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April 16, 2014

An Alabama woman has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting and killing her son’s gay lover but police say the issue is one of family violence and not a hate crime

Pickens County Alabama woman Anita Hill, 51, has been charged with murder after she allegedly shot and killed her gay son’s lover.

Hill and her unnamed son had arranged to meet Jamie Johnson, 36, at Love’s Truck Stop in McCalla on Money and police were called to the scene around 6pm.

On arrival they found Johnson had received a bullet wound to the back and he was taken to UAB Medical West hospital but he later died from his injuries.

April 5, 2014

Suspect allegedly set the home of the lesbians afire with them, and their eight children, sleeping inside

Police claim a Miami man tired to burn down the house of two lesbians, and their eight children, because he did not approve of the couple's sexuality.

Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, 73-years-old, faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, arson, and committing a hate crime.

February 11, 2014

Donté Stallworth: 'If any NFL team can’t “handle the media coverage" of drafting Sam, then your team is already a loser on the field'

NFL free agent Donté Stallworth took to Twitter to try and silence those in the league who are pessimistic that pro football in the US will is ready for an openly gay player like Michael Sam.

'If any NFL team can’t “handle the media coverage” of drafting Sam, then your team is already a loser on the field,' tweeted Stallworth, a wide receiver who most recently played for the New England Patriots.

December 16, 2013

Despite European court ruling, Prime Minister pledges and government policy, another lesbian was deported back to Uganda

Is the UK government serious in his promises to protect LGBTI asylum seekers? Despite David Cameron’s personal assurances, the case of Prossie N, deported back to the UK last week proves it is not.

Prossie N is a lesbian who fled sexual abuse and persecution in Uganda which saw her forced out onto the streets because of her sexuality.

She sought protection in the UK, had lesbian relationships and started building a new life.

December 16, 2013

A 65-year-old retired banker facing charges of 'trafficking obscene materials' will have to wait until next year to discover his fate

A British man accused after pictures of him having gay sex will have to wait until next year to discover his fate.

The Ugandan court has delayed the trial of a 65-year-old Bernard Randall, charged with ‘trafficking obscene publications’ for the third time.

He claims his laptop computer was stolen after images of him in bed with another man were published in the notorious homophobic tabloid newspaper Red Pepper.

Randall’s trial has been postponed to 22 January.

November 15, 2013

A Methodist church court is prosecuting a pastor who officiated over his son’s same-sex marriage

In 2013, the reality that Reverend Frank Schaefer, pastor at Zion United Methodist Church (UMC) of Iona in Pennsylvania, will be forced to stand trial on 18 November for officiating his son’s 2007 same-sex nuptials is not only wrong-headed – it is also wrong-hearted.

‘I love him so much and didn't want to deny him that joy. I had to follow my heart,’ Schaefer told the New York Daily News.

November 10, 2013

Demetrius Colaites, 19, is facing two counts of intentional exposure to HIV infection and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted

A former student at South Dakota State University has been accused of purposefully spreading HIV.

Demetrius Colaites, 19, is facing two counts of intentional exposure to HIV infection, as well as one charge of having sex with a person who could not consent.

Intentionally infecting a person with HIV carries a 15 year sentence. If convicted of all charges, Colaites faces up to 40 years in prison.

November 7, 2013

As three men face 14 years in prison for being gay, Doctor Christine Kaseba-Sata has said no one should be discriminated against for being gay

Zambia’s first lady has made ‘miracles’ happen as she becomes one of the most senior names in politics to stand up for gay rights.

Doctor Christine Kaseba-Sata has called for an end to discrimination of gay and bisexual men.

Speaking during a reception hosted by UNAIDS in the county’s capital Lasaka, she reflected on the recent waves of outings of LGBTI people by Zambian tabloids.

‘Silence around issues of men who have sex with men should be stopped and no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation,’ she said.

November 3, 2013

Frank Elliott, who owned the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge, has been charged with arson and fraud

A former gay bar owner in Chicago has been accused of burning the nightclub down to collect the insurance money.


Frank Elliott, former owner of the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge, was arrested on Friday (1 November) and charged with two counts of arson and one count of insurance fraud.


The Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge was burned in the early hours of 3 June last year.

November 2, 2013

Florida teenager Tavares Spencer shot his victim after discovering her gender history, then bragged about attack to friends

A teenager in Florida has been found guilty of the attempted murder of a transgender woman.


Tavares Spencer shot Coko McDonald on 9 April this year after he discovered her gender history.


Tampa police said Spencer initially believed she had been born female, and turned violent when she explained to him her trans history.


October 29, 2013

Police arrest man for arson who claimed he only did it because he was attacked by a 'possessed homosexual demon'

‘A gay demon made me do it.’

Police thought they heard it all until they asked why an Oklahoma City man would barricade himself inside his apartment and start fires.

Jeremy Jarnell Anderson, 22, was arrested after a neighbor called 911 and reported heavy banging coming from next door.

October 20, 2013

Martin Brookes has won a court case accusing him of harassing local political leaders, but his nightmare isn’t over

A secret gang have made life hell for a gay man who exposes wrongdoing by local politicians – by harassing him and branding him a pedophile.

Martin Brookes’ blog into local politics in Central England has uncovered embarrassing facts for his area’s local councils that have been picked up by the BBC and Private Eye, the UK satirical and investigative journalism magazine.

