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  • 23rd February 2010

    Figure skater shrugs off ‘homophobic’ remarks 29

    Johnny Weir in 2008 (Photo: David W Carmichael)

    4:01 PM — A flamboyant American figure skater has shrugged off 'homophobic' remarks made about him by sports commentators. Johnny Weir has been the butt of jokes made by a number of commentators in the past week.

  • Uganda MP says he would kill gay son 20

    Uganda's parliament is considering an anti-homosexuality bill

    3:10 PM — A Ugandan MP provoked shock at a human rights forum in Kampala last week when he said he would kill his son if he discovered he was gay.

  • Malawi couple denied trial in constitutional court 3

    Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga remain in custody

    12:52 PM — Two gay men in Malawi have been denied the chance to have their case heard in a constitutional court. Lawyers for Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, had requested a review on whether their trials violated the country's constitution.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13

    Joe Lieberman is introducing a bill for repeal

    5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  • Openly gay soldiers ‘won’t cause disruption’ 4

    Lifting the ban 'will not cause disruption' (Photo: US Army)

    3:24 PM — A new study of militaries around the world has found that changing policy to allow gay soldiers to serve does not cause disruption. Opponents to lifting the US ban argue that it will affect recruitment and morale.

  • Mass screening ‘could eradicate AIDS in 40 years’ 28

    HIV could be eradicated in 40 years, Dr Brian Williams said

    2:41 PM — A leading researcher has claimed that testing billions of people could eradicate HIV/AIDS within 40 years. Dr Brian Williams of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis said that focus needed to shift to stopping transmission.

  • 19th February 2010

    Amsterdam winners may get kisses from gay men, not girls 16

    A politician said gay men could kiss the race winner

    6:39 PM — A left-wing party in Holland has suggested that winners of a cycle race should swap the traditional celebration of kisses from attractive girls for kisses from gay men.

  • US politician apologises for remarks on anal sex 43

    Nancy Elliot (centre) at last week's hearing

    5:17 PM — A New Hampshire politician has apologised for graphic remarks she made about anal sex. State representative Nancy Elliott made her comments during a judiciary committee hearing last week on proposals to repeal the state's gay marriage law.

  • Complaints over Australian commentators’ gay remarks 93

    Mick Molloy, one of the two commentators accused of being homophobic

    3:54 PM — Two Australian sports commentators who made a series of remarks about men's figure skating at the Winter Olympics have been accused of homophobia.

  • Ex-gay mother avoids charges in custody battle 6

    Janet Jenkins (left) and Lisa Miller before they split up

    3:11 PM — An American woman who refused to give her ex-partner access to their child is not facing criminal charges. Lisa Miller disappeared with seven-year-old Isabella nearly two months ago after a judge ruled she had to hand the child over to her former civil partner Janet Jenkins.

  • Actors paid to ‘act gay’ in Sydney Mardi Gras 18

    Sydney Mardi Gras has been accused of becoming too corporate

    11:21 AM — Actors were paid to pretend to be gay in 2008's Sydney Mardi Gras, it has been claimed. According to the Scavenger, at least six actors were hired by furniture company IKEA to join its float.

  • 18th February 2010

    Ugandan pastor shows his church gay porn 30

    Martin Ssempa showed his church gay porn

    6:00 PM — Homophobic Ugandan preacher Martin Ssempa has been accused of being "twisted" for showing his congregation gay porn to persuade them to support an anti-homosexuality bill.

  • First gay boutique hotel to be opened in New York 3

    New York is to get its first 'hetero-friendly' hotel (Photo: Tony the misfit)

    3:22 PM — Developers hoping to capitalise on New York's popularity with gays and lesbians are to open the first gay boutique hotel in the city.

  • Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10

    Gay marriage was legalised in New Hampshire last month

    12:50 PM — Efforts to roll back the US state of New Hampshire's recent gay marriage law have been defeated. Gay marriage became legal in the state on January 1st but conservative Republicans quickly announced plans to seek repeal.

  • Kenyan police release gay men 3

    Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya

    12:18 PM — Six men arrested in Kenya by police who suspected them of being gay have been released. The men, aged between 20 and 35, were taken into custody last Friday after rumours they were planning a gay wedding in the coastal town of Mtwapa.

  • 16th February 2010

    US man banned from having ‘I’m gay’ numberplate 18

    Keith Kimmel said he was proud to be gay

    7:08 PM — An Oklahoma student is suing state officials for barring him from getting a personalised car numberplate reading "IM GAY". Keith Kimmel said he was proud to be gay.

  • Another man arrested in Malawi 5

    Another man has been arrested in Malawi

    5:21 PM — Another man has been arrested on homosexuality charges in Malawi. Police spokesman Dave Chingwalu said a 60-year-old man was arrested on Monday and charged with sodomy.

  • Americans more supportive of ‘gay men and lesbians’ than ‘homosexuals’ 25

    Those polled were more sympathetic to "gay men and lesbians"

    2:42 PM — A survey has found that the wording used when asking the public about their views on gay rights makes a substantial difference to the answers. Americans were far less likely to support gays in the military when the question mentioned 'homosexuals'.

  • Comment: So much military trash 16

    Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged

    1:03 PM — Petty Officer Second Class Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged from the US military after an investigation into his sexuality forced him to come out last year. He confessed his sexual orientation to civilian investigators after rumours began flying around his unit about an alleged sexual partner.

  • 15th February 2010

    South African man wins Mr Gay World 2010 31

    Charl Van den Berg won the Mr Gay World contest

    6:50 PM — A South African man has scooped the title of Mr Gay World 2010. Charl Van den Berg, a 28-year-old restaurateur from Cape Town, was named the winner at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.

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