21st July 2010
Man denies murdering trans woman Destiny Lauren
2:59 PM — A man accused of killing a trans woman in November last year in Kentish Town, London, has gone on trial. Leon Fyle, 22, who is unemployed, strangled 29-year-old Destiny Lauren after visiting her for sex, a court heard.
Protests in New Jersey over gay marriage 4
2:10 PM — Gay marriage supporters and opponents protested outside New Jersey's statehouse yesterday as they prepared to battle the issue in the Supreme Court. The US state allows civil unions but gay rights groups have appealed to the Supreme Court to allow full marriage equality.
20th July 2010
Lesbian teenager banned from prom wins $35,000 damages in settlement 10
6:07 PM — A lesbian teenager who was barred from attending her Mississippi school's prom with her girlfriend has settled her case with the school district. Constance McMillen, 18, won $35,000 in damages, plus an agreement from Itawamba County School District to implement anti-discrimination policies.
Uruguay and Paraguay could be next to debate gay marriage 13
4:39 PM — Argentina voted to legalise gay marriage last week and it now looks like two of its neighbours could be on course to consider the same step.
Irish president Mary McAleese signs civil partnerships bill into law 31
1:53 PM — Irish president Mary McAleese signed the country's civil partnerships bill into law yesterday. It gives gay couples almost all of the rights of marriage. The bill passed in the Dail without a vote and was approved by senators in the Seanad last week.
19th July 2010
Deputy Lib Dem leader Simon Hughes says government will allow gay couples to marry 64
6:00 PM — Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, has said that the government will give gay couples the right to civil marriage. He predicted that the change would be made before the next general election.
Robert Mugabe says no to gay rights in Zimbabwe’s constitution 26
11:33 AM — Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has repeated his views on gay rights, saying they will not be protected in the country's new constitution.
16th July 2010
US judge rejects delay over trial of boy who ‘killed gay classmate’
5:55 PM — A US judge has ordered that defence lawyers for a teenager accused of shooting dead a gay classmate be ready for the trial.
Republican gay group challenges military gay ban in court 5
5:10 PM — The Log Cabin Republicans, the party's gay group, is challenging the US ban on out gay soldiers in court. They are seeking a federal injunction to immediately halt the policy, which requires lesbian and gay soldiers to keep their sexuality secret or be fired.
Mexico City offers free honeymoon to first gay couple to wed in Argentina 2
2:33 PM — The first gay couple to take advantage of same-sex marriage in Argentina have been offered a free honeymoon by Mexico City.
Charges dropped against gay US soldier Dan Choi 3
1:10 PM — Two gay US soldiers who chained themselves to the White House fence in protest over the military's gay ban have had the charges against them dropped.
15th July 2010
Washington DC’s highest court rejects challenge to gay marriage 13
5:55 PM — Washington DC's highest court has rejected a challenge against the district's equal marriage law. Same-sex marriage was legalised in the district in March but opponents wanted to put an initiative on the ballot asking voters to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
No appeal for homophobic murderer 2
5:29 PM — A man found guilty of a homophobic murder has been failed in his bid to the sentence overturned. Mark Malone, 33, from Walton-on-Thames, was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years behind bars in 2008 when he was found guilty of the murder of Jeffrey Akers, 50.
Police officer who spied on gay lovers quits job 4
3:50 PM — A married police officer who used police databases to spy on his gay lovers has quit his job. Haydn Evans, 55, a constable from Swansea, admitted 12 counts of illegally accessing data and was given a conditional discharge in June.
Argentina becomes first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage 58
10:35 AM — Argentina's Senate has voted 33-27 to support a bill to legalise gay marriage. As President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the legislation, she is expected to sign it into law, making Argentina the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.
14th July 2010
Father hit girl, 15, with baseball bat after she ‘taunted gay son’ 39
6:04 PM — A father hit a teenage girl with a baseball bat after believing she had taunted his gay son, a court heard. Dean Canham, 44, knocked the girl unconscious after a "red mist" descended on him in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in June last year. He was jailed for three years.
Gay asylum decision was ‘absurd’, says Ann Widdecombe 70
2:34 PM — Former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe has attacked a judge's decision to allow two gay asylum seekers the right to stay in the UK. She wrote that the men, from Iran and Cameroon, "seem to have wanted to come here merely so that they can be overt about their lifestyles".
Trans woman spared prison over child abuse images 22
1:20 PM — A trans woman found guilty of downloading indecent images of children has been spared jail by a judge who said it would be an "appalling experience" for her.
Protests as Argentina votes on gay marriage 7
11:06 AM — Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets today while Argentina's Senate debated the merits of a bill allowing same-sex marriage.
13th July 2010
Catholic cardinal says gay marriage in Argentina is the work of the devil 25
6:24 PM — Argentina's highest-ranking Catholic prelate has warned that the country's gay marriage bill is a "machination" of the devil. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has called on priests in Buenos Aires, where he is archbishop, to protest against the bill.