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February 12, 2014

International human rights group Human Rights Watch has called on the Malaysian Government to stop trying to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim prosecuted over claims he has had sex with men and to end its colonial era ban on gay sex

Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to end its attempts to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim jailed over claims he has had sex with men in what is widely viewed as an effort to keep the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power.

BN have ruled Malaysia since 1974 and Ibrahim is a former BN MP turned vocal critic of the government who has been trying to unseat the Malaysian Government since 1998.

January 30, 2014

Tunisian Chiheb Esseghaier, accused over an alleged plot to derail a train between the US and Canada, has ranted against same-sex marriage while defending himself without a lawyer

A Tunisian doctoral student studying in Montreal has gone on a homophobic rant while standing trial over an alleged terror plot to derail a train between New York and Ontario.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, went on a 4 minute rant at the start of his trial Wednesday, telling the court, 'homosexual marriages are protected by the Criminal Code because the code doesn't consider this a crime.’

‘Even the animals don't do this. The donkeys may. The monkeys do not.’

‘Why do you allow homosexual marriage when animals don't do homosexual marriages?’

January 22, 2014

Bernard Randall will be sent back to the UK within 12 hours after being charged with 'trafficking obscene materials'

Uganda will be deporting a British man for possessing a gay sex video, a court has ruled.

Bernard Randall, a 65-year-old retired man from Kent, denied a charge of trafficking obscene publications.

Judge Hellen Ajio has ordered Randall should be deported from the country within 12 hours.

Randall could have faced a possible two-year prison sentence if he was found guilty.

He was charged alongside his friend Albert Cheptoyek, 30, a Ugandan national, who denied the more serious accusation of ‘acts of gross indecency’.

January 16, 2014

Founder of the Virgin Group, comprising 400 companies including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Media and Virgin Trains, said he will be meeting with government leaders to 'encourage compassion'

Virgin CEO and British billionaire Richard Branson will be working with Nigerian government leaders on gay rights.

The bill, signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, makes it illegal to be gay.

The founder of the Virgin group was responding to backlash after he said he would not do business in Uganda due to their ‘dreadful’ anti-gay laws.

But now Nigeria has introduced the most draconian new anti-gay legislation in the world in recent memory, Virgin has yet to pull out there.

January 15, 2014

Calls for review of constitutionality of law which 'may fuel prejudice and violence'

UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday (15 January) condemned Nigeria's new anti-gay law which have already resulted in numerous arrests and 11 allegedly gay men being put on trial in an Islamic court.

A spokesperson for Moon said the Secretary-General has 'deep concern' particularly about the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria which is 'in breach of fundamental human rights.'

December 20, 2013

Edith Windsor, the Pope and Barack Obama head up our list of heroes for the LGBTI community in 2013

As 2013 comes to an end we look back at the heroes who have made the world a better place for LGBTI rights.

These are the people who have have fought for equality on a global scale and have had an influence over the past year.

From the woman who defeated DOMA to one of the most progressive religious leaders in history, from one hilarious politician fighting for rights to a diver just being himself.

Take a look at our heroes of 2013 below:

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 28, 2013

After two years avoiding sentencing, Andile Ngcoza will spend the next 22 years in jail for raping, beating and strangling a lesbian for five hours 

Justice was served for a South African lesbian who was raped in 2010 because of her sexuality.

45-year old Andile Ngcoza was originally convicted of raping Millicent Gaika, a lesbian woman from Gugulethu, in 2011, but missed his court date for sentencing and disappeared for two years.

On 3 April 2010, Ngcoza initiated a corrective rape attack on Gaika, saying he would impregnate her to ‘show her she was a woman’.

November 18, 2013

Gay rights campaigners are furious as a British man is on trial after images from a stolen laptop were published by a Ugandan tabloid

A British man has had his Uganda trial postponed after images of him having gay sex were published.

Ex-pat Bernard Randall, 65, is facing up to seven years in prison after being arrested of trafficking in obscene publications.

The charge against Randall resulted from the theft of his laptop computer.

Images of him having sex with a Moroccan man were splashed across the front page of notoriously homophobic tabloid Red Pepper, beneath the headline Exposed.

His 30-year-old Ugandan live-in friend Albert Cheptoyet is also being charged.

November 11, 2013

Gay rights campaigners are furious as a British man and his Ugandan lover go on trial for filming an home-made porn video

A British man on trial for gay sex in Uganda has said he is living in constant fear.

Ex-pat Bernard Randall, 65, is facing up to seven years in prison for gross indecency and allegedly trafficking obscene material after police found a video on his laptop of him having sex with a Moroccan.

His 30-year-old Ugandan live-in partner Albert Cheptoyet is also being charged.

The retired banker’s picture was splashed across the front page of notoriously homophobic tabloid Red Pepper, beneath the headline ‘Exposed’.

November 11, 2013

Loving dad's trial could be dropped if he promises to never perform another same-sex marriage, but he says the love he has for his son is stronger than the love he has for the Church

A pastor might be fired for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania, is accused of presiding over the marriage ceremony in 2007.

