27th October 2009
Golden Girl Bea Arthur leaves $300,000 to gay youth shelter 11
7:53 PM — Bea Arthur, the former Golden Girls star who died earlier this year, has left $300,000 to a shelter for gay homeless teenagers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22nd October 2009
Tom Cruise accused of being ‘a homophobic bore’ 18
2:18 PM — Actor Tom Cruise was boring and homophobic on the set of a 1983 film, a co-star claims. Bronson Pinchot, who starred in Perfect Strangers, worked with Cruise on Risky Business.
US Navy officer forced to resign over gay hazing 11
11:12 AM — An officer formerly in charge of a US Navy dog unit in Bahrain has been forced to retire after an investigation into the alleged abuse of a gay officer and others at the base.
21st October 2009
Video: 86-year-old D-Day veteran calls for equal gay rights 13
4:45 PM — A video clip of Philip Spooner, a soldier who fought in the Second World War, has become an internet hit after he spoke out for gay rights in Maine.
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
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.
Anti-gay Miss California sued for the price of her breast implants 7
2:29 PM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who publicly disagreed with gay marriage, is being sued for $5,200, the price of her breast implants.
19th October 2009
Toronto to host World Pride 2014 9
7:07 PM — The Canadian city of Toronto has been chosen to host World Pride in 2014. The event promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans issues on an international level through parades, festivals, and other cultural activities.
16th October 2009
Lesbian barred from school yearbook for wearing a tux 27
10:36 AM — A lesbian student in Mississippi is challenging her school's decision to bar her from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo. She was told she would have to wear a dress to appear in the book.
15th October 2009
DC man sentenced to 180 days for beating that led to gay man’s death 15
3:53 PM — A Washington DC man who assaulted a gay man who later died from his injuries has been jailed for 180 days. Tony Randolph Hunter died several days after being punched in the head by Robert Hannah, 19.
Anti-gay groups asked to prove how gay marriage threatens traditional unions 23
1:05 PM — A judge presiding over a legal challenge to California's gay marriage ban has asked anti-gay groups to prove how it affects heterosexual marriage.
‘Homophobic’ reggae star meets with gay groups 6
11:59 AM — Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae artist who has been accused of homophobia, has met with gay groups to hear their concerns.
13th October 2009
Police name second suspect in New York homophobic attack 3
7:04 PM — Police investigating the homophobic beating of a New York man have named the second suspect they are looking for.
New York’s court of appeal to hear gay rights challenges 2
6:51 PM — The court of appeal in New York is to hear two cases brought by gay rights opponents today. They relate to health benefits for gay partners and out-of-state gay marriages.
Chicago teacher accused of racist and homophobic language 2
5:11 PM — Students at a Chicago school are calling for one of their teachers to be fired after he allegedly used racist and homophobic language in an assembly.