17th September 2010
Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev ‘applying for political asylum’ but friends fear messages are fake 4
4:56 PM — Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev is said to be applying for political asylum in Belarus. His supporters have raised concerns that he has only communicated by text since his arrest on Wednesday and fear the messages may be fake.
Gay Nigerian asylum seeker faces deportation 15
1:13 PM — A Nigerian man who was due to be deported from the UK last night has been given a temporary reprieve. Hope Nwachukwu, 33, says he was tortured and forced to watch his sisters being raped in his home country because he is gay.
16th September 2010
Missing Russian gay rights campaigner ‘in Minsk’ 4
8:28 PM — Nikolai Alekseev, the Russian gay rights campaigner who was arrested at an airport in Moscow yesterday, is believed to be in Minsk. Mr Alekseev, who is unpopular with Russian authorities for attempting to hold Pride marches, was arrested by border control police yesterday at Domodedovo airport after passing through passport control.
Nearly 90 per cent of US gay students harassed over sexuality
11:22 AM — A US survey of more than 7,000 LGBT students has suggested that the vast majority are harassed at school for their sexuality or gender identity. The national survey found that 84 per cent were verbally harassed and 18 per cent were physically attacked for being gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Russian gay rights campaigner arrested in Moscow 11
10:34 AM — Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner was arrested at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport yesterday. Nikolai Alekseev was boarding a flight to Geneva and had passed through passport control when he was arrested by Russian border police yesterday evening.
15th September 2010
Gay mayor gets a step closer to being a congressman
6:08 PM — The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has won the Democratic nomination for a seat in Congress. David Cicilline, 48, is gay and has served two terms as mayor.
Ricky Martin ‘more creative’ after coming out 2
3:54 PM — Ricky Martin is more creative after coming out as gay, his songwriting partner says. The singer came out in March after years of speculation about his sexuality and songwriter Desmond Child says the admission has changed him for the better.
Majority of Irish people in favour of gay marriage 9
3:07 PM — An Irish poll on social attitudes has suggested that most people agree with marriage equality and would not think less of a person for being gay or lesbian.
14th September 2010
Supreme Court rules Jerusalem must fund gay centre 3
5:06 PM — The Supreme Court has ruled that Jerusalem must pay for a LGBT community centre. The Open House centre has struggled to gain funding for several years and today, judges said that the city municipality must give it $120,000.
Video: Lady Gaga defends meat dress as part of protest for gay rights 10
4:44 PM — Lady Gaga has revealed that one of the dresses she wore to the MTV awards was made of real meat. The bisexual singer was criticised for the choice by animal rights organisations, who said it was another animal that had been killed.
Gay Saudi diplomat says he’ll be killed if sent home 6
3:39 PM — A gay Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking asylum in the US because he says he will be killed if returned to his home country. The man, who has been named as Ali Ahmad Asseri, says his homosexuality and his friendship with a Jewish woman will lead to his death.
Gay hand-holding campaign celebrates first anniversary 3
1:23 PM — A campaign to encourage LGBT people to hold hands in public will celebrate its first anniversary this month. Sshh! Saturdays was launched a year ago by founder David Watkins, who encourages LGBT couples and friends to email in pictures of them holding hands in public.
William Hague to be asked about Iranian teenager sentenced to death for homosexuality 3
11:35 AM — Foreign secretary William Hague will be questioned this afternoon about an Iranian teenager who has been sentenced to death for homosexuality offences.
13th September 2010
Florida governor to promise gay rights reforms – but not marriage 9
5:53 PM — Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, will reportedly introduce a package of gay rights measures in the state, although marriage equality will not be one of them.
50 Cent in hot water for ‘anti-gay violence’ tweet 31
4:24 PM — Rapper 50 Cent has been urged to apologise by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for a "homophobic" twitter message.
Lesbian flight nurse launches legal action over military gay ban 7
3:49 PM — Another federal trial began today against the US ban on openly gay soldiers in the military. Former Major Margaret Witt, a flight nurse with 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, was sacked under the law in 2007.
Lady Gaga supports gay soldiers as she picks up 8 MTV awards 8
11:07 AM — Lady Gaga won eight MTV awards last night, including video of the year for the single Bad Romance. The bisexual star was accompanied to the Los Angeles ceremony by four gay US military veterans who had been dismissed under the ban on out gay soldiers.
10th September 2010
MEPs call for Europe-wide recognition of gay relationships 20
4:35 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called for action to ensure gay couples in marriages and civil partnerships are recognised across the continent. They said gay couples who visit or live in other EU countries were still lacking legal protection in areas such as healthcare, pensions and parental rights.
Comment: The effect of censorware on gay websites 7
2:07 PM — Reports of mobile phone providers blocking access to gay website are no surprise to those who've been following the use of the software which blocks these sites - known as 'censorware' - for more than a decade.
US federal judge rules ban on out gay soldiers is unconstitutional 4
11:19 AM — A US federal judge has ruled that the ban on gay soldiers serving openly in the military violates the US constitution. US District Judge Virginia Phillips said yesterday she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the policy.