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  • 30th November 2010

    Texas gay Skype marriage annulled 5

    The couple's marriage was annulled (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    12:17 PM — A gay couple who married by Skype in Texas have had their ceremony annulled. Texas residents Mark Reed and Dante Walkup decided to circumvent Texas' law against gay marriage by having a registrar in Washington DC conduct the ceremony over the internet but were told last week that this is not legal.

  • 29th November 2010

    Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14

    Penny Wong is now in favour of gay marriaghe

    4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.

  • Lesbian couple demand the right to marry 10

    The couple expect to be turned away from registering a marriage tomorrow

    2:20 PM — A lesbian couple in Hampshire will attempt to register a marriage tomorrow. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, say that civil partnerships were created to deny gay couples equality.

  • Kenyan prime minister says gays should be arrested 26

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:06 PM — The prime minister of Kenya says that gay men and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.

  • Marines said to be most opposed to lifting military gay ban 10

    Marines were said to be most opposed to lifting the ban

    11:03 AM — The Marines are the faction of the US military most opposed to lifting the ban on out gay troops, reports say.

  • 26th November 2010

    Tory grandee calls in police over gay cruisers on his land 26

    Sir Beville complained about gay cruisers on his land

    4:21 PM — A Conservative grandee has asked police to step up patrols around his 2,000-acre estate to prevent gay cruisers meeting for sex. Sir Beville Stanier, who is a friend of the Queen, complained that Oxfordshire county council should do more to "alleviate the problem".

  • Five arrested in Met raids for anti-gay and transphobic crimes 2

    Police arrested a total of 247 people in connection with hate crimes

    2:45 PM — Five people in London were arrested on suspicion of homophobic and transphobic crimes yesterday as part of a series of dawn raids. A total of 247 people were arrested in connection with hate crimes in yesterday's Met police operation.

  • US judge says lesbians can be ‘cured’ by male soldiers 217

    Lesbians could be 'converted' in the military, Joe Rehyansky argued.

    1:37 PM — An American judge has been accused of advocating corrective rape for lesbians. Joe Rehyansky, a part-time magistrate and Vietnam veteran, wrote on conservative news site The Daily Caller that lesbians should be allowed to serve in the military because straight male soldiers could "convert" them.

  • 25th November 2010

    Met Police arrest 195 people in anti-hate crime raids 5

    Police arrested at least 195 people in London this morning

    4:47 PM — An anti-hate crime operation carried out by the Met Police this morning has resulted in 195 arrests. The majority of arrests were connected to domestic violence, although two were related to homophobic offences.

  • Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3

    The demonstration was held in St Petersburg

    3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.

  • Anti-gay groups upset at being called ‘hateful’ 38

    Anti-gay groups objected to being called 'hateful'

    1:53 PM — US anti-gay organisations have hit back after being included on a list of 'hate groups'. The Family Research Council and National Organization for Marriage were named by a civil rights body as two of 18 groups which "demonise" gay people and propagate "known falsehoods".

  • 24th November 2010

    Figures show decrease in US anti-gay crime 2

    Reports of hate crime are decreasing, the figures said

    5:40 PM — FBI figures for 2009 show that reports of anti-gay hate crimes in the US have decreased. However, a recent study claims that gays are more likely to be victims of violent hate crime than any other minority group.

  • Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13

    The video featured generals from other countries calling repeal a non-event

    5:38 PM — Fox News has refused to broadcast an advert which calls for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The ad, by the pro-repeal Palm Center, features Canadian and Australian military leaders saying that lifting their countries' bans on out gay soldiers were a "non-event" and did not harm the military.

  • Lesbian flight nurse returns to duty as White House appeals 1

    Major Margaret Witt is to return to duty

    3:39 PM — A lesbian flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell is to re-join the Air Force but the Obama administration has filed an appeal against the decision. Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves when her affair with a woman came to light.

  • Texas trans woman arrested for using female toilet 12

    Trans groups say that trans people are permitted to use whichever toilets they prefer

    3:22 PM — A trans woman in Houston, Texas, has been arrested after using a female toilet in a library. Tyjanae Moore was arrested by police last Wednesday for "knowingly entering a restroom of the opposite sex" but trans groups say her arrest was unlawful.

  • New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27

    Martin Callanan is the new head of the Conservatives in Europe

    2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.

  • Gay men in London warned over ‘drugged robberies’ 7

    Gay drinkers in Charing Cross were warned to be on their guard

    1:54 PM — Middle-aged gay men who drink in the Charing Cross area of London have been advised to stay on their guard after a spate of drug-assisted robberies. Lambeth Police say there have been a number of incidents in which older men have been approached by a young man in a Charing Cross bar and subsequently robbed.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Judge extends ban on Ugandan tabloid outing gays 6

    A previous edition of Rolling Stone

    6:20 PM — A Ugandan judge has extended a ban on a tabloid outing gay men and lesbians. Rolling Stone, which is no relation to the US magazine, has been publishing lists of people it identified as gay, plus their addresses and photographs.

  • Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 5

    The couple say they will go to court over the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    3:52 PM — A straight couple who were barred from having a civil partnership say they will fight the ban in court. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, of Bristol, said they were disappointed to have been rejected by Bristol register office because they are straight but hope that their attempt would help change the law.

  • Teenage girls ‘kicked gay man as he lay unconscious’

    Ian Baynham died last year after being attacked in Trafalgar Square

    3:05 PM — Two teenage girls taunted a gay man and then kicked him as he lay unconscious, a court has heard. Ruby Thomas and Rachel Burke are accusing of stamping and kicking Ian Baynham, a 63-year-old civil servant who died 18 days after he was knocked to the floor last September in Trafalgar Square.

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