 PM — Reports from Uganda say the country's anti-homosexuality bill has been dropped. The controversial legislation would have strengthened Uganda's current laws against gay sex but several reports say the government has intervened to drop it.

  • US retailer Target sues gay rights group 45

    1:06 PM — Target is suing a San Diego gay rights group for canvassing outside its stores. The US retail giant claims that Canvass For A Cause, which is working for gay marriage, is driving away its customers.

  • Man takes ‘gay sex addict’ drug case to court 37

    Didier Jambart says medication turned him gay (Photo: E-Magine Art)

    10:55 AM — A French man who claims a faulty Parkinson's Disease drug turned him into a gay sex addict is demanding £390,000 in compensation. Didier Jambart, 52, from Nantes, is suing ReQuip manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline for his psychological trauma.

  • Colorado Senate approves gay civil unions 14

    A civil unions bill was approved by the Senate

    10:27 AM — The US state of Colorado's Senate has passed a civil unions bill. Lawmakers approved the bill by 23-12 votes and it will now go to the House.

  • Man, 20, charged with murder of gay lecturer

    A man will appear in court today

    10:07 AM — A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a retired gay lecturer in Edinburgh. He is due to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court today over the death of 64-year-old Roger Gray, who taught maths and statistics at Heriot-Watt University.

  • 24th March 2011

    Government scraps dual discrimination protection 27

    The provision was scrapped as part of plans to cut red tape (Photo: B Hernandez)

    3:31 PM — The government is scrapping a 'dual discrimination' protection in the Equality Bill. Chancellor George Osborne announced the change in yesterday's budget but HIV campaigners urged the government to change its mind.

  • Court blocks attempt to lift California gay marriage ban 2

    Gay couples in California are still waiting to find out if they can marry

    2:30 PM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal has declined to lift its stay on an order overturning California's gay marriage ban. The case looks set to drag on for many months more.

  • Derby council defends foster ban on Christian couple 184

    Eunice and Owen Johns were barred from fostering children

    1:51 PM — Derby city council has defended its decision to ban a Christian couple from fostering because of their views on homosexuality.

  • 23rd March 2011

    Edinburgh police say gay lecturer was murdered 24

    Police are asking Roger Gray's friends to come forward

    4:15 PM — Police have confirmed that a retired lecturer found dead at his Edinburgh flat was murdered. Roger Gray is the third gay man to have been killed in the city in the last month but police say there is no evidence to link the deaths.

  • Transgender people sue New York City over surgery requirement 17

    The plaintiffs are suing New York City

    2:48 PM — Three transgender people are suing the city of New York over a requirement that they must have gender reassignment surgery in order to have their birth certificates changed.

  • 22nd March 2011

    California to create new rules for condoms in adult films 1

    New rules are being drafted for condoms in porn films

    4:17 PM — Health and safety officials in California are drafting new rules on the use of condoms in adult films. The move follows a 24-year-old porn actor contracting HIV last year after working on gay and straight films.

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