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October 2010

  • 7th October 2010

    ‘Pink Protest’ to be held at University of Cape Town

    LGBTI activists are to protest at the University of Cape Town today

    10:09 AM — Student activists at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, are planning to stage an anti-homophobia protest today after a symbolic 'pink closet' sculpture intended to highlight the effects of homophobia was burnt down.

  • 6th October 2010

    London HIV charity Naz Project faces closure 26

    The Naz Project says it may have to close

    6:35 PM — A London HIV charity for black and ethnic minority people is facing closure unless it can raise £75,000 by the end of this month. The Naz Project, set up 20 years ago, says it is now at a "make or break" point and has been hit hard by the recession.

  • Robbie Williams says he wants a ‘gay baby’ 13

    Robbie Williams recently got married

    5:17 PM — Robbie Williams has announced that he wants a gay baby. The former Take That star, who recently married Ayda Field, was speaking to an Australian radio station about his desire for children.

  • Texas vigil for 13-year-old homophobic bullying victim 2

    Asher Brown, who shot himself last month

    4:55 PM — A vigil was held in Texas, US, yesterday for 13-year-old Asher Brown, who killed himself last week after suffering anti-gay bullying. The student shot himself just hours after telling his step-father he was gay on September 23rd.

  • Saudi prince ‘was not in gay relationship with servant’

    The case continues

    4:24 PM — The Saudi prince accused of killing his servant in a London hotel was not in a gay relationship with him, his lawyer said. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, was accused of murdering Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, in a "sexually-motivated" attack last February.

  • Video message to gay teens: ‘It gets better’ 9

    Gay teenagers suffering from bullying are being urged to stay positive

    3:26 PM — After reports of a spate of suicides among gay US teenagers, a gay journalist has launched a YouTube channel to encourage troubled gay young people not to harm themselves.

  • Student accused over gay suicide is ‘innocent’

    Tyler Clementi killed himself last month

    1:37 PM — One of the Rutgers students accused of broadcasting images of gay teenager Tyler Clementi having sex is innocent, her lawyers say. Molly Wei, 18, was arrested last week alongside Dharun Ravi, also 18.

  • Senator asked to apologise for saying gay people and unmarried mothers shouldn’t teach 52

    Senator Jim DeMint said gays and unmarried pregnant women should not be teachers

    12:57 PM — A US Senator has been asked to apologise for saying gay people and unmarried pregnant women should be barred from teaching. Jim DeMint made the remarks in 2004 during a televised debate and reiterated them last week.

  • Glee ‘to highlight gay suicides’ 5

    Glee will dedicate an episode to bullying

    11:10 AM — Gay-friendly US comedy Glee will reportedly dedicate an episode to the issue of LGBT suicides. After the reported deaths of five US teenagers who were gay or thought to be gay, the show's makers want to highlight how homophobic bullying can change lives.

  • 5th October 2010

    Pre-launch will celebrate LGBT sporting history

    LGBT History Month will have a pre-launch at Twickenham (Photo: Jeremy Foo)

    4:49 PM — A pre-launch event will be held at Twickenham rugby stadium next month for LGBT History Month. The yearly celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans culture will focus on sport in February 2011 and 2012 to coincide with Britain hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Gay Saudi prince ‘strangled servant in sexual killing’

    The case at the Old Bailey continues

    4:24 PM — A gay Saudi prince has been accused of killing his servant in a London hotel room. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, was accused of murdering Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, in a "sexually-motivated" attack last February.

  • Lance Bass admits he used to bully gay kids 13

    Lance Bass said he used to pick on gay kids

    1:38 PM — Pop star Lance Bass has admitted that he used to join in with teasing gay kids at school to hide his own sexuality. The former N SYNC singer, 31, has been speaking out against homophobic bullying after a spate of suicides in young gay men.

  • Gay skydiving instructor sues after being sacked for ‘groping woman’ 10

    Donald Zarda has filed a lawsuit

    1:34 PM — A gay skydiving instructor is suing his company after he was sacked for allegedly groping a young female student. Donald Zarda, 40, says there is "no way" the alleged incident could have happened because he is "100 per cent gay".

  • ‘Homophobic’ attack at New York’s Stonewall Inn

    A gay man was allegedly attacked in the Stonewall Inn

    1:29 PM — Two men were arrested on Sunday evening after a man was beaten in a "homophobic" attack in the Stonewall Inn in New York. The pub is a symbol of the birth of the gay rights movement after patrons staged protests in 1969 against police raids.

  • Hong Kong trans woman barred from marrying boyfriend 4

    The couple cannot marry under Hong Kong law

    11:00 AM — A trans woman in Hong Kong has been barred from marrying her boyfriend. The woman, known only as 'W', was born male and transitioned several years ago. However, she is barred under city law from changing her birth certificate to female, meaning she has been unable to marry.

  • Daniel Radcliffe ‘heartbroken’ by gay teen suicides 8

    Daniel Radcliffe expressed his sadness at the suicides (Photo: David Jo)

    10:57 AM — Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has said he is "heartbroken" after hearing about a spate of suicides among young gay American men. The straight star has become known as a gay rights advocate, having recently appeared in a television ad to combat homophobia.

  • Australian lesbian couple expecting quintuplets 3

    The couple are expecting quintuplets

    10:55 AM — A lesbian couple in Australia have revealed that they are expecting quintuplets - against odds of one in 60 million. Melissa Keevers, 27, and Rosemary Nolan, 21, already have a one-year-old daughter, Lilly, through donor insemination.

  • 4th October 2010

    US research says 8% of men and 7% of women are gay or bisexual 41

    Ellen and Portia DeGeneres, America's most famous lesbian couple

    6:02 PM — American research suggests that eight per cent of men and seven per cent of women describe themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Last month, a British study of 450,000 adults claimed that just 1.5 per cent were lesbian, gay or bisexual.

  • Megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men says faith has been strengthened

    Eddie Long has not addressed the lawsuits directly

    5:25 PM — Eddie Long, the American megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men, says his faith has been strengthened. In his second Sunday sermon since the allegations broke, the Atlanta pastor made no explicit reference to the four lawsuits against him.

  • Hundreds attend vigil for US gay student who jumped from bridge 5

    A vigil was held for Tyler Clementi

    4:37 PM — Hundreds of people joined a vigil last night for 19-year-old student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after his sexual encounter with a man was streamed online without his knowledge.

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