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July 21, 2014

George Montague, in his 90s, was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride

David Cameron has written a letter to congratulate the ‘oldest gay in the village’.

The affectionate moniker is George Montague’s, who was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride.

In his 90s, he is one of the UK city’s most famous and loved citizens.

Montague sent the Prime Minister a copy of his new book, The Oldest Gay In The Village, to read.

July 15, 2014

At least three men are still serving up to 14 years in prison for homosexuality

Malawi has officially suspended arresting people for gay sex, the justice minister has said.

Janet Chijaya-Banda has said the law, which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in prison, is effectively no longer used.

She was in front of the UN Human Rights Committee to answer question about the status of the homophobic law last week.

In her response, Banda said police have been told to not arrest anyone for being gay while the country’s Law Commission prepares to review its constitutionality.

July 6, 2014

Parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roomate broadcast his sexual encounter, have condemned the repeal of New York's anti-cyberbullying law saying young people are the 'most vulnerable' online

New York's highest court on Tuesday struck down an ordinance in Albany County (New York) which outlaws 'cyber-bullying’ against ‘any minor or person'. The court called the law an overly broad statute that violates the First Amendment's protection of free speech.

June 30, 2014

Back in 2010, Berlusconi was infamously quoted as saying ‘my passion for woman is better than being gay’

Media tycoon and former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has come out in support for gay rights.

Following a series of homophobic gaffes, one of the most powerful people in the world said everyone should be responsible for ensuring LGBTI people have equal rights.

‘The [fight] for civil rights for homosexuals is a fight that in a truly modern and democratic country should be everyone's responsibility,’ Berlusconi said, according to La Repubblica.

June 24, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer was convicted of disobeying church law when he refused to promise to never perform another same-sex marriage ceremomy

A pastor who was defrocked in November for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding has been reinstated with back pay.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania United Methodist minister, had been convicted under church law of disobeying the church after he refused to never perform another gay marriage.

Schaefer appealed his dismissal and a nine-member church judicial panel on Tuesday (24 June) overturned the church's earlier ruling.

June 16, 2014

The US state of Alabama has hung onto its ban on same-sex couples having sex despite it being ruled unconstitutional in the US Supreme Court in 2003 but a state appeals court has now struck it down

Alabama’s ban on consensual oral and anal sex has been struck down as unconstitutional by a state Court of Criminal Appeals.

Alabama state laws defines ‘deviate sexual intercourse’ as ‘any act of sexual gratification between persons not married to each other involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another,’ and can attract punishments of up to a year in prison or hard labor and fines of up to $2,000.

June 11, 2014

Zak Hardaker, 22, admitted to calling another player 'fucking faggot' during a game he was losing two weeks ago

A British rugby player will be banned for five games after being found guilty of homophobic abuse.

Zak Hardaker, a 22-year-old fullback England international, admitted to calling another player ‘fucking faggot’ during the game on 30 May.

He was found guilty of a grade E offence of using ‘verbal abuse based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin’, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches.

June 11, 2014

Victim was hit so hard he fell to the ground with a single blow during a night out in Leeds, UK

A straight man will live with metal plates in his face for his life after being punched to the ground in an anti-gay attack.

A court has heard how a 24-year-old British victim, who has been given anonymity, was attacked at a Leeds nightclub last year.

He suffered multiple fractures to his face and jaw, and has been permanently scarred.

Adam Betteridge, 28, attempted to defend himself by saying he was provoked after the victim attempted to kiss him.

June 3, 2014

For over a year, the man known as the Dutchman known as the 'Face of Homophobia' has longed to see his attackers behind bars

Last year, there was one face that summed up the growing hatred and homophobia in France as the country debated gay marriage.

That face was Wilfred de Bruijn.

On 6 April, he and his boyfriend Olivier were beaten up in Paris. The next day he posted a picture of his broken face and it went viral.

And after waiting for over a year, their attackers have finally come to justice.

Three men were found guilty and handed their sentences in a Parisian court today (3 June).

May 30, 2014

A 19-year-old was given a suspended sentence for actual bodily harm, but is now being forced to go to jail after not taking his probation seriously

A UK teenager who attacked a gay schoolmate, calling him ‘faggot’, is in jail.

Stuart Trinder, a 19-year-old from Swindon, had been put on a suspended sentence for punching his victim to the ground then kicking him.

But in the five months since being spared jail, the teen has completed just one of the 220 hours of community service he was ordered to do.

