12th October 2009
French Muslim football team will play against gay side 23
4:18 PM — A French Muslim team who apparently refused to play against a gay side have said the row was a "misunderstanding".
Irish schools given guide to lesbian, gay and bisexual students 12
4:16 PM — Irish schools have been issued with a guide aimed to help teachers learn more about issues such as homophobic bullying.
Americans favour civil partnerships but don’t want gay marriage 38
2:15 PM — Support for civil partnerships for gay couples is rising in America - but gay marriage is still a contentious issue, a survey has found.
Gay businessman Sir Michael Bishop pulls out of race for ITV chairman 3
12:29 PM — Sir Michael Bishop, who was tipped as the favourite to become the new chairman of ITV, has pulled out of the race. He is the former boss of airline BMI.
Gay group attacks Mickey Rourke over homophobic slur 23
12:26 PM — Actor Mickey Rourke has said he "doesn't give a f**k" about calling a journalist a faggot. The star used the derogatory term last November when the reporter asked him whether he was dating actress Evan Rachel Wood.
Boyzone star Stephen Gately ‘had been drinking heavily before death’ 16
10:15 AM — Stephen Gately, the gay Boyzone singer who was found dead this weekend, had been drinking heavily on the night he died. It is thought he may have choked on his own vomit.
Video: Dannii Minogue forced to apologise after bisexual ‘joke’ on X Factor 36
9:51 AM — Pop singer and X Factor judge Dannii Minogue has apologised after making a joke about a contestant's bisexuality. Angry viewers called for her to be sacked after the gaffe.
11th October 2009
Video: Obama pledges the end of ‘Don’t ask Don’t tell” ban on openly gay military 14
9:07 PM — Last night, US President Barak Obama pledged to gay rights campaigners that he would end the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that bans gay people from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military.
Video: Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately found dead while on holiday 44
11:27 AM — Stephen Gately, the openly gay member of the Irish "boy band" Boyzone has died while on holiday in the Balearic island Mallorca (Majorca). The 33-year-old was on holiday with his civil partner Andrew Cowles and it is reported that he went out for drinks, went back to his flat, feel asleep and then died.
9th October 2009
Gay marriage bill looks likely in Washington DC 6
5:03 PM — A Washington DC councilman has introduced a bill that will legalise gay marriage in the district. Nine of the 13 council members are listed as co-sponsors and DC mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign it.
Student creates new gay gaming survey 17
4:49 PM — Two years after the first 'Gaymer' survey, a student has released a new version to find out more about what lesbian, gay and bisexual players want from their video games.
Turkey blocks access to gay websites 50
4:30 PM — Turkey has blocked two of its largest LGBT websites. Users of sites such as hadigayri.com and gabile.com are finding that instead of regular homepages, they are seeing messages stating that the site has been blocked by the Telecommunication Directorate.
US House approves Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 8
3:56 PM — The US House has agreed to approve a bill that would include LGBT people in federal hate crime laws. It is named the Matthew Shepard Bill after the murdered gay teenager.
Gay hand-holding campaigner wins award at Downing Street 2
3:23 PM — The founder of A Day in Hand, which encourages LGBT people to hold hands in public, has been honoured with an award at Downing Street.
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Gay support drops dramatically for Tories 93
3:14 PM — An exclusive PinkNews.co.uk survey of more than 600 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans readers has found that support has plummeted for the Conservative Party.
Stephen Fry’s drama Kingdom axed by ITV 12
12:01 PM — Gay broadcaster Stephen Fry has had his ITV drama series axed. Kingdom, which is screened on Sunday evenings, was dropped as part of cost-cutting measures. The last series ended in July.
Women make up disproportionate amount of gay military firings 4
11:47 AM — Pentagon figures have shown that woman make up a disproportionate number of those being fired under the US military gay ban.
Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize 15
11:09 AM — US president Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize just nine months into his term. He was given the accolade for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
Polish MEP Michal Kaminski says he will attend gay Tory event next year 34
10:53 AM — Polish MEP Michal Kaminski, who has been accused of homophobia, has said he would consider supporting civil partnerships and will attend Conservative Pride next year.
8th October 2009
Matt Lucas’ ex Kevin McGee ‘had tried to commit suicide before’ 7
7:10 PM — Kevin McGee, the former civil partner of Little Britain actor Matt Lucas, tried to commit suicide before, friends have said.