24th October 2011
49 per cent of Hawaii voters back gay marriage 7
3:54 PM — Just under half of voters in Hawaii want gay marriage to be legalised, a poll says. Public Policy Polling foudn that 49 per cent back gay marriage, 40 per cent oppose it and 11 per cent are unsure.
SNP condemns gay blood ban 51
3:21 PM — The Scottish National Party has approved a motion condeming the blood donation ban on gay men. Delegates at the party's conference in Inverness backed a motion which said that new rules allowing gay men to donate blood if celibate for a year are not good enough.
Tesco becomes major London Pride sponsor 38
2:28 PM — Supermarket giant Tesco has become a major sponsor of London Pride. Next year, London will host WorldPride across two days of festivities and marchers will follow an extended parade route.
Denmark set to introduce gay marriage 19
1:54 PM — Lawmakers in Denmark are considering legalising gay marriage. Church minister Manu Sareen told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that gay couples may be allowed to wed in the spring of 2012.
Christian housing manager demoted for Facebook comments on gay marriage 179
11:44 AM — A Christian housing manager has been demoted for questioning gay religious marriage on his Facebook page. Adrian Smith, 54, who works at the Trafford Housing Trust, made the remarks on his private Facebook page.
Police investigate ‘horrific’ death of gay man 128
10:31 AM — Police are investigating the brutal killing of a gay man in Ayshire, Scotland. Stuart Walker, 28, from Cumnock, was found dead with "horrific injuries" close to Caponacre Industrial Estate, Cumnock, just before 5am on Saturday.
21st October 2011
Interview: Steven Russell on infamy, escaping prison and Phillip Morris 27
4:58 PM — Steven Russell was originally imprisoned for fraud. Four successful, non-violent, love-fuelled prison-escapes later and he has achieved infamy. His life is immortalised in the film 'I Love You Phillip Morris', in which he is portrayed by Jim Carrey. He is currently serving a 144-year sentence in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. Laurence Watts interviewed him by exchange of letters.
Nigeria seeks to strengthen anti-gay laws 59
4:06 PM — Lawmakers in Nigeria hope to pass a bill which strengthens laws against homosexuality. The legislation seeks to criminalise same-sex marriage. Its sponsor, Senator Domingo Obende, claimed that gay marriage is "spreading" and must be stopped.
Teen jailed for minimum of 12 years for murdering gay pensioner 19
2:52 PM — An 18-year-old has been jailed for murdering a 67-year-old gay Lincolnshire man. Aiden Jackson was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years by a judge at Lincoln crown court for killing David Cowley in November last year.
Hundreds mourn gay Canadian teenager Jamie Hubley 14
12:59 PM — Around 700 people attended the funeral of gay teenager Jamie Hubley in Ottawa yesterday. The 15-year-old killed himself a week ago after suffering homophobic bullying and depression.
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard may allow free vote on gay marriage 30
11:44 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard will allow Labor MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage, reports say. According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, government sources said she will state her position at some point next week.
Stonewall launches gay-friendly job website 22
10:27 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a job website with vacancies from gay-friendly employers. ProudEmployers.org.uk lists jobs with employers such as Credit Suisse, BP and De Montford University - all of whom are members of the charity's Diversity Champions programme.
Black children perform poorly at school because ‘academic success is seen as gay’ 166
9:56 AM — African-Caribbean children perform poorly at school because doing well is perceived as 'gay' or 'feminine', the head of the Jamaican Teachers Association has said.
20th October 2011
Swansea nightclub accused of throwing couple out for gay kiss 79
3:35 PM — A nightclub in Swansea has been accused of throwing a gay couple out for sharing a quick kiss. According to witnesses, the incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Reflex on Wind Street.
London MEP says North Cyprus president promised to repeal anti-gay laws 16
2:55 PM — A Conservative MEP for London says North Cyprus president Derviş Eroğlu promised her he would repeal laws against homosexuality. Marina Yannakoudakis was visiting Nicolosia as part of her role on an EU group for relationships with the Turkish Cypriot community.
New Jersey governor calls teacher’s anti-gay remarks ‘disturbing’ 22
1:55 PM — New Jersey governor Chris Christie has weighed in on the case of a teacher suspended for making homophobic remarks on Facebook. Viki Knox, who works in Union High School in the Union Township school district, made the comments last week.
GQ Australia responds to accusations of homophobia 10
12:50 PM — The Australian edition of GQ magazine has responded to Dustin Lance Black's accusations of homophobia. Last week, the openly gay film director said the publication was guilty of outdated “lies, myths and stereotypes” about gay people.
Get ready for the Big Gay Lifestyle Show and Diversity Careers Show 6
11:18 AM — The Big Gay Lifestyle Show will be held in London on Saturday, while the Diversity Careers Show will be held tomorrow (Friday).
Gay couple subjected to anti-gay abuse on London train 136
10:36 AM — A gay couple were subjected to a torrent of offensive anti-gay abuse on a London Overground train earlier this month. The incident happened just before 6pm on the 17:38 Hampstead Heath to Stratford service on Saturday October 1st.
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.