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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.

October 18, 2014

'This is not an issue of people's rights to have religious beliefs… This is their job, and it's a job requirement,' says executive director of the LGBT non-profit Equality NC

Rockingham County Magistrate John Kallam Jr says he has resigned from his job because he can’t in 'good conscience' marry same-sex couples.

On October 10, 2014, same-sex marriage in North Carolina became legal following a federal judge's ruling that the state's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were immediately issued marriage licenses, and on Monday, October 13, same-sex couples statewide began marrying.

September 9, 2014

Three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals left gay marriage supporters optimistic after challenging arguments used to uphold same-sex marriage bans in three states

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments this week for and against gay marriage in three states.

Justices Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald Gould and Marsha Berzon listened as supporters and opponents of gay marriage in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada made their cases.

Even though same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since 2 December 2013, gay marriage supporters are seeking to ensure the state's Supreme Court doesn't overturn the law in the future.

July 3, 2014

After spending over a year in jail, James Mwape and Philip Mubiana have been acquitted due to lack of evidence

Zambia has freed two men charged with having gay sex after a year in prison.

Philip Mubiana and James Mwape, both in their early 20s, walked free after being held since May 2013.

They faced up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

The Zambian magistrate acquitted the two men charged with having sexual relations ‘against the order of nature’, saying the state had failed to prove its case.

February 23, 2014

The victim of police brutality at last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade says he hopes to put the incident behind him by releasing a song about his experience

Jamie Jackson, who was awarded almost A$40,000 in court costs after he was thrown to the pavement while handcuffed by a police officer during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade last year, is set to release his first song 'I've Decided That I'm Great' next week.

February 13, 2014

Idaho’s state Supreme Court ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to adopt their spouses’ children in a unanimous verdict on Monday – saying that the state had been misapplying its own law

Darcy Drake Simpson will become the first lesbian to legally adopt her partner’s children in the US state of Idaho after a state Supreme Court bench ruled unanimously in favor of her right to adopt.

Drake Simpson has been co-parenting a 15-year-old son born to partner Rene Simpson during their 19 year relationship and a 13-year-old boy Rene Simpson adopted in 2001.

However before now Drake Simpson had no parental rights over the children or legal responsibility for them.

January 7, 2014

Graphic photos were published in notorious homophobic tabloid Red Pepper of the soccer boss allegedly having sex with a young player

A Ugandan former national football manager will face charges for having gay sex.

Chris Mubiru, the former head of the country’s soccer team, was charged yesterday for allegedly ‘sodomizing’ one of his team players last year.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe who charged him with ‘having carnal knowledge of a person against the order of nature which charges he denied.’

Mubiru was also granted bail of 2,000,000 Ugandan Shillings ($800, €600) after presenting two sureties each bonded at 30,000,000 Ugandan Shillings ($12,000, €9,000).

November 15, 2013

Organizers are appealing the decision that they were wrong to allow children as young as 12 to attend the 'gay' concerts

Russia has fined the organizers of a Lady Gaga concert because she ‘harmed’ children with a pro-gay speech.

A magistrate’s court in St Petersburg yesterday (14 November) fined Planet Plus 20,000 rubles ($614, €455).

During the gigs in St Petersburg and Moscow on 9 and 12 December 2012, the US singer dared Russia to arrest her and made a speech about the bravery of LGBTs in the face of anti-gay laws.

October 25, 2013

Ugandan prosecutors deny the men have been ‘medically tested’ to see if they have been having homosexual sex

A British man and his alleged Ugandan gay lover have appeared in court in Uganda accused of having gay sex videos.

British ex-pat and former banker Bernard Randell, believed to be 65, and Albert Cheptoyet, thought to be 30, appeared at Entebbe Chief Magistrate Court.

Gay Star News previously reported on the case, which was first picked up by Ugandan tabloid newspaper Sunday Pepper after their arrests on 19 October.

April 19, 2013

A high court judge in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has passed a ruling authorizing gay marriag in the Brazilian state

The General Magistrate of Justice of Rio de Janeiro state, Judge Valmir de Oliveira Silva, published a legal ruling authorizing gay marriage in the state

Rio de Janeiro has become today (April 19) the 11th state of Brazil to institute marriage equality.

The other states being: São Paulo, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Alagoas, Sergipe, Piauí, Ceará and the Federal District of Brazilia.

January 2, 2013

Charges against David Cecil, producer of a gay play staged in Uganda, have been dropped

A court in Uganda has thrown out a case against UK theatre producer David Cecil, who was charged over a play about the condition of gay people.

Cecil told the BBC the case was dismissed either because of a ‘lack of will or a lack of evidence’ to try him.

November 30, 2012

Federal Magistrates Court of Australia awards equal, shared responsibility for three daughters to a transsexual woman after a three and a half year legal fight

A trans woman has won three and a half year custody battle against her ex-wife in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia.

The 49-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the privacy of the children, was awarded equal, shared responsibility in all areas except education and health for the former couple's three daughters aged seven, 12 and 17.

The children will live with their mother, who has remarried, but will be allowed to visit their father who has transitioned to live as a woman.

