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.
Uruguay approves bill to allow trans people to change names and gender 5
3:42 PM — Trans men and women in Uruguay will soon be permitted to legally change their name and gender under a new bill passed by the government.
New York gay man in coma after ‘hate crime’ beating 8
10:39 AM — A gay man is currently in a medically-induced coma after being attacked by two men in the street in New York.
12th October 2009
Schwarzenegger signs bills to recognise Harvey Milk and out-of-state gay marriages 15
5:31 PM — Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, has signed bills to introduce Harvey Milk Day in the state and to recognise gay marriages performed in other states.
Americans favour civil partnerships but don’t want gay marriage 38
2:15 PM — Support for civil partnerships for gay couples is rising in America - but gay marriage is still a contentious issue, a survey has found.
Gay group attacks Mickey Rourke over homophobic slur 23
12:26 PM — Actor Mickey Rourke has said he "doesn't give a f**k" about calling a journalist a faggot. The star used the derogatory term last November when the reporter asked him whether he was dating actress Evan Rachel Wood.
11th October 2009
Video: Obama pledges the end of ‘Don’t ask Don’t tell” ban on openly gay military 14
9:07 PM — Last night, US President Barak Obama pledged to gay rights campaigners that he would end the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that bans gay people from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military.
9th October 2009
Gay marriage bill looks likely in Washington DC 6
5:03 PM — A Washington DC councilman has introduced a bill that will legalise gay marriage in the district. Nine of the 13 council members are listed as co-sponsors and DC mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign it.
US House approves Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 8
3:56 PM — The US House has agreed to approve a bill that would include LGBT people in federal hate crime laws. It is named the Matthew Shepard Bill after the murdered gay teenager.