15th October 2009
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.
Man found guilty of stabbing gay shopkeeper to death 1
4:04 PM — A man has been found guilty of stabbing a gay shopkeeper after the man made sexual advances to him. Sami Mahmoud Salama, 37, knifed Dilip Unadkat, 48, five times in the chest at Unadkat's home in Empire Way, Wembley, last November.
Lesbian soldier who suffered harassment has damages claim slashed 2
12:19 PM — A lesbian soldier who won a £190,000 payout after being harassed by a male superior has had her payout slashed by a third after Army chiefs appealed.
Murder hunt launched after homophobic attack victim dies 26
9:55 AM — A man who was kicked and beaten by three youths in Trafalgar Square, London, last month has died in hospital. Ian Baynham's life support machine was turned off last night.
13th October 2009
Police name second suspect in New York homophobic attack 3
7:04 PM — Police investigating the homophobic beating of a New York man have named the second suspect they are looking for.
New York’s court of appeal to hear gay rights challenges 2
6:51 PM — The court of appeal in New York is to hear two cases brought by gay rights opponents today. They relate to health benefits for gay partners and out-of-state gay marriages.
Uruguay approves bill to allow trans people to change names and gender 5
3:42 PM — Trans men and women in Uruguay will soon be permitted to legally change their name and gender under a new bill passed by the government.
Man jailed for attacking gay partner with meat cleaver 5
12:57 PM — A gay man has been jailed for 12 months for attacking his partner with a meat cleaver. Lee Barnard, 34, of Penrhiwceiber near Mountain Ash, attacked Mark Baigrie, 32, with the knife when they had a row in their kitchen.
New York gay man in coma after ‘hate crime’ beating 8
10:39 AM — A gay man is currently in a medically-induced coma after being attacked by two men in the street in New York.
12th October 2009
Schwarzenegger signs bills to recognise Harvey Milk and out-of-state gay marriages 15
5:31 PM — Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, has signed bills to introduce Harvey Milk Day in the state and to recognise gay marriages performed in other states.
9th October 2009
Gay marriage bill looks likely in Washington DC 6
5:03 PM — A Washington DC councilman has introduced a bill that will legalise gay marriage in the district. Nine of the 13 council members are listed as co-sponsors and DC mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign it.
Turkey blocks access to gay websites 50
4:30 PM — Turkey has blocked two of its largest LGBT websites. Users of sites such as hadigayri.com and gabile.com are finding that instead of regular homepages, they are seeing messages stating that the site has been blocked by the Telecommunication Directorate.
US House approves Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 8
3:56 PM — The US House has agreed to approve a bill that would include LGBT people in federal hate crime laws. It is named the Matthew Shepard Bill after the murdered gay teenager.
Women make up disproportionate amount of gay military firings 4
11:47 AM — Pentagon figures have shown that woman make up a disproportionate number of those being fired under the US military gay ban.
8th October 2009
Egyptian newspaper banned for claiming actors were gay 10
5:14 PM — An Egyptian newspaper has been banned for claiming that three high-profile actors were gay. The weekly independent Al Balagh Al Gadid claimed that Nour El Sherif, Khaled Aboul Naga and Hamdi El Wazir were questioned by police for allegedly being part of a gay prostitution ring.
Gay man admits trying to poison lesbian neighbours 5
1:49 PM — A gay man who gave his lesbian neighbours a curry laced with slug pellets was involved in a long-running feud with them. Gary Stewart, 37, told magistrates in Manchester that he had attempted to poison Marie Walton and Beverley Sales but denied making threats to kill.