6th October 2009
Video: Stephen Fry says David Cameron has aligned himself with homophobes 33
7:06 PM — A letter signed by celebrities including Ewan MacGregor, Stephen Fry and Jo Brand has asked Tory leader David Cameron to oppose the views of his party's new European allies. Fry tonight told Channel 4 News that Mr Cameron had aligned his party with an "unpleasantly homophobic nationalistic party in Poland and sharing their whip in Europe."
French gay football club snubbed by Muslim team 29
4:20 PM — A gay football club in France is protesting after a Muslim side refused to play against it. Paris Foot Gay, of the Parisian suburb Creteil, were due to play against predominantly Muslim side Bebel but the latter called the match off the evening before it was scheduled.
Russian court denies lesbians the right to marry
10:45 AM — A Russian lesbian couple have been barred from marrying by a court. The Tverskoi District Court ruled that Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shipitko cannot marry as Russia law states marriage is between a man and a woman.
US gay couples fork out up to $460,000 more than straight couples in a lifetime 5
10:32 AM — The cost of being a gay couple over a lifetime can be around $460,000 (£288,400) more than for being a straight couple, research has suggested.
5th October 2009
Gay penguin book authors welcome their own new addition 5
6:25 PM — The authors of And Tango Makes Three, the controversial children's book about a pair of gay penguins, have welcomed their first child into the world.
Obama tipped to address gay rights dinner 7
6:23 PM — US president Barack Obama is reportedly planning to speak at a gay rights dinner on Saturday, the day before a gay rights march on Washington. He will attend the Human Rights Campaign fundraising dinner gala, a White House source told Associated Press.
Mother of boy Elton John hoped to adopt says she will not give him up 11
2:04 PM — A woman who claims she is the mother of a 15-month-old Ukrainian boy Elton John has said she will not let the star adopt him. John said that Lev had stolen his heart.
Obama to tackle gay military ban ‘at the right time’ 15
2:02 PM — US president Barack Obama's national security adviser has said he will tackle the issue of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military "at the appropriate time".
Former student supports gay White House staffer over condom comment 3
1:08 PM — The former student of a gay White House official has released a statement in his support. Kevin Jennings, who is the head of the department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, told the student 21 years ago that if he was having a relationship with an older man, he should be careful to use a condom.
Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ death of British honorary consul 11
10:47 AM — A 23-year-old Jamaican man has been arrested over the death of a British honorary consul. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home on the island in early September. It is thought the attack may have been motivated by homophobia.
2nd October 2009
Joint ‘gay tour’ between Kanye West and Lady Gaga is cancelled 2
5:37 PM — A joint tour between Kanye West and Lady Gaga which the latter described as completely "gay" has been cancelled.
Texas judge rules that gay marriage ban violates equal rights laws 5
5:15 PM — A judge in Dallas, Texas, has ruled that a gay couple can get divorced in the state, even though it does not recognise gay marriage.
Statistician Nate Silver believes Maine gay marriage ban will fail 10
2:16 PM — A statistician has predicted that a religious challenge to overturn gay marriage in Maine will fail. Nate Silver correctly predicted the winners in 49 out of 50 states in the last November 2008 election.
Washington DC councilman to introduce gay marriage bill 1
12:48 PM — Washington DC councilman David Catania has said he will introduce a bill to give gay couples in the district the right to marry. The bill has nine co-sponsors. It will be introduced on Tuesday.
Rapper 50 Cent defends ‘gay’ comments 14
12:45 PM — Rapper 50 Cent has said his comments were taken out of context after apparently saying that a joint tour between Kanye West and Lady Gaga was for gay people.
1st October 2009
Cleve Jones, Dan Choi and Judy Shepard among speakers for Equality March 1
5:45 PM — Speakers for next month's National Equality March in Washington DC have been announced. The event, held to coincide with National Coming Out Day, is on October 11th.
White House official criticised for advice he gave to gay student 8
4:08 PM — An Education Department official in the Obama administration has defended remarks he made as a teacher to a student 21 years ago.
Report finds better gay representation on US TV 4
2:25 PM — A report from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has suggested that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans TV characters are becoming more prominent and realistic.
Melissa Etheridge considers lesbian coalition 6
2:24 PM — Lesbian rock icon Melissa Etheridge has discussed the possibility of forming a sisterly coalition with other female gay celebrity activists.
Catholic church sex abuse ’caused by homosexuals, not paedophiles’ 183
10:33 AM — A Vatican official has said that the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was caused by gay men preying on teenage boys, rather than paedophilia.