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  • 17th October 2011

    Cliff Richard backs gay marriage 76

    Cliff Richard supports gay marriage

    2:41 PM — Cliff Richard has come out in support of gay marriage. The 71-year-old singer, who is one of Britain's best-known Christians, says he sees no reason why gay people should not have marriage equality.

  • Gay man jailed for homophobic attack 23

    Robert Jackson was jailed for the attack

    11:11 AM — A gay man has been jailed for breaking another gay man's jaw in two places in a homophobic attack. Maidstone crown court heard that Robert Jackson's attack was motivated by homophobia, despite being gay himself.

  • 22nd September 2011

    Men jailed for attacking and robbing gay victim

    The pair were sentenced to eight and five years in jail

    1:55 PM — Two men from Melton, Leicestershire, have been jailed for attacking and robbing a gay man. Andrew Davis, 42, and Jonathan Huckerby, 21, were jailed for eight and five years respectively for inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and theft.

  • 20th September 2011

    Obama praises end of military gay ban 15

    President Obama welcomed the repeal

    5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."

  • 9th February 2011

    William Hague urged to raise gay rights on Middle East trip 8

    William Hague is on a tour of the Middle East

    3:13 PM — Gay rights activists are urging Foreign Secretary William Hague to raise the issue of gay rights on a trip to the Middle East this week.

  • 28th January 2011

    David Kato buried as pastor condemns homosexuality 22

    David Kato was buried today

    4:55 PM — Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was buried today but scuffles broke out at his funeral as the pastor urged gays to repent. Mr Kato, who was murdered in his home on Wednesday, was laid to rest in his village near Kampala.

  • Men charged with anti-gay hatred over execution leaflets

    The men will appear before a court today

    10:50 AM — Two men in Derby are the first to be charged under new laws against stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, were accused of handing out leaflets called 'The Death Penalty?' outside a Derby mosque.

  • 27th January 2011

    Ugandan gay rights activist beaten to death 79

    David Kato's name, photo and address were published in Rolling Stone

    10:40 AM — A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who sued a newspaper for publishing the names and photos of gay people has been beaten to death. David Kato's death is being investigated by police and activists say he was attacked in his home near Kampala yesterday afternoon.

  • 21st January 2011

    New Apple boss Tim Cook described as most “powerful gay man in Silicon Valley” 11

    Tim Cook is the new Apple chief executive

    3:54 PM — The acting chief operating officer of Apple, Tim Cook, has been deemed the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley. Cook, who takes over while Steve Jobs takes two years' medical leave, has not spoken publicly about his sexual orientation.

  • 13th January 2011

    Gay man wins constructive dismissal case against ‘London’s oldest gay pub’ 14

    A tribunal found the claimant was constructively dismissed

    4:09 PM — A gay man who accused London's oldest gay pub of discrimination has also won his case for constructive dismissal.

  • 11th January 2011

    Johnny Weir: ‘I don’t celebrate being white so why should I celebrate being gay?’ 68

    Johnny Weir said he had no interest in being a gay rights activist

    1:40 PM — Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir says he was surprised by the press reaction to his coming out as gay. Speaking to NBC's Today show, he said he saw no reason to "celebrate" his sexual orientation.

  • 8th December 2010

    Texas to consider gay-inclusive anti-bullying legislation 4

    Texas lawmakers will consider new anti-bullying measures

    5:00 PM — The Texas legislature will consider a number of bills designed to reduce bullying in schools, following a spate of LGBT suicides in the past four months.

  • 30th November 2010

    Reported hate crime rises by 12.5 per cent 11

    Police say the figures show an increase in incidents

    2:51 PM — There were 50,000 reported hate crimes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland last year, new figures show. The vast majority concerned racism but almost 5,000 were motivated by homophobia and more than 300 related to transphobia.

  • 19th November 2010

    Gay man wins £13,000 after being bullied at work 13

    The tribunal found Mr Bain had endured a "hostile" working environment

    4:03 PM — A gay man has been awarded more than £13,000 in compensation after a tribunal found he had been bullied at work for his sexuality. Steven Bain said his colleagues at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, an architecture and design centre, asked him if he found the words "poof" and "queer" offensive and whether he had ever dressed as a woman.

  • 12th February 2010

    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.

  • 4th February 2010

    Gay referee Nigel Owens to discuss coming out 7

    Nigel Owens will discuss coming out in a documentary

    6:37 PM — Nigel Owens, the Welsh referee who came out in 2007, is to discuss his decision in a television documentary. He will appear in a S4C documentary tomorrow to reveal how he mustered the courage to come out.

  • 18th December 2009

    Convictions for homophobic hate crime increase 5

    The CPS figures showed convictions were increasing

    4:28 PM — Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have shown a ten per cent rise in four years in the numbers of people being convicted for homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.

  • 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

    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.

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