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October 2010

  • 25th October 2010

    2,000 join London vigil against hate crime 13

    2,000 people attended the event

    12:01 PM — Two thousand people braved the wind and rain to join a London vigil to remember victims of hate crime on Saturday evening. The crowd assembled in Trafalgar Square and heard speeches by equality minister Lynne Featherstone and Stuart Milk, the nephew of murdered US gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Australian poll calls for conscience vote on gay marriage 9

    79 per cent supported a conscience vote on gay marriage

    5:35 PM — An Australian opinion poll shows increased support for gay marriage and for prime minister Julia Gillard to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

  • Ugandan gays and lesbians ‘attacked after being outed’ 7

    There have been reports of attacks on gays and lesbians

    5:20 PM — Several gays and lesbians in Uganda say they have been attacked after a newspaper published their names, photographs and addresses. After the Rolling Stone newspaper called for them to be hanged, a gay activist in the country says that one woman was almost killed when her neighbours pelted her house with stones.

  • Iraqi LGBT celebrates fifth birthday with London charity night

    Iraq is a dangerous place for LGBT people

    4:29 PM — Aid group Iraqi LGBT is to hold a fundraising night in central London next week. The group is celebrating five years of supporting persecuted LGBT Iraqis and claims to have helped save the lives of 100 people.

  • London hate crime vigil to be held tomorrow 11

    The vigil begins at 7pm

    3:16 PM — A vigil will be held in London's Trafalgar Square tomorrow to remember victims of hate crime. Speakers will include Stuart Milk, the nephew of murdered gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, Stephen Brookes MBE, from the Disability Hate Crime network, and deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes.

  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3

    Gay soldiers have been warned not to come out

    3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.

  • Facebook ads can ‘out’ gay users 12

    Facebook has had a string of privacy issues

    1:56 PM — Facebook 'outs' gay users through some of its targeted ads, researchers have discovered. They found that some ads which were completely neutral to sexual orientation (such as a nursing degree at a Florida medical college) were targeted exclusively at gay man.

  • eBay says sorry for competition gay ban 21

    eBay said it was sorry for barring gay couples

    11:15 AM — eBay has apologised for barring gay couples from a competition. The French version of the auction site was accused of discrimination this week after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a male and female couple.

  • Video: Barack Obama tells gay kids ‘It will get better’ 31

    Barack Obama joined the It Gets Better campaign

    10:42 AM — US president Barack Obama has become the most high-profile figure to join a campaign to stop gay teen suicides. He recorded a short video for the It Gets Better YouTube project, which aims to encourage bullied gay teenagers that their lives will improve.

  • 21st October 2010

    Penguins ‘are flirty, not gay’ 26

    Gay penguins have been well-documented

    5:20 PM — A new study says that penguins who engage in same-sex mating displays are flirty, rather than gay. Incidences of homosexuality in the species have been well-documented and one male penguin couple at San Francisco Zoo were together for six years before splitting up in 2009.

  • Gay dad ‘forced out’ by US Scouts 29

    The Boy Scouts of America bar gay people from leader roles

    4:50 PM — The father of a nine-year-old says he was forced to give up a leadership role in the Scouts because he is gay. Jon Langbert of Dallas, Texas, is openly gay and says he was given a 'leader' t-shirt by the Scouts group last year which he wore with pride.

  • Gay rugby player Gareth Thomas hopes to find London club 2

    Gareth Thomas hopes to move to a London club

    4:14 PM — Gareth Thomas, the out gay former Welsh rugby captain, is planning to join a London rugby union team. The star briefly switched to league team Crusaders this year and is due to play France in the Wales league squad this weekend.

  • HIV Hardship Fund to be re-opened 3

    The Hardship Fund helps HIV-positive people who are suffering poverty

    3:48 PM — A national Hardship Fund for people with HIV on low incomes is to be re-opened. The Hardship Fund was operated by Crusaid until the charity merged with Terrence Higgins Trust in March.

  • Same-sex couple for Israeli Dancing With the Stars 6

    Israel's version of Dancing With the Stars will have a same-sex couple

    3:00 PM — Israel's version of Dancing With the Stars is to include a same-sex couple for the first time. TV presenter Gili Shem Tov, who is a lesbian, will be paired with professional dancer Dorit Milman in the new series which starts next month.

  • Rolling Stone condemns anti-gay Ugandan newspaper 16

    The Ugandan Rolling Stone newspaper called for gays to be killed

    1:48 PM — US magazine Rolling Stone has condemned the Ugandan newspaper of the same name for calling for gays to be executed. The US title said it had demanded that the African publication cease using its name.

  • Court temporarily reinstates US military gay ban 5

    An appeals court froze the lifting of the ban

    11:53 AM — A federal appeals court has temporarily frozen an order requiring the US military to accept openly gay soldiers. The decision leaves gay and lesbian soldiers and recruits in limbo.

  • European Human Rights Court rules against Russia over Moscow Gay Pride ban 5

    Bans on Moscow Pride were found to be against international human rights laws (Photo: Chad Meacham)

    11:00 AM — Gay rights activists in Russia are celebrating after the European Court of Human Rights today upheld three complaints over Moscow's ban on gay Pride marches.

  • 20th October 2010

    Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3

    The Obama administration has asked for the ruling to be stayed

    5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.

  • Ugandan newspaper publishes ‘list of gays’ and calls for executions 28

    Uganda introduced a bill last year to execute gays and lesbians

    5:22 PM — A Ugandan newspaper has published the names, addresses and photographs of the country's "top" gays and lesbians. Rolling Stone, which has no connection to the US magazine of the same name, had a banner across its front page which read "hang them".

  • Analysis: Stonewall’s apology for journalist of the year award 32

    Stonewall apologised for any offence caused

    5:03 PM — As the dust settles on the last week’s events, a key question is: has Stonewall, through the Bill Leckie affair, done itself irreparable damage? Or have valuable lessons been learnt, with outlook for the future rosier than before?

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