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.
Russian lesbians to marry in Canada today 10
5:13 PM — A Russian lesbian couple will marry in Canada today and then attempt to force their native country to recognise their marriage.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Gay Irish hurling star says family have been hurt by homophobic slurs 10
6:21 PM — Dónal Óg Cusack, the hurling star who recently revealed he was gay, has said his mother will not attend his matches because of the homophobic abuse she hears.
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
New Zealand study finds half of gay and bi students have self-harmed 4
7:28 PM — A study of gay and bisexual teenagers in New Zealand has suggested that half of them have deliberately harmed themselves in the past year.
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.
Irish sports star Dónal Óg Cusack reveals he’s gay 41
3:24 PM — Top Irish hurler Dónal Óg Cusack has come out. The 32-year-old, who plays in goal for Cork All Stars, revealed he was gay in installments of his autobiography, published this weekend in the Irish Mail on Sunday.
17th October 2009
Video: Stars and family mourn Stephen Gately at emotional funeral 6
6:40 PM — Boyzone bandmates, friends, relatives and partner have paid an emotional tribute to Stephen Gately whose funeral was held today at St Laurence O'Toole Church in north Dublin.
16th October 2009
Video: Stephen Gately’s body returns to Dublin escorted by Boyzone stars 6
8:41 PM — Boyzone star Stephen Gately's body was welcomed home to Dublin amid emotional scenes tonight. Hundreds lined the streets near St Laurence O'Toole Church where the singer's parents were joined by fellow Boyzone stars Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy together with their manager and the man who put Gately on the road to fame, Louis Walsh.
Human rights groups oppose Uganda’s proposed death penalty for homosexuality 29
6:49 PM — Seventeen human rights groups have called for proposed new laws on homosexuality in Uganda to be scrapped immediately. The proposals could see gay people being executed.