23rd October 2009
US Senate passes Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 9
11:59 AM — The US Senate has passed a bill to give more federal protection against hate crimes to gays and lesbians. The bill is nicknamed the Matthew Shepard Bill, after the gay Wyoming teenager who was murdered in 1998.
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.
BNP leader Nick Griffin criticises Jan Moir article and ‘militant’ homosexuals 49
12:00 AM — BNP leader Nick Griffin appeared on Question Time last night. He attacked Jan Moir's Daily Mail article but said that gay men were "creepy" and that homosexuality should not be mentioned in schools.
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.
Sweden allows gay couples to marry in church 17
11:08 AM — The Lutheran Church of Sweden has decided to allow gay couples to marry in church. Gay marriage became legal in the country on May 1st, allowing couples to wed in religious or civil ceremonies but not in church.
21st October 2009
Catholicism on trial: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry attack church’s record on gay rights 163
5:48 PM — The Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world: that was the overwhelming verdict after a heated debate this week. Stephen Fry and author/journalist Christopher Hitchens opposed the motion, while Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, supported it.
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.
Priest who claimed gays were paedophiles resigns 27
1:47 PM — Father John Owen, the priest who said earlier this year that gay men are the main perpetrators of paedophilia in the Catholic Church has resigned as a chaplain at Cardiff University.
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.
Gordon Brown wants civil partnerships to be held in the House of Commons 49
10:01 AM — Prime minister Gordon Brown will today suggest to the Speaker's Committee that civil partnerships for gay couples should be held in parliament.
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.
SNP criticises UK government over gay and lesbian asylum seekers 39
3:19 PM — The Scottish National Party passed a resolution this weekend criticising the UK government for its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans asylum seekers.