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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.

August 30, 2014

State Assembly passes bill prohibiting defendants from using panic defense to escape charges of murdering someone gay or transgender

Is it the end of the gay panic and trans panic defenses in California?

The California State Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill this week that would prohibit murder defendants from using the so-called panic defense.

The bill had already been psssed by the State Senate and will now go to Governor Jerry Brown who must sigb it for it to become law.

Under this defense strategy, some defendants have been able to escape murder charges by claiming they panicked because they discovered the victim was gay or transgender.

August 28, 2014

Judge said while the attack was 'vile and vicious', the attack was not motivated by homophobia

A man will be jailed for two years and four months after spraying six people with a 'noxious substance' in a homophobic attack.

Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a plastic bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall, London.

Several of the victims reported feeling like their 'faces were melting', they thought they were going to die, and it caused ulcers on their eyes and mouths. One victim could have very easily had his vision permanently damaged.

August 27, 2014

A 31-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of ABH, two counts of common assault and possessing a weapon for discharge of noxious liquid

A man who sprayed six people with a 'noxious substance in a homophobic attack' is facing jail.

Jonathan Lynn, 31, sprayed a man in the face outside Lightbox, a gay club in Vauxhall, South London.

The victim Parish Frith spoke to two women who he alleged yelled homophobic abuse at him. When Lynn approached the group and said he was with the two women, he told Frith to 'go away, we don't like gays'.

When Frith retorted, Lynn sprayed the liquid in his face causing burns and ulcers on his eyes.

August 18, 2014

Maxim 'Machete' Martsinkevich, leader of the group ‘Occupy Pedophilia,’ will spend the next 5 years in a Russian penal colony – but the penalty is for his racism not his persecution of LGBTIs

Maxim Martsinkevich, leader of the notorious anti-gay group Occupy Pedophilia, was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday but the charges were for racist videos that he posted to Russian social media website VK – not his entrapment and torture of gay men on camera.

Martsinkevich, who is also known as ‘Machete’ or ‘Cleaver,’ and his group entrapped very young gay men online by pretending to be gay teens and then put them through homophobic ordeals while being filmed – then humiliating them by posting them on the internet.

August 9, 2014

The Christian activist admitted to creating a fake organization and website to dupe parade organizers and Trojan condoms to get condom sponsorship

Bill Whatcott, who was found guilty by the Supreme Court of Canada last year of promoting hatred against gays and lesbians by distributing hateful pamphlets, boasted that his marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade last weekend to be 'unorthodox evangelism.'

Whatcott, who is the executive director of anti-gay group Christian Truth Activists, applied to march in the parade using a pseudonym and a fake society called the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster alongside four other evangelical Christians.

August 8, 2014

26-year old Emily Fox has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a female student

A lesbian PE teacher in England must register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to having sex with an underage student.

Emily Fox has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with the minor, whom Fox met at the Royal Masonic School for girls in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

In the United Kingdom, the age of consent is 16.

The incidents reportedly occurred from 2012 to 2013, during the year term Fox was teaching at the school.

August 4, 2014

After pleading guilty to leaving the foul message, the father of three said he was not homophobic

A British father of three who posted a rant on Facebook saying all ‘faggots should be machine gunned’ has been arrested.

Paul Gair, 42, has claimed he was not homophobic and posted the message after having a bad day.

In a post under an article about a Pride event in Newcastle, north England, he said:

‘If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay cunts wouldn't of [sic] been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting cunts!’

Gair posted another message that gay people should be ‘slaughtered’.

August 2, 2014

The English seaside city will spend the weekend dancing, with a park festival and street party

A group of LGBTI Ugandans were the happiest people dancing in the Brighton Pride parade on the south coast of England today (2 August).

They were celebrating the Ugandan Constitutional Court’s decision to strike down the Anti-Homosexuality Act yesterday.

While homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, the court’s decision removes one of the world’s most draconian pieces of anti-gay legislation.

August 2, 2014

A UK man said he wanted to line up and shoot gay people in a Facebook rant, and defended himself in court by saying he was just ‘having a bad day’ 

A UK father of three was condemned by a court for threatening to ‘line up and shoot’ gay people in several Facebook rants.

Paul Gair, from Gateshead, UK, posted the disturbing threats on the Facebook page of UK local newspaper The Chronicle.

The Facebook page was promoting Northern Pride, an LGBTI pride event in Newcastle, northern England, which seemed to provoke the outburst from Gair.

July 22, 2014

23-year-old Donovan Haynes, who told police he beat his daughter so that she would become a lesbian and avoid bad men like her, will spend at least 18 years and 9 months in prison over her death before being released

A Michigan man who told police he beat his two-year-old daughter to death in an attempt to turn her off men has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 18 years and 9 months.

23-year-old Donovan Haynes pleaded no contest to a charge of second degree murder in what Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J Farah told the court was one of the worst things he had ever had to hear about in his time on the bench.

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’.