21st October 2009
Stephen Gately’s record label makes official complaint about Jan Moir article 10
6:23 PM — Polydor, the record label which represents Boyzone, has made a formal complaint over the Daily Mail's controversial opinion column about Stephen Gately's death.
Catholicism on trial: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry attack church’s record on gay rights 163
5:48 PM — The Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world: that was the overwhelming verdict after a heated debate this week. Stephen Fry and author/journalist Christopher Hitchens opposed the motion, while Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, supported it.
Video: 86-year-old D-Day veteran calls for equal gay rights 13
4:45 PM — A video clip of Philip Spooner, a soldier who fought in the Second World War, has become an internet hit after he spoke out for gay rights in Maine.
EHRC report calls for more research on transgender issues 35
4:12 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a report into the experiences of trans people. Titled the Trans Research Review, the paper looks at transphobia, including bullying and discriminatory treatment, in schools and other public services.
Man charged with murder of Brighton trans woman
3:45 PM — A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Andrea Waddell, the trans woman who was found strangled in her flat last week.
Priest who claimed gays were paedophiles resigns 27
1:47 PM — Father John Owen, the priest who said earlier this year that gay men are the main perpetrators of paedophilia in the Catholic Church has resigned as a chaplain at Cardiff University.
Stephen Gately healed ten-year rift with mother before death 7
12:39 PM — Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died earlier this month, recently made peace with his mother after not speaking for ten years.
BBC announces cast for new lesbian drama 11
11:34 AM — The BBC has revealed the cast of its new lesbian drama. Lip Service, a six-part series, will focus on the sex lives of a group of 20-something lesbian friends in Glasgow.
School refuses to allow lesbian to wear tuxedo in yearbook photo 8
11:19 AM — A school which barred a lesbian teenager from wearing a tux in her yearbook photo has said it will not reverse its decision. Ceara Sturgis, 17, an openly gay senior at Wesson Attendance Center in Wesson, wore the garment for her yearbook photo.