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  • 28th January 2011

    Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker wins last minute reprieve from deportation from UK 22

    The campaigner Peter Tatchell and other activists at an earlier protest

    11:59 PM — Solicitors acting for a Ugandan lesbian who was due to be deported from the United Kingdom earlier this evening have said that she has won a temporary reprieve of in advance of a fresh court appeal.

  • Gay former cabinet minister Nick Brown claims his phone was tapped 4

    Nick Brown was chief whip under Gordon Brown and Tony Blair

    7:12 PM — Gay Labour MP, Nick Brown, who served as chief whip during Gordon Brown's tenure as prime minister and during Tony Blair's first administration has said that he believes his phone line was bugged by a tabloid newspaper.

  • French court says no to gay marriage 30

    France allows gay couples to have civil unions

    1:24 PM — France's constitutional court upheld the ban on gay marriage today after a challenge from a lesbian couple. Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years and have four children, asked for the right to marry but were turned down by the Constitutional Council.

  • 21st January 2011

    Man jailed for raping lesbian at wedding reception 26

    Michael Hughes was jailed for six years

    1:14 PM — A man was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of raping a lesbian at a wedding reception. Michael Hughes, 23, invited the victim to see how luxurious his hotel room was but attacked her, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.

  • 20th January 2011

    Man jailed for sexually assaulting lesbian 13

    Darren Hogan was jailed for two years

    3:54 PM — A Cardiff man has been jailed for two years for climbing into bed next to a sleeping woman and sexually assaulting her. Darren Hogan, 25, said he was unaware that the woman was a lesbian and Cardiff crown court heard that his unwanted attention had been particularly distressing for her.

  • 19th January 2011

    Federal court to decide whether gay fathers’ names will appear on birth certificate 2

    The decision to allow both fathers' names has been upheld in two previous hearings

    4:13 PM — Louisiana state officials are asking the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn previous ruling forcing them to accept another state’s rules.

  • 18th January 2011

    Virginia judge U-turns on lesbian couple’s name change 8

    The couple were permitted to change their names (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:52 PM — A judge in the US state of Virginia has allowed a lesbian couple to change their names - shortly after ruling that they couldn't.

  • Gay couple win case over hotel ban 549

    The hotel owners lost the case

    10:34 AM — A gay couple have won their case against the owners of a hotel after being refused a double room. Martin Hall and Steven Preddy, who are civil partners, sued devout Christians Peter and Hazelmary Bull for sexual orientation discrimination.

  • 13th January 2011

    Transgender drug dealer spared prison 17

    Jean Morris was spared prison

    10:53 AM — A transgender drug dealer was spared prison after a judge said placing her in a men's facility would prolong her "sexual nightmare". Jean Morris, 41, was convicted of possessing Class C drug ketamine with intent to supply.

  • 5th January 2011

    Teen attacked man he thought was ‘gay flasher’ 12

    The court heard that the victim was kicked on the ground

    4:21 PM — A teenager from Plymouth faces jail after he attacked a man he thought was coming on to him. Liam O'Brien, 18, punched and kicked the victim on the floor because he believed he was exposing himself deliberately, Plymouth magistrates' court heard.

  • 7th December 2010

    US appeals court ‘could rule to lift California gay marriage ban’ 9

    The appeals court is considering the gay marriage ban

    3:35 PM — The US federal appeals court considering the ban on gay marriage in California could issue a narrow ruling on lifting the ban, reports say.

  • 6th December 2010

    Appeals court hears California gay marriage case 2

    The gay marriage case entered the next round today (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    3:57 PM — A federal appeals court was due to begin hearing a case on California's gay marriage ban today. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments around a federal judge's ruling that the ban on gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional.

  • 2nd December 2010

    Gay father wins joint custody of children 22

    The children were conceived after the gay man advertised to become a father (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    11:28 AM — A gay man has won joint custody of the two children he had through artficial insemination with a lesbian couple. The company director, of Sussex, had been battling the children's lesbian mother and her civil partner over where they should live.

  • 25th November 2010

    Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3

    The demonstration was held in St Petersburg

    3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Teenage girls ‘kicked gay man as he lay unconscious’

    Ian Baynham died last year after being attacked in Trafalgar Square

    3:05 PM — Two teenage girls taunted a gay man and then kicked him as he lay unconscious, a court has heard. Ruby Thomas and Rachel Burke are accusing of stamping and kicking Ian Baynham, a 63-year-old civil servant who died 18 days after he was knocked to the floor last September in Trafalgar Square.

  • 17th November 2010

    US county elects first transgender judge 10

    Victoria Kolakowski is the first trans trial judge in the US

    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

    The ban on out gay soldiers was upheld

    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

    Dr Matthews will ask whether medical opinion should override equality laws

    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

    Three Supreme Court judges were ousted in Iowa

    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

    The ban will stay in place for now

    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.

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