7th October 2010
Fewer than half of Americans are against legalising same-sex marriage, poll finds 5
4:11 PM — According to results released by the Pew Research Centre yesterday, a new poll has found that fewer than half of Americans are against legalised same-sex marriage.
Campaign begins against potential ‘catastrophic’ cuts to London LGBT services and charities 56
2:51 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) charities in London which provide vital services to said communities are facing unprecedented threats to their funding, which is currently provided by by London Councils.
One half of Malawian couple is seeking asylum in Canada 11
12:40 PM — Tiwonge Chimbalanga, one half of the Malawian couple sentenced to 14 years' hard labour before being released in May, is seeking asylum in Canada.
New Jersey senator says he’ll introduce anti-bullying legislation on US college campuses 5
12:04 PM — The senator of New Jersey, Frank Lautenberg, announced yesterday that he planned to introduce legislation requiring colleges to adopt a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment. This comes in the wake of a student's recent suicide after his involvement in a gay sexual encounter was secretly filmed and broadcast online.
Accused Stonewall Inn ‘gay basher’ denies he’s a homophobe 5
11:11 AM — Matthew Francis, one of the two men accused of assaulting a gay man in New York City's Stonewall Inn early last Sunday, claimed in a prison interview yesterday that he doesn't hate gay people.
‘Pink Protest’ to be held at University of Cape Town
10:09 AM — Student activists at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, are planning to stage an anti-homophobia protest today after a symbolic 'pink closet' sculpture intended to highlight the effects of homophobia was burnt down.
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.