9th October 2012
US: Scout denied Eagle badge invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show 11
10:33 PM — An 18-year-old Boy Scout from Moraga, California, who was denied the Eagle Scout badge after coming out as gay, despite completing all of the requirements, has been invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show this Thursday.
US: NAACP to launch pro marriage equality radio adverts ahead of Maryland referendum 3
12:48 AM — The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in Maryland will launch a series of radio adverts on Tuesday, urging voters to support equal marriage for same-sex couples in the state referendum on 6 November.
8th October 2012
US: Openly gay NBA basketball player to give lecture about equality 1
11:25 PM — Former NBA basketball player, and the first to ever come out, John Amaechi, will speak at a university in Massachusetts about the need for equality in professional sport.
Video: Anti-equal marriage advert aired in Maryland 4
3:25 PM — Ahead of next month’s referendum on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the US state of Maryland, opponents have produced a new campaign video that has been shown on television.
7th October 2012
Matt Bomer on being a gay teenager: ‘I had to cover my tracks’ 26
5:48 PM — Hollywood actor, Matt Bomer, and his partner, Simon Halls, publicist, were honoured with an Inspiration award from the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network. At the ceremony, he talked about how times had changed since he was a teenager and that he had felt unable to come out because of social pressures.
6th October 2012
US: The number of LGBT characters on TV has increased, GLAAD study finds 21
1:50 AM — The number of gay and bisexual characters in the upcoming US television season, including cable TV, is on the rise, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
5th October 2012
UK: Anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza can be extradited to the US, says High Court 59
4:19 PM — The High Court has ruled radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza can now be extradited immediately to the US to face terror charges.
California: Second lawsuit filed against gay ‘cure’ ban 26
2:44 PM — A second federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn California's new ban on gay conversion therapy for those under the age of 18.
New York: Health officials urge HIV positive men to get vaccinated against meningitis
1:39 PM — The New York City Health Department is advising for vaccinations against meningitis for any man who is HIV positive and has had intimate contact with men met through gay dating sites or in bars since 1 September 2012.
Sacha Baron Cohen signs up to make new film, The Lesbian, based on a true story 6
1:05 AM — Sacha Baron Cohen's next comic character is to be a based on the true story of a Chinese man who recently offered a $65million dowry to any man who could woo his lesbian daughter.
US: Teen denied Eagle Scout badge for ‘not meeting standard on sexual orientation’ 57
12:35 AM — A scout in California has been denied the Eagle Scout badge by his scoutmaster because of his decision to come out as gay, despite, he claims, not being told he would not be awarded the badge.
4th October 2012
US: Trans prisoner files for expenses from gender-reassignment legal battle
10:52 PM — Michelle Kosilek, the trans woman incarcerated in an all-male prison, has filed for the expenses she, and her attorney, are requesting from the court, following a ruling that her legal costs, as well as the cost of gender reassignment surgery, as a treatment for gender dysphoria.
Ellen DeGeneres receives top comedy honour 10
3:14 PM — Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is to receive America's top comedy prize later this month.
Puerto Rican pro boxer comes out as gay 26
11:40 AM — Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz has said that he is indeed a gay man.
3rd October 2012
Anna Paquin: Bisexuality? ‘It’s just part of who I am’ 11
11:07 PM — In a new interview, actress Anna Paquin has addressed confusion she has faced about her open bisexuality, and accusations that she is actually straight, because she is married to a man.
US: Trans woman’s health insurance will pay for gender-reassignment surgery 7
10:36 PM — A New York trans woman has won the right to have gender-reassignment surgery paid for by her health insurance, following an out of court settlement with her insurance company.
Video: Expedia advert shows a man’s acceptance of his gay daughter 10
9:17 PM — US Travel company, Expedia, has launched a new video in which an elderly father travels across the country to attend his lesbian daughter's wedding.
US: Christian student hospitalised with ‘alcohol enema’ hits out at media coverage 60
7:56 PM — A University of Tennessee (UT) student who found fame after 'butt-chugging' enough wine to put him in hospital has now denied using an alcohol enema because of his Christian faith.
Chick-fil-A boss: We support ‘Biblical families’ 62
7:11 PM — Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy has voiced his support for "Biblical families" in one of his first interviews since his earlier comments caused controversy regarding equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza should not be sent to the US, says UN adviser 24
1:07 PM — The UK government would be complicit in torture if it extradites anti-gay Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and his fellow terror suspects to the United States, a senior UN adviser has warned.