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April 17, 2014

Asylum seeker's mother came forward and said her son was gay, and does not deserve to be sent back to homophobic Jamaica

A Jamaican man who killed a British teen will not be deported as he is gay, a judge has ruled.

The 29-year-old killer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will stay in the UK after Lord Justice Maurice Kay said sending him back would violate his human rights.

Referred to as JR in legal documents, the judge said the murderer arrived in the UK in December 2000 when he was 15 and was ‘party to the murder of another teenage boy’ less than a year later in 2001.

He was sentenced to detention in 2002 and was freed in June 2012.

April 17, 2014

Sydney man Paul Armstrong pleaded guilty to killing Felipe Flores 23 years ago after his blood was found under the victim’s fingernails but says he did it because Flores told him he had AIDS after they had sex

An Australian man who had previously been found guilty of male rape in 1992 has been found guilty of killing of a gay man the year before.

Sydney man Paul Armstrong had been found guilty of murdering Felipe Flores in 1991 by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2010 after DNA evidence revealed blood found under Flores’ fingernails belonged to him.

However an appeals court overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial.

April 15, 2014

A man who was responsible for caring for his younger disabled brother has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after threatening to castrate him and trying to work and beat the gay out of him

Ohio man Lawrence Featheroff has been sentenced to 30 months in prison over the beating and threatening of his younger disabled brother in an effort to turn him straight.

Featheroff, 38, had been entrusted with looking after his 26-year-old brother Jason Meyers who suffers from a developmental disorder after he had been abused in a group home despite having prior convictions for domestic violence.

April 12, 2014

Floyd Evans met victim Francisco Nascimento at a local meeting point for gay men and viciously stabbed him in the heart after chatting to him

A British teenager has been convicted of stabbing a gay man in the heart, in a suspected homophobic attack.

Floyd Evans, 19, stabbed 35-year-old Francisco Nascimento from Brazil in the heart on 21 October 2013 in Cheshire, UK.

The Chester Chronicle reports that Evans was found not guilty of attempted murder but will face a charge of wounding with intent.

April 11, 2014

A 29-year-old was found guilty of murdering his 24-year-old wife before putting her into an incinerator

A gay British Indian banker was found guilty of murdering his wife and incinerating her body today (11 April).

Jasvir Ram Ginday, 29, was convicted of murdering Varkha Rani, 24, at their home last September.

Back in 2008, Ginday confidentially told a friend he was attracted to men but could not tell his family as his mother disapproved of homosexuality.

Four years later, he was engaged to Rani and married her in a lavish ceremony with hundreds of guests in India.

She moved to the UK to be with him in August after being granted a visa.

April 9, 2014

London-born Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom

A top soccer player who made a homophobic gesture at a football game was found guilty, it was reported today (9 April).

Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom at the match last February, Brighton magistrates heard.

The 27-year-old, who was playing for Blackburn Rovers at the time, claimed he was just having a ‘bit of banter’ with fans.

But he was convicted of using abusive or insulting behavior.

April 3, 2014

Jury takes less than an hour to convict Jessica Dutro who had said of her child: 'He walks and talks like it. Ugh'

A jury took just over an hour to convict an Oregon woman in the murder of her 4 year old son who was killed because she thought he was gay.

Jessica Dutro showed little emotion when the verdict was read and she was found guilty of murder as well as five counts of murder by abuse and one count of second-degree assault.

March 29, 2014

'You did wrong ... you must pay the consequences for what you did'

A former Florida A&M band member will spend 51 weeks in jail for the hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion.

Yesterday, 28 March, Jessie Baskin heard his punishment after a three-hour hearing that included character witnesses and letters  for leniency.

March 29, 2014

Jasvir Ginday told a court hearing that he panicked when his wife threatened to out him to his family

A UK man has told a court panic and fear led him to killing his wife after she discovered he was gay because he did not want anyone to know about his sexuality.

The story was revealed earlier this month when Jasvir Ginday, 29, was accused of strangling and killing his wife Varkha Rani, 24, at their home on 12 September 2013.

March 28, 2014

An Oregon woman is on trial for the alleged murder of her own son and prosecutors say they believe she did it because she feared he would grow up to be gay

Prosecutors in the US state of Oregon have claimed that a woman on trial over the murder of her 4-year-old son killed him because she feared he would grow up to be gay.

Jessica Dutro is standing trial over the 2012 death of her son Zachary and alleged neglect and abuse of two other children with her boyfriend Brian Canady.

Canady pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter earlier this month and will serve 12 and a half years in prison as part of a plea deal for testifying against Dutro.

March 19, 2014

Mathematician who helped the Allies win World War II was convicted for having gay sex was only finally pardoned in December 2013

A research fund honoring Alan Turing, the gay World War 2 code-breaker genius, was announced in the UK budget today (19 March).

Universities are being asked to bid to host the new research institute to develop applications for the vast amounts of data now routinely collected and stored.

The new Turing Institute, expected to cost around £42 million ($70m, €50m), will be launched with five years of government support to ensure the UK leads the way in big data and algorithm research.

March 13, 2014

Joycelyn Elders says ban 'has long been a policy in search of a rationale'

Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders calls the military's ban on transgender people serving 'a policy in search of a rationale.'

Elders made her remarks upon the release today of a report by the Transgender Military Service Commission which concluded that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

February 28, 2014

The Palestinian and Israeli problem as highlighted by a new dragged-up theater show

It just so happened the person supposed to attend Ballad of the Burning Star with yours truly had a pre-show panic attack at London’s Old Street tube station. It was rush hour and they’re not used to public transport.

