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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 2, 2014

Council passes new legislation after a gay couple was assaulted by as many as 15 people who hurled anti-gay slurs while attacking them

Philadelphia's city council has passed a bill authorizing added penalties for gender identity and sexual orientation hate crimes that aren't covered under state law.

The move was triggered in part by an attack on a same-sex couple in Rittenhouse on September 11 in which one man suffered a broken jaw, broken orbital bones in his face, and a cut that required 24 stitches to close; the other, facial fractures.

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 26, 2014

Four band members face charges of felony hazing and manslaughter

Four Florida A & M University band members will go to trial next week for the 2011 hazing death of gay drum major Robert Champion, Jr.

Three years ago, The 26-year-old was subjected to a brutal hazing ritual called 'crossing bus C.'

It involved band members beating him with punches, kicks, drumsticks, mallets while on a bus parked in a Orlando, Florida hotel parking lot.

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 3, 2014

'The judge will listen to both sides and determine if there is enough to hold them to trial'

The suspects in an early September attack on a gay couple will face a judge in the middle of December.

Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Philip Williams are scheduled for a 16 December preliminary hearing. Harrigan's attorney, Josh Scarpello, told Philadelphia Magazine the meeting with a municipal court judge is not meant to determine guilt or innocence.

October 3, 2014

Couple feels sorry for group 'who believed it was OK, cool, maybe even funny, to use two innocent individuals as their punching bags'

A gay couple who were beaten by a group of people in Philadelphia last month are speaking out for the first time.

The couple., whose identifies have not been made public, had a statement read by supporters at a rally held at the Bucks County Courthouse this week.

September 5, 2014

One victim handed over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the blackmailers

Two British men who used the app Grindr to lure and blackmail gay men will be jailed for four years each.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both 26 from Gloucester in South West England, were charged with two counts of blackmail.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how the pair trapped two men, with one victim even handing over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the pair.

The victim had saved the money and drew it out from the bank to give to the men after they stayed all night in his home to ensure he paid up.

August 15, 2014

One victim handed over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the blackmailers

Two British men who used the app Grindr to lure and blackmail gay men will be jailed.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both from Gloucester in South West England, have been charged with two counts of blackmail.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how the pair trapped two men, with one even handing over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the pair.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said one of the victims went to the police while he was being blackmailed and their investigations revealed the second man, who had paid up the cash.

August 6, 2014

After breakup, biological mother tried to prevent stepmother from having any further contact with child

A lesbian who helped raise the child of her former partner has won the right to seek visitation or custody after being kept from the child after a break up.

An appellate court in New Jersey issued the decision on Wednesday (6 August) which found that if it is in the best interests of the child, maintaining a strong relationship with a 'psychological parent.'

The male child's name or the names of the parents were not made public to protect the identity of the child.

July 30, 2014

Game ranger course 'general' is on trial for murder, child abuse, neglect and allegedly forced teen to eat his own faeces

The man behind a South African ‘gay cure’ camp has insisted he is not the reason behind the death of a 15-year-old boy.

A picture of Raymond Buys, 15, taken in April 2011 showed a skeletal, emaciated figure fighting for his life.

Just 10 weeks before, the teen’s parents signed him up to the Echo Wild Game Rangers training course in South Africa in perfect health.

July 27, 2014

The towing company allegedly targeted cars during last year's Gay Days

A towing company is accused of illegally towing vehicles during Orlando's Gay Days.

Law officials charge ASAP Towing, owned by Jason Combs, towed up to 100 vehicles, between 5 June and 9 June, from a parking lot across from the host of the event, Doubletree by Hilton.

July 9, 2014

The 26-year-olds are alleged to have pretended to be young hot men on the gay dating app and then tried to get thousands of pounds from the men who got contact with them

Two British men are being accused of trying to blackmail gay men on Grindr.

Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both from Gloucester in South West England, have been charged with two counts of blackmail.

The 26-year-olds pretended to be young hot men on the gay dating app and then tried to get thousands of pounds from the men who got in contact with them, it was alleged at Gloucester Crown Court.

June 27, 2014

Actor seemed 'unhinged' and was reportedly disruptive and smoking during a performance in New York City

Shia LaBeouf reportedly used a homophobic slur when he was arrested during a performance of Cabaret last night (26 June).

The actor was reportedly disruptive and smoking during the first act of the performance at the Studio 54 theater in New York City.

According to police, LaBeouf was ‘ranting and rambling incoherently, threatening the officers and using offensive language’.

June 21, 2014

Approximately two years ago Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Judith Olgin, were found in Texas park; both shot in the head

A suspect has been arrested in the Portland, Texas shooting of two young lesbians.

As reported by NBC News, 27-year-old David Malcolm Strickland was taken into custody by US Marshals and Texas Rangers, on 20 June, in a suburb of San Antonio.

He's facing charges of capital murder, aggravated assault with a weapon, and aggravated sexual assault.

June 14, 2014

'In light of the stay, we will do everything we can to expedite the case for a quick ruling on appeal'

The judge who struck down Wisconsin's anti-gay marriage law reluctantly issued a stay on her decision while the case is being appealed.

Late last week, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled LGBTI couples had the right to marry. Yesterday, 13 June, she put a hold on her decision while it's reviewed by the 7th Circuit 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.

April 28, 2014

The 17-year-old birth father is being charged with neglect after the baby died in his custody

A baby has died after being taken away from a lesbian couple that were just days away from finalizing his adoption.

Heidi and Rachel McFarland, from Iowa, took four-month-old boy Gabriel home from the hospital in what they hoped would be the beginning of their happy family.

After the married couple helped cut the umbilical cord, they spent every waking moment with Gabriel until he was returned to his birth parents.

‘It’s like he knew instantly,’ Rachel McFarland said. ‘We were his mommas’.

April 27, 2014

Accused of killing three people outside two Jewish centers in Kansas earlier this month, the former Ku Klux Klan leader was once arrested for paying for sex with a black man dressed as a woman in the 1980s

A former Ku Klux Klan 'Grand Dragon', who has been charged with killing three people outside two Kansas Jewish centers earlier this month, is revealed to have been arrested in the 1980s for having sex with a man in his car.

Frazier Glenn Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is accused of killing a doctor, his teenage grandson and a mother of three outside the community center and the nearby Village Shalom senior living center on April 13.

April 19, 2014

Two men to be charged with sex ‘against the order of nature’, in the first trial since the passing of the anti-gay law

Two men are to face trial for homosexuality in Uganda next month, the first to do so since the anti-gay bill was made law in February this year.

Kim Mukisa, 24, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, are set to face trial on 7 May, the Guardian reports.

Both men are to be charged with sexual relations ‘against the order of nature.’

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.