October 14, 2013

Underage boys were targeted and groomed on social media, with many losing their virginity to men forty years older than them

Two British men, one with HIV, have admitted to meeting several gay teens on Grindr and other social media for unsafe sex.

Anthony Marsh, 53, and Lee Davis, 39, from Doncaster, are facing jail for 55 child sex offenses.

In what police are describing as ‘vile’ and ‘horrendous’, the two befriended and groomed boys as young as 13 online who were gay, bi or questioning.

Some of their victims had only just come out as gay and many lost their virginity to the men, according to the detective in charge of the case.

October 12, 2013

Teen whose alleged rape triggered shooting reveals identity to deny motive, defend arrested brother

Four years after a shooting spree in a Tel Aviv LGBT center killed two and injured nearly a dozen, the tragedy has received a fresh twist with the police theory that it was a revenge attack for rape rejected by the alleged victim on television.

October 8, 2013

Prosecutors say alleged killer either smothered or hid trans victim's face with a pillow to avoid her death stare

A trans woman was stabbed and left for dead for more than a month before her body was discovered, a court has heard.

Romy Maynard, 28, is accused of killing 22-year-old Chrissie Azzopardi at her home in north London in April last year.

On 4 June, neighbors noticed a bad smell coming from her flat.

The 22-year-old’s body was discovered decomposing, fully clothed and with multiple stab wounds.

September 30, 2013

Attorneys successfully led effort to overturn California's Prop 8

Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, former rivals who came together to fight California's Proposition 8, announced today (30 September) that they are joining the effort to overturn Virginia's gay marriage ban.

The federal lawsuit Bostic v. Rainey contends that the Virginia Marriage Amendment and other Virginia laws that prohibit gay and lesbian couples from marrying are unconstitutional, restrict personal freedom, and cause serious harm to loving and committed couples and their families.

September 29, 2013

In comment on her article, Star-Ledger reporter Susan Epstein says she wants to talk to people willing to discuss Eyricka Morgan's life as a transgender woman

GLAAD, the gay media watch organization, is asking the Star-Ledger newspaper to use proper pronouns when writing about the recent murder of a trans woman.

Early this week Eyricka Morgan was stabbed to death in a New Brunswick, New Jersey boarding house. She was rushed to hospital and died approximately an hour later.

September 27, 2013

Gay rights organizations are outraged after local media misgenders a trans woman after her death

A trans woman was stabbed to death in a New Jersey boarding house this Tuesday (24 September).

Eyricka Morgan, 26, was found injured by police at a New Brunswick boarding home at 8.17pm.

She was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and died less than an hour later. 

The Star-Ledger reports neighbor Devonte Scott was arrested less than a day after, charged with murder, the unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

September 21, 2013

Melony Smith was found dead in motel room where she lived

An arrest has been made in the beating death of a 26-year-old transgender woman who was found dead in the Baldwin Park, California, motel room where she lived on 9 September.

Stephen Gonzales, 28, of West Covina, is the suspect in the slaying of Melony Smith. He was already in jail on a drug possession charge when he was arrested this week. Gonzales has been charged with murder and robbery.

Surveillance camera images and cell phone records helped police make the arrest.

September 13, 2013

A High Court Judge in Zambia rules speaking out on gay and lesbian rights is not protected by Constitution

A High Court judge has told a Zambian human rights activist his arrest for speaking out about gay issues doesn’t breach his freedom of speech.

Paul Kasonkomona was arrested shortly after a television interview he gave in April in which he called for gay and lesbian rights to be recognized in the country.

He was charged under Section 178 (g) of the Zambian penal code for idle and disorderly conduct by soliciting for ‘immoral’ purposes in the interview.

September 10, 2013

He is being charged with eight offenses alleged between 2002 and 2013

British gay MP Nigel Evans has resigned from his post as deputy speaker of The House of Commons.

The resignation today (10 September) came after Crown Prosecution Service announced that he is being charged with sexual assault, rape and other offenses.

'We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Mr Evans,' said Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions told BBC News.

September 5, 2013

British acting legend will take on one of the UK's most loved fictional characters

Sir Ian McKellen is to play a retired Sherlock Holmes in a new film.

The gay 74-year-old British acting legend will take the starring role in A Slight Trick of the Mind.

Set in 1947, it will follow the Arthur Conan Doyle detective living out his twilight years in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son.

Haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago, he is faced by his toughest case ever.

The film will be based on Mitch Cullin’s novel and a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher.

August 28, 2013

A North Carolina woman is accused of having her 12-year-old son beat up his 15-year-old brother to 'cure' his sexuality

A US mother is being accused of having her son attack his brother in order to ‘beat the gay away’.

Mary Gowans, from Whiteville, North Carolina is facing a misdemeanour child abuse charge.

Police were called to an incident on Saturday evening (24 August), with officers saying when they arrived there were several people yelling and screaming.

August 24, 2013

Medical examiner rules the beating death of Islan Nettles a homicide

The New York City gay activist community is planning a vigil for Islan Nettles, the transgender woman who died from injures sustained in an alleged hate crime.

The Anti-Violence Project, an organization that works with  LGBT victims of hate crimes, announced the rally in an email about Nettles' death.