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December 17, 2014

R&B artist punched a fan in the face, and reportedly said he was not up for 'gay shit'

R&B artist Chris Brown will not face jail time after pleading guilty to an assault where he punched a fan and allegedly called him a 'faggot'.

A Washington DC superior court has ruled Brown, as well as his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, will not serve any time behind bars for the assault in October 2013.

On 16 December, judge Patricia Wynn sentenced Hollosy to 90 days in jail - suspending the sentence unless he violated his one-year probation.

December 10, 2014

Freddie Smith to be sentenced in February for  felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence

US soap opera star Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a car crash in Ohio that left his girlfriend seriously injured.

Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, entered pleas of guilty this week to charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence, according to the Associated Press.

Smith will be sentenced on 18 February.

December 7, 2014

Throughout much of his childhood, Matthew McVarish was repeatedly sexually abused by an uncle. He's now on a mission to walk through 32 European capital cities to help end the silence that persists around child sexual abuse

When Matthew McVarish was first taken to see the film Forrest Gump, at the age of 11, little did he know that – years later – it would prove to be the inspiration for his current endeavor.

The Scotsman is nearing the end of his ‘Road to Change’: an 20-month mission to walk 10,000 miles across Europe, visiting the capital cities of 29 countries in an effort to raise awareness around child sex abuse and to break down the stigma victims feel in talking about their experiences.

December 5, 2014

Performer pleads guilty to possession with intent to distribute

UK porn star Bruno Knight was sentenced to two years in jail for attempting to smuggle half a pound of methamphetamine out of the US in his anus.

Knight, real name Patrick Gizzie, will also serve three years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

'I am sorry to you and your country,' he told the judge.

November 26, 2014

'Corrective rape' is common in the country

A South African man will spend the next 30 years in jail for murdering a lesbian then raping her dead body with a toilet brush.

Lekgoa Lesley Motleleng, 22, pleaded guilty yesterday (25 November) to both charges at Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court.

The prosecution described how he killed Duduzile Zozo, 26, after she refused his advances.

November 22, 2014

Mark Carter, former Mr Gay UK, has been suspended from duty in West Yorkshire after the attack on another gay man in the toilets of a popular bar in Manchester 

A former Mr Gay UK turned police officer has been suspended after being convicted of attacking a man in a gay club.

Mark Carter, a police constable for West Yorkshire Police, was convicted of assault by beating by Manchester Magistrates court.

Carter attacked another man in the toilets of The Thompsons Arms in Manchester’s gay village.

He was made the subject of a 12-month community order, told to do 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £100 compensation to his victim.

November 18, 2014

Nineteen-year-old beat and kidnapped a gay man he met on a dating app

A Texan teenager yesterday (17 November) was sentenced to 183 months in prison for kidnapping and viciously assaulting a gay man because of his sexual orientation.

Prosecutors dropped a hate crime charge against Brice Johnson, 19, after he pleaded guilty in June.

November 3, 2014

New justice minister says the anti-gay law was 'grossly wrong'

New Zealand's new Justice Minister Amy Adams has said she is open to discussions about wiping the criminal records of men convicted of having gay sex.

Sex between men was illegal in the country until the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Act in 1986.

Although they do not have to declare their convictions because of the Clean Slate Act, activists say they still live with shame.

November 1, 2014

Robert Champion was 26 when he died after being beaten inside a bus after a football game

A former Florida A&M band member was convicted Friday (31 October) of manslaughter and felony hazing in the 2011 death of the band's drum major, Robert Champion.

The jury in Florida took about an hour to convict 27-year-old Dante Martin who was the ringleader when it came to hazing ritual known as 'Crossing Bus C.'

Champion (pictured) was 26 when he died after enduring the ritual which involved band members beating him with punches, kicks, drumsticks, mallets while on a bus parked in a Orlando, Florida hotel parking lot.

October 27, 2014

Loving dad said his love for his son is stronger than the love he has for the church

A Methodist pastor who was defrocked after he officiated his gay son's wedding is now allowed to return to work.

Earlier today (27 October), the Judicial Council ruled a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to discipline Frank Schaefer last year.

Schaefer had been convicted for 'disobeying the church'.

The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final.

October 27, 2014

Opposition leader is standing trial for sodomy this week

A right-wing Malaysian newspaper has said supporting oppositon leader Anwar Ibrahim means supporting the international LGBTI rights movement ahead of his sodomy trial on Tuesday.

Anwar has been prosecuted under the country's colonial anti-gay law four times in what LGBTI groups have called a politically motivated prosecution. He is appealing his March sentence of five years in jail.

October 24, 2014

The country's opposition leader has been prosecuted four times under the law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to the prosecution of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under the country's anti-gay law.

Next week, the country's top court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for violating the colonial sodomy law, which criminalizes same-sex relations.

The prosecution is cross-appealing Anwar’s five-year jail term, which could result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

October 15, 2014

Victoria state parliament passed the bill with three amendments, including posthumous expungements

Victoria today became the first Australian state to expunge historic gay sex convictions.

