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April 18, 2015

'Sexual conduct in a public place is not provocation for an assault of any kind,' the judge said as she rejected the prosecutors' claim that the bashing was a vigilante attack to rid the area of gay men

Two men from Perth, Western Australia have been sentenced to life in jail on Friday with a 21-year minimum for the fatal bashing of a gay man in a public toilet in a nature reserve in November 2013.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were found guilty of murdering 48-year-old Warren Gerard Batchelor who was then having a sexual encounter with another man in a disabled toilet.

April 16, 2015

His attacker is now in jail

A man who slashed the throat of his Grindr date and left him for dead is now jailed.

Shane Dunn, 25, was found guilty of attacking Ian Garrod, 55, with a kitchen knife last year.

The court heard how Dunn had brought crystal meth for them both to take before sex with Garrod on 8 September 2014.

When the pair fell asleep, Dunn got up during the night and told Garrod he was going for a glass of water.

But instead, he removed a knife from the kitchen and returned to the bedroom before slicing the victim's neck.

April 14, 2015

Gay mathematician's hidden notebook dates from the time he cracked the Nazi's Enigma code

Alan Turing's hidden wartime manuscript Monday (13 April) sold for more than $1 million at Bonhams auction house in New York.

An anonymous buyer paid $1,025,000 for the 56-page notebook, part of which will be donated to charity.

The handwritten notes date from 1942 when the gay mathematician was working at the UK government code and cypher school in Bletchley Park, where he led the team that cracked the code used by the Nazi Enigma machines.

April 13, 2015

Department of Justice calls refusal of treatment 'cruel and unusual' 

Transgender prisoners in Georgia will be eligible to receive and continue their hormone treatment while serving a prison sentence.

The US Department of Justice sided with Ashley Diamond, a trans prisoner who filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s authorities.

According to the lawsuit, officials refused Diamond to continue her hormone treatment; she was also placed in unsafe facilities with violent men, according to health24.

April 11, 2015

He kept three young gay men locked up in a house as 'sex slaves' and forced them to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day

A 25-year-old Hungarian man is facing 155 years in prison after 12 jurors found him guilty of human trafficking and racketeering on Thursday.

Andras Vass and two other men, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki were arrested last October for running a company called Never Sleep Inc which forced three young men to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day.

April 11, 2015

Eric Reece Wiethorn wrote: 'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter'

An Iowa man has admitted to sending a threatening letter to a gay bar in Des Moines and claiming it was fille with the poison anthrax.

A letter arrived at Blazing Saddle bar containing a white powder in late March and stated: 'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter.'

After receiving an anonymous tip, police this week arrested Eric Reece Wiethorn (pictured) of Ames, Iowa.

Wiethorn, 49, has been arrested for first-degree harassment and booked in to Polk County Jail.

April 8, 2015

'We must do more to end the culture of violence and discrimination surrounding gender identity and expression'

Sir Elton John and REM frontman Michael Stipe have called on Georgia's department of corrections to provide hormone therapy and safety to transgender women housed in male prisons.

The openly gay singer and the bisexual Georgia native issued a joint statement Sunday (7 April), a few days after the US Justice Department called the state’s denial of hormone therapy to trans inmates a 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 

April 8, 2015

Sexually assaulted a lesbian as she was sleeping beside her girlfriend

A British paramedic who claimed he was gay and then raped three women - including one lesbian - has been jailed.

Christopher Bridger, 26, was found guilty of being a 'sexual predator' by a judge at Guildford Crown Court. He will be jailed for 12 years and will never be allowed to work in the health profession again.

He conned his way into bed with three young women, who were known to him as friends and colleagues.

April 6, 2015

36-year-old Ashley Diamond has been confined to a men's prison in Georgia for over two years and denied hormone therapy despite being a transgender woman and says she has been raped over seven times as a result

The US Department of Justice has joined a federal lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections by a transgender woman who has been denied hormone therapy and been kept in a male prison since 2012.

Ashley Diamond was convicted of burglary and other charges in 2012 but when she arrived at a Georgia state prison intake center she was ordered to strip alongside male inmates.

April 5, 2015

The Nigerian activist submitted private pictures and a DVD of her sex life to prove she is a lesbian

A Nigerian LGBTI activist’s bid for asylum was rejected by a British High Court because the judge ruled her lesbian relationship was fabricated.

 Aderonke Apata came to Britain in 2004; she felt she was in danger because of her religion and sexuality and, for the last eleven years, tried to be granted refugee status.

