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  • 18th January 2011

    Virginia judge U-turns on lesbian couple’s name change 8

    The couple were permitted to change their names (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:52 PM — A judge in the US state of Virginia has allowed a lesbian couple to change their names - shortly after ruling that they couldn't.

  • Updated: Iranian men to be stoned to death over gay sex 55

    Sources say the young men face death by stoning

    5:26 PM — Two young men who filmed themselves having sex have been sentenced to death by stoning in Iran. The film was discovered on the mobile phones of Ayub and Mosleh, 20 and 21 years old, by agents of the Iranian regime in the Kurdistan city of Piranshahr in northwest Iran.

  • Peter Tatchell: Discrimination would be ‘rampant’ if Christian hotel couple won case 51

    The Christian couple acted unlawfully in barring gay couples

    1:30 PM — Discrimination would have become "rampant" again if a Christian hotel couple had won the right to bar gay couples, LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell has said. He said that if Peter and Hazelmary Bull had won their case, the judgment would have set a precedent for countless claims.

  • Gay couple win case over hotel ban 549

    The hotel owners lost the case

    10:34 AM — A gay couple have won their case against the owners of a hotel after being refused a double room. Martin Hall and Steven Preddy, who are civil partners, sued devout Christians Peter and Hazelmary Bull for sexual orientation discrimination.

  • 17th January 2011

    Brazilian gay group says 250 LGBT people killed in a year 8

    Brazil celebrates gay Pride but activists say the LGBT murder rate is high

    5:23 PM — A Brazilian gay group claims that 250 LGBT people were killed in hate crimes in 2010. Grupo Gay da Bahia is part-way through compiling a report on the issue but says that the latest figures show that an LGBT person is being killed at a rate of one every day and a half.

  • Ruling expected on gay hotel ban 22

    A judge will rule on the case tomorrow

    5:09 PM — A judge is expected to rule tomorrow (Tuesday) on whether a hotel can lawfully bar gay couples. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, are being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation by a gay couple.

  • Gay couple are first to be recognised as civil partners in Ireland 26

    Glenn Cunningham and Adriano Vilar are Ireland's first civil partners

    4:07 PM — A gay couple are celebrating after becoming the first recognised civil partners in Ireland. Glenn Cunningham and Adriano Vilar had a civil partnership in Northern Ireland last year but are now recognised as a couple in Ireland due to new laws.

  • Chicago ministers say Martin Luther King would not have supported gay rights 33

    The group claims Martin Luther King would be against gay marriage, but his widow claimed otherwise

    2:45 PM — A group of Chicago ministers are holding a press conference today to claim that civil rights leader Martin Luther King would not have supported gay rights.

  • 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.

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