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  • 2nd June 2010

    Lesbian police officer threatened woman over homophobic taunts 7

    PC Helen Cound has been suspended

    4:53 PM — A lesbian police officer admitted threatening a woman who taunted her with anti-gay slurs, a court heard yesterday. PC Helen Cound, an officer with West Mercia Police, overheard a woman making "ignorant and intrusive" comments about the sexuality of her partner Sharon Wallace.

  • 1st June 2010

    Gay US soldier Dan Choi on hunger strike 37

    Dan Choi in a recent protest at the White House

    5:27 PM — Gay US soldiers Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo entered their sixth day of a hunger strike today over the military gay ban. The pair, who chained themselves to the White House fence recently, announced last Thursday they were going on hunger strike and say they will not eat until President Barack Obama meets their demands.

  • Madonna celebrates release of gay Malawi couple 9

    Madonna thanked her fans for supporting the couple (Photo: David Shankbone)

    4:37 PM — Madonna has thanked her fans for supporting her call for Malawi to release a couple jailed for homosexuality offences. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were pardoned by Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika last week after being sentenced to 14 years of hard labour.

  • 29th May 2010

    President of Malawi frees and pardons gay couple sentenced to 14 years hard labour 29

    The couple were shamed on the cover of a national newspaper

    5:24 PM — The president of Malawi, Bingu Wa Mutharika has pardoned the gay couple sentenced to 14 years hard labour for conducting an illegal wedding in the country. The move was announced during a visit to the country by the secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.

  • 28th May 2010

    US House delivers victory on proposal to overturn gay military ban 14

    President Obama has backed the ban

    10:20 AM — The US house of Representatives approved yesterday the proposal to overturn the law banning openly LGB people serving in the military.

  • 27th May 2010

    Zimbabwean gay rights activists released on bail 5

    President Mugabe is avowedly homophobic

    6:00 PM — A court in Harare, Zimbabwe, has today released on bail the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation who were arrested last Friday. Their trial is set for 10 June.

  • Massachusetts Attorney General challenges federal ban on gay marriage 4

    Massachusetts legalised same-sex unions in 2004

    3:09 PM — The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, requested that a federal court in Boston yesterday strike down the federal ban on gay marriage, arguing that it interfered with the rights of individual states to define marriage and have those unions recognised by the federal government.

  • Hundreds expected to turn out for Malawi protest this Saturday in London 13

    The couple were sentenced last week

    1:44 PM — A vast crowd is expected to turn out for Saturday's protest at London's Malawi High Commission, in a show of solidarity for Malawian prisoners Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

  • Christian street preacher to sue police over arrest for allegedly homophobic public sermon 48

    The Christian Institute's is financing Mr Mcalpine's case

    11:23 AM — A Christian street preacher who was arrested last month for expressing his allegedly homophobic views is to take legal action over the incident.

  • US Congress may vote on military gay ban today 5

    The "don't ask, don't tell" law may be repealed after 17 years

    10:42 AM — The US Congress is on track for taking a landmark vote over the issue of LGBT people serving in the military, according to the Associated Press.

  • 26th May 2010

    Gay immigration group hit out at ‘sensational’ asylum report 9

    LGBT asylum seekers can face enormous odds

    5:27 PM — The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) have expressed their misgivings over a recent newspaper article slamming the UK's border control policies. The article which appeared last weekend in the Independent on Sunday was headlined: "Virtually All Gay Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Persecution". UKLGIG say that the article created a false impression of the fate of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.

  • Gay father of twins to be allowed back into Israel this week 7

    Israel has welcomed gay father back

    4:33 PM — A gay man with twin sons born to a surrogate mother in India is to be allowed to return to his native Isreal this week after being stranded in a Mumbai hotel for the past two months because of the Ministry of the Interior's refusal to issue a paternity test.

  • Canadian researchers argue for lifting of blood ban for gay men 9

    gay men are banned from giving blood in the UK, US and Canada

    3:47 PM — A team of investigators in the online edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal has argued that the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood should be replaced with a deferral for those who have been in a stable, monogamous relationship for at least one year. In Canada, the USA and the UK, gay men and any other men who partake in sex with men are permanently banned from giving blood.

  • Zimbabwean gay activists due in court today 6

    President Robert Mugabe is avowedly homophobic

    1:51 PM — The two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) human rights group who were arrested last Friday in the country's capital, Harare, are expected to appear in court this afternoon after five nights in custody.

  • Former German spy jailed for sharing state secrets with gay lover 4

    Robert Anton K. worked for the German BND Intelligence Service

    1:06 PM — In Munich today, a former German spy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for sharing top-secret information with his boyfriend, a Macedonian interpreter who he met while on a clandestine mission to Kosovo for the German BND Intelligence Service in 2005.

  • Malawi couple separated by authorities 23

    The couple were sentenced last week

    11:04 AM — Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian couple sentenced last week to 14 years in prison with hard labour, have been separated by the authorities.

  • Matt Lucas accepts damages from Daily Star 9

    Matt Lucas is best known for the characters he plays in BBC comedy Little Britain

    9:35 AM — The comedian Matt Lucas has accepted undisclosed damages from the Daily Star over articles published in the paper about his late former civil partner, Kevin McGee.

  • 25th May 2010

    Trans woman refused NHS breast operation 81

    The NHS refused Ms "C" a breast augmentation

    11:00 AM — A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.

  • Malta has poor record on gay rights 17

    Malta is one of the EU countries accused of failing its LGBT population

    10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.

  • 24th May 2010

    Zimbabwean gay rights activists accused of ‘undermining’ President Mugabe’s authority 6

    President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe

    6:39 PM — Ellen Chademana (34) and Ignatius Muhambi (38), the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe organisation (GALZ) who were arrested at their Harare offices last Friday, will not be released today according to their attorney, David Hofisi.

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