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  • 28th July 2011

    Street preacher ‘told gay couple to burn in hell’ 142

    The gay couple say a Christian preacher told them to 'burn in hell'

    10:32 AM — A gay couple in Taunton, Somerset, say that Christian street preacher told them to "burn in hell". Craig Manning and his civil partner, who does not want to be named, say they were walking through the town centre holding hands last month when the man began abusing them in public.

  • 27th July 2011

    Student in gay suicide case wants charges dismissed

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    4:57 PM — Lawyers for a student accused over the suicide of his gay roommate say the charges against him should be dismissed and that prosecutors withheld evidence. Dharun Ravi, 19, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, is accused of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation in the case of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi (pictured).

  • US to look again at gay blood donation ban 2

    The US bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood

    2:00 PM — The US Department of Health and Human Services is to look again at the lifetime blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The department said yesterday that the current policy is "sub-optimal" and announced it has instructed advisors to study whether the strict rules can be relaxed.

  • Michigan court won’t hear lesbian custody case 6

    Renee Harmon lost custody of her children (Photo: Christopher Meredith)

    11:06 AM — Michigan's Supreme Court has refused to hear a child custody case involving two lesbians. The court said there was no evidence that a review is necessary in the case of Renee Harmon and her former partner Tammy Davis.

  • Italy rejects anti-homophobia bill 127

    Italy has no legal protection against LGBT discrimination (Photo: Vaughan Leiberum)

    9:49 AM — Italy's parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation.

  • 26th July 2011

    Indian lesbian couple ask court for protection from anti-gay family members 25

    The couple say their families have threatened to kill them (file photo)

    5:13 PM — A newly-married lesbian couple in India have asked a court to protect them from homophobic family members. The women, aged 20 and 25, from Manesar, near New Delhi, say their families have threatened to kill them since they wed on July 22nd.

  • Another MP withdraws from religious rights motion 66

    Another MP has withdrawn his name from the motion

    11:25 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion apparently calling for religious workers to be allowed to refuse to serve gay people. Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock, who recently accused the UK Border Agency of homophobia, said he signed the early day motion by accident.

  • 25th July 2011

    Anti-gay group files lawsuit against New York gay marriage 28

    An anti-gay group wants to challenge the gay marriage law

    6:07 PM — An anti-gay group in New York has filed a lawsuit against the city's new marriage laws. The group, called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, claims the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill earlier this year.

  • New York mayor officiates aides’ wedding 17

    Mr Bloomberg officiated the wedding

    4:31 PM — Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, presided over the marriage of two of his aides yesterday. He officiated the wedding ceremony of John Feinblatt, his chief policy advisor, and Jonathan Mintz, the city’s commissioner for consumer affairs, who have been together for 14 years.

  • US Navy officer censured for anti-gay hazing 9

    The Navy said Commander Liam Bruen failed to show leadership

    2:37 PM — A retired US Navy officer has been censured to allowing a junior to be given anti-gay nicknames. Commander Liam Bruen was the leader of the Strike Fighter Squadron 136 at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach when the 2009 incident took place at a meeting to discuss call signs for new officers.

  • Obama signs certification to end military gay ban 33

    President Obama has signed a certification to end the law

    10:40 AM — On Friday, President Obama and two military leaders signed a certification declaring that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that the ban. known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, will officially end in mid-September, allowing gay and lesbian troops to finally be open about their sexual orientation.

  • 24th July 2011

    Gay couples celebrate first gay marriages in New York 49

    The Niagara Falls were lit in rainbow colours (Photo:@NewYorkTheater)

    4:28 PM — Gay couples have begun to marry in ceremonies all over New York state during the first day that same-sex weddings are legal in the state.

  • 22nd July 2011

    Convicted rapist ‘claims he’s gay to win asylum’ 78

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

    5:28 PM — A Ugandan man serving a four-year sentence for raping a woman is reportedly seeking asylum by claiming he is gay. John Ssewagudde, 21, was convicted of raping the woman in Glasgow last June after he admitted the attack on her Facebook page.

  • Appeal for witnesses after homophobic attack in central London 153

    CCTV images of the two suspects

    4:18 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a 42-year-old gay man was beaten in an unprovoked attack in central London in the early hours of this morning (Friday).

  • Labour MP: Compromises for anti-gay staff are ‘outrageous’ 77

    The EHRC has called for accommodations to be made for workers who don't want to serve gay people

    3:48 PM — Labour MP John McDonnell has called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission to review its decision to advocate for "compromises" and "reasonable accommodations" for workers who refuse to serve gay people. He said the move was "outrageous and totally unacceptable".

  • New York city extends gay marriage plans 4

    The first weddings will take place on Sunday (Photo: Ludovic Berton)

    3:21 PM — All of the gay couples who applied to wed on the first day gay marriage is legal in New York will be able to do so. The new law comes into power on Sunday and as the city can only cope with so many ceremonies officials ran a lottery to determine who could wed on the day.

  • Five students sue Minnesota school district over anti-gay bullying 12

    The five students were bullied relentlessly because they were thought to be gay

    11:22 AM — Five students who say they were victims of homophobic bullying are suing a Minnesota school district over an "epidemic of harassment". They say that the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the state's largest, failed to protect them and that a "gag policy" restricting teachers' ability to discuss gay and lesbian issues made the problem worse.

  • 21st July 2011

    Transgender woman shot dead in Washington DC 14

    Lashai McLean was shot on Wednesday morning

    5:12 PM — A transgender woman was shot dead in Washington DC on Wednesday morning. Police said Lashai McLean, 23, was walking along Dix Street in the north-east area with another transgender person when they exchanged words with two men.

  • TUC attacks equality commission’s opt-out proposals for anti-gay staff 130

    The EHRC says 'compromises' should be found for religious workers

    4:33 PM — The Trades Union Congress says it is "deeply concerned" at the Equality and Human Rights Commission's proposals to give homophobic workers the right to avoid serving gay people.

  • UK Border Agency begins recording gay asylum claims 5

    Campaigners say data is needing to check whether the system is working

    2:48 PM — The government says the UK Border Agency has begun collecting data on the numbers of asylum claims based on sexual orientation. Campaigners welcomed the news and said the records would show whether the system is working.

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