7th October 2012
France: More officials speak out against equal marriage 7
10:46 PM — The prospect of new legislation allowing gay people in France to marry and adopt has been met with opposition from religious groups as well as several mayors who have spoken out in opposition to the idea.
Matt Bomer on being a gay teenager: ‘I had to cover my tracks’ 26
5:48 PM — Hollywood actor, Matt Bomer, and his partner, Simon Halls, publicist, were honoured with an Inspiration award from the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network. At the ceremony, he talked about how times had changed since he was a teenager and that he had felt unable to come out because of social pressures.
Sandi Toksvig: I was groped on air during the 1980s by a ‘famous individual’ 42
3:28 PM — Gay comedian Sandi Toksvig, one of the country’s most prominent radio and TV stars, has told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that she was groped while broadcasting in the early 1980s.
George Osborne: I will vote in support of equal marriage 29
3:28 PM — Chancellor George Osborne has reiterated his support for the government’s policy on equal marriage as the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham gets underway.
6th October 2012
US: The number of LGBT characters on TV has increased, GLAAD study finds 21
1:50 AM — The number of gay and bisexual characters in the upcoming US television season, including cable TV, is on the rise, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
UN human rights office puts pressure on Ukraine regarding LGBT censorship law 4
1:05 AM — The human rights office of the United Nations has urged Ukraine to rethink a draft LGBT censorship law which was announced earlier this week.
5th October 2012
London: Gay Games fundraiser launched 10
9:52 PM — A massive drive to secure funding for London’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018 is now underway.
Scotland: Church minister defects over gay clergy 56
9:27 PM — A minister has quit the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy.
Canada: Trans group mourns killing of one of its members
6:28 PM — The victim has been identified as January Marie Lapuz, according to CTV News.
Comment: Equal marriage is a test for my Jewish Orthodox faith 117
5:15 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT campaigner Oliver Kasin talks of how his Orthodox Jewish faith has created a personal conflict due to his sexuality. He would also like the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks to end his opposition to equal marriage.
UK: Anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza can be extradited to the US, says High Court 59
4:19 PM — The High Court has ruled radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza can now be extradited immediately to the US to face terror charges.
California: Second lawsuit filed against gay ‘cure’ ban 26
2:44 PM — A second federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn California's new ban on gay conversion therapy for those under the age of 18.
New York: Health officials urge HIV positive men to get vaccinated against meningitis
1:39 PM — The New York City Health Department is advising for vaccinations against meningitis for any man who is HIV positive and has had intimate contact with men met through gay dating sites or in bars since 1 September 2012.
Stephen Fry attacks Church ‘extremists’ who oppose marriage equality in @Out4Marriage video 41
12:08 PM — Stephen Fry has called on the government to allow faith groups to provide marriage ceremonies to same-sex couples, in a video for the Out4Marriage campaign.
UK: Gay man fights deportation to Nigeria 19
11:25 AM — Campaigners are fighting to stop the deportation of a gay man to Nigeria.
Sacha Baron Cohen signs up to make new film, The Lesbian, based on a true story 6
1:05 AM — Sacha Baron Cohen's next comic character is to be a based on the true story of a Chinese man who recently offered a $65million dowry to any man who could woo his lesbian daughter.
US: Teen denied Eagle Scout badge for ‘not meeting standard on sexual orientation’ 57
12:35 AM — A scout in California has been denied the Eagle Scout badge by his scoutmaster because of his decision to come out as gay, despite, he claims, not being told he would not be awarded the badge.
4th October 2012
US: Trans prisoner files for expenses from gender-reassignment legal battle
10:52 PM — Michelle Kosilek, the trans woman incarcerated in an all-male prison, has filed for the expenses she, and her attorney, are requesting from the court, following a ruling that her legal costs, as well as the cost of gender reassignment surgery, as a treatment for gender dysphoria.
London: LGBT community urged to try out basketball 3
9:07 PM — Want to shoot some hoops? Not sure who to play with? Why not come along then to one of London Knight’s (formerly London Cruisers) gay men’s basketball training sessions and try it out! Rory Desch profiles one of its members.
Government Communications chief regrets treatment of codebreaker Alan Turing 49
8:55 PM — The head of the Government Communications Headquarters has expressed his regret at the way Alan Turing, a gay World War Two codebreaker, was treated in the years leading up to his suicide after being convicted of homosexuality.