19th October 2012
US: Almost-Eagle Scout presents 400,000 signatures to BSA urging anti-gay policy change 13
2:23 AM — A teenager from Moraga, California, who was denied his Eagle Scout badge for coming out as gay, has presented a petition containing over 400,000 signatures, to the Boy Scouts of America, urging them to change their anti-gay policy.
18th October 2012
UK: Equal marriage film director turns his attention to same-sex parenting 11
11:20 AM — Film director Mike Buonaiuto, whose equal marriage film Homecoming became a huge online success, has now turned his attention to the issue of same-sex parenting.
Anne Hathaway to donate wedding picture profits to equal marriage charities 15
12:43 AM — Anne Hathaway has pledged a portion of the money made from the sale of her wedding pictures towards supporting equal marriage.
17th October 2012
Dublin gets ready for Europe’s largest LGBT conference 3
7:06 PM — The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) is staging its 16th annual conference in the Irish city of Dublin from 18 – 21 October.
16th October 2012
Stonewall: Tackling anti-gay crime should be a priority for new police commissioners 4
1:09 PM — Stonewall has launched a campaign calling on candidates standing to become Police and Crime Commissioners to promise to tackle homophobic crime.
Facebook accidentally outed users to their parents through group permissions loophole 21
2:14 AM — Facebook users have been inadvertently outed by a loophole in the system which overrode their privacy settings and shared information about them.
15th October 2012
UK: HIV helpline service suffers funding cut 45
8:12 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust says its national HIV telephone helpline service will now operate at reduced hours, following the loss of government funding.
14th October 2012
US: Companies confirm support for equal marriage in Washington, in full page newspaper advert 2
11:36 PM — A large number of Washington-based companies have confirmed their support for Referendum 74, the equal marriage bill, which will be voted on next month in the state, by signing up to a newspaper advert.
12th October 2012
Canada: New birth certificate rules for transgender people in Ontario 18
6:46 PM — Transgender people in Ontario can now amend their gender on their birth certificates without first having to undergo gender confirmation surgery.
11th October 2012
Sydney to host gay rugby cup in 2014
7:37 PM — Sydney has won its bid to host the 2014 Bingham Cup, the world's top gay rugby tournament.
10th October 2012
Scotland: Footballer’s homophobic assault trial begins
12:30 PM — A Scottish footballer “disguised” himself to get into a nightclub and then hurled homophobic abuse at workers who threw him out, a court has heard.
9th October 2012
UK: National AIDS Trust celebrates 25th anniversary with special video 38
12:39 PM — The UK’s National AIDS Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary today with a new campaign film.
8th October 2012
US: Openly gay NBA basketball player to give lecture about equality 1
11:25 PM — Former NBA basketball player, and the first to ever come out, John Amaechi, will speak at a university in Massachusetts about the need for equality in professional sport.
London: Hate crime memorial to take place at St Paul’s 7
6:26 PM — An act of remembrance for all of those affected by hate crime will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this Saturday.
Italy: Police break trans prostitution ring 10
4:21 PM — Italian police say they have broken a prostitution ring which brought transgender people from Latin America into the country.
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.
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.
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.
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.