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  • 29th July 2009

    Appeal for witnesses after gay man drowns in Manchester canal 6

    Steven MacDonald was last seen on Wednesday July 22nd

    9:58 AM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a man drowned in a Manchester canal last week. Steven MacDonald, 45, of Openshaw, was found dead on Friday July 24th in the water by Dulcie Street near the Piccadilly 111 complex.

  • 28th July 2009

    Police appeal over sex attacks in central London

    The alleged victims had been at Heaven nightclub (Photo: Nick Cooper)

    5:07 PM — Two men have been the victims of alleged sexual attacks after leaving the Heaven nightclub in Villiers Street, London. The alleged attacks were said to have taken place in a car.

  • US Senate to hold hearing on gay military policy 3

    The US Senate is to hold hearings into 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    11:44 AM — The US Senate will hold congressional hearings into the country's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. The policy prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the US military and has so far seen nearly 13,000 servicemen and women dismissed on the grounds of their sexuality.

  • Man appears in court over murder of gay pensioner

    Marcin Orlowski will appear at the Old Bailey in November

    11:05 AM — A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a gay pensioner. Edward Highwood, 79, who was known as Teddy, was found dead at his home in Greenwich, south-east London, on Saturday July 18th.

  • Irish civil partnerships are for ‘second-class people’ 50

    The Irish government has proposed civil partnerships

    10:53 AM — The Irish government's proposals to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples have been attacked by Amnesty International as being "a second-class form of marriage".

  • 27th July 2009

    Rookie policeman disciplined for ‘gays on Hollyoaks’ rant 20

    Kris, played by Gerard McCarthy, is a bisexual Hollyoaks character

    4:34 PM — A newly-recruited policeman has been giving a warning by Lothian and Borders Police for a homophobic internet rant.

  • Man claims he was ‘raped and beaten’ by gay lover

    The alleged victim claimed he was beaten and raped

    3:36 PM — A man has claimed he was repeatedly beaten and raped by his former lover, who threatened to reveal his sexuality. The High Court heard on Friday that the alleged victim was forced to stand in a freezing shower and was repeatedly attacked.

  • 24th July 2009

    Trans woman demands move to female prison 21

    The trans woman is currently in a male prison

    4:59 PM — A trans woman who is serving life for manslaughter and attempted rape has claimed that the refusal to move her to a women's prison is a violation of her human rights.

  • Colleague charged over murder of gay sailor 2

    August Provost was found dead last month

    4:10 PM — A man has been charged with the death of gay US sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead on June 30th at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He had been shot and his body had been burned.

  • Teacher arrested for ‘lesbian relationship’ with pupil, 15

    Police are investigating the allegations (Photo: JD Mack)

    12:14 PM — A teacher at a private London school has been accused of having a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. The music teacher was arrested on Monday. She was named today as Helen Goddard, 26, from Greenwich, and is now on police bail.

  • 23rd July 2009

    Washington DC gives parental rights to lesbian couples 2

    Lesbian parents in DC now have more rights

    5:33 PM — A law which gives lesbian parents in DC more rights has come into effect. The legislation, which was enacted on Saturday, gives lesbians the right to become the legal parent of a partner's artificially-inseminated child without having to adopt.

  • Map shows legal status of gays across Europe 13

    The map shows the legal status of LGB people

    4:34 PM — A map has been released to show the political status of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Europe, revealing some disturbing trends within the eastern European bloc.

  • Gay couple bit neighbour in row over cat 14

    The couple were found guilty of the assault

    2:21 PM — A gay couple have been convicted of attacking their neighbour in a row over a cat damaging their garden. Bill Young, 51, and David Dickman, 45, beat and bit Tony Dyson, 47, in the late-night argument in March. They also tried to gouge his eyes out.

  • 22nd July 2009

    Gay man, 79, killed in London 8

    Edward Highwood was found dead on Saturday

    5:37 PM — A gay man has been found dead in Greenwich, south-east London. Edward Highwood, 79, was found dead at his home in Hollymount Close on Saturday July 18th by his housemate.

  • Lesbian turned away from men-only gay bar in Torquay 68

    The lesbians were turned away from a gay bar

    10:22 AM — A lesbian who was turned away from a gay bar because she is female has complained about her "disgusting" treatment.

  • 21st July 2009

    Venezuelan government moves to establish greater LGBT rights 21

    President Hugo Chávez is said to be backing the bill

    4:33 PM — The Venezuelan National Assembly has voted to pass a bill for gender equity and equality through the first round of discussion.

  • Case begins on US teenager who shot gay classmate dead 7

    Larry King was shot twice in the back of the head

    12:37 PM — A hearing has begun into the case of a US teenager who allegedly killed his classmate because he was gay. Brandon McInerney, 15, is accused of shooting Larry King, also 15, on February 12th 2008 at a school in Oxnard, California as class started.

  • Gay bar raid chief apologises 4

    Officers arrest a man at the Rainbow Lounge (Photo: Chuck Potter via Dallas Voice)

    11:37 AM — The chief of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has apologised for a raid on a gay bar that left one man seriously injured.

  • Man jailed for stabbing lesbian wife 2

    Adel Hdili was jailed for nine years

    11:23 AM — A man has been jailed for nine years after an "enraged" and "frenzied" attack on his ex-wife, after she told him she thought she was a lesbian.

  • 20th July 2009

    Hate crimes bill moves closer 9

    The law is named after Matthew Shepard

    5:31 PM — A bill known as the Matthew Shepard Act has been approved for a Senate vote. The bill, named after the murdered gay teenager, expands federal hate crime laws offer protection on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability.

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