Both houses of Victorian parliament passed the Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill with three amendments proposed by the Labour Party.

The amended bill includes allowances for posthumous expungements, a provision to amend the state’s Equal Opportunity Act to outlaw discrimination on the basis of an expunged gay sex convictio and an additional purpose to recognize that the convictions should never have been considered crimes.

October 15, 2014

Calls have been made to scrap of an agreement that lets the US keep custody of servicemen accused of committing crimes in the country

Dozens of protesters burned the US flag yesterday night outside the US embassy in Manila demanding Washington hand over a marine suspected of murdering a transgender woman to Philippine authorities.

About 40 young activists waving red flags and shouting 'US troops out now' called for the scrapping of an agreement that allows the US to keep jursidiction of  military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines.

October 12, 2014

Dana Contreras, once ranked 5th most important LGBT person in tech, gets three years of probation after agreeing to a plea deal

A transgender activist and senior Twitter engineer, who was hailed as one of the most important gay or transgender people in the tech industry, pleaded guilty in San Francisco Superior Court to one count of domestic violence and one count of false imprisonment.

Dana Contreras – also known as Dana McCallum – was sentenced to three years of probation, and undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and substance abuse counseling. As part of her plea deal, her sentence also includes community service, a stay away order, and other terms. The rape charges were dropped.

October 10, 2014

The British tourist was released earlier this week

A Moroccan man arrested last month with his British partner for 'homosexual acts' has been released.

Jamal Jam Wald Nass, who is believed to be in his 20s, was detained at a bus stop in Marrakech on 18 September. He was sentenced to four months in an overcrowded jail with his 69-year-old partner Ray Cole, a retired magazine publisher he met online.

October 8, 2014

Ray Cole describes Moroccan prisoner as being like a ‘concentration camp’ and praises his family for helping to secure his speedy release

A UK man who was sentenced to four months in prison in Morocco for being gay has arrived back in the UK, after being released pending appeal.

Ray Cole, a retired publisher aged 69, was arrested on 18 September at a bus stop in Marrakech.

He was arrested alongside Jamal Jam Wald Nass, a local man in his 20s with whom the older man had struck up a relationship online several months previously.

This was Cole’s second visit to see Nass, and the two planned to spend five weeks together on a sightseeing tour of the country.

October 6, 2014

The 69-year-old will spend the next four months sleeping on the floor of an overcrowded cell

A UK man has been jailed for four months in Morocco for ‘committing homosexual acts’, his family said.

Ray Cole, 69, a retired magazine publisher from Deal, Kent traveled to Marrakech to meet Jamal Jam Wald Nass who he met online.

They were arrested on 18 September on a bus on suspicion of homosexuality.

Moroccan authorities failed to notify Cole's family or the British Consulate of his arrest, which they only found out about after they lost contact with him for a week.

September 30, 2014

Luka Magnotta dismembered his Chinese boyfriend and sent his limbs to political parties and elementary schools

Canadian porn star Luka Magnotta admitted yesterday to killing his Chinese boyfriend but pleaded not guilty to five charges related to his death including murder.

On the first day of his trial in Montreal, Magnotta's lawyers said he was mentally ill and jurors would have to determine his state of mind.

He faces life inprisonment if convicted of all charges.

Magnotta, 32, posted a video online of him killing Jun Lin, 33, a computer science student at Concordia University.

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 25, 2014

Report finds transgender women face systemic abuse and discrimination in one of the few countries to criminalize them

Malaysian transgender women are routinely arrested and abused by religious officials and police in one of the few countries to criminalize them, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 45 transgender people for the report, which was released today.

One of the interviewees, Victoria, said she was arrested in 2011 by religious officials who stripped and sexually assaulted her.

‘They were rough. One of them squeezed my breasts. I was completely humiliated,' she said.

September 16, 2014

The 42-year-old man hanged six 'slaves' he met online during sexually abusive choking games

A Chinese serial killer who hanged six men during sexually abusive choking games was executed last month, three years after his sentencing.

The media only reported his execution today.

Police found the victims naked and hanged to death in different hotels around Changsha city between 11 October and 26 November 2009.

Singer Zhou Youping, 42, was arrested on 28 November on suspicion of robbery and confessed to the killings.

September 12, 2014

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court

A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people.

Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act.

Cameroon punishes gay sex with up to five years in jail and a fine, and according to human rights groups arrests more gay people than any other country.

September 6, 2014

Emily Fox will serve a jail sentence for having an affair with the 15-year-old female student, after their messages to each other were exposed

A UK teacher has been jailed for 15 months for having sex with one of her students.

Emily Fox, a 26-year-old PE teacher at the all girls Royal Masonic School in Hertfordshire, will serve a 15-month sentence for having sex with a female student who was just 15 years old at the time.

It is reported the pair had many secret meetings, sex on several occasion and exchanged ‘hundreds’ of text messages.

The affair came to light when the student, who cannot be named, tried to print out a message Fox had sent to her.