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.
Hong Kong trans woman barred from marrying boyfriend 4
11:00 AM — A trans woman in Hong Kong has been barred from marrying her boyfriend. The woman, known only as 'W', was born male and transitioned several years ago. However, she is barred under city law from changing her birth certificate to female, meaning she has been unable to marry.
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.
Australian lesbian couple expecting quintuplets 3
10:55 AM — A lesbian couple in Australia have revealed that they are expecting quintuplets - against odds of one in 60 million. Melissa Keevers, 27, and Rosemary Nolan, 21, already have a one-year-old daughter, Lilly, through donor insemination.
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.
Africa’s biggest Pride draws crowds of 18,000 5
3:00 PM — More than 18,000 people attended Africa's biggest Pride celebration in Johannesburg on Saturday, organisers said. The event in South Africa is the continent's largest gay celebration.
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".
Indonesian minister attacked for AIDS comments on Twitter 4
11:00 AM — The Indonesian information minister has been criticised for making anti-gay statements and jokes about AIDS on Twitter. Tifatul Sembiring, who is also a member of the National AIDS Commission, made the remarks shortly after Jakarta's gay film festival was disrupted by ant-gay protesters.
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
‘Transphobic’ attack at trans conference in Sweden 19
5:14 PM — Two trans women were attacked at a transgender conference in Sweden last night. The women, who were attending the third European Transgender Council in Malmo, received minor injuries in what police are treating as a transphobic assault.
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.