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  • 5th October 2011

    Tennessee student says principal assaulted him for wearing gay rights t-shirt 20

    Chris Sigler says his principal assaulted him for wearing a gay rights t-shirt

    2:12 PM — A Tennessee student claims his principal assaulted him for wearing a t-shirt in support of a school gay-straight alliance. Chris Sigler, 17, a student at Sequoyah High School, wore a home-made shirt which read 'GSA: We've got your back' last Tuesday.

  • New medical rules for US transgender inmates

    Rules for trans prisoners have changed

    11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.

  • 4th October 2011

    Transgender woman tells of street abuse 28

    The court heard that Kim Oakland had suffered transphobic abuse

    5:56 PM — A transgender woman from Carlisle has told how she was subjected to transphobic abuse as she walked through the city centre.

  • Gay dads Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow accused of faking clinical trials

    The couple ran Euroderm Research

    4:51 PM — Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, the UK's first gay surrogate dads, have been accused of faking the results of clinical trials. The couple, who are parents to five children, including two sets of twins, deny five counts of contravening the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.

  • Obama ‘still working’ on gay marriage views 95

    Barack Obama is 'still working' on his views on gay marriage

    10:06 AM — US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".

  • 3rd October 2011

    Government moves to wipe gay sex convictions 46

    Gay men will be able to have the convictions deleted

    6:05 PM — The government has tabled amendments to remove convictions of gay men convicted of now-legal sex acts. The promise to remove such criminal records announced by the Conservative Party before last year's election.

  • ‘Serial killer’ may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg 8

    The killings were reported in Johannesburgm South Africa

    3:18 PM — There are fears that a serial killer may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa. Four gay men have been discovered bound and strangled in their homes in the last ten months.

  • Six suspected anti-gay extremists arrested in Belgrade 23

    The Pride march was cancelled (Photo: Kevin Wong)

    12:05 PM — Serbian police have arrested six suspected anti-gay extremists in connection with attempts to disrupt a Pride march. The march, which was to be held yesterday in Belgrade, was cancelled by police over fears of mass violence.

  • UK passport forms to accommodate gay parents 31

    Gay parents currently have to be 'mother' or 'father'

    10:13 AM — From December, gay parents applying for passports for their children will not have to list themselves as 'mother' and 'father'. The Identity and Passport Service said the amendments would be made to accommodate gay and lesbian parents applying for passports on behalf of the children.

  • 30th September 2011

    Police ban Serbia Pride over violence threats 81

    Serbia Pride has been banned - but organisers have not yet said whether they will comply

    5:10 PM — Serbia's gay Pride march has been banned by police. Authorities fear a repeat of the violence that marred last year's event and injured almost 100 police officers.

  • Pentagon says military chaplains can hold gay weddings 16

    Military chaplains will have the option of holding gay weddings

    4:01 PM — The Pentagon has ruled that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on or off military bases. The change comes ten days after the formal repeal of the ban on openly gay troops.

  • Serbia Pride may be banned over violence fears 7

    Serbia Pride may be banned

    3:17 PM — Serbian authorities are considering banning Sunday's Pride march. Yesterday, the country's police chief warned that marchers in Belgrade may face violence from far-right extremists.

  • New York Christian clerk may go to court over gay marriages 71

    Ms Belforti says God does not want her to serve gay couples

    2:33 PM — A town clerk in New York may go to court over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, says God does not want her to condone same-sex relationships.

  • Court dismisses gay military ban ruling 17

    Log Cabin Republicans claimed the law could be revived

    10:31 AM — A US federal court has dismissed a ruling which struck down the ban on openly gay troops as unconstitutional. The law was formally repealed last week but some gay rights campaigners said it could be revived in future if further action is not taken.

  • 29th September 2011

    Serbian gay Pride marchers face threat of violence 41

    An image from last year's riots

    5:31 PM — Marchers at Sunday's Pride parade in Belgrade have been warned they are likely to be attacked by anti-gay extremists. Serbia's police chief, Ivica Dacic, urged organisers to cancel the event to avoid clashes with a far-right group which has planned a march on the same day.

  • Man, 18, convicted of murdering gay pensioner 48

    Aiden Jackson was found guilty of murder

    3:53 PM — An 18-year-old man has been convicted of murdering a gay pensioner. Aiden Jackson, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, faces a life sentence for the killing of 67-year-old David Cowley.

  • Gay rights groups accuse NI health minister of ignoring them 14

    Edwin Poots was accused of snubbing gay rights campaigners

    1:40 PM — Campaigners against the gay blood donation ban have accused Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots of snubbing them. Mr Poots announced last week that he would not lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, despite the rest of the UK doing so on November 7th.

  • Religious groups say gay marriage ban blocks faith freedom 65

    Faith groups want the right to hold gay weddings

    10:45 AM — Scottish religious leaders have warned that banning faiths from holding gay weddings will compromise religious freedom. Representatives from the Unitarians, Liberal Jews, Quakers, the Metropolitan Community Church and the Pagan Federation held a conference in Edinbugh yesterday to back calls for marriage equality.

  • 28th September 2011

    Gaydar fraudster jailed for four years 21

    Mark Bishop has been jailed for four years and three months

    4:59 PM — A man who trawled Gaydar to find victims to steal from has been jailed for four years and three months. Mark Andrew Bishop, 37, of no fixed abode, stole £300,000 from one of his nine known victims, although police say he may have targeted many more men.

  • Jury considers case of teen accused of murdering gay man

    The jury is considering a murder charge against Aiden Jackson

    1:16 PM — A jury in Lincolnshire is considering the case of a teenager accused of killing a gay man. Aiden Jackson, 18, denies murder but admits manslaughter and claims he attacked 67-year-old David Cowley because he was "disgusted" by the older man's sexual advances.

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