19th October 2011
Gay couple’s home targeted in homophobic attack 27
5:03 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a gay couple's Oxfordshire home was targeted by youths with an air gun. The couple, aged 45 and 39, were at their home in Chestnut Close at around 9pm last Wednesday when they heard a bang at the back of their home.
Former Botswana president calls for legalisation of homosexuality 30
4:53 PM — Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has said that homosexuality should be decriminalised to help tackle HIV rates. Speaking to the BBC's Africa Network, Mr Mogae said that while he does not "understand" homosexuality, gays and lesbians should not be arrested.
Australian foreign minister to call on Commonwealth to repeal anti-gay laws 35
1:28 PM — Australia's foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, will urge Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality. Heads of Commonwealth countries are to meet in Perth next week for the annual heads of government meeting (CHOGM).
Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to mark ‘Spirit Day’ for bullied gay teens 18
11:43 AM — Facebook will mark 'Spirit Day' tomorrow by turning several pages purple and encouraging employees to learn about the event. Spirit Day, which was created last year by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan, encourages people to wear purple on October 20th to remember LGBT teenagers who killed themselves after being bullied.
Father of suicide teen says he was bullied for being gay 33
11:28 AM — The father of a 15-year-old Canadian boy who killed himself last weekend says his son was bullied for being gay. Jamie Hubley, of Ottawa, said he couldn't take any more depression, harassment and loneliness before he was found dead on Saturday.
Three Northern Cyprus men arrested for gay sex 44
10:38 AM — Three men in Northern Cyprus have been arrested for sexual "acts against nature". The men were arrested in a private home in north Nicosia last Thursday and have already spent five days in custody.
Graham Norton: ‘I’m too old to have a child’ 7
10:06 AM — Graham Norton says he is "too old" to have a child. The entertainer, who is 48, revealed that he does have a partner but refused to say more about the man, joking that he might soon be single again.