Sympathetic to a variety of mental health issues, I sent them home with a suggestion they should drink some wine and lie down. I then called another friend, who happens to be a Greek Orthodox priest. Could he get to Battersea Arts Centre in 30 minutes? Yes, he could. Amen, sister.

February 25, 2014

Man confesses to killing a 29-year-old trans woman, burying her in a vineyard where he worked, and stealing her valuables and fleeing to Serbia

A man has admitted to shooting his trans girlfriend in the chest in Turkey.

Police discovered the 29-year-old body of Sevdar Başar yesterday (24 February), buried in a vineyard in the southeastern city of Antep.

She was only discovered when her boyfriend Ethem Orhan, who had fled to Serbia with her valuables, confessed to the crime.

He admitted to promising her with marriage and a future, before beating her and shooting her with a hunting rifle and burying her in the vineyard he worked at last week.

February 19, 2014

Gang met the victim online and they invited him over for drinks. Once the victim showed up, the gang brutally beat himf

Three anti-gay thugs who lured a man they met online and attacked him have been jailed.

Dominic Nagy, Vladimir Puchala, and Martin Uhlar, all of Orford in Cheshire, England, were found guilty of the ‘terrifying ordeal’.

The men, aged between 24 and 33, were found guilty of attacking the victim, shouting homophobic abuse and punching him repeatedly after he was invited to the house for drinks.

Halton Magistrates Court heard how one of the men had met the victim on a Slovakian internet chatroom.

February 12, 2014

International human rights group Human Rights Watch has called on the Malaysian Government to stop trying to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim prosecuted over claims he has had sex with men and to end its colonial era ban on gay sex

Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to end its attempts to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim jailed over claims he has had sex with men in what is widely viewed as an effort to keep the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power.

BN have ruled Malaysia since 1974 and Ibrahim is a former BN MP turned vocal critic of the government who has been trying to unseat the Malaysian Government since 1998.

February 1, 2014

A gay couple admitted to having sexual relations in court yesterday and were sentenced to six months in jail under Senegal's penal code which forbids 'unnatural acts with a person of the same sex'

Two gay men in Senegal have been sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of committing ‘an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex’.

The Associated Press reported the men were arrested after neighbours alerted police to their home address in the country’s capital, Dakar. They confessed their sexual relationship in court on Friday (31 January), and Judge Racky Deme sentenced the pair under Senegal’s penal code.

January 30, 2014

A journalist had interviewed a gay geography teacher who had been fired from his position for his sexuality

A Russian editor was fined yesterday (29 January) for printing an interview with a gay teacher who said ‘being gay is normal’.

Alexander Suturin, chief editor of a Khabarovsk newspaper, is the fourth person to be officially charged with violating the federal gay propaganda ban.

He published an article where he printed a direct quote from a geography teacher who was fired from his job in September.

January 30, 2014

Two men have been given suspended sentences for two years after they admitted to brutally attacking a trans woman until she was on the ground

Two brothers from the UK have escaped a prison sentence after they said they were 'having a laugh' when the attacked a trans woman.

Luke and Nathan Statton, 24 and 23, from Bridgwater were handed suspended sentences on 27 January, meaning they will go to prison if they re-offend. The elder will serve eight months in jail, while the younger will get five months. 

In March last year, the brothers damaged the victim's property. The Bridgewater Mercury reports how the elder kicked over a sign outside the home, and she came outside to confront them.

January 30, 2014

Wife of man accused of striking gay man with a crowbar in Oregon was found guilty of obstructing the course of justice

A woman is facing up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty in connection with her husband’s alleged attack on a gay couple walking their pink poodle.

Saraya Gardner, 23, was found guilty on one count of obstruction of justice in a Oregon federal court.

Her husband, 23-year-old George Mason Jr, is accused of striking a gay man with a crowbar and hurling homophobic slurs at him on 1 March last year.

David Beltier, the 26-year-old victim, was with his boyfriend Jeremy Mark walking their pink poodle ‘Beauty’ when he was hit.

January 25, 2014

Six family members from Blackburn have been sentenced to up to six years after attempting to kidnap their sister’s gay partner last summer

Six family members have been sentenced after they attempted to kidnap their sister’s lesbian partner in Blackburn, Lancashire, last June.

The pre-planned attack took place near where Nazma Ditta’s partner, Sarah-Jane Harrison, worked and was captured on CCTV. Five sisters and one brother were involved in the assault.

January 24, 2014

After repeatedly failing drug tests, the pianist's most famous gay lover is facing jail time of up to two decades

Liberace’s most famous gay lover is to face up to 20 years in jail after repeatedly failing drug tests.

Scott Thorson, 54, spent five years with the pianist and wrote about his experiences in the book Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace.

He was sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada jail yesterday (23 January) for failing a string of drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions.

January 23, 2014

Gang met the victim online and they invited him over for drinks. Once the victim showed up, the gang brutally beat him

Three thugs who attacked a man they met online in a homophobic assault were found guilty this week.

Dominic Nagy, Vladimir Puchala, and Martin Uhlar, all of Orford in Cheshire, England, will be sentenced next month.

The men, aged between 24 and 33, were found guilty of attacking the victim, shouting homophobic abuse and punching him repeatedly after he was invited to the house for drinks.

This Is Cheshire reports how the victim was invited into a house on 1 June last year after chatting to one of the attackers on a Slovakian chat room.