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October 12, 2012

Ex cleaner of gay UK illusionist has been jailed for 16 months after she was found guilty of stealing over £33,000

Derren Brown's ex cleaner has been jailed for 16 months after she was found guilty of filling in over £33,000 worth of blank checks from the gay illusionist's home.

Rocio Pavon-Navarrete, 47, a former teacher, previously admitted stealing two signed checks from the entertainer's home whilst he was on his 2010 Enigma tour, the Daily Mail reports.

Pavon-Navarrete, of Greenwich, south-east London, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court last month to one charge of theft.

September 30, 2012

US state becomes the first to ban mental health practitioners from carrying out so-called conversion therapy

California has become the first American state to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors after the Governor signed a bill to outlaw it yesterday (29 September).

The bill, sponsored by Senator Ted Lieu, stops psychiatrists and churches from performing conversion, or reparative therapy, which the World Health Organization calls ‘dangerous and abusive’.

August 25, 2012

Lawyers in Prop 8 case request Supreme Court to leave decision alone that struck down California's anti-gay marriage law

The lawyers in the Proposition 8 case have requested the Supreme Court not to review the decision that found California's ban against same sex marriages unconstitutional.

Attorneys Ted Olson, David Boies and others, representing the clients in Perry v. Brown, asked the high court to let the 9th Circuit decision on Prop 8 to stand.

July 31, 2012

Court to decide after its summer recess whether to hear landmark case

Gay marriage opponents on Tuesday (31 July) asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a federal appellate court decision that struck down California's Proposition 8 which stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry.

Proposition 8 sponsors Protect Marriage described the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in February that California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional as 'misguided.'

June 23, 2012

One of the leading non-religious opponents of marriage equality in the United States has now come out as a supporter

An expert witness who testified against the constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage has publicly recanted his opposition to marriage equality.

David Blankenhorn, the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, was a key witness called to testify against same-sex marriage in the case of Perry v. Brown and authored a book ‘The Future of Marriage’ in 2007, making the case against same-sex marriage.

June 6, 2012

Bob Brown recalls in a farewell speech how a tactical play almost led him to ban lesbian sex in Tasmania in 1986

Outgoing Australian Greens senator says his biggest political mistake almost saw him ban lesbian sex as a lone Green MP in Tasmania during the 1980s.

In a farewell speech ahead of his formal retirement next week at the National Press Club yesterday (5 June), the first openly gay senator recalled how the then opposition Labour party's decision not to move and get rid of section 122 of the criminal code - which banned male homosexuality only - caught him off guard.

April 11, 2012

Campaign to boycott Starbucks for supporting gay marriage is heading to Middle East and China

After failing in America, the Dump Starbucks campaign to boycott the coffee chain for supporting same-sex marriage has gone global.

February 3, 2012

Seventeenth annual LGBT Pride March is for ‘rights issues that remain untouched’

On Sunday 30,000 to 40,000 people are expected to watch the annual march for LGBT rights in Melbourne, including the world’s first openly intersex mayor Tony Briffa, Victoria MP Clem Newton-Brown and police chief commissioner Ken Lay.