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  • 24th August 2011

    US appeals test HIV transmission laws 5

    The case highlights inequality, but the laws may soon be repealed

    9:57 AM — As the movement to repeal HIV transmission laws gains momentum, two decisions highlight the inapplicability of the laws to gays in at least one US state.

  • 23rd August 2011

    Success in second US couple’s deportation fight

    The dropped deportation order is being hailed as a policy shift

    10:03 AM — The immigration authority which denied leave for an AIDS-sufferer's husband is now exercising discretion as it drops a second order on appeal.

  • 22nd August 2011

    Zimbabwean bishop seizing church homes from ‘pro-gay’ Anglicans 12

    It is illegal for members of the same sex to hold hands in Zimbabwe

    12:54 PM — Kunonga, who supports Mugabe regime and denounces 'pro-gay' Anglican Church, has initiated seizure of priests' homes.

  • Anti-gay group may now intervene at ECHR as views sought on exemptions 86

    The ECHR will hear the appeals of four religious workers

    11:28 AM — In the latest turn at the European Court of Human Rights, the US' Alliance Defense Fund could intervene on behalf of religious workers who want to avoid serving gays while the European Commission opens its consultation.

  • 19th August 2011

    White House announces immigration changes that could benefit gay couples 14

    Anthony John Makk and Bradford Wells have been told Mr Makk must soon leave the US

    5:49 PM — The Obama administration has announced changes in immigration policy that could benefit gay couples. The changes mean that deportation cases will be prioritised according to security risk, such as those with criminal convictions.

  • Cameroon men arrested for ‘looking feminine’ 18

    The men were arrested in Cameroon's capital last month

    1:41 PM — The lawyer for two men facing trial in Cameroon for homosexuality offences says they were arrested for looking feminine. Alice Nkom, speaking to BBC News, said that her clients, aged 19 and 20, were accused of homosexuality because their hair was "dressed like women".

  • Teenager found guilty of stabbing gay man in north London 17

    Guelor Moaso was found guilty of the attack

    11:35 AM — An 18-year-old has been found guilty of an unprovoked attack on a gay man in Camden, north London, earlier this year. Guelor Moaso, of Maitland Park Road, Chalk Farm, stabbed 37-year-old David Farrer three times.

  • EHRC confirms backtrack on opt-outs for anti-gay workers 162

    Lillian Ladele, a registrar, said she could not conduct civil partnerships

    10:38 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it will not seek 'reasonable adjustments' to be made for religious workers who refuse to serve gay people, to the dismay of Christian rights groups.

  • Ugandan asylum seeker wins reprieve 17

    Supporters of Robert Segwanyi said he would be persecuted if sent home to Uganda

    10:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who says he will face homophobic persecution if returned home has been permitted to make a fresh appeal. Robert Segwanyi, 33, was due to be deported from the UK at 8pm last night.

  • 18th August 2011

    MP and Ugandan bishop speak out for gay asylum seeker 19

    A previous protest against Uganda anti-gay laws (Photo: Brett Lock)

    11:52 AM — A Liberal Democrat MP and a Ugandan bishop are calling for a gay asylum seeker to be given the right to stay in the UK. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, and Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo say that 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi will face harassment and possibly violence if he is sent home.

  • Keighley man jailed for horrific attack on lesbian couple 57

    Adrian Feather was jailed for the attack

    10:09 AM — A 22-year-old man from Keighley, West Yorkshire, has been jailed for six and a half years for a vicious attack on a lesbian couple. Adrian Feather was said to have borne a grudge against Verona Benson and Tracey Williams after an incident in a pub.

  • 17th August 2011

    Woman accused of anti-gay attack showed jurors gay pride tattoo 17

    The defendant showed jurors a rainbow tattoo (Photo: Kevin Wong)

    5:34 PM — A woman accused of a homophobic attack showed jurors a picture of a rainbow tattoo on her bottom to prove she is not anti-gay. Lauren Proverbs, 21, of Borehamwood, was found not guilty of actual bodily harm over an incident in a takeaway in January.

  • Gay rights group sues Missouri school district over website blocks 7

    The ACLU is challenging school districts which block gay websites

    1:53 PM — A school district in Missouri, US, is being sued by a gay rights group for restricting access to informative gay websites. Camdenton R-III School District is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that the district has ignored warnings that its actions are unconstitutional.

  • Ugandan lesbian campaigner denied entry to UK 42

    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been denied a UK visa

    1:17 PM — A Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner has been denied entry to the UK to speak at a Northern Ireland Pride festival. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who faces death threats for speaking out for LGBT rights in her home country, was invited to open the Foyle Pride Festival in Derry next week.

  • 16th August 2011

    1,000 gay marriages in Mexico City 5

    Mexico City legalised gay marriage last year.

    3:53 PM — Mexico City's civil registry has announced that 1,000 same-sex marriages have been registered since marriage equality came into law last year.

  • Supporters launch petition for Ugandan asylum seeker 12

    Uganda is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT people

    2:26 PM — Supporters of a Ugandan asylum seeker have launched a petition to call for him to be allowed to remain in the UK. Those who have met 33-year-old Robert Segwanyi say he is "obviously gay", despite a judge's ruling that there is no evidence of this.

  • More details emerge in gay suicide case

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    1:15 PM — More details have emerged in the case of a US student who killed himself after his roommate allegedly filmed him having sex with a man. Tyler Clementi, 18, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, jumped from the George Washington Bridge last September.

  • Australian anti-gay marriage rally held as poll finds Christians support equality 109

    A rally held today heard that gay marriage is "selfish"

    11:08 AM — Gay marriage opponents held a rally in Canberra today to condemn marriage equality. The 'National Day for Marriage' rally, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, heard from a number of speakers, including MPs, who claimed that gay marriage is "selfish", will "destroy marriage" and could give rights to paedophiles.

  • 15th August 2011

    Equality commission seeks views on gay vs religious rights cases 121

    The EHRC is holding a consultation

    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

    Amnesty has called on Cameroon to release the men

    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.

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