Her long-term partner Happiness Agboro, to whom Apata is engaged, is also from Nigeria and has already been granted asylum because of her sexuality.

April 3, 2015

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the state of California must provide gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner. 

Judge Jon Tigar made the ruling yesterday (2 April), insisting that denial of the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51 – who is currently serving a 17 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 – was a violation of her constitutional rights. 

March 30, 2015

They beat to death man they caught having sex in park toilet with metal pole

Two men were found guilty of murder Friday (27 March) in what prosecutors described as a 'vigilante attack' to rid a park in Perth of gay men.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were accused of fatally injuring Warren Batchelor, 48, after they caught him having sex with another man in a disabled toilet in November 2013.

Both men denied the charges but a jury found them guilty after five hours of deliberation.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim testified that the pair burst in and punched, kicked and beat Batchelor with a meat pole.

March 28, 2015

The two met while incarcerated in Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire

Two gay men, both serving life sentences for murder, have become England's first same-sex couple to marry while in prison.

Mikhail Gallatinov and Marc Goodwin (pictured) exchanged vows in the visiting center of Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire.

According to The Independent, the newlyweds fell in love during the time they spent in prison.

March 26, 2015

Prosecution withdraws suggestion of homophobia just before sentencing

A New Zealand man has escaped jail for assaulting the manager of a gay bar after police withdrew a suggestion of homophobia.

Adrian Sherman, 23, was sentenced Wednesday (25 March) to four months of community detention and supervision for punching the Steve Mawhinney several times in the head.

He was also ordered to pay $450 in reparations.

Sherman and two friends wandered into Ivy Bar in Wellington in August, not realizing it was a gay bar. As they were leaving, one of his friends shouted an anti-gay slur and threw a can at two patrons.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 24, 2015

Homophobic preacher claims he is following Jesus and refuses to 'tone it down'

A British street preacher was ordered to pay a fine to a gay man he called a 'sinner' and 'sodomite' or go to jail.

Michael Overd has regularly been preaching his homophobic beliefs in town centres across the UK, but especially in his hometown of Taunton, Somerset.

When a gay man, Darren Chambers, challenged his views, they clashed.

Overd told him he was an 'abomination', and used the old homophobic favorite 'God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.'

March 20, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

March 18, 2015

Victim was attacked in the street and people walked past and did nothing

A British gay man is now traumatized after his genitals were bitten in a homophobic street attack.

The 29-year-old man had been shopping in Kidderminster, a town south-west of Birmingham, when he was approached by two men who asked him for a cigarette.

'You’d better run,' one of them said. 'We’re going to end you.'

Damian Badger, 28, and Kurt Broadbent, 20, then punched him to the floor and kicked him in the head.

March 13, 2015

Lebanese father living in Berlin beat his 'pansy' son with cables and threatened to 'ram a knife' into his throat

When 15-year-old Nasser El-Ahmed came out as gay to his parents, he never expected how his father would respond.

The teen's father beat him, poured boiling water over him and threatened to ram a knife into his throat.

The uncle of the Lebanese teen born in Berlin also doused him in petrol and threatened to set him on fire.

He called the teen several homophobic slurs, including 'pansy', and would beat him with cables.

Speaking to Bild newspaper, the now 18-year-old El-Ahmed said he 'paralyzed' with fear after coming out.

March 12, 2015

Defendant bragged about giving people his 'positive load'

A San Diego man faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest to willfully spreading HIV.

Thomas Miguel Guerra, 30, lied about his positive status when he started a relationship with another man in 2013, according to the city attorney's office.

They dated for several months in 2013 and had unprotected sex at Guerra's urging.

March 12, 2015

English man tricked two married men for money
 

A man has been sent to prison for seven years after pleading guilty to blackmailing two men after he had sex with them separately in a park in the West-Midlands, England.

Lee Taylor, 24, waited for his victims (who have not been named) in a public toilet in Worcester.

After they had sex, he demanded £100 ($149, €140) from them, threatening he would tell their employers and families they had tried to rape him.

Taylor met first a married man on 12 November 2014 in Gheluvelt Park. Taylor asked to be taken home in the man’s car, to which he agreed.

March 6, 2015

Alex Au apologizes but says he will appeal

A Singaporean blogger Wednesday (4 March) was fined S$8,000 ($5,843) over a post critical of the city's anti-gay law.

Alex Au, 62, was found guilty of 'scandalizing contempt' in January for insinuating that the dates for two constitutional challenges to Singapore’s gay sex ban were rigged so that the then attorney-general could hear the cases.

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.