13th October 2010
Met Office axes gaffe-prone BBC weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker 40
9:51 PM — Weather presenter Tomasz Schafernaker has been axed from BBC bulletins as a result of a cost-cutting drive by the Met Office which produces the forecasts.
Comment: The Gay Liberation Front’s social revolution 13
6:58 PM — On October 13th 1970, the Gay Liberation Front was founded in Britain. It was a modest beginning, with 19 people meeting in a basement in the London School of Economics. But it grew rapidly and proved to be a defining, watershed moment in British queer history.
US defence secretary says Congress, not court, should repeal military gay ban 5
6:51 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has said that Congress, rather than a court, should lift the ban on out gay soldiers in the military. Yesterday, a federal judge issued an injunction for an immediate end to the policy but Mr Gates said that this could have "enormous consequences".
Tenth suspect arrested over New York homophobic beatings
5:28 PM — A tenth suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with a homophobic attack on three men in New York. Police believe that the attack took place after gang members suspected that a new recruit was gay.
Gavin Rossdale says gay relationship was ‘experimentation’ 29
4:21 PM — Bush singer Gavin Rossdale has said he had a gay relationship with 80s star Marilyn. Both had denied the claims in 1995, when Boy George said the pair were former lovers.
Carl Paladino apologises for ‘poorly chosen words’ after homophobia row 21
3:17 PM — Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York governor, has apologised for his "poorly chosen words" on homosexuality. Gay groups were furious at a speech he made to Jewish Orthodox leaders in Brooklyn on Sunday, in which he claimed that children were being "brainwashed" by homosexuality.
BBC3 lesbian drama Lip Service opens with nearly 600,000 viewers 16
2:41 PM — Lip Service, the new lesbian drama on BBC3, opened with 580,000 viewers last night, a 4.4 per cent audience share. The drama, dubbed the 'British L Word', was described by the BBC as "a bold new drama . . . about the sex lives and love affairs of twenty-something lesbians living in contemporary Glasgow".
Obama administration to contest gay marriage ruling 9
10:22 AM — The Obama administration will contest a Massachusetts ruling which says the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. In July, a judge in the state ruled that the law, which bars federal government from recognising gay marriage, should be repealed.
US judge orders immediate end to military gay ban 17
9:48 AM — A US federal judge yesterday ordered an immediate end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law that bans out gay soldiers from serving in the military. US District Judge Virginia Phillips' injunction brings the military the closest it has ever been to repealing the controversial law.