28th October 2009
Mother of Matthew Shepard welcomes US hate crimes bill 7
9:23 PM — Judy Shepard, the mother of murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard, has given her thanks to Congress and President Barack Obama for passing a new law to protect gays against hate crime.
Two days left to sign petition on religious civil partnerships 16
7:13 PM — There are only two days remaining to sign a petition to call for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.
Europe minister Chris Byrant mentions gay rights in death penalty speech 2
6:01 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay minister for Europe, mentioned executions of gay people in Iran while arguing for the need to press other countries to abolish the death penalty.
Six more boys arrested for attack on gay trainee policeman 16
2:56 PM — A further six boys have been arrested on suspicion of the assault on gay trainee policeman James Parkes on Sunday night in Liverpool's gay village.
Pennsylvania senator changes mind on gay marriage 14
2:36 PM — Arlen Specter, the Democrat senator for Pennsylvania, has changed his mind on the issue of gay marriage. He had previously been in favour of the Defence of Marriage Act and a ban on the practice in his state.
27th October 2009
Maine governor announces support for gay marriage 12
8:22 PM — John Baldacci, the governor of Maine, has given his support for gay marriage in the state and urged voters to do the same on November 3rd's referendum.
US Army Secretary says military is ready to lift gay ban 8
6:42 PM — US Secretary of the Army John McHugh said this weekend that the military is ready to lift the ban on openly gay personnel. He is the highest-ranking Army official to show his support for repealing the ban.
Six boys arrested over attack on gay policeman James Parkes 51
11:28 AM — Six boys between the ages of 14 and 17 have been arrested for the attack on Liverpool trainee policeman James Parkes. Parkes, who is gay, was out with friends and his partner in Liverpool's gay village on Sunday evening.
Obama set to sign Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill tomorrow 11
11:14 AM — US president Barack Obama will reportedly sign a bill giving gays new protections from hate crime. The bill is nicknamed the Matthew Shepard Bill, after the gay Wyoming teenager who was murdered in 1998.
Public meeting to be held today on gay blood ban 44
11:11 AM — A public consultation is to be held today in London on the ban on gay men donating blood. A protest held by the National Union of Students is scheduled for 1pm.
26th October 2009
Film director accuses Scientology of homophobia 32
2:56 PM — A Hollywood film director has left the Church of Scientology, citing the religion's opposition to gay marriage. Paul Haggis, who directed the 2005 film Crash, was a member of the church for around 35 years.
Russian lesbians tie the knot in Toronto 4
2:41 PM — Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shipitko were married by Harvey Brownstone, a well-known openly gay judge, and will return to Russia this week to try to force authorities to recognise their union.
Gay trainee policeman fighting for life after Liverpool homophobic attack 53
12:00 PM — Three people have been arrested after a homophobic attack which left a young man with serious head injuries. The attack happened last night in Liverpool's gay area.
Christian woman may sue after police investigate ‘gay hate crime’ letter 120
11:06 AM — A woman who complained about a gay Pride march in Norwich has said she may sue the police and local council after she was investigated for possible hate crime.
Scottish police call for more gays and lesbians to report domestic abuse 1
11:01 AM — Scottish police are urging more gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence to come forward. One thousand incidents of domestic abuse among same-sex couples were reported in Scotland in the last year but it is thought the true number of incidents could be as high as 4,000.
23rd October 2009
Ruling bars courts from asking for doctor’s notes in trans name changes 1
6:40 PM — Trans people who legally change their names will no longer need to provide courts with a doctor's note after a ruling from New York's Supreme Court.
Comment: Why I heckled Nick Griffin on Question Time 98
6:25 PM — Last night, one of the most effective voices to come out of the audience on Question Time was that of Beth Mellington-Pritchard. A lesbian in a civil partnership, she told BNP leader Nick Griffin that his feeling of revulsion was "mutual".
Russian lesbians to marry in Canada today 10
5:13 PM — A Russian lesbian couple will marry in Canada today and then attempt to force their native country to recognise their marriage.
Nick Griffin claims former National Front leader offered him gay sex 44
3:42 PM — BNP chairman Nick Griffin has claimed that former National Front leader Martin Webster offered to have sex with him when he was 16. Webster has maintained for years that he and Griffin had a four-year affair, something Griffin has always denied.
Exclusive: Met police accused of ‘watering down’ lesbian and gay liaison officers as hate crime rises 15
12:20 PM — Updated 6:30pm. The Metropolitan Police Service has been accused of watering down LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) liaison officers in London at a time of increased reports of homophobic hate crime.