21st October 2010
Penguins ‘are flirty, not gay’ 26
5:20 PM — A new study says that penguins who engage in same-sex mating displays are flirty, rather than gay. Incidences of homosexuality in the species have been well-documented and one male penguin couple at San Francisco Zoo were together for six years before splitting up in 2009.
Gay dad ‘forced out’ by US Scouts 29
4:50 PM — The father of a nine-year-old says he was forced to give up a leadership role in the Scouts because he is gay. Jon Langbert of Dallas, Texas, is openly gay and says he was given a 'leader' t-shirt by the Scouts group last year which he wore with pride.
Same-sex couple for Israeli Dancing With the Stars 6
3:00 PM — Israel's version of Dancing With the Stars is to include a same-sex couple for the first time. TV presenter Gili Shem Tov, who is a lesbian, will be paired with professional dancer Dorit Milman in the new series which starts next month.
Rolling Stone condemns anti-gay Ugandan newspaper 16
1:48 PM — US magazine Rolling Stone has condemned the Ugandan newspaper of the same name for calling for gays to be executed. The US title said it had demanded that the African publication cease using its name.
Court temporarily reinstates US military gay ban 5
11:53 AM — A federal appeals court has temporarily frozen an order requiring the US military to accept openly gay soldiers. The decision leaves gay and lesbian soldiers and recruits in limbo.
European Human Rights Court rules against Russia over Moscow Gay Pride ban 5
11:00 AM — Gay rights activists in Russia are celebrating after the European Court of Human Rights today upheld three complaints over Moscow's ban on gay Pride marches.
20th October 2010
Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3
5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.
Ugandan newspaper publishes ‘list of gays’ and calls for executions 28
5:22 PM — A Ugandan newspaper has published the names, addresses and photographs of the country's "top" gays and lesbians. Rolling Stone, which has no connection to the US magazine of the same name, had a banner across its front page which read "hang them".
Israel’s only gay MP speaks out for marriage on visit to London 8
4:30 PM — Nitzan Horowitz, the first openly gay politician to be elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), is a man on a mission. Representing the left of centre, pro-peace New Movement-Meretz party, he has called for Israel to introduce secular marriages for gay and straight couples as well as campaigning for help for LGBT people from neighboring Arab countries who risk death if returned home.
eBay accused of banning gay couples from competition 18
2:06 PM — The French eBay website has been accused of discrimination after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a heterosexual couple.
Gay soldier Dan Choi re-enlists in US army 3
11:56 AM — Dan Choi, the out gay soldier who has been at the front of efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, has re-enlisted in the US army. He was served with discharge papers last year after coming out on television.
Senator David Norris could be Ireland’s first gay president 11
11:41 AM — Irish Senator David Norris has revealed that he decided to stand for the presidency after a Facebook group urged him to. The 66-year-old is an independent senator known for his campaigning on gay rights.
Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3
10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.
Video: Hillary Clinton adds voice to ‘It Gets Better’ campaign for gay teens 8
12:41 AM — Arguably the most powerful woman in the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a moving voice to the 'It Gets Better' YouTube campaign to show solidarity with gay youth. In her message, Mrs Clinton told young gay people that they are not alone and to “hang in there.”
19th October 2010
Wear purple on Wednesday in memory of gay teen suicides 14
5:24 PM — After a spate of suicides among gay US teenagers, people across the world will wear purple tomorrow to honour their memory. More than 1.3 million people have pledged on Facebook to mark 'Spirit Day', which was created by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan.
US judge says she will deny stay on gay military ruling 6
11:09 AM — The US District Judge who ruled last week that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be immediately repealed has indicated she will deny government requests to stay her order.
18th October 2010
Video: Adam Lambert records message for gay teens 2
5:58 PM — Gay singer Adam Lambert is the latest celebrity to record a video message telling bullied gay teenagers that life gets better. He said in the YouTube clip that some people will always be homophobic but teenagers don't have to let them win.
Senate candidate Ken Buck says being gay is a choice 36
2:43 PM — A Colorado candidate for a US Senate seat has said that being gay is a choice and is similar to alcoholism. Republican Ken Buck, who is a Tea Party candidate, won the GOP nomination.
US gay soldiers warned not to come out yet 4
12:21 PM — The Pentagon has warned gay US troops not to declare their sexual orientation just yet. Despite complying with a court order suspending the firings of gay troops, the Pentagon has said that soldiers who do come out while the law is uncertain may still face punishment.
15th October 2010
11th man arrested over New York gay-bashing
4:49 PM — Eleven men have now been arrested in connection with an anti-gay attack in the Bronx, New York. Luis Garcia, 26, was arrested by New York police yesterday after a gay man, his brother and two teenage boys were attacked on October 3rd.