17th October 2011
Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto comes out as gay 59
9:28 AM — Zachary Quinto, the star of Heroes and 2009's Star Trek, has revealed he is gay. The 34-year-old has refused to discuss his sexuality until now, although he joined other celebrities in making an 'It Gets Better' video.
14th October 2011
North Wales police to display rainbow flag in stations 41
4:43 PM — North Wales police are to display rainbow flag stickers in stations to encourage gay people to report homophobic crime. Diversity leaders at the force believe the stickers will reassure gay people that they will be treated sensitively and respectfully.
‘Inspirational’ Ugandan lesbian campaigner wins human rights award 8
1:54 PM — Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, the Ugandan gay rights campaigner, has been honoured with a prestigious human rights award. The activist, who has risked death to speak up for other LGBT people, received the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Geneva on Wednesday.
Elton John speaks out for new gay rights group 18
1:22 PM — Elton John has penned an article in support of new gay rights group Kaleidoscope. Writing for the Huffington Post with Johann Hari, John called the non-profit group "remarkable" and called for readers to support it.
Government consults on removing ‘insulting’ speech from public order laws 217
11:52 AM — The Home Office is looking at the possibility of removing the offence of causing "insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to arrest Christian street preachers who deliver anti-gay sermons, such as Cumbrian preacher Dale McAlpine.
New Jersey teacher accused of anti-gay Facebook comments 114
10:24 AM — A teacher in New Jersey, US, has been criticised for allegedly saying homosexuality is "perverted" and "breeds like cancer" on her Facebook page. Viki Knox, who works in Union High School in the Union Township school district, reportedly advises a student prayer group.
13th October 2011
Australian Labor minister apologises to Penny Wong over gay marriage comment 34
4:55 PM — South Australian sports minister Tom Kenyon has apologised to a lesbian politician for saying she should not be allowed to married her pregnant partner.
US Supreme Court refuses to hear gay parents’ appeal 23
4:22 PM — The US Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a gay couple who wanted both their names on the birth certificate of a boy they adopted. Oren Adar and Mickey Smith, of New Orleans, adopted the Louisiana-born boy in 2006 in New York.
Tory MEP Roger Helmer quits 50
3:09 PM — Conservative MEP Roger Helmer, who has been accused of homophobia, has resigned. Mr Helmer, who last year angered gay campaigners with a tweet about 'gay cure' therapy, said there are "far too many" areas of Conservative policy he can no longer agree with.
Head of Scottish Episcopal Church backs gay marriage consultation 33
2:12 PM — The head of the Episcopal Church in Scotland has given his support to the consultation on marriage equality. The Most Rev David Chillingworth wrote that it is the government's right to legislate for the change.
Effort to force referendum on California gay history law fails 17
1:22 PM — Gay rights opponents have failed in an attempt to repeal California law on gay history teaching in schools. They did not manage to collect the 505,000 signatures needed to suspend the law and put the issue on the ballot.
Mary Portas apologises for calling female Cabinet ministers ‘ugly’ 33
11:05 AM — Retail guru Mary Portas has written to four female Cabinet ministers to apologise for calling them "ugly". Portas, who advises prime minister David Cameron on the retail industry, said she didn't want to be "abusive" and "destructive" and admitted she did not know who the four female members of the Cabinet are.
US politician Sally Kern ‘fears for life’ after saying homosexuality killed has more Americans than terrorists 163
10:47 AM — Oklahoma Republican Sally Kern says she fears gay rights campaigners may kill her over her homophobic views. The politician, who claims that homosexuality has killed more people in the US than terrorism, said she has felt "physical fear" when gay people send her angry emails.
Update: Christian Tory councillor suspended for anti-gay tweet 118
9:58 AM — A Christian Tory councillor in Buckinghamshire has been suspended for comparing gay marriage to bestiality. Party bosses took quick action against James Malliff.
12th October 2011
Tory councillor disciplined for comparing gay marriage to ‘sex with animals’ 70
3:21 PM — A Tory councillor in Buckinghamshire may be suspended after he compared gay marriage to bestiality. James Malliff said: "We may as well legalise sex with animals."
HIV life expectancy rises by 15 years 153
2:45 PM — Life expectancy for people living with HIV has risen by 15 years in the last decade. Research by the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine found that earlier treatment and modern medicine has contributed to the increase.
Ghana gay rights leader urges UK government not to cut aid 51
1:29 PM — The leader of Ghana's only gay rights group has urged the government not to cut aid to homophobic countries. Mac-Darling Cobbinah said the move would only cause "pain" to the struggling country and could backfire.
Homophobic bullying ‘rife’ in Northern Ireland schools 38
1:09 PM — Anti-gay bullying is a serious problem in Northern Ireland schools, a new report says. The Rainbow Project report, Left out of the Equation, says gay, lesbian and bisexual pupils suffer severe inequality.
Tracy Morgan was ‘hurt’ by his own anti-gay rant 38
11:25 AM — 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan says he too was hurt by his onstage homophobic rant. Appearing on the Late Show on Monday evening, he said he was upset that people did not enjoy the show and insisted that there had been a "misunderstanding".
Gay rights campaigner Frank Kameny dies aged 86 25
10:14 AM — Frank Kameny, the US gay rights campaigner, has died aged 86. The activist, who was sacked from his government job as an astronomer in 1957 for being gay, was one of the leading lights of the US gay rights movement.