5th October 2009
Former student supports gay White House staffer over condom comment 3
1:08 PM — The former student of a gay White House official has released a statement in his support. Kevin Jennings, who is the head of the department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, told the student 21 years ago that if he was having a relationship with an older man, he should be careful to use a condom.
Stonewall forces DVLA to withdraw auction of ‘anti-gay’ numberplates 37
10:52 AM — The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has had to withdraw two personalised numberplates from an auction after gay rights charity Stonewall said they were offensive.
Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ death of British honorary consul 11
10:47 AM — A 23-year-old Jamaican man has been arrested over the death of a British honorary consul. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home on the island in early September. It is thought the attack may have been motivated by homophobia.
4th October 2009
Police appeal for witnesses to Central London homophobic attack 15
11:05 PM — Police are urgently appealing for witnesses to a homophobic attack in central London. A 62-year-old man is in hospital suffering serious head injuries after he was attacked near Trafalgar Square on September 25th just before midnight.
2nd October 2009
Joint ‘gay tour’ between Kanye West and Lady Gaga is cancelled 2
5:37 PM — A joint tour between Kanye West and Lady Gaga which the latter described as completely "gay" has been cancelled.
Raped trans woman ‘harassed in public and on the internet’ 10
5:36 PM — A trans woman who was raped has said she was forced to move house after her identity became public. The unnamed victim saw her attacker, Kiron Singh, Chand, jailed for eight years this week.
Anti-gay National Organisation for Marriage to have finances probed 11
5:17 PM — A group campaigning against gay marriage in Maine is to have its finances investigated over accusations of fraud.
Texas judge rules that gay marriage ban violates equal rights laws 5
5:15 PM — A judge in Dallas, Texas, has ruled that a gay couple can get divorced in the state, even though it does not recognise gay marriage.
Statistician Nate Silver believes Maine gay marriage ban will fail 10
2:16 PM — A statistician has predicted that a religious challenge to overturn gay marriage in Maine will fail. Nate Silver correctly predicted the winners in 49 out of 50 states in the last November 2008 election.
Washington DC councilman to introduce gay marriage bill 1
12:48 PM — Washington DC councilman David Catania has said he will introduce a bill to give gay couples in the district the right to marry. The bill has nine co-sponsors. It will be introduced on Tuesday.
Rapper 50 Cent defends ‘gay’ comments 14
12:45 PM — Rapper 50 Cent has said his comments were taken out of context after apparently saying that a joint tour between Kanye West and Lady Gaga was for gay people.
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson turns down gay play invite 25
11:05 AM — Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson has declined an invite to see a play about anti-gay discrimination. The politician, who has called homosexuality "an abomination", is one of the stars of the show, as her voice is being used as part of the storyline.
Tatchell ‘ignored’ over Equality Bill concerns 42
10:31 AM — Peter Tatchell has complained that the Equality Bill is discriminatory and that the government has failed to respond to his concerns about harassment protection for gays.
1st October 2009
Man jailed for homophobic sexual assault and robbery 8
5:57 PM — A Northampton man has been jailed for four and a half years for attacking and robbing a gay man he met in a bar.
Cleve Jones, Dan Choi and Judy Shepard among speakers for Equality March 1
5:45 PM — Speakers for next month's National Equality March in Washington DC have been announced. The event, held to coincide with National Coming Out Day, is on October 11th.
LGBT servicemembers’ party returns on Saturday 2
4:49 PM — The next London party for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans members of the armed forces and emergency services is to be held in Soho this Saturday.
White House official criticised for advice he gave to gay student 8
4:08 PM — An Education Department official in the Obama administration has defended remarks he made as a teacher to a student 21 years ago.
Actors say EastEnders needs more gay and mixed-race characters 21
3:56 PM — Two EastEnders stars have criticised the soap for not being diverse enough. John Partridge and Nina Toussaint-White claimed it does not represent London's East End properly.
Report finds better gay representation on US TV 4
2:25 PM — A report from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has suggested that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans TV characters are becoming more prominent and realistic.
Melissa Etheridge considers lesbian coalition 6
2:24 PM — Lesbian rock icon Melissa Etheridge has discussed the possibility of forming a sisterly coalition with other female gay celebrity activists.