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July, a judge in the state ruled that the law, which bars federal government from recognising gay marriage, should be repealed.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.
12th October 2010
French trans woman continues fight to be recognised as female 15
5:07 PM — Bad news for French trans woman Delphine Ravisé-Giard, as an appeal court yesterday refused, once again, to recognise her as female. This follows a year of legal to-ing and fro-ing, as initial willingness by the French state – in the form of the French Air Force – to recognise her female identity was revoked by a court in Nancy last August.
Russian city must allow gay Pride marches, court rules 1
4:26 PM — Russia's second-largest city, St Petersburg, must allow gay Pride marches to go ahead, the city court has ruled. As in the country's capital, Moscow, St Petersburg authorities have repeatedly banned gay marches and refused to give organisers alternative dates.
Ninth suspect in New York anti-gay attacks taken into custody
11:16 AM — A ninth man wanted by police in New York in connection with a homophobic attack on three men has been taken into custody. Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon.
11th October 2010
Nine New York gang members accused of torturing gay men
5:23 PM — Nine gang members in New York have been accused of a shocking anti-gay attack in which three men were tied up, tortured and sodomised.
George Michael freed from jail 4
10:57 AM — Gay pop star George Michael was freed from jail today after serving half of his sentence for driving and drug offences. The 47-year-old was jailed for eight weeks last month and was released from Category C prison Highpoint, in Suffolk, this morning.
8th October 2010
Australian LGBT support group wins legal pay-out 9
5:31 PM — A court in the Australian state of Victoria has upheld a complaint from a gay youth support group after a Christian youth camp refused them accommodation, claiming it was against their position on homosexuality.
Washington DC Methodist Church approves same-sex marriages 4
4:29 PM — Worshippers at Washington DC's Foundry United Methodist Church voted 367 to 8 last month to allow same-sex marriages to take place at the church and to allow its clergy to perform said ceremonies.
Russian court rules LGBT Pride parade ban ‘illegal’ 5
1:28 PM — A Russian Judge at the Court of St Petersburg ruled on Wednesday that the ban on the city's Pride march back in June was illegal.
Prisoner given extra time for slashing gay inmate’s face 2
11:32 AM — A man serving time for assault in an Edinburgh prison who was due to be released in January has been given en extra 20 months for slashing the face of a gay fellow inmate.
7th October 2010
Study suggests bisexuals get ‘bad deal’ in local government equality policies 35
2:05 PM — A research project undertaken by the University of Huddersfield on LGBT equalities and local government has found that a lack of understanding surrounding bisexuality in the workplace is leaving those who identify as such largely invisible.
One half of Malawian couple is seeking asylum in Canada 11
12:40 PM — Tiwonge Chimbalanga, one half of the Malawian couple sentenced to 14 years' hard labour before being released in May, is seeking asylum in Canada.
New Jersey senator says he’ll introduce anti-bullying legislation on US college campuses 5
12:04 PM — The senator of New Jersey, Frank Lautenberg, announced yesterday that he planned to introduce legislation requiring colleges to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment. This comes in the wake of a student's recent suicide after his involvement in a gay sexual encounter was secretly filmed and broadcast online.
Accused Stonewall Inn ‘gay basher’ denies he’s a homophobe 5
11:11 AM — Matthew Francis, one of the two men accused of assaulting a gay man in New York City's Stonewall Inn early last Sunday, claimed in a prison interview yesterday that he doesn't hate gay people.
6th October 2010
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.
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".