28th October 2010
US school official tells gay teens to kill themselves 47
3:55 PM — Gay rights groups are calling for a US school board official to resign after he posted an anti-gay rant on his Facebook page. Clint McCance, who is the vice-president of the Arkansas school district, wrote on his page that "queers" and "fags" should kill themselves.
‘Ellen saved me from anorexia’, says Portia DeGeneres 7
12:18 PM — Portia DeGeneres says her wife Ellen DeGeneres 'pulled her out' of the grip of an eating disorder. Portia DeGeneres says her wife Ellen DeGeneres 'pulled her out' of the grip of an eating disorder. The actress, formally known as Portia de Rossi, took her wife' surname in August, two years after the couple married.
27th October 2010
Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2
6:00 PM — US president Barack Obama had a brief meeting with gay rights groups yesterday over the ban on out gay soldiers. According to the Washington Post, the groups met the president and senior officials yesterday to discuss the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Charges dropped against three men in New York ‘gay bashing’
5:26 PM — Three of the 11 men charged with an homophobic attack in New York have had the charges against them dropped. Bryan Almonte, 17, Steven Carabello, 17, and Brian Cepeda, 16, were cleared of any involvement in the October 3rd attack yesterday and were released from jail.
26th October 2010
Record number of out gay officials in Obama administration 3
6:41 PM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a "record" number of out gay officials since taking office. According to estimates by gay rights campaigners and the White House, he has appointed more than 150 out gay people to posts in his administration.
Gay kissing protest for Pope’s visit to Spain 18
3:08 PM — A gay group is organising a kissing protest to greet Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Spain. The Pope is to tour the country next month and Queer Kissing Flashmob says it will stage the demonstration in front of him during a procession.
Obama administration launches campaign against anti-gay bullying 12
12:10 PM — The US Obama administration has launched a campaign against homophobic bullying. The new advice for schools and colleges comes shortly after President Obama recorded a video for the It Gets Better project, which aims to encouraged bullied gay teenagers
Sesame Street’s Bert hints he’s gay but producers say no 10
10:52 AM — Rumours have circulated for years that Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie are in a relationship and now Bert has hinted at it on Twitter. Bert, who shares a bed with Ernie, wrote on the Sesame Street Twitter feed during Pride season that his hair was "mo" - a slang word for gay.
25th October 2010
Survey finds different challenges for bisexuals 15
6:30 PM — Yes: it really is different for bisexuals. This is one of the findings from last week’s interim release of results from the Workplace Survey – possibly the largest of its kind – designed to investigate the work experiences of those who identify as bisexual, pansexual, many-gender-loving or fluid desire.
American newspaper refuses to publish gay wedding announcements 7
3:30 PM — The largest newspaper in New Hampshire, US, has come under fire for refusing to publish gay marriage announcements. The Union Leader refused to publish notice of a marriage between two men in Portsmouth at the weekend.
Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’ 14
12:58 PM — Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has attacked Barack Obama for not doing enough for gay rights. President Obama has promised to end the ban on out gay soldiers but gay rights campaigners are becoming impatient with a perceived lack of action.
22nd October 2010
Australian poll calls for conscience vote on gay marriage 9
5:35 PM — An Australian opinion poll shows increased support for gay marriage and for prime minister Julia Gillard to allow a conscience vote on the issue.
Ugandan gays and lesbians ‘attacked after being outed’ 7
5:20 PM — Several gays and lesbians in Uganda say they have been attacked after a newspaper published their names, photographs and addresses. After the Rolling Stone newspaper called for them to be hanged, a gay activist in the country says that one woman was almost killed when her neighbours pelted her house with stones.
Iraqi LGBT celebrates fifth birthday with London charity night
4:29 PM — Aid group Iraqi LGBT is to hold a fundraising night in central London next week. The group is celebrating five years of supporting persecuted LGBT Iraqis and claims to have helped save the lives of 100 people.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3
3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.
Facebook ads can ‘out’ gay users 12
1:56 PM — Facebook 'outs' gay users through some of its targeted ads, researchers have discovered. They found that some ads which were completely neutral to sexual orientation (such as a nursing degree at a Florida medical college) were targeted exclusively at gay man.
eBay says sorry for competition gay ban 21
11:15 AM — eBay has apologised for barring gay couples from a competition. The French version of the auction site was accused of discrimination this week after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a male and female couple.
Video: Barack Obama tells gay kids ‘It will get better’ 31
10:42 AM — US president Barack Obama has become the most high-profile figure to join a campaign to stop gay teen suicides. He recorded a short video for the It Gets Better YouTube project, which aims to encourage bullied gay teenagers that their lives will improve.
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.