15th October 2010
Obama seeks stay on gay military ban judgment but promises policy will end 16
11:16 AM — US president Barack Obama promised yesterday that he would end Don't Ask, Don't Tell. At the same time, his administration filed an application to stay a court judgment ordering an immediate end to the policy.
13th October 2010
US defence secretary says Congress, not court, should repeal military gay ban 5
6:51 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has said that Congress, rather than a court, should lift the ban on out gay soldiers in the military. Yesterday, a federal judge issued an injunction for an immediate end to the policy but Mr Gates said that this could have "enormous consequences".
Tenth suspect arrested over New York homophobic beatings
5:28 PM — A tenth suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with a homophobic attack on three men in New York. Police believe that the attack took place after gang members suspected that a new recruit was gay.
Gavin Rossdale says gay relationship was ‘experimentation’ 29
4:21 PM — Bush singer Gavin Rossdale has said he had a gay relationship with 80s star Marilyn. Both had denied the claims in 1995, when Boy George said the pair were former lovers.
BBC3 lesbian drama Lip Service opens with nearly 600,000 viewers 16
2:41 PM — Lip Service, the new lesbian drama on BBC3, opened with 580,000 viewers last night, a 4.4 per cent audience share. The drama, dubbed the 'British L Word', was described by the BBC as "a bold new drama . . . about the sex lives and love affairs of twenty-something lesbians living in contemporary Glasgow".
12th October 2010
Jane Lynch, Colin Firth and Martina Navratilova shortlisted for Stonewall awards 23
1:52 PM — Gay charity Stonewall has announced the celebrity nominees for its annual awards. The yearly event, to be held on November 4th in central London, celebrates positive contributions to LGB life by celebrities and other public figures.
8th October 2010
Much-loved Cardiff gay pub under threat 4
12:20 PM — Cardiff's gay community are engaged in a campaign to save a pub in central Cardiff which is being threatened by gentrification.
6th October 2010
Texas vigil for 13-year-old homophobic bullying victim 2
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’
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.
Student accused over gay suicide is ‘innocent’
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
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
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
Gay Saudi prince ‘strangled servant in sexual killing’
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.
Gay skydiving instructor sues after being sacked for ‘groping woman’ 10
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
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
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.
4th October 2010
Megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men says faith has been strengthened
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.
BBC archive footage charts gay rights history 8
2:50 PM — The BBC has released archive footage showing how gay rights have progressed in the last 50 years. The programmes, broadcast from the 1950s onwards, comprise TV and radio news, documentary and current affairs shows. They will be available to watch online.
50 Cent: ‘Anti-gay’ suicide comment was misinterpreted 22
11:57 AM — The rapper 50 Cent has defended a Twitter remark which was interpreted as a joke that gay men should kill themselves. The star, real name Curtis Jackson, said that the comment was "turned into an anti-gay statement".
George Michael: ‘I’m not getting special treatment in prison’ 8
11:03 AM — Pop star George Michael has released a statement saying that he is not getting special treatment in prison. The former Wham! singer, 47, said he released the statement to counter the "usual rubbish" he had been reading about himself.