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  • 24th November 2010

    Figures show decrease in US anti-gay crime 2

    Reports of hate crime are decreasing, the figures said

    5:40 PM — FBI figures for 2009 show that reports of anti-gay hate crimes in the US have decreased. However, a recent study claims that gays are more likely to be victims of violent hate crime than any other minority group.

  • 19th November 2010

    ‘Shameful’ UN vote ‘may lead to more gay executions’ 28

    The UN vote removed reference to gays and lesbians in the resolution

    11:06 AM — A United Nations panel’s decision to remove sexual orientation from an anti-execution resolution is “shameful” and may encourage murders of LGBT people, gay rights campaigners say.

  • 5th November 2010

    Lesbian MEP accuses UKIP of homophobia 14

    Nikki Sinclaire claimed UKIP had been homophobic

    5:39 PM — A lesbian MEP for the West Midlands claims that UKIP discriminated against her on the grounds of her sexual orientation. Nikki Sinclaire was elected as a UKIP MEP last year but fell out with the party in January when she refused to sit with its EFD allies in the European Parliament.

  • 4th November 2010

    Bishop of Wakefield says church must listen to gay people 20

    The Bishop of Wakefield said that the church must listen to gay people

    5:01 PM — The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, says that the Church of England must listen to gay people inside and outside the church. Writing after attending a gay group's meeting, he said he felt "shamed" because he had not listened to gay people.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Facebook ads can ‘out’ gay users 12

    Facebook has had a string of privacy issues

    1:56 PM — Facebook 'outs' gay users through some of its targeted ads, researchers have discovered. They found that some ads which were completely neutral to sexual orientation (such as a nursing degree at a Florida medical college) were targeted exclusively at gay man.

  • 20th October 2010

    Gay soldier Dan Choi re-enlists in US army 3

    Lt Dan Choi re-enlisted in the military yesterday

    11:56 AM — Dan Choi, the out gay soldier who has been at the front of efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has re-enlisted in the US army. He was served with discharge papers last year after coming out on television.

  • 12th February 2010

    European Parliament says candidate countries must offer gays protection 17

    The European Parliament said the countries must offer LGBT protections

    6:33 PM — The European Parliament has said that Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey must prove they can offer "genuine protection" to gay people in order to join the European Union.

  • Survey finds three quarters of Americans support out gay soldiers 3

    Support is rising for out gay soldiers

    3:07 PM — A poll has found that nearly 75 per cent of Americans support allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation.

  • 5th February 2010

    Brazilian general says gay soldiers can’t command troops 10

    The general said gay soldiers would be disobeyed

    3:56 PM — A Brazilian general told a hearing this week that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops because they would be disobeyed by other officers.

  • 2nd February 2010

    NHS ‘paying for ex-gay therapy’ 101

    Some doctors are apparently referring patients to ex-gay therapists

    12:37 PM — The National Health Service is paying for people to have therapy to turn them straight, it has been claimed. According to an investigation by the Independent, some GPs are referring people to 'reparative' therapists to help them change their sexual orientation.

  • 18th December 2009

    Former drag queen accuses boss of homophobia

    Dean Awford alleged his boss had discriminated against him.

    11:31 AM — A gay man who once worked as a drag queen is suing his boss for unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Dean Awford claims David Gray was homophobic and referred to him as "she" in front of customers.

  • 16th December 2009

    X Factor winner Joe McElderry dismisses gay rumours 21

    Joe McElderry won the X Factor last weekend

    12:57 PM — Joe McElderry, who triumphed in the X Factor on Sunday, has brushed off rumours about his sexual orientation. An ex-girlfriend said last week he had been subjected to homophobic bullying at school because he preferred singing to sports.

  • 15th December 2009

    Video: Man guilty of homophobic murder and assault on gay couple 11

    David Kilcullen was found guilty of the attack

    3:15 PM — A man has been found guilty of murdering one man and attempting to murder his partner in a homophobic attack. David Kilcullen, 46, had pleaded not guilty to the attack in March in south London.

  • Updated: Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses appeal 254

    Lillian Ladele lost her appeal

    10:47 AM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.

  • 14th December 2009

    Straight teacher loses homophobic harassment claim 12

    James Campbell claimed the school had not dealt with his complaints

    4:18 PM — A straight Scottish teacher who tried to make a claim for homophobic harassment has lost his case. James Campbell, who worked at at Denny High School, claimed that the homophobic insults he received amount to sexual orientation discrimination, despite being straight.

  • Author Jeanette Winterson attacks ‘anti-gay’ tabloids 12

    Jeanette Winterson

    3:36 PM — Lesbian author Jeanette Winterson has attacked the 'negative' use of the word lesbian in newspapers. Writing on her blog, the Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit author complained that tabloids tended to emphasise the sexual orientation of gay or lesbian criminals.

  • Annise Parker elected first out gay mayor of Houston 1

    Annise Parker is the mayor-elect of Houston

    11:19 AM — Annise Parker, an out lesbian, has been elected mayor of Houston, Texas. The vote makes the city the largest in the US to elect an openly gay mayor. Parker won against city attorney Gene Locke by 53.6 per cent of the vote.

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