7th October 2010
Fewer than half of Americans are against legalising same-sex marriage, poll finds 5
4:11 PM — According to results released by the Pew Research Centre yesterday, a new poll has found that fewer than half of Americans are against legalised same-sex marriage.
New Jersey senator says he’ll introduce anti-bullying legislation on US college campuses 5
12:04 PM — The senator of New Jersey, Frank Lautenberg, announced yesterday that he planned to introduce legislation requiring colleges to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment. This comes in the wake of a student's recent suicide after his involvement in a gay sexual encounter was secretly filmed and broadcast online.
Accused Stonewall Inn ‘gay basher’ denies he’s a homophobe 5
11:11 AM — Matthew Francis, one of the two men accused of assaulting a gay man in New York City's Stonewall Inn early last Sunday, claimed in a prison interview yesterday that he doesn't hate gay people.
6th October 2010
Texas vigil for 13-year-old homophobic bullying victim 2
4:55 PM — A vigil was held in Texas, US, yesterday for 13-year-old Asher Brown, who killed himself last week after suffering anti-gay bullying. The student shot himself just hours after telling his step-father he was gay on September 23rd.
Video message to gay teens: ‘It gets better’ 9
3:26 PM — After reports of a spate of suicides among gay US teenagers, a gay journalist has launched a YouTube channel to encourage troubled gay young people not to harm themselves.
Student accused over gay suicide is ‘innocent’
1:37 PM — One of the Rutgers students accused of broadcasting images of gay teenager Tyler Clementi having sex is innocent, her lawyers say. Molly Wei, 18, was arrested last week alongside Dharun Ravi, also 18.
Senator asked to apologise for saying gay people and unmarried mothers shouldn’t teach 52
12:57 PM — A US Senator has been asked to apologise for saying gay people and unmarried pregnant women should be barred from teaching. Jim DeMint made the remarks in 2004 during a televised debate and reiterated them last week.
Glee ‘to highlight gay suicides’ 5
11:10 AM — Gay-friendly US comedy Glee will reportedly dedicate an episode to the issue of LGBT suicides. After the reported deaths of five US teenagers who were gay or thought to be gay, the show's makers want to highlight how homophobic bullying can change lives.
5th October 2010
Lance Bass admits he used to bully gay kids 13
1:38 PM — Pop star Lance Bass has admitted that he used to join in with teasing gay kids at school to hide his own sexuality. The former N SYNC singer, 31, has been speaking out against homophobic bullying after a spate of suicides in young gay men.
Gay skydiving instructor sues after being sacked for ‘groping woman’ 10
1:34 PM — A gay skydiving instructor is suing his company after he was sacked for allegedly groping a young female student. Donald Zarda, 40, says there is "no way" the alleged incident could have happened because he is "100 per cent gay".
‘Homophobic’ attack at New York’s Stonewall Inn
1:29 PM — Two men were arrested on Sunday evening after a man was beaten in a "homophobic" attack in the Stonewall Inn in New York. The pub is a symbol of the birth of the gay rights movement after patrons staged protests in 1969 against police raids.
Daniel Radcliffe ‘heartbroken’ by gay teen suicides 8
10:57 AM — Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has said he is "heartbroken" after hearing about a spate of suicides among young gay American men. The straight star has become known as a gay rights advocate, having recently appeared in a television ad to combat homophobia.
4th October 2010
US research says 8% of men and 7% of women are gay or bisexual 41
6:02 PM — American research suggests that eight per cent of men and seven per cent of women describe themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Last month, a British study of 450,000 adults claimed that just 1.5 per cent were lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men says faith has been strengthened
5:25 PM — Eddie Long, the American megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men, says his faith has been strengthened. In his second Sunday sermon since the allegations broke, the Atlanta pastor made no explicit reference to the four lawsuits against him.
Hundreds attend vigil for US gay student who jumped from bridge 5
4:37 PM — Hundreds of people joined a vigil last night for 19-year-old student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after his sexual encounter with a man was streamed online without his knowledge.
50 Cent: ‘Anti-gay’ suicide comment was misinterpreted 22
11:57 AM — The rapper 50 Cent has defended a Twitter remark which was interpreted as a joke that gay men should kill themselves. The star, real name Curtis Jackson, said that the comment was "turned into an anti-gay statement".
3rd October 2010
Five ‘gay’ US teens kill themselves in just three weeks 23
1:06 AM — Five US teenagers believed to have been gay have taken their own lives in the past three weeks, it has emerged. The most recent, Raymond Chase, was a 19-year-old studying at Johnson and Wales University, Rhode Island. He reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his dormitory.
1st October 2010
50 Cent says men who don’t sleep with women ‘should just kill themselves’ 125
4:48 PM — Rap star 50 Cent has suggested that men who do not sleep with women should "just kill yourself". The star, real name Curtis Jackson, posted the message shortly after the death of 19-year-old gay student Tyler Clementi.
Four US teens bullied for being gay commit suicide in a month 26
3:33 PM — At least four incidents of young men killing themselves after being bullied over their sexual orientation have been reported in the US in the last month. The most recent death was of New Jersey student Tyler Clementi, who jumped from a bridge after his roommate allegedly taped him having sex with a man.
30th September 2010
US suicide teenager may have asked for help over webcam spying 14
5:22 PM — The American student who killed himself after a roommate allegedly recorded him having gay sex may have asked for help, reports suggest. A strikingly similar plea for advice was posted on a gay community website.