23rd October 2009
Governor says gay marriage will be legal in New York 7
10:24 AM — New York governor David Paterson has said gay marriage will soon be legal in his state. He was speaking last night at a Manhattan dinner hosted by gay rights group Empire State Pride Agenda.
22nd October 2009
Rome holds flash mobs to call for legal protections for gays 6
5:57 PM — A number of demonstrations were held in Rome, Italy, last weekend to call for more laws to protect gay people from hate crime.
Gay policeman charged with sex attack on junior officer
5:20 PM — A gay policeman has been accused of sexually assaulting a junior officer at a Christmas party in December last year.
Germany gives pension rights to gay civil partners 8
4:41 PM — Germany's high court today ruled that civil partners of government employees are eligible to receive the same pension rights as their straight married counterparts.
Woman jailed for accusing gay boss of sex assault 10
2:04 PM — A waitress has been jailed for falsely accusing her boss of sexual assault. Gema Revelles, 21, of Bermondsey, had not realised Gerhard Jacobs was gay.
21st October 2009
Man charged with murder of Brighton trans woman
3:45 PM — A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Andrea Waddell, the trans woman who was found strangled in her flat last week.
School refuses to allow lesbian to wear tuxedo in yearbook photo 8
11:19 AM — A school which barred a lesbian teenager from wearing a tux in her yearbook photo has said it will not reverse its decision. Ceara Sturgis, 17, an openly gay senior at Wesson Attendance Center in Wesson, wore the garment for her yearbook photo.
20th October 2009
Man charged with male sex attack at party
7:59 PM — A Torquay man has been accused of a sex attack on another man during a party. Exeter crown court heard today that Sean Clancy, 40, of Ash Hill Road, was accused of sexual assault and assault by penetration.
Mafia hitman reveals he’s gay in court 8
5:45 PM — A hitman for the Mafia shocked a New York court today by revealing he was gay and had renounced his life of crime. Robert Mormando, 44, a hitman-turned-informant, was being sentenced for the murder of a Queens bagel store owner in 2002.
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.