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  • 19th December 2011

    Businessman acquires Birmingham’s threatened Nightingale Club 8

    The Nightingale Club first opened its doors in 1969

    12:45 PM — A local businessman has bought Birmingham's iconic Nightingale Club for an undisclosed sum after the gay nightspot was put into administration. Lawrence Barton already runs the Loft Lounge, Penthouse and Village Inn venues in the city's Southside district, and says he will invest more than £1 million in the club over the coming years.

  • 14th December 2011

    Ghana’s education ministry “optimistic” it can stop homosexuality 96

    The Education Ministry had been called on to educate young people about HIV/AIDS

    9:45 AM — A spokesman for Ghana's Education Ministry has told the Accra Mail he is confident a programme in which teachers warn students of the "adverse consequences" of being gay will make it "a thing of the past".

  • 5th December 2011

    Students suspended as case closes on gay New York teen’s suicide 6

    Jamey Rodemeyer died in September. He had been bullied for being gay.

    4:33 PM — As incidents of bullying had not been brought to the school's attention attention until after Jamey Rodemeyer died and the police investigation began, students are only now able to be disciplined by the school board.

  • Southampton FC fan receives three-year ban and a fine after homophobic chant 19

    The Southampton fan was one of two who were arrested at the game for homophobic chants

    12:01 PM — A Southampton supporter who chanted homophobic abuse has received a three-year football banning order. He was given a £100 fine and ordered to pay £100 costs.

  • 25th November 2011

    Californian man arrested in connection with gay rape charge

    The San Jose Police Department said the suspect already has a conviction for underage sex acts.

    11:07 AM — Detectives say the suspect had often been seen hanging around the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Centre and a nearby coffee house in San Jose.

  • 14th November 2011

    Ugandan lesbian rugby player granted asylum in Germany 16

    Ikulmet was granted asylum after her treatment in Uganda

    4:41 PM — Sportswoman allowed to remain in Europe after speaking of persecution experienced in notoriously homophobic country.

  • 4th November 2011

    Ricky Martin granted Spanish citizenship 26

    Ricky Martin spoke about marrying in Spain last year

    4:56 PM — El Pais reports the South American singer wants to marry in the country, which was the third in the world to introduce marriage equality.

  • 28th October 2011

    Darren Hayes: I don’t want to be a poster child for gay rights 52

    Darren Hayes says he wants to be known for his music

    3:23 PM — Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes says he does not want to be pigeon-holed as a gay artist. The 39-year-old musician, who came out five years ago, told News.com.au: "I don't want to be a gay or a straight artist. I don't make gay records - I make records."

  • 26th October 2011

    Peter Tatchell: A tribute to Nikolai Alekseev 5

    Nikolai Alekseev has resigned

    3:58 PM — Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev has announced that he is standing down as chief organiser of Moscow Pride and of the LGBT human rights project GayRussia.Ru – two major initiatives that he pioneered. Peter Tatchell highlights his work.

  • 24th October 2011

    Christian housing manager demoted for Facebook comments on gay marriage 179

    Mr Smith now plans to sue

    11:44 AM — A Christian housing manager has been demoted for questioning gay religious marriage on his Facebook page. Adrian Smith, 54, who works at the Trafford Housing Trust, made the remarks on his private Facebook page.

  • 13th October 2011

    Tory MEP Roger Helmer quits 50

    Roger Helmer is resigning

    3:09 PM — Conservative MEP Roger Helmer, who has been accused of homophobia, has resigned. Mr Helmer, who last year angered gay campaigners with a tweet about 'gay cure' therapy, said there are "far too many" areas of Conservative policy he can no longer agree with.

  • 10th October 2011

    Two gay Republican contenders in San Diego mayoral race 14

    Bonnie Dumanis is one of two out gay candidates

    4:16 PM — Two of the contenders in San Diego's mayoral race are openly gay Republicans. District attorney Bonnie Dumanis, 59, and city councilman Carl DeMaio, 36, are open about their sexual orientation but the fact has barely featured in the race.

  • 7th October 2011

    Man jailed for setting his dog on woman in anti-gay attack 92

    Jason Boswell was jailed for six and a half months

    10:49 AM — A Manchester man has been jailed for six and a half months for setting his dog on a woman in a homophobic attack. Jason Boswell, of Dean Road, Gorton, set his Japanese Akita on Karen Wilson in an unprovoked attack while she and another woman were cycling on the Fallowfield Loop last July.

  • 5th October 2011

    Three more Church of Scotland ministers quit over gay clergy 43

    Three Highland ministers have resigned over gay clergy

    1:25 PM — Another three Church of Scotland ministers have announced they will quit over gay clergy members. Highland ministers the Rev Ivor Martin will leave Kilmuir and Stenscholl on Skye, the Rev John Murdo MacDonald will leave Lochalsh and the Rev Rory McRae will leave Kintail and Glenelg.

  • 28th September 2011

    Gay senator David Norris wins nomination for Irish presidency 127

    David Norris will stand for the presidency next month

    10:22 AM — Openly gay Irish senator David Norris has secured enough nominations to stand for president. The independent politician won the support of Dublin city council last night and will run against six other candidates next month.

  • 27th September 2011

    Video: Parents of gay suicide teen urge families to talk 21

    Jamey's parents said he had 'put a brave face on'

    4:24 PM — The parents of Jamey Rodemeyer have urged other families to do everything they can to help bullied gay teenagers. Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer were speaking ten days after their 14-year-old son killed himself.

  • 16th September 2011

    Archie Comics’ first gay character Kevin Keller to wed 7

    Kevin Keller has been a popular character

    3:29 PM — The first gay character in Archie Comics, Kevin Keller, will get married in an upcoming issue. In the storyline, in Life With Archie #16, Kevin returns to Riverside as an adult after serving in the Army.

  • 15th September 2011

    Interview: Don Lemon, CNN’s openly gay anchorman 6

    Don Lemon says he was already out to family, friends and colleagues

    3:19 PM — Don Lemon is an Edward R Murrow Award-winning reporter and news anchor for CNN. As the weekend face of CNN Newsroom he can be seen each week in more than 100m US households. He publicly came out in his recent book, Transparent. Laurence Watts caught up with him to find out more.

  • 12th September 2011

    Mother of transgender girl says adults, not children, taunt her 56

    The school's headteacher has been supportive, the mother said

    5:32 PM — The mother of a ten-year-old transgender girl in Worcester has told how adults, rather than children, taunt and harass her daughter. The 36-year-old woman, who has not been named to protect her daughter's identity, said that while the girl's classmates had largely accepted her, other parents and adults had not.

  • MTV Networks closes 365gay.com 5

    365gay.com is to close on September 30th

    4:36 PM — Gay news website 365gay.com is to be shut down by Viacom's MTV Networks division. Editor in chief Jennifer Vanasco said MTV Networks “has shifted its online strategy".

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