30th September 2010
Tory MP Nick Herbert addresses Republican gay dinner 13
4:33 PM — Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert addressed a US Republican gay group last week and said conservatism and gay rights are not incompatible. He was speaking at the Log Cabin Republicans' annual dinner in Washington.
Indonesian gay film festival disrupted by protests 3
3:49 PM — Indonesia's annual gay film festival was disrupted by angry protesters in Jakarta this week. The festival, called Q!, showcases films about HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues and human rights at a range of venues around the city.
Tasmania to recognise foreign gay marriages 4
3:15 PM — Tasmania is to become the first Australian state to recognise gay marriages performed abroad. They will be recognised as Tasmanian deeds of relationship, which are similar to civil partnerships.
California governor Schwarzenegger signs ‘gay cure’ repeal bill 3
2:24 PM — California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill to remove a 'gay cure' provision from the state's laws. The 1950 law instructed California's State Department of Mental Health to investigate and research "the causes and cures of homosexuality".
US teenager kills himself after roommate ‘taped him having sex with a man’ 37
11:08 AM — An American student committed suicide after his roommate allegedly taped him having sex with a man and streamed it on the internet. Tyler Clementi, 18, a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey, is thought to have jumped from the George Washington Bridge on September 22nd.
29th September 2010
British army claims having openly gay soldiers has ‘increased productivity’ 9
11:43 PM — Following the defeat of a vote in the US Senate to debate ending the US army's Don't ask, Don't tell' policy, the British army claims that allowing gay and lesbians to openly served has improved the armed forces.
28th September 2010
Judge rules sacked lesbian flight nurse should be reinstated
4:25 PM — A flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell should be reinstated, a federal judge has ruled. Former Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves.
Police detain gay cruisers in Beijing 9
11:33 AM — Dozens of gay men have been detained at an outdoor cruising site in Beijing, China. According to AFP, a gay rights campaigner claimed that more than 80 men at a forested pick-up spot in Mudanyuan, to the north of the city, on Sunday and Monday.
Russian president fires homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov 11
11:24 AM — Yuri Luzhkov, the homophobic mayor of Moscow, has been fired by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The 74-year-old, who bans gay Pride marches and has called gays and lesbians "satanic", has been fighting for his political life in the past few weeks.
27th September 2010
Ann Coulter tells gay Republicans ‘marriage isn’t a civil right’ 81
4:21 PM — US columnist, Ann Coulter has told an audience of gay Republicans, meeting at the home of PayPal founder Peter Thiel, that gay marriage isn't a civil right. According to US blog Politico, Ms Coulter told 150 attendees of the Homocon event that "marriage ‘is not a civil right – you’re not black!"
Amnesty International warns of violence at Belgrade Pride 1
3:48 PM — Human rights organisation, Amnesty International today warned of a risk of right wing groups threatening the safety of next week's pride march in Belgrade.
Indian gay film faces censors as star’s family disowns him 25
1:21 PM — Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, an Indian gay romance compared by critics to Brokeback Mountain risks being censored by the Indian authorities over gay sex scenes. Meanwhile, the father of star Yuvraaj Parasher has told a newspaper that he is to fight in court to disown all ties to his son because of his role in the film.
Former neo-Nazi to address US gay students 11
11:34 AM — A former US neo-Nazi activist is to speak at an event hosted by the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) committee of the State University of New York College (SUNY) at Cortland. Tom "T.J." Leyden spent 15 years as a white supremacist and recruiter, campaigning against blacks, Latinos, Jews and gays before turning his back on the movement.
Humphrey Bogart slept with 1,000 women out of fear he was gay 14
11:07 AM — A new biography of Humphrey Bogart claims he slept with a thousand women, partly because he feared that he was becoming gay. 'Humphrey Bogart, the Making of a Legend' by journalist Darwin Porter claims that before the Hollywood star married actress Lauren Bacall in 1945, he had slept with an estimated 1,000 women including Bette Davis, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman.
Almost half of HIV-positive gay men unaware, US study says 9
11:02 AM — A US study estimates that almost half of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men are unaware they are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study also suggested that one in five of gay men in cities most affected by HIV have the virus.
Anti-gay pastor Eddie Long vows to ‘fight’ gay sex claims
10:58 AM — Eddie Long, the anti-gay leader of one of America's largest church congregations, has said he will fight allegations he coerced young men in his flock to have sex with him. Last week, three young men filed lawsuits alleging that Mr Long gave them money, cars and holidays in return for massages, oral sex and masturbation.
24th September 2010
Gay men achieve world’s longest kiss 8
10:44 AM — Two American gay men have broken the world record for the longest kiss - locking lips for almost 33 hours. Students Matty Daley and Bobby Canciello, who are just friends, hope to win a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for their achievement.
23rd September 2010
Anti-gay megachurch preacher denies sex with young men
5:04 PM — The pastor of one of America's largest congregations is denying that he coerced three young men into sex by offering them cars, jewellery and cash. Eddie Long, the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, has frequently attacked homosexuality and has called for a national ban on gay marriage.
Polish equality minister ‘outs gay man on television’ 24
3:10 PM — The Polish minister for equality has been accused of homophobia for outing a gay man on television and saying Catholic schools should have the right to sack gay teachers.
Florida ends ban on gays and lesbians adopting 4
1:44 PM — The US state of Florida has overturned its ban on gays and lesbians adopting children. Governor Charlie Crist announced the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling yesterday and said the ban would end immediately, although the decision can be appealed.