After re-offending and failing to turn up for appointments with probation officers, Trinder was forced to go back to court.

May 20, 2014

19 year-old Floyd Evans stabbed a gay man in the chest at a well-known meeting spot for gay men, which the judge condemned as a ‘disgraceful’ homophobic attack

A UK teen will serve a 14-year sentence for stabbing a gay man in the chest in a brutal homophobic attack (20 May).

Floyd Evans, 19, stabbed Francisco Nascimento in the chest on 21 October 2013 in Cheshire, UK.

The judge told the court Evans was guilty of a homophobic attack, as the two men met near the City Walls, which is a well-known meeting point for gay men.

May 14, 2014

Eight straight, white teens attempt to recruit other youth into the homophobic BNP

A horrific new video from the far-right British National Party youth was revealed this week.

The raft of straight-faced white youths offers disturbing rhetoric when they decide who is to blame for Britain’s demise.

The three-minute clip uploaded to YouTube asks: ‘Who is responsible for the ongoing attempt to irradiate the British culture and British identity?’

They blame, among other groups, ‘cultural Marxists’ and ‘profiteering Zionists’.

May 6, 2014

South African performance artist Steven Cohen has been found guilty over a public performance in Paris in which he danced with a rooster that he had tied to his penis by a leash

South African born performance artist Steven Cohen has been found guilty by a Paris court over a September 2013 public performance in which he danced in platform shoes in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower with a rooster tied to his penis by a leash.

The 51-year-old Artist danced for around 10 minutes before being arrested by police but maintains the performance was not intended in any way to be sexual.

May 5, 2014

Musab Mohammed Masmari has pleaded guilty to setting fire to Seattle gay bar Neighbours on New Year’s Eve as part of a deal with federal prosecutors

30-year-old Musab Mohammed Masmari has pleaded guilty over a New Year’s Eve arson attack on a Seattle gay bar that put the lives of 750 people at risk.

Prosecutors say Masmari entered Neighbours bar from a neighboring venue with looser security and used a one gallon can of gasoline to douse a stairway, leaving the can at the top of the stairs before lighting it.

May 4, 2014

After leaving his wife, Jason Roy Borkowskiwent on Craigslist and met a trans woman who he shot after sexual activity

A US man has been found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon after shooting a transgender woman he met online just days after leaving his wife.

Jason Roy Borkowski reportedly went on Craigslist looking for company and ended up meeting trans woman Alevaro Refugio, 38.

A few days before, he had left his wife and arrived in Kernersvile, North Carolina.

After chatting on the website, they went to the movies and then back to Refugio’s home where they engaged in sexual activity.

May 1, 2014

Two men boasted to a takeaway they pushed a man into an incredibly dangerous river because he was gay

A British man was plucked from the jaws of death after two muggers pushed him into a river because he was gay.

The victim, given anonymity, was walking home from a gay bar in Hull when he was attacked.

Muggers Kallum Crosby, 20, and Jamie Norris, 22, attacked him, rifled through his pockets and pushed him into the river Humber.

Later, the pair boasted about the attack to a takeaway worker, saying they did it because he was gay.

April 24, 2014

Man pleaded guilty to stabbing his love rival several times

A jealous lover dressed up in a bunny costume in order to stab his ex’s new boyfriend in the neck.

Mark Pritchard, 46, arrived at the home of his former boyfriend Lee Corbin in Bristol, England wearing the theatrical animal outfit in October last year.

He held roses and love letters for his ex’s new boyfriend, Martin Williams, and said he had a ‘special delivery’ from Corbin who was away on holiday.

After reading out the love letters he had written himself, Pritchard persuaded Williams to blindfold himself and wait in bed for ‘some treasure’.

April 23, 2014

'It's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea'

A judge in Kansas ruled Wednesday (23 April) that the transgender US Army private convicted of leaking government files to the website WikiLeaks can legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Last summer, the former Bradley Edward Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leaking of more than 700,000 government files.

Manning, 26, said in a statement that she had been working for months on the official name change but actually waiting for years.

April 19, 2014

Her boyfriend gets 12 and a half years' prison for his role in the child's death

Jessica Dutro, a 25-year-old Oregon woman, convicted in the murder of her 4-year-old son Zachary Dutro-Burgess has been sentenced to life in prison on Friday in a Washington County Circuit Court. She will serve 25 years for her murder and second-degree assault conviction before she gets her first chance at parole.

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.