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  • 17th February 2010

    Inquest hears Alexander McQueen hanged himself 1

    Alexander McQueen was found dead last week

    1:02 PM — The inquest opened into the death of Alexander McQueen heard today that the fashion designer had hanged himself. McQueen, 40, was found hanging in a wardrobe by his cleaner at his Mayfair home on Thursday February 11th, ten days after his mother died.

  • 11th February 2010

    Northern Ireland man may have been killed for being gay

    Shaun Fitzpatrick died in March 2008.

    12:34 PM — A supermarket worker found murdered in an alleyway on Easter Sunday may have been killed because he was gay, a court heard this week.

  • 3rd February 2010

    Filmmakers will recreate California’s gay marriage trial 1

    The trial examines whether the gay marriage ban is constitutional (Photo: albanytim)

    4:51 PM — A pair of Los Angeles filmmakers are recreating all 60-plus hours of California's trial on the gay marriage ban. The trial, which is the first federal trial to examine whether the state's ban is constitutional, is currently on a break until next month.

  • 26th January 2010

    Ex-gay mother given 30 days to appear before court

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

    2:42 PM — An American woman who refused her former lesbian partner access to their child has been ordered to appear before court within 30 days.

  • 21st January 2010

    Ex-gay therapy survivor testifies at gay marriage trial 8

    The trial examines California's gay marriage ban (Photo: Flickr user joeand)

    5:01 PM — A gay man who was forced to undergo 'reparative therapy' to make him straight has given evidence before a trial on California's gay marriage ban. Ryan Kendall said he knew at age 13 he would not stop being gay.

  • Video: India awaits final ruling on gay sex 4

    India's capital overturned the gay sex ban last year

    4:25 PM — The Indian Supreme Court is expected to give a final ruling on repealing the ban on gay sex next month. A news report has suggested that along with legislative change, attitudes to homosexuality in the capital are slowly becoming more positive, with gay Bollywood storylines and even a gay pride shop.

  • 20th January 2010

    San Diego mayor tells gay marriage trial he was ‘prejudiced’ 6

    Prop 8 banned gay marriage (Photo: Flickr user albany_tim)

    11:44 AM — The mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, testified yesterday before a federal trial on gay marriage how he came to change his mind on the issue. Sanders, a Republican, was opposed to gay marriage but changed his mind after his daughter Lisa revealed she was a lesbian.

  • 14th January 2010

    Man on trial over murder of gay pensioner

    The trial is being held at the Old Bailey

    5:57 PM — A 20-year old Polish man is on trial for the murder of gay pensioner Edward Highwood last July. Marcin Orlowski, of no fixed address, is appearing at the Old Bailey.

  • Supreme Court bans broadcasting of California gay marriage trial 13

    The trial will not be broadcast (Photo: Flickr user albanytim)

    12:05 PM — The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban cannot be broadcast on the internet. It said that supporters of the ban could face harassment and "irreparable harm".

  • 13th January 2010

    Gay man avoids jail for trying to poison lesbian couple 5

    The curry was laced with slug pellets

    7:22 PM — A gay man who tried to poison his neighbours in a row over a cat avoided jail yesterday. Gareth Stewart, of Denton, Manchester, gave Marie Walton and Beverley Sales a curry laced with slug pellets after a feud which started years ago.

  • Man convicted for homophobic attack on gay teenagers 10

    The case was heard at Blackburn magistrates' court

    2:02 PM — A 19-year-old man was found guilty yesterday of a homophobic attack on two gay teenagers. Michael Lee Hannan shouted that he hated gays before punching and headbutting the pair, aged 17 and 18, Blackburn magistrates' court heard.

  • 11th January 2010

    Temporary block on broadcasting Prop 8 trial 10

    Broadcasting on the trial has been blocked

    5:34 PM — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked recording of the Proposition 8 trial in California, which begins today. Gay marriage opponents, who conducted a vocal public campaign, said they could be harassed if the trial was broadcast.

  • 8th January 2010

    Equalities minister Harriet Harman fined for careless driving 7

    Harriet Harman pleaded guilty to careless driving

    2:46 PM — Harriet Harman, the minister for women and equality, has been fined £350 for driving without due care and attention. She was also ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, along with receiving three penalty points on her driving licence.

  • 7th January 2010

    Lesbian in custody dispute issues appeal for missing daughter 7

    Janet Jenkins (left) and Lisa Miller with Isabella as a baby

    5:47 PM — The non-biological mother of a seven-year-old girl has issued an appeal to the US public to find her after the child's biological mother defied a court order to hand over custody.

  • California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5

    The proceedings will be broadcast, a judge ruled.

    11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.

  • 5th January 2010

    Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8

    The court will examine whether the ban is unconstitutional (Photo: Flickr user albany_tim)

    1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.

  • 30th December 2009

    New rights for trans people in Pakistan 2

    Hijras in Pakistan will get more rights

    3:40 PM — The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender. The court said that trans people, known as hijras, should be able to get national identity cards showing their gender as hijras.

  • Birth mother ordered to hand over child to lesbian ex-partner 72

    The case has received widespread media attention (Photo: Stonewall)

    11:52 AM — The biological mother of a seven-year-old Vermont girl has been ordered by a court to hand her over to her former partner.

  • 22nd December 2009

    Filmstar Tom Cruise sued by alleged gay lover 27

    In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star

    12:04 PM — Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is being sued over allegations of wiretapping. Magazine editor, Michael Davis Sapir, claims that the actor hired private detective, Anthony Pellicano, to wiretap his phone. In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star.

  • 16th December 2009

    Groups welcome Ladele ruling over civil partnerships 10

    Lillian Ladele lost her appeal yesterday

    4:48 PM — Secular and libertarian groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that a council did not discriminate against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships.

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