10th October 2008
Matthew Shepard’s mother hits out at prejudice and ignorance, ten years on 2
2:34 PM — Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, released the following statement as she marks the tenth year since his death on October 12th 1998.
Fundraising appeal attracts donors as Liverpool gay teen is buried 1
2:25 PM — A new fund in memory of Michael Causer has been established and more than £1,000 has already been raised.
Russian mayor blocks gay rights protest 1
12:24 AM — A municipal leader in Russia has said that a planned protest against homophobia by gay rights activists cannot go ahead.
Grey’s Anatomy star donates to California gay marriage defence fund
12:02 AM — Hollywood star TR Knight has donated $50,000 (£29,000) to help defeat a proposal to remove the rights of lesbian and gay Californians to get married.
9th October 2008
Former Mr Gay UK stabbed victim 30 times then sliced off flesh court told 3
5:34 PM — A Home Office pathologist has given evidence at the murder trial of Anthony Morley at Leeds Crown Court.
Czechs face EU sanctions over anti-discrimination directive
2:36 PM — The Czech Republic could face an official complaint from the European Commission and financial sanctions over its failure to introduce an EU directive on discrimination into its legislation.
Bishops decide against church weddings for Norwegian gays 4
2:08 PM — The bishops of Norway's state church have ruled that there will be no weddings in church for gay and lesbian couples.
Sexual orientation guidance for Northern Ireland service providers issued
1:20 PM — Advice and guidance on what the Sexual Orientation Regulations mean for service providers, public authorities, religious organisations, providers of education has been released.
MEPs want EU countries to recognise same-sex partnerships 1
12:48 PM — European Parliamentarians are urging EU-wide recognition of same-sex partnerships or marriages created in member states.
8th October 2008
Court hears how Mr Gay UK killed and cooked another man 1
9:48 PM — A forensic scientist has told a court that she found six pieces of human flesh on a chopping board in a flat belonging to a former winner of the Mr Gay UK competition.
7th October 2008
Former Mr Gay UK murder trial hears ex-boyfriend’s testimony 4
5:36 PM — A man who was in a six year relationship with a former Mr Gay UK winner accused of murder testified at his trial today.
Gay teen was goaded into suicide by jeering mob 27
4:35 PM — A 17 year old boy who threw himself off the roof of a shopping centre in Derby last week as some of the crowd gathered to watch goaded him to jump was gay.
United Nations calls on UK to stop discrimination against LGBT teens 1
3:34 PM — A United Nations committee has called on the UK to take "urgent measures" to fight intolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people.
Mistrial scuppers firefighters claims of ‘sex harassment’ at Pride
1:07 PM — A jury in San Diego has been unable to decide whether or not to the city of San Diego was liable to pay damages to four firefighters who claim they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade.
11,000 same-sex weddings in Califonia since legalisation
11:27 AM — New research published in Los Angeles today has revealed that estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married in California in the first three months since gay weddings were ruled legal in the state.
6th October 2008
Mr Gay UK winner ‘killed and ate lover,’ court told 3
9:04 PM — Leeds Crown Court today heard that the first winner of Mr Gay UK stabbed a gay man to death before cutting part of his thigh off and cooking it in olive oil, seasoning it with fresh herbs and eating it.
Teen who murdered gay classmate had white supremacist literature 4
11:50 AM — A fourteen year old boy who is standing trial for the murder of a fellow school student, had "literature and drawings depicting a "racist skinhead philosophy" in his bedroom.
Report claims trans men and lesbian women face rape and abuse in Kyrgyzstan
10:38 AM — A leading human rights group has claimed that lesbian and bisexual women and transgender men face violent abuse, including rape, in Kyrgyzstan.
Church finds no remains after opening Cardinal’s grave 8
10:20 AM — No physical remains in the grave of a 19th century church leader that is to be made a saint. Cardinal Newman, Britain's most famous Catholic convert after Tony Blair, died in 1890.
Police name man found in canal near cruising ground
9:58 AM — A man who drowned in a canal in Manchester in the early hours of Friday morning has been named.