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October 2010

  • 27th October 2010

    Charges dropped against three men in New York ‘gay bashing’

    Three men were released and had the charges against them dropped

    5:26 PM — Three of the 11 men charged with an homophobic attack in New York have had the charges against them dropped. Bryan Almonte, 17, Steven Carabello, 17, and Brian Cepeda, 16, were cleared of any involvement in the October 3rd attack yesterday and were released from jail.

  • Majority of parents say schools should tackle anti-gay bullying 8

    Parents said schools should teach about gay and lesbian issues

    4:53 PM — Most parents believe that schools should discuss gay and lesbian issues and do more to prevent anti-gay bullying, a survey suggests.

  • Stonewall says it will campaign for gay marriage 50

    Stonewall said it was "pleased" to be widening its campaign objectives

    3:10 PM — Gay lobbying charity Stonewall says it will campaign for lesbian and gay couples to have civil marriages in the UK. The charity has come under pressure in recent months from several of its co-founders and other gay campaigners to widen its remit on the issue.

  • Equal Love campaign: ‘We were brought up to believe we would fall in love and marry’ 3

    The Equal Love campaign hopes to secure marriage equality (Photo: made-underground)

    2:01 PM — Two of the couples involved in a new legal fight for marriage equality have spoken about why they want equal access to marriage and civil partnerships. The Equal Love campaign will see four gay couples and four straight couples attempt to register for ceremonies they are not entitled to.

  • Gay priest ice cream ad banned for ‘mocking Catholics’ 46

    The ad was ruled to be offensive to Catholics

    11:50 AM — An ad for ice cream which showed two priests about to kiss has been banned after it was ruled offensive to Catholics. The Advertising Standards Authority said that the ad, for Antonio Federici ice cream, was likely to cause "serious offence".

  • Emmerdale star sorry for ‘abusing’ gay fan 45

    Adam Thomas said he was sorry for causing offence

    10:58 AM — Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas has apologised after allegedly abusing a gay fan. Thomas, who plays Adam Barton in the soap, was in a MacDonald's in Leeds when Ricky Platts, 22, approached him to say hello.

  • Sir Derek Jacobi to star in Sony’s most expensive TV ad campaign 9

    Sir Derek Jacobi in the Sony advertisement

    12:01 AM — Gay actor Sir Derek Jacobi is to star in one of the largest ever advertising campaigns that Sony have run in the UK. The advertisement will be first screened this coming weekend during the advertising breaks on ITV's The X Factor.

  • 26th October 2010

    Trans woman’s murderer guilty of rape 2

    Neil MacMillan was found guilty of rape

    7:27 PM — A man convicted of murdering trans woman Andrea Waddell has been found guilty of raping another woman. Neil MacMillan, 41, of Brighton, was found guilty today of raping the woman in her twenties five weeks before he strangled Ms Waddell, a sex worker.

  • Record number of out gay officials in Obama administration 3

    Barack Obama has appointed a record number of out gay employees

    6:41 PM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a "record" number of out gay officials since taking office. According to estimates by gay rights campaigners and the White House, he has appointed more than 150 out gay people to posts in his administration.

  • Gay kissing protest for Pope’s visit to Spain 18

    The Pope will visit Spain next month

    3:08 PM — A gay group is organising a kissing protest to greet Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Spain. The Pope is to tour the country next month and Queer Kissing Flashmob says it will stage the demonstration in front of him during a procession.

  • ‘Trans’ victim ‘pushed’ to death under Kings Cross tube train

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    1:57 PM — A woman was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday evening after a person was allegedly pushed under a tube train at London Kings Cross Station. The victim, said by police to be a 63-year-old man from central London, is understood to have been wearing women's clothes.

  • Obama administration launches campaign against anti-gay bullying 12

    Barack Obama is expected to promote the new guidance

    12:10 PM — The US Obama administration has launched a campaign against homophobic bullying. The new advice for schools and colleges comes shortly after President Obama recorded a video for the It Gets Better project, which aims to encouraged bullied gay teenagers

  • London school claims to have eradicated anti-gay bullying 23

    Stoke Newington school says it has virtually eliminated homophobic bullying

    11:36 AM — A school in north London says it has virtually eradicated anti-gay bullying by teaching pupils about gay history. Stoke Newington secondary school was one of the first schools to adopt LGBT History Month five years ago.

  • Sesame Street’s Bert hints he’s gay but producers say no 10

    Ernie and Bert are not gay, Sesame Street executives said

    10:52 AM — Rumours have circulated for years that Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are in a relationship and now Bert has hinted at it on Twitter. Bert, who shares a bed with Ernie, wrote on the Sesame Street Twitter feed during Pride season that his hair was "mo" - a slang word for gay.

  • 25th October 2010

    Survey finds different challenges for bisexuals 15

    Bisexuals reported being treated as if they were not from either 'side'. (Photo: Jyri)

    6:30 PM — Yes: it really is different for bisexuals. This is one of the findings from last week’s interim release of results from the Workplace Survey – possibly the largest of its kind – designed to investigate the work experiences of those who identify as bisexual, pansexual, many-gender-loving or fluid desire.

  • Guide to parenting for gay dads 4

    The guide tells gay would-be dads their options

    6:03 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has released a parenting guide for gay dads. The guide tells would-be fathers about their rights under the law and also gives information about adoption, surrogacy, sperm donation and co-parenting.

  • Stephen Fry feels ‘sorry for straight men’ 114

    Stephen Fry said he feels sorry for straight men

    5:00 PM — Stephen Fry says he feels sorry for straight men because women only want sex in order to have a relationship. The gay broadcaster and writer, speaking to Attitude magazine, said that women want commitment and if they wanted sex as much as men, there would be more straight cruising areas.

  • American newspaper refuses to publish gay wedding announcements 7

    The newspaper's publisher said it had a right not to recognise gay marriage

    3:30 PM — The largest newspaper in New Hampshire, US, has come under fire for refusing to publish gay marriage announcements. The Union Leader refused to publish notice of a marriage between two men in Portsmouth at the weekend.

  • Gay and straight couples to challenge UK marriage equality ban 66

    Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle were turned away from Islington registry office when they tried to have a civil partnership

    1:40 PM — Four gay and four straight couples are to challenge the UK's ban on gay couples marrying and straight couples having civil partnerships. The Equal Love campaign, organised by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell and OutRage!, will see the couples registering to hold ceremonies they are not entitled to and taking legal action if they are turned away.

  • Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’ 14

    Alan Cumming said Obama's actions were sending messages about gay people

    12:58 PM — Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has attacked Barack Obama for not doing enough for gay rights. President Obama has promised to end the ban on out gay soldiers but gay rights campaigners are becoming impatient with a perceived lack of action.

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