25th October 2010
Gay and straight couples to challenge UK marriage equality ban 66
1:40 PM — Four gay and four straight couples are to challenge the UK's ban on gay couples marrying and straight couples having civil partnerships. The Equal Love campaign, organised by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell and OutRage!, will see the couples registering to hold ceremonies they are not entitled to and taking legal action if they are turned away.
22nd October 2010
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3
3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.
21st October 2010
Court temporarily reinstates US military gay ban 5
11:53 AM — A federal appeals court has temporarily frozen an order requiring the US military to accept openly gay soldiers. The decision leaves gay and lesbian soldiers and recruits in limbo.
European Human Rights Court rules against Russia over Moscow Gay Pride ban 5
11:00 AM — Gay rights activists in Russia are celebrating after the European Court of Human Rights today upheld three complaints over Moscow's ban on gay Pride marches.
20th October 2010
Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3
5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.
Gay Saudi prince sentenced to life for killing servant 6
3:25 PM — A gay Saudi prince has been sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for murdering his servant in a luxury London hotel. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud beat and strangled Bandar Abdulaziz to death at the Landmark Hotel last February.
Gay soldier Dan Choi re-enlists in US army 3
11:56 AM — Dan Choi, the out gay soldier who has been at the front of efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has re-enlisted in the US army. He was served with discharge papers last year after coming out on television.
Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3
10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.
19th October 2010
Most Scottish people support gay marriage 15
5:00 PM — The majority of Scottish people are in favour of allowing gay couples to marry, a poll suggests. According to an Angus Reid poll conducted for the Green Party, 58 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of full marriage equality.
Gay Saudi prince guilty of murdering servant 20
4:43 PM — A Gay Saudi prince has been found guilty of murdering his servant in a London hotel room. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, had beaten and strangled Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, after a campaign of "sadistic" abuse.
US judge says she will deny stay on gay military ruling 6
11:09 AM — The US District Judge who ruled last week that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be immediately repealed has indicated she will deny government requests to stay her order.
18th October 2010
US gay soldiers warned not to come out yet 4
12:21 PM — The Pentagon has warned gay US troops not to declare their sexual orientation just yet. Despite complying with a court order suspending the firings of gay troops, the Pentagon has said that soldiers who do come out while the law is uncertain may still face punishment.
15th October 2010
Saudi prince ‘could face death penalty for being gay’
5:01 PM — A Saudi prince accused of murdering his servant in a London hotel room could face the death penalty at home for being gay, the Old Bailey heard today.
11th man arrested over New York gay-bashing
4:49 PM — Eleven men have now been arrested in connection with an anti-gay attack in the Bronx, New York. Luis Garcia, 26, was arrested by New York police yesterday after a gay man, his brother and two teenage boys were attacked on October 3rd.
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.
14th October 2010
Film to be made about lesbian teenager barred from prom 10
3:27 PM — Constance McMillen, the lesbian teenager who was barred from taking her girlfriend to prom, is to be the subject of a TV film. The 18-year-old, from Mississippi, made news around the world when she launched a lawsuit for discrimination against her school earlier this year.
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.
Obama administration to contest gay marriage ruling 9
10:22 AM — The Obama administration will contest a Massachusetts ruling which says the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. In July, a judge in the state ruled that the law, which bars federal government from recognising gay marriage, should be repealed.
US judge orders immediate end to military gay ban 17
9:48 AM — A US federal judge yesterday ordered an immediate end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law that bans out gay soldiers from serving in the military. US District Judge Virginia Phillips' injunction brings the military the closest it has ever been to repealing the controversial law.