15th October 2009
Straight Italian couple sue after being put on gay cruise 20
3:19 PM — A straight Italian couple are suing a cruise line after they were placed on a gay cruise holiday. The unnamed middle-aged couple, who are married, said they were not told that the holiday was aimed at same-sex couples.
Anti-gay groups asked to prove how gay marriage threatens traditional unions 23
1:05 PM — A judge presiding over a legal challenge to California's gay marriage ban has asked anti-gay groups to prove how it affects heterosexual marriage.
‘Homophobic’ reggae star meets with gay groups 6
11:59 AM — Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae artist who has been accused of homophobia, has met with gay groups to hear their concerns.
14th October 2009
French Muslim football side kicked out of league in row over gay team 22
4:11 PM — A Muslim football team who initially refused to play against a gay team and then appeared to back down have been kicked out of their league.
13th October 2009
Police name second suspect in New York homophobic attack 3
7:04 PM — Police investigating the homophobic beating of a New York man have named the second suspect they are looking for.
New York’s court of appeal to hear gay rights challenges 2
6:51 PM — The court of appeal in New York is to hear two cases brought by gay rights opponents today. They relate to health benefits for gay partners and out-of-state gay marriages.
Chicago teacher accused of racist and homophobic language 2
5:11 PM — Students at a Chicago school are calling for one of their teachers to be fired after he allegedly used racist and homophobic language in an assembly.
Hillary Clinton to honour ‘gay’ poet Walt Whitman in Moscow 8
5:08 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will inaugurate a monument to gay poet Walt Whitman in Moscow tomorrow.
Uruguay approves bill to allow trans people to change names and gender 5
3:42 PM — Trans men and women in Uruguay will soon be permitted to legally change their name and gender under a new bill passed by the government.
New York gay man in coma after ‘hate crime’ beating 8
10:39 AM — A gay man is currently in a medically-induced coma after being attacked by two men in the street in New York.
12th October 2009
Schwarzenegger signs bills to recognise Harvey Milk and out-of-state gay marriages 15
5:31 PM — Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, has signed bills to introduce Harvey Milk Day in the state and to recognise gay marriages performed in other states.
French Muslim football team will play against gay side 23
4:18 PM — A French Muslim team who apparently refused to play against a gay side have said the row was a "misunderstanding".
Irish schools given guide to lesbian, gay and bisexual students 12
4:16 PM — Irish schools have been issued with a guide aimed to help teachers learn more about issues such as homophobic bullying.
Americans favour civil partnerships but don’t want gay marriage 38
2:15 PM — Support for civil partnerships for gay couples is rising in America - but gay marriage is still a contentious issue, a survey has found.
Gay group attacks Mickey Rourke over homophobic slur 23
12:26 PM — Actor Mickey Rourke has said he "doesn't give a f**k" about calling a journalist a faggot. The star used the derogatory term last November when the reporter asked him whether he was dating actress Evan Rachel Wood.
11th October 2009
Video: Obama pledges the end of ‘Don’t ask Don’t tell” ban on openly gay military 14
9:07 PM — Last night, US President Barak Obama pledged to gay rights campaigners that he would end the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that bans gay people from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military.
Video: Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately found dead while on holiday 44
11:27 AM — Stephen Gately, the openly gay member of the Irish "boy band" Boyzone has died while on holiday in the Balearic island Mallorca (Majorca). The 33-year-old was on holiday with his civil partner Andrew Cowles and it is reported that he went out for drinks, went back to his flat, feel asleep and then died.
9th October 2009
Gay marriage bill looks likely in Washington DC 6
5:03 PM — A Washington DC councilman has introduced a bill that will legalise gay marriage in the district. Nine of the 13 council members are listed as co-sponsors and DC mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign it.
Turkey blocks access to gay websites 50
4:30 PM — Turkey has blocked two of its largest LGBT websites. Users of sites such as hadigayri.com and gabile.com are finding that instead of regular homepages, they are seeing messages stating that the site has been blocked by the Telecommunication Directorate.
US House approves Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 8
3:56 PM — The US House has agreed to approve a bill that would include LGBT people in federal hate crime laws. It is named the Matthew Shepard Bill after the murdered gay teenager.