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  • 24th February 2010

    Plaid Cymru launches LGBT group 15

    Plaid Cyrmu launched PlaidPride.

    12:41 PM — Welsh party Plaid Cyrmu has launched PlaidPride, an affiliated group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The party announced the new group at its spring conference in Cardiff last weekend.

  • 23rd February 2010

    US Army will not accept temporary ban on gay firings 7

    Army chiefs said they would not accept a temporary ban

    5:52 PM — US Army chiefs told a Senate hearing today that they would oppose attempts to implement a temporary ban on firings of out gay servicemembers.

  • Malawi couple denied trial in constitutional court 3

    Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga remain in custody

    12:52 PM — Two gay men in Malawi have been denied the chance to have their case heard in a constitutional court. Lawyers for Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, had requested a review on whether their trials violated the country's constitution.

  • Ed Balls denies ‘watering down’ sex education for faith schools 46

    Ed Balls said he was not 'watering down' sex education laws for faith schools

    12:06 PM — Schools secretary Ed Balls has denied watering down sex education laws for faith schools. Last Friday, the government was accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character".

  • Bishops call for gay civil partnerships in church 43

    Senior and retired clergy said faiths should be allowed to hold the ceremonies

    10:38 AM — Senior clergy in the Church of England called today to lift the ban on gay couples having civil partnerships in church. They said that it was inconsistent and discriminatory to ban gay couples having their ceremonies in churches willing to accommodate them.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Isle of Man to consider civil partnerships for gay couples 8

    The Isle of Man will debate civil partnerships legislation

    5:52 PM — The Isle of Man's House of Keys will debate whether to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples on the island. The Civil Partnerships Bill will have its first reading tomorrow and, if passed into law, will give gay and lesbian couples the same rights afforded to straight married couples.

  • Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13

    Joe Lieberman is introducing a bill for repeal

    5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  • Man pleads not guilty to murder of trans woman

    Destiny Lauren was killed last November

    4:25 PM — A man has denied murdering trans woman Destiny Lauren. Leo Fyle, 21, of Laleham Road, Catford, appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey today to plead not guilty to Ms Lauren's murder on November 5th 2009.

  • Ray Gosling ‘did tell police name of lover he killed’ 13

    Ray Gosling revealed he did tell police the man's name

    3:58 PM — Veteran BBC presenter Ray Gosling has admitted that he did tell police the name of the man he claimed to have suffocated in a mercy killing.

  • Openly gay soldiers ‘won’t cause disruption’ 4

    Lifting the ban 'will not cause disruption' (Photo: US Army)

    3:24 PM — A new study of militaries around the world has found that changing policy to allow gay soldiers to serve does not cause disruption. Opponents to lifting the US ban argue that it will affect recruitment and morale.

  • 19th February 2010

    Northern Ireland court told of murdered gay man’s injuries

    The case continues

    5:36 PM — A Northern Ireland court has heard the extent of the injuries suffered by a gay man who was murdered on Easter Sunday. Shaun Fitzpatrick had 52 injuries separate injuries, with 36 of them to his head.

  • US politician apologises for remarks on anal sex 43

    Nancy Elliot (centre) at last week's hearing

    5:17 PM — A New Hampshire politician has apologised for graphic remarks she made about anal sex. State representative Nancy Elliott made her comments during a judiciary committee hearing last week on proposals to repeal the state's gay marriage law.

  • Ex-gay mother avoids charges in custody battle 6

    Janet Jenkins (left) and Lisa Miller before they split up

    3:11 PM — An American woman who refused to give her ex-partner access to their child is not facing criminal charges. Lisa Miller disappeared with seven-year-old Isabella nearly two months ago after a judge ruled she had to hand the child over to her former civil partner Janet Jenkins.

  • Man called Gay changes surname to join the Navy 25

    Mr Gay hopes to join the Royal Navy

    1:00 PM — A man called Tristram Gay is changing his name because he fears he will get bullied in the Navy for it. The 21-year-old, of St James, Hereford said he had been the target of jokes all his life.

  • Jesus was gay, says Elton 57

    The star claimed Jesus was gay

    12:20 PM — Elton John has said that Jesus was a "super-intelligent" gay man In a magazine interview, in which he also discussed his former drug addiction, the singer spoke his mind about the son of God.

  • Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62

    The government was accused of trying to introduce "the new Section 28"

    11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".

  • 18th February 2010

    Tatchell attacks PCC ruling on Jan Moir 39

    Peter Tatchell said the PCC should be disbanded

    6:36 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the Press Complaints Commission for rejecting complaints over Daily Mail writer Jan Moir. Mr Tatchell argued that the watchdog should be disbanded.

  • Ugandan pastor shows his church gay porn 30

    Martin Ssempa showed his church gay porn

    6:00 PM — Homophobic Ugandan preacher Martin Ssempa has been accused of being "twisted" for showing his congregation gay porn to persuade them to support an anti-homosexuality bill.

  • Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10

    Gay marriage was legalised in New Hampshire last month

    12:50 PM — Efforts to roll back the US state of New Hampshire's recent gay marriage law have been defeated. Gay marriage became legal in the state on January 1st but conservative Republicans quickly announced plans to seek repeal.

  • Kenyan police release gay men 3

    Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya

    12:18 PM — Six men arrested in Kenya by police who suspected them of being gay have been released. The men, aged between 20 and 35, were taken into custody last Friday after rumours they were planning a gay wedding in the coastal town of Mtwapa.

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