November 1, 2012

A hotel manager has pleaded not guilty to charge of  acting ‘against the order of nature’ but is still in custody

A Belgian man pleaded not guilty to acting ‘against the order of nature’ (sodomy) in court in Zambia on Tuesday (30 October).

During the jury trial the man, a hotel manager living in the southern city of Livingstone, was accused of committing sodomy between March 2011 and January 2012 with a local man.

The accused’s lawyer applied for bail saying:

‘My client has been very cooperative from the time the matter was reported and he is able to raise sureties who are resident in Livingstone.’

October 10, 2012

Malta Magistrates Court sets local man free after leaving an Australian tourist permanently disabled

A Maltese man is walking free after running over an Australian tourist in his car who ‘provoked’ him by implying he was gay.

Alan Gauci, of Mellieha, was let off the hook by Magistrate Carol Peralta yesterday (9 October), after he admitted to causing permanent disability to Jeremy Lalic in 2004.

Six years ago on 21 March, Gauci deliberately ran his victim over in a car at 4am after being called ‘gay’ by the tourist

Peralta said ‘perhaps in the accused’s psyche and other villagers’, it was not acceptable’ to be called gay.

September 18, 2012

Bestwood Chukwuemeka was sentenced to three months in jail by a Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, Nigeria for having consexual gay sex with another man

Chukwuemeka, a 28 year-old actor, resident of Gidan Mangoro, had pleaded guilty to having engaged in ‘homosexual acts’, yesterday 17 September, 2012.

He was sentenced to a three months jail term.

Premium Times quoted him stating to the court: ‘I am guilty of the charge against me. I was under the influence of alcohol and I want the court to temper justice with mercy.’

September 18, 2012

Bestwood Chukwuemeka was sentenced to three months in jail by a Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, Nigeria for having consexual gay sex with another man

Chukwuemeka, a 28 year-old actor, resident of Gidan Mangoro, had pleaded guilty to having engaged in ‘homosexual acts’, yesterday 17 September, 2012.

He was sentenced to a three months jail term.

Premium Times quoted him stating to the court: ‘I am guilty of the charge against me. I was under the influence of alcohol and I want the court to temper justice with mercy.’

July 27, 2012

Man accuses ex-wife’s family of homophobia and racism

A bitter custody battle is raging in Brisbane Federal Magistrate’s court this week, with a gay dad saying his obese ex-wife has a ‘co-dependent relationship’ with their eldest son, ‘even to the point of joint comfort eating’.

The mother of the two boys, aged ten and eight, denies their father’s claims. She wants to take her sons to live with her in her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand.

But the boys’ father says his ex-wife’s family in Christchurch is ‘homophobic’ and ‘racist’ and he doesn’t want his sons to be influenced by them.

April 27, 2012

The trial of men accused of murdering Bronx club owner Bruno Bronn postponed until summer

The trial of four men accused of killing a gay club owner in Cape Town, South Africa, has been postponed until 4 June, the City's Magistrate's Court decided on Thursday (26 April).

John Frederick Coetzee, 36, Achmat Toffa, 35, Fareez Allie, 29 and Kurt Erispe, 35 are all charged with the murder of Bruno Bronn.

Allie and Erispe were granted bail last month (March, 2012).

Bronn, 50, was found dead in his home on 7 February.

April 7, 2012

Police evidence that two gay activists ‘promoted homosexuality to minors’ was insufficient

The two gay activists arrested in St Petersburg on Thursday (5 April) have been released by a court.

They were the first two people arrested in the Russian city under its new legislation which bans ‘the promotion of homosexuality to minors’ and had faced fines of 5,000 roubles ($172 €125) each and 15 days imprisonment if found guilty.

March 27, 2012

One of the men accused of murdering South African club owner Bruno Bronn has been granted bail today

One of the four men accused of murdering gay club owner Bruno Bronn in Cape Town, South Africa, has been released on bail.

Fareez Allie, 29, was released on a bail of R5,000 ($660 €490) by the Cape Town District Court today (27 March).

Kurt Erispe, 35, was granted bail at a previous hearing, while the other two suspects charged with Bronn's murder, 36-year-old John Frederick Coetzee and Achmat Toffa, 35, have abandoned their applications for bail.

February 21, 2012

Friends and colleagues of murdered South Africa club owner Bruno Bronn have launched petition, fearing 'repercussions' if suspects granted bail

Friends and ex-colleagues of murdered gay club owner Bruno Bronn have signed a petition, calling for his killers to be denied bail.

John Frederick Coetzee, 36, Fareez Allie, 29, Achmat Toffa, 35, and Kurt Erispe, 32. appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with the Bronx nightclub owner's murder.

The hearing was postponed until Monday for a bail application.

February 2, 2012

The killers of a lesbian in Cape Town, South Africa, have each been jailed for 18 years

A group of men have been jailed for stabbing and stoning a lesbian to death in South Africa.

In what activists are calling a landmark case, four men were yesterday sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing 19-year-old Zoliswa Nkonyana in 2006 because she was living openly as a lesbian.