The 51-year-old, who does not deny presiding over the wedding, said his love for his son and God’s command to love everyone trumped over supposed church doctrine.

‘I love him so much and didn’t want to deny him that joy,’ he said.

November 7, 2013

Politicians fighting for gay marriage as evangelists claim gays pass on HIV using 'special rings', Stonewall names their winners

Several names were nominated, but only one is the biggest bigot of them all.

At the seventh annual UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall held tonight (7 November), US TV evangelist Pat Robertson was named 2013’s Bigot of the Year.

In August, he made international headlines when he claimed gay men viciously spread HIV while shaking hands using ‘special rings’.

He ‘won’ the award over Scott Lively, on trial for crimes against humanity against Ugandan LGBT people, British vicar George Gabauer, UKIP candidate Winston McKenzie and historian Niall Ferguson.

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 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

October 26, 2013

Former minister accuses NGOs of pushing for permissiveness in the name of LGBT rights

More than a decade after Malaysia triggered a raging controversy by putting its then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in the dock for alleged sodomy, the Southeastern nation witnessed a fresh uproar this week with a government MP attacking homosexuality as an ‘evil concept’ and ‘security threat’ that could ‘spark inter-religious conflict’.

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 16, 2013

The 17-year-old plotted with two friends, and had petrol bombs, pipe bombs and an offensive weapon

A 17-year-old planning a ‘Columbine’ style massacre considered attacking a mosque when he was teased about being gay, a court has heard.

The Old Bailey, the central criminal court of England and Wales, heard how the teen from Loughborough, in the Midlands, walked to his local mosque but didn’t act.

The teen was a member of The English Defence League – formed to prevent Islamic extremism but whose leader, Tommy Robinson, has just quit because it had become too extremist itself.

October 16, 2013

Tim Newcomb points out Aaron McKinney, serving life for Matthew Shepard's murder, said years after the crime the University of Wyoming student 'needed killing'

An attorney involved in Matthew Shepard's murder trial is pushing back against many of the conclusions revealed in Stephen Jimenez's controversial The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.

Lawyer Tim Newcomb was the appellate attorney for Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney's accomplice in the University of Wyoming student's killing.

Newcomb is listed as a source in Jimenez's book.

October 15, 2013

Australian Federal Police have alleged that military cadet Daniel McDonald, found guilty of broadcasting sex with a female cadet on Skype without her knowledge, was part of a group of footballers who hazed members with gay sex acts

An Australian military cadet, who has been found guilty of filming himself having sex with a female cadet without her knowledge and then broadcasting it on Skype, is alleged to have been involved in a group of military footballers who performed a homoerotic hazing ritual for members.

October 9, 2013

Former jurors in the Larry King murder trial only have sympathy for the convicted killer, Brandon McInerney

In 2008 Larry King, a gay teenager from Oxnard, California was shot in his computer class. His killer, classmate Brandon McInerney, put two bullets in the back of Larry's head. The 15-year-old died two days later.

Valentine Road, a documentary by Marta Cunningham, chronicles the bloody crime, the trial and the lives of the teenagers.

The show premiered last night (7 October) on HBO and has earned positive reviews.

October 3, 2013

Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt has agreed to serve 4 months in prison and 2 years of house arrest over her relationship with a 14-year-old girl when she was 18

Prosecutors say Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt has agreed to a plea deal that would see her jailed for 4 months and held under house arrest and electronically monitored for 2 years over her relationship with a 14-year-old girl when she was 18.

On release from house arrest she would continue to be monitored for a further 9 months of probation.

September 25, 2013

Northern Ireland nightclub, a favorite in the LGBT community and celebrities, was the scene of an alleged double rape

A man is being accused of raping a woman in a Belfast gay nightclub.

Francis Airis Eliason, 31, is on trial for the rape that allegedly occurred three years ago.

The Belfast Telegraph reports the woman, protected by anonymity, had gone to The Kremlin on 10 September 2010 with a male friend.

September 20, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told a group of journalists that people would have ignored disgraced Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s sex with an underage prostitute if he was gay

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the extraordinary claim that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being persecuted because of his heterosexuality over claims he had sex with an underage prostitute.

‘Berlusconi is being tried because he lives with women,’ Putin said Thursday in Valdai, Russia.

‘If he were homosexual, no one would lift a finger against him.’

During the same speech Putin accused pro-LGBT rights countries of abandoning the ‘Christian values that form the basis of Western civilization.’

September 5, 2013

An evangelist who said gay people pass HIV by cutting people with 'special rings', a politician who said gay parents were child abusers and a preacher on trial for crimes against humanity are all nominated

Several big names are leading the nominations for the Bigot of the Year.

At the seventh annual UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall, they will choose between five of the most hateful spokespeople for the anti-gay movement.

Leading the nominees is Scott Lively, currently on trial in the United States for crimes against humanity.

He is accused of helping to play a part in the persecution, arrest and murder of gay people in Uganda.