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March 3, 2015

23-year-old persuaded users of the app to meet in person and smoke ice

A Sydney man who robbed men he met on Grindr has been jailed for at least 17 months.

Corey Draper, 23, persuaded two men on the hook-up app to meet in person and smoke ice, then robbed them at knifepoint.

The first incident occured on 9 February 2014 at 1:30am.

Draper met a 28-year-old man, who gave him $200 for ice. He then robbed him of further $270 and a mobile phone. Draper told his victim he was a member of a gang and would kill him if he reported him to police.

February 27, 2015

Raymond Buys, 15, was beaten, forced to pick up his own faeces with his mouth, and chained to a bed

The owners of a South African gay 'cure' camp have been found guilty of murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. 

The ruling, made today by the Vereeniging Regional Court in Johannesburg, involved the case of Raymond Buys, 15, who tragically died in April 2011 after receiving horrific treatment at the hands of Alex de Koker and Michael Erasmus at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp.

February 20, 2015

Both are serving life for killing gay men

Two convicted murderers will tie the knot next month in the UK's first gay marriage behind bars.

Psychopath Mikhail Ivan Gallatinov, 40, and gay-basher Marc Goodwin, 31, have been given permission to wed at Full Sutton Prison, East Yorkshire.

A notice of their marriage was posted at the register office in nearby Beverley, according to the Daily Mirror.

February 12, 2015

The Mormon Stories podcasts feature 'delicate topics' such as rights for LGBTI people and the ordination of women

A pro-gay Mormon is being forced to leave the church for refusing to stop talking about LGBTI rights and feminism on his podcasts.

John Dehlin was found guilty by a disciplinary panel of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints held at North Logan, Utah this week.

He will no longer be allowed to wear temple robes, donate money or prayer in public, although he will still be allowed to attend church meetings.

February 10, 2015

Judge says allegations of conspiracy are 'unsubstantiated by any facts'

Malaysia's top court today (10 February) upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction for sodomy, which is illegal in the Muslim-majority.

Federal Court judge Arifin Zakat said there was 'overwhelming evidence' that the former deputy prime minister had sodomized a male aide, and defense allegations that the case was a political conspiracy were 'unsubstantiated by any facts whatsoever.'

February 9, 2015

Both lose Best British Film to The Theory of Everything

The writer and producer of Pride won the award for best debut at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards last night (8 February). 

However, the Imitation Game walked away empty handed despite nine nominations.

Screenwriter Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone took the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Pride.

February 7, 2015

Celebrities including Jessica Alba and Ryan Reynolds have tweeted their support and called on the public to sign the petition 

Hollywood stars Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Alba, Ryan Reynolds and Bryan Cranston have joined the campaign demanding pardons for an estimated 49,000 victims of anti-gay laws in the United Kingdom, reported Usatoday.com.

February 4, 2015

Ritch Dowrey spent the last five and a half years of his life in a care facility after being attacked in a gay bar in an act described by a judge as ‘virulent homophobia’ but his attacker is already out on parole

The victim of a 2009 homophobic attack in Vancouver has died in a care facility five and a half years after the incident which caused him permanent brain injury.

Ritch Dowrey was sucker punched in Vancouver gay bar The Fountainhead in March of 2009 by construction worker Shawn Woodward on the night he was celebrating his retirement.

The then 62-year-old hit his head on the floor after being struck, knocking him unconscious and resulting in permanent brain damage.

February 2, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch calls on the royal couple to support the petition

Prince William and Kate Middleton have declined to publicly support a campaign to pardon the 49,000 British men convicted of consensual gay sex under the now-defunct gross indecency law.

A spokesperson for the royal couple said Saturday (31 January) it was a matter for government so they could not comment in public.

January 24, 2015

Conviction of Children-404’s Lena Klimova proves hideous law is alive and well

Lena Klimova, the founder of LGBTI kids’ support group Children-404 in Russia, is the latest victim of the country’s controversial ‘anti-gay propaganda law’.

The social worker has been fined 50,000 rubles ($780, €700) by the Russian courts for creating the online community group in March 2013.

The website encourages young people to share experiences of how it feels to grow up as an LGBTI person. It’s said Klimova, who was previously acquitted of the same charge, did not have access to legal counsel before her conviction.

January 23, 2015

Prominent LGBTI rights activist could face jail time

Singaporean LGBTI rights activist and blogger Alex Au has been found guilty of 'scandalizing contempt' for a post critical of the city's anti-gay law.

The High Court ruled Thursday (22 January) that the article published in October 2013 posed 'a real threat of undermining public confidence in the administration of justice in Singapore.'

'I therefore find the respondent guilty of scandalizing contempt in respect of that article,' Justice Belinda Ang wrote in her judgement.

January 12, 2015

Birmingham University professor Craig Jackson fears a serial killer may be on the loose after 61 bodies were found in Manchester’s canals in just six years

A leading British psychologist has aired his fears that a serial killer may be operating in and around Manchester’s gay district and using the city’s canals to conceal the evidence of his crimes.

Birmingham University psychology professor Craig Jackson told the tabloid newspaper Daily Star this week that he found it hard to fathom how 61 people’s bodies had been found in the city’s canals in the space of just six years without the involvement of a serial killer.

January 8, 2015

Character of Will Horton has sex with his husband's ex-boyfriend

Viewers of the NBC soap Days of Our Lives have been bracing themselves for the character of Sonny Kiriakis to sleep with his ex-boyfriend - closeted pro baseball player Paul Narita.

But Sonny's husband Will beats him to it in today's and Friday's episodes of the show.

It's an unexpected twist that even took the actors on the show by surprise.

December 30, 2014

Diran Lin says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has been shown by the people of Montreal during his son’s murderer’s trial but he still wants to know why Luka Magnotta killed him

The father of murdered Chinese student Jun Lin has spoken of the support that he has been shown by ordinary Montrealers following his son’s killer’s murder trial.

Luka Magnotta was found guilty of the 2012 murder of Jun Lin this month and of dismembering the body of Diran Lin’s son before fleeing to Europe to try to avoid justice.

He was eventually caught at a Berlin internet café where he had been reading stories about himself online.

December 24, 2014

Luka Magnotta admits to the killing but pleaded insanity

A Canadian former gay porn actor yesterday (December) was found guilty of murdering and dismembering a Chinese exchange student and sex partner he met online.

Luka Magnotta, 32, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of Jun Lin, 33, after eight days of deliberations.

The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Magnotta was also convicted on four related charges and given the maximum sentence for each, ranging from two to 10 years.

December 21, 2014

One victim, who had five teeth knocked out on gay pride weekend, had to undergo dental reconstruction over an 18-month period

Lambert Borgardt,who attacked two men in 2012 – one of whom made the news for receiving a six-figure dental reconstruction surgery for free by a local dentist after five of his teeth were knocked out, received 10 years probation sentence and must complete 200 hours of community service.

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.