17th November 2010
US county elects first transgender judge 10
3:11 PM — Victoria Kolakowski has become the first trans person to be elected as a trial judge in the US. She was elected as a superior court judge in Alameda County, California, beating deputy district attorney John Creighton with 51 to 48 per cent of the vote.
15th November 2010
US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6
6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.
Christian doctor begins legal fight over gay adoptions 75
11:54 AM — A Christian doctor who was removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples hopes to go to the European Court of Justice. Dr Sheila Matthews, of Kettering, will ask the court to establish whether medical opinion should be permitted to override equality laws.
3rd November 2010
Iowa voters oust gay marriage ruling judges 23
12:53 PM — Three Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional have been ousted by voters after a campaign by anti-gay groups.
2nd November 2010
Federal appeals court rules DADT will remain in place indefinitely 13
11:56 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should stay in place indefinitely. The decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals means that the ban on out gay soldiers is expected to be retained throughout a legal battle over whether it is constitutional.
1st November 2010
Bishops say gay rights laws damage Christian freedoms 60
12:20 PM — Leading Church of England bishops have claimed that equality laws mean gay rights are being "privileged" over the rights of Christians. The figures, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt, said that gay rights supporters are able to "suppress all disagreement or disapproval and 'coerce silence'."
Anti-gay Christian couple to challenge fostering ban at High Court 120
11:08 AM — A Christian couple who were barred from fostering children after they admitted that they believe homosexuality is unacceptable are to challenge the ban at the High Court.
21st October 2010
Court temporarily reinstates US military gay ban 5
11:53 AM — A federal appeals court has temporarily frozen an order requiring the US military to accept openly gay soldiers. The decision leaves gay and lesbian soldiers and recruits in limbo.
European Human Rights Court rules against Russia over Moscow Gay Pride ban 5
11:00 AM — Gay rights activists in Russia are celebrating after the European Court of Human Rights today upheld three complaints over Moscow's ban on gay Pride marches.
20th October 2010
Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3
5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.
24th February 2010
Woman jailed for female sexual assault 7
4:24 PM — A woman who sexually assaulted a female colleague has been jailed for 12 months. Teresa Cottingham, an NHS worker from East Sussex, was staying in a hotel room with her workmate in North London on January 26th last year.
23rd February 2010
Malawi couple denied trial in constitutional court 3
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.
19th February 2010
Northern Ireland court told of murdered gay man’s injuries
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.
Ex-gay mother avoids charges in custody battle 6
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.
17th February 2010
Inquest hears Alexander McQueen hanged himself 1
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
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
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
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
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
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.