20th October 2009
Jersey votes to allow civil partnerships 2
4:49 PM — The States of Jersey have agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. Today's vote passed with an overwhelming majority, with 48 of the 53 members in favour.
18 per cent rise in London gay hate crimes 37
4:36 PM — The number of homophobic hate crimes in London has risen by 18 per cent since last year, Scotland Yard figures show.
Young lesbian couple beaten in Brighton 17
10:51 AM — A young lesbian couple were verbally abused and punched in the face by a group of men in Brighton. The women, aged 18 and 22, were walking along Gloucester Place at around 3am on October 7th when three men began shouting homophobic insults at them.
19th October 2009
Teenager escapes jail after homophobic attack 14
7:35 PM — A teenager who verbally and physically abused a gay couple has been spared jail in order to deal with his alcoholism.
Teenagers charged with manslaughter over gay man’s death
10:11 AM — Three teenagers have been charged with manslaughter over the death of 62-year-old gay man Ian Baynham. He died in hospital last Tuesday, several weeks after being kicked and punched in Trafalgar Square while on a night out.
Trans woman found murdered in burnt-out flat 48
10:01 AM — A graduate who was found strangled in her Brighton flat was a trans woman, police have confirmed. Andrea Waddell, 29, a graduate of Durham University, was found dead on Thursday night.
18th October 2009
Police receive complaint over Jan Moir’s Daily Mail column on Stephen Gately 38
4:12 PM — Scotland Yard have confirmed that they are investigating a complaint against the Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir following an article that insinuated that the death of Boyzone star Stephen Gately was not "natural."
16th October 2009
Human rights groups oppose Uganda’s proposed death penalty for homosexuality 29
6:49 PM — Seventeen human rights groups have called for proposed new laws on homosexuality in Uganda to be scrapped immediately. The proposals could see gay people being executed.
Man admits robbing men he met on gay chatlines 2
6:46 PM — A man has admitted using gay chatlines to find men to rob. Adil Zahid, 27, from Walthamstow, pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery, one of false imprisonment and one theft of a motor vehicle.
Gay man jailed for attacking woman after sex proposal
3:00 PM — A former soldier who attacked a woman after she invited him home for sex has been jailed for three years. Mark Wardley, of Crosthwaite Court, Workington, bit the woman's chest and crashed her car into a wall.
Two girls and a boy arrested over murder of gay man
11:39 AM — Police hunting for the killers of a 62-year-old gay man who was beaten to death in Trafalgar Square have arrested two 17-year-old girls and one 18-year-old boy.
Lesbian barred from school yearbook for wearing a tux 27
10:36 AM — A lesbian student in Mississippi is challenging her school's decision to bar her from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo. She was told she would have to wear a dress to appear in the book.
15th October 2009
Man jailed for 27 years for murder of gay shop assistant 1
4:04 PM — A man who knifed a gay man to death before stealing his jewellery has been jailed for a minimum of 27 years.
DC man sentenced to 180 days for beating that led to gay man’s death 15
3:53 PM — A Washington DC man who assaulted a gay man who later died from his injuries has been jailed for 180 days. Tony Randolph Hunter died several days after being punched in the head by Robert Hannah, 19.
Ugandan MP proposes that gays should be executed 32
3:22 PM — A Ugandan MP has proposed that lawmakers should create a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality", which would be punishable by death.
Straight Italian couple sue after being put on gay cruise 20
3:19 PM — A straight Italian couple are suing a cruise line after they were placed on a gay cruise holiday. The unnamed middle-aged couple, who are married, said they were not told that the holiday was aimed at same-sex couples.
Anti-gay groups asked to prove how gay marriage threatens traditional unions 23
1:05 PM — A judge presiding over a legal challenge to California's gay marriage ban has asked anti-gay groups to prove how it affects heterosexual marriage.
Girls who killed man in Trafalgar Square ‘had been screaming homophobic abuse’ 22
9:57 AM — The two girls being sought by police for the murder of 62-year-old gay man Ian Baynham had been screaming homophobic abuse at him before they kicked him to death.
14th October 2009
Catholic adoption charity to challenge gay ruling in the High Court 16
4:49 PM — Religious adoption agency Catholic Care is to argue its case for banning gay people from its services in the High Court early next year.
Second man arrested in New York anti-gay beating
4:07 PM — A second suspect has been arrested by New York police investigating the homophobic beating of a 49-year-old man. The victim is still in a medically-induced coma.