27th October 2009
Maine governor announces support for gay marriage 12
8:22 PM — John Baldacci, the governor of Maine, has given his support for gay marriage in the state and urged voters to do the same on November 3rd's referendum.
Golden Girl Bea Arthur leaves $300,000 to gay youth shelter 11
7:53 PM — Bea Arthur, the former Golden Girls star who died earlier this year, has left $300,000 to a shelter for gay homeless teenagers.
US Army Secretary says military is ready to lift gay ban 8
6:42 PM — US Secretary of the Army John McHugh said this weekend that the military is ready to lift the ban on openly gay personnel. He is the highest-ranking Army official to show his support for repealing the ban.
Vigil to be held for gay trainee policeman beaten in Liverpool 17
6:39 PM — A vigil is to be held in Liverpool this Sunday for James Parkes, the trainee police officer who was beaten by a gang of up to 20 youths last weekend. His parents have spoken of their disbelief he was attacked for doing nothing wrong.
Feature: The divas who helped gays out of the closet 14
12:22 PM — Terry Sanderson looks back on the history of the gay diva, tracing a line from Mae West and Marlene Dietrich all the way through to Madonna and Kylie.
Six boys arrested over attack on gay policeman James Parkes 51
11:28 AM — Six boys between the ages of 14 and 17 have been arrested for the attack on Liverpool trainee policeman James Parkes. Parkes, who is gay, was out with friends and his partner in Liverpool's gay village on Sunday evening.
Elton John forced to postpone a third show 3
11:16 AM — Elton John has had to cancel another two gigs after falling ill with flu. The star cancelled two concerts this weekend and has now postponed his appearance at Wembley Arena tonight.
Obama set to sign Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill tomorrow 11
11:14 AM — US president Barack Obama will reportedly sign a bill giving gays new protections from hate crime. The bill is nicknamed the Matthew Shepard Bill, after the gay Wyoming teenager who was murdered in 1998.
Public meeting to be held today on gay blood ban 44
11:11 AM — A public consultation is to be held today in London on the ban on gay men donating blood. A protest held by the National Union of Students is scheduled for 1pm.