24th May 2010
Zimbabwean gay rights activists accused of ‘undermining’ President Mugabe’s authority 6
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.
Gay rights dismissed from Zimbabwe’s new Constitution 13
4:46 PM — Zimbabwe's Constitution Select Committee (Copac) has stated that gay rights will not be included in the new constitution and that they will not enter into debate or discussion over the issue.
21st May 2010
Fears over Uganda’s ‘discriminatory’ HIV bill 12
3:24 PM — A bill has been tabled in Uganda's parliament to make HIV testing mandatory for pregnant women, their partners and victims and perpetrators of sexual assaults.
Madonna condemns Malawi for jailing gay men 23
11:41 AM — Madonna has said she is "shocked" at Malawi for sentencing a gay couple to 14 years in jail. The singer, who is the adoptive mother of two Malawian children and possibly the country's most famous benefactor, called on the country to challenge the court's decision.
Moscow Pride banned as protesters say they will march anyway 25
11:12 AM — Moscow city hall has banned a Pride parade for the fifth year running. Gay rights activists applied for permission to hold a march on May 29th but officials turned it down, citing reasons of security.
20th May 2010
Exclusive: Alan Duncan writes ‘Malawi gay conviction is shocking – but we cannot stop aid’ 73
5:10 PM — International development minister Alan Duncan promises that the government will make "urgent representations" to Malawi over the 14-year-prison terms given to gay couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimabalanga.
Exclusive: International development minister Alan Duncan promises ‘urgent representations’ to Malawi 136
5:05 PM — International development minister Alan Duncan has warned against cutting aid money to Malawi but says the government will make "urgent representations" to the county over the 14-year jail term handed to two gay men.
Government ministers ‘deeply dismayed’ by Malawi gay conviction 9
2:58 PM — Three government ministers have said the UK will "continue to press" the African country of Malawi on LGBT rights after it sentenced a couple to 14 years in jail for being gay.
Iranian lesbian actress may face death if deported 17
1:18 PM — An Iranian actress is fighting to win asylum in the UK because she fears she will be killed if sent home. Kiana Firouz, 27, was told by the Home Office she could avoid persecution in Iran if she was "discreet" about being a lesbian.
Malawi gay couple receive maximum 14-year sentence 34
9:52 AM — A gay couple convicted of having homosexual sex in Malawi have received the maximum 14-year jail sentence. Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were told by a judge they would also serve hard labour as a warning to other gay people in the country.
19th May 2010
Lawyers for gay Malawi couple ask for non-custodial sentences 5
5:13 PM — Lawyers for the gay Malawian couple found guilty of homosexual sex have asked for the pair to receive non-custodial sentences. Stephen Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency yesterday.
Met police arrest six in raids for homophobic hate crime 5
2:27 PM — A police crackdown on hate crime across London has resulted in 221 arrests, with six of these being for homophobic and transphobic crime.
Coalition government reconsidering Tory plans to scrap Human Rights Act 26
1:56 PM — The coalition government may rethink Tory manifesto plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with new laws. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell criticised plans to scrap the act, but gay equality charity Stonewall said it was more concerned about what the law does, instead of "what it's called."
18th May 2010
Jury retires over death of gay man in Trafalgar Square
2:46 PM — The jury in the case of three teenagers accused of killing a gay man in Trafalgar Square has retired to consider its verdict. Ian Baynham, 62, of Beckenham, Kent, died last October of head injuries after he was attacked while on a night out in London.
Killer who claimed ‘gay panic defence’ jailed for 18 years 9
12:08 PM — An Ipswich man who killed a gay hairdresser and claimed the victim touched him has been jailed for 18 years. Rodney Greenland, 47, of Manchester Road, Ipswich, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death last July.
Malawi gay couple found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency 47
11:00 AM — The gay Malawian couple arrested in December have been found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency. Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa issued the verdict today, Associated Press reports.
Portugal’s president reluctantly approves gay marriage law 40
10:23 AM — Portugal is the sixth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after its president approved legislation. The Catholic country's parliament passed a bill allowing gay couples to wed in January and it was ratified by President Anibal Cavaco Silva yesterday.
17th May 2010
Belarus police break up Slavic Pride 2
5:03 PM — A group of 20 marchers who defied a ban on Slavic Pride was forcefully broken up by Belarus police on Saturday morning. The event was cancelled by Minsk city officials but a small group decided to march anyway.
Austrian straight couple fighting for civil union 5
3:33 PM — A straight couple in Austria who reject traditional marriage are fighting to be allowed to have a civil union. Helga Ratzenboeck and Martin Seydl believe the law should be blind to gender and sexual orientation.
Gay couple to sue over being barred from bed and breakfast 27
2:05 PM — The gay couple who were barred from a Christian-run bed and breakfast in March have decided to sue the owners. Michael Black, 62, and John Morgan, 56, will take legal action against Susanne and Mike Wilkinson, owners of the Swiss B&B in Berkshire.