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  • 28th May 2010

    London Borough of Camden has new gay mayor and mayoress 8

    Amy Lamé and Jonathan Simpson, new Mayoress and Mayor of Camden

    2:52 PM — Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Camden borough's first openly gay mayor, was last night confirmed in his role at a ceremony in Camden Town Hall. In his new position, Councillor Simpson pledged to retain the "rock 'n' roll" spirit of Camden, a major landmark on Britain's musical map.

  • Mayor of Moscow a ‘criminal’ says Peter Tatchell 15

    Moscow Pride has been banned five years in a row

    1:06 PM — Peter Tatchell said yesterday that the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, was a "criminal" because of his placing a ban on Moscow Pride for the past five years.

  • US House delivers victory on proposal to overturn gay military ban 14

    President Obama has backed the ban

    10:20 AM — The US house of Representatives approved yesterday the proposal to overturn the law banning openly LGB people serving in the military.

  • 27th May 2010

    More than half of gay men surveyed are uncomfortable displaying public affection 31

    Many gay men still find it uncomfortable to display affection in public

    6:33 PM — In a survey undertaken by free gay dating website ManCentral.com, 61 per cent of gay and bisexual men say they felt uncomfortable displaying affection with another man in public.

  • Zimbabwean gay rights activists released on bail 5

    President Mugabe is avowedly homophobic

    6:00 PM — A court in Harare, Zimbabwe, has today released on bail the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation who were arrested last Friday. Their trial is set for 10 June.

  • HIV cases on the rise in Scotland 6

    HIV infections continue to rise in Scotland

    4:12 PM — Figures published yesterday showed that over 90 Scots were diagnosed HIV positive since the beginning of this year. Between January and March 2010, 91 people were affected, bringing the overall Scottish diagnosis rate to 6,338.

  • Massachusetts Attorney General challenges federal ban on gay marriage 4

    Massachusetts legalised same-sex unions in 2004

    3:09 PM — The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, requested that a federal court in Boston yesterday strike down the federal ban on gay marriage, arguing that it interfered with the rights of individual states to define marriage and have those unions recognised by the federal government.

  • Hundreds expected to turn out for Malawi protest this Saturday in London 13

    The couple were sentenced last week

    1:44 PM — A vast crowd is expected to turn out for Saturday's protest at London's Malawi High Commission, in a show of solidarity for Malawian prisoners Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

  • Sir Elton’s Moroccan concert a success 4

    Sir Elton John performed in Rabat last night

    12:03 PM — Elton John's performance at the Mawazine music festival in Rabat, Morocco, went ahead last night despite fury from Islamists about his welcome into the kingdom.

  • US Congress may vote on military gay ban today 5

    The "don't ask, don't tell" law may be repealed after 17 years

    10:42 AM — The US Congress is on track for taking a landmark vote over the issue of LGBT people serving in the military, according to the Associated Press.

  • Malaysian trans woman makes asylum bid 7

    Same-sex activity is illegal in Malaysia

    9:50 AM — A trans Malaysian woman who has recently married a Derby man has lodged an appeal for asylum after three failed attempts to become a permanent UK resident.

  • 26th May 2010

    Gay immigration group hit out at ‘sensational’ asylum report 9

    LGBT asylum seekers can face enormous odds

    5:27 PM — The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) have expressed their misgivings over a recent newspaper article slamming the UK's border control policies. The article which appeared last weekend in the Independent on Sunday was headlined: "Virtually All Gay Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Persecution". UKLGIG say that the article created a false impression of the fate of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.

  • Gay father of twins to be allowed back into Israel this week 7

    Israel has welcomed gay father back

    4:33 PM — A gay man with twin sons born to a surrogate mother in India is to be allowed to return to his native Isreal this week after being stranded in a Mumbai hotel for the past two months because of the Ministry of the Interior's refusal to issue a paternity test.

  • Canadian researchers argue for lifting of blood ban for gay men 9

    gay men are banned from giving blood in the UK, US and Canada

    3:47 PM — A team of investigators in the online edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal has argued that the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood should be replaced with a deferral for those who have been in a stable, monogamous relationship for at least one year. In Canada, the USA and the UK, gay men and any other men who partake in sex with men are permanently banned from giving blood.

  • Zimbabwean gay activists due in court today 6

    President Robert Mugabe is avowedly homophobic

    1:51 PM — The two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) human rights group who were arrested last Friday in the country's capital, Harare, are expected to appear in court this afternoon after five nights in custody.

  • Former German spy jailed for sharing state secrets with gay lover 4

    Robert Anton K. worked for the German BND Intelligence Service

    1:06 PM — In Munich today, a former German spy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for sharing top-secret information with his boyfriend, a Macedonian interpreter who he met while on a clandestine mission to Kosovo for the German BND Intelligence Service in 2005.

  • Openly gay MP Alan Duncan visits Nepal 12

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in Nepal in 2007

    11:29 AM — Alan Duncan, the UK's MP for International Development, is to arrive Nepal today for a two-day visit. Mr Duncan will visit the Eastern Development Region of the country to inspect the progress of the UK-funded projects. Nepal's only openly gay MP, Sunil Babu Pant, has welcomed the visit.

  • Malawi couple separated by authorities 23

    The couple were sentenced last week

    11:04 AM — Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian couple sentenced last week to 14 years in prison with hard labour, have been separated by the authorities.

  • 25th May 2010

    Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20

    The Pope has called gay marriage "dangerous" in the past

    2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.

  • Malta has poor record on gay rights 17

    Malta is one of the EU countries accused of failing its LGBT population

    10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.

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