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  • 27th May 2010

    Malaysian trans woman makes asylum bid 7

    Same-sex activity is illegal in Malaysia

    9:50 AM — A trans Malaysian woman who has recently married a Derby man has lodged an appeal for asylum after three failed attempts to become a permanent UK resident.

  • 26th May 2010

    Manchester Pride 2010 lineup announced

    Manchester Pride celebrates its 20th birthday this year

    12:12 PM — Manchester Pride have revealed their Big Weekend line-up for this summer. Artists set to perform include 1980s stars Belinda Carlisle and Heaven 17, soul singer Beverly Knight, electro outfit May 68 and local indie band The Sticks.

  • Matt Lucas accepts damages from Daily Star 9

    Matt Lucas is best known for the characters he plays in BBC comedy Little Britain

    9:35 AM — The comedian Matt Lucas has accepted undisclosed damages from the Daily Star over articles published in the paper about his late former civil partner, Kevin McGee.

  • 25th May 2010

    Gaydio to launch on 18 June 7

    Canal Street, the heart of Manchester's gay scene

    5:24 PM — Gaydio, a brand-new Manchester-based radio station dedicated to LGBT listeners, will launch on Fri 18 June.

  • BBC praised over documentary on homophobia in sport 7

    Justin Fashanu committed suicide in 1998

    4:30 PM — Last night's BBC documentary on homophobia in the sporting world, called Inside Sport - The Last Taboo, has been praised by the Justin Campaign.

  • Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20

    The Pope has called gay marriage "dangerous" in the past

    2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.

  • BBC to screen life story of Britain’s ‘first modern lesbian’ ths weekend 26

    Portrait of Anne Lister by Horner, circa 1830

    12:58 PM — This weekend, BBC2 will screen The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, starring Maxine Peake in the title role. Based on the heavily coded diaries of Lister, which were not deciphered until the 1930s, nearly a century after her death, the drama tells the story of her life as an openly lesbian, 19th-century industrialist and Yorkshire landowner.

  • Trans woman refused NHS breast operation 81

    The NHS refused Ms "C" a breast augmentation

    11:00 AM — A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.

  • 24th May 2010

    Protest to be held in London over imprisonment of Malawi couple 14

    Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been imprisoned for 14 years

    5:23 PM — A protest is to be held this Saturday 29 May in solidarity with Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour in Malawi.

  • Anglican activist calls for boycott of Christian festival after Tatchell invited 49

    Peter Tatchell is to speak at Greenbelt 2010

    1:04 PM — Dr Lisa Nolland, a leading consultant with Anglican Mainstream, the traditionalist and conservative wing of the Church of England, has called for a boycott of Greenbelt, the Christian arts festival which takes place in Cheltenham in August, after leading LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell accepted an invitation to speak there.

  • Stonewall uncover ‘institutional homophobia’ in asylum system 52

    LGB asylum seekers may suffer as a result of systemic discrimination

    12:18 PM — New research by Stonewall has revealed that lesbian and gay asylum seekers are being routinely deported because of institutionalised discrimination within the system.

  • Shock figures on homophobic bullying in schools revealed by NUT surveys 7

    Homophobic bullying is endemic in Britain's schools

    11:30 AM — Prevalance of Homophobia surveys conducted in the north-west of England by Oldham National Union of Teachers have revealed shock figures relating to homophobic bullying in schools.

  • 14th May 2010

    Police drop charge against ‘homophobic’ street preacher 14

    The charges against Dale McAlpine were dropped

    4:32 PM — A street preacher arrested for describing homosexuality as a sin has had the charge against him dropped. Dale McAlpine, 42, of Yeowartville, Workington, was charged last month with a public order offence after he told a passerby that homosexuality was a "sin".

  • 10th May 2010

    Defendant uses ‘gay panic defence’

    The trial continues

    3:45 PM — A man charged with the murder of a gay man has claimed he "flipped" after the victim touched his leg. Rodney Greenland, 47, of Ipswich, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death last July, Ipswich crown court heard.

  • 5th May 2010

    Defendant ‘hit gay man to protect girl’

    Ian Baynham died last year

    2:28 PM — A student accused of the manslaughter of a gay man says he hit the victim because he thought he was attacking a girl. Ian Baynham, 62, died last October 18 days after he was assaulted in Trafalgar Square.

  • 4th May 2010

    David Cameron backs Philippa Stroud over ‘gay cure’ allegations 50

    David Cameron gave his support to Philippa Stroud

    8:00 PM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron has given his support to a Tory candidate accused of trying to "cure" gay people. He said Philippa Stroud "believes in gay equality".

  • 21st April 2010

    Brighton Police launch summer hate crime drive 3

    Brighton has a large gay population

    1:44 PM — Police in Brighton have launched their annual summer operation to tackle homophobic hate crime. The area has a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans population of around 35,000 people, with this number increasing in the summer due to the city's popularity as a gay tourism hotspot.

  • 19th April 2010

    Man jailed for trying to blackmail gay priest 19

    The priest was blackmailed for £5,000 (Photo: runneralan2004)

    11:54 AM — A Birmingham man has been jailed for 18 months after he threatened to out a Roman Catholic priest. Towlys Pericleous, 28, had a relationship with the Birmingham-based victim but blackmailed him when he tried to end the affair.

  • 14th April 2010

    Video: Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling says B&Bs shouldn’t ban gay couples and he supports gay adoption 59

    Chris Grayling is the shadow home secretary

    10:59 PM — Two weeks ago the Observer published a secret recording of Conservative shadow home secretary Chris Grayling where he appeared to support bed and breakfast owners turning away gay couples. Now Mr Grayling has said he does not support bans and that he now supports gay adoption.

  • Police arrest two men over Southampton gay murder 3

    Nigel Price had been attacked before

    6:04 PM — Police investigating the murder of a gay man who was found on Southampton common have arrested two men in connection with the murder. Nigel Price, 58, was found on Southampton Common on Saturday November 14th 2009 with severe head injuries. He had been at a local pub the night before and police believe he was attacked before 9.30pm.

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