28th October 2009
Pennsylvania senator changes mind on gay marriage 14
2:36 PM — Arlen Specter, the Democrat senator for Pennsylvania, has changed his mind on the issue of gay marriage. He had previously been in favour of the Defence of Marriage Act and a ban on the practice in his state.
NFL star Larry Johnson suspended for anti-gay slurs 6
12:37 PM — American football star Larry Johnson has been suspended for allegedly making homophobic comments on Twitter.
27th October 2009
Maine governor announces support for gay marriage 12
8:22 PM — John Baldacci, the governor of Maine, has given his support for gay marriage in the state and urged voters to do the same on November 3rd's referendum.
Golden Girl Bea Arthur leaves $300,000 to gay youth shelter 11
7:53 PM — Bea Arthur, the former Golden Girls star who died earlier this year, has left $300,000 to a shelter for gay homeless teenagers.
Obama set to sign Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill tomorrow 11
11:14 AM — US president Barack Obama will reportedly sign a bill giving gays new protections from hate crime. The bill is nicknamed the Matthew Shepard Bill, after the gay Wyoming teenager who was murdered in 1998.
26th October 2009
Film director accuses Scientology of homophobia 32
2:56 PM — A Hollywood film director has left the Church of Scientology, citing the religion's opposition to gay marriage. Paul Haggis, who directed the 2005 film Crash, was a member of the church for around 35 years.
Film about gay Neo-Nazis wins top honours at Rome Film Festival 1
2:43 PM — Brotherhood, a film about two male Neo-Nazis who begin a relationship, has won the best film accolade at the Rome Film Festival.
Russian lesbians tie the knot in Toronto 4
2:41 PM — Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shipitko were married by Harvey Brownstone, a well-known openly gay judge, and will return to Russia this week to try to force authorities to recognise their union.
23rd October 2009
Ruling bars courts from asking for doctor’s notes in trans name changes 1
6:40 PM — Trans people who legally change their names will no longer need to provide courts with a doctor's note after a ruling from New York's Supreme Court.
Russian lesbians to marry in Canada today 10
5:13 PM — A Russian lesbian couple will marry in Canada today and then attempt to force their native country to recognise their marriage.
US Senate passes Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 9
11:59 AM — The US Senate has passed a bill to give more federal protection against hate crimes to gays and lesbians. The bill is nicknamed the Matthew Shepard Bill, after the gay Wyoming teenager who was murdered in 1998.
Governor says gay marriage will be legal in New York 7
10:24 AM — New York governor David Paterson has said gay marriage will soon be legal in his state. He was speaking last night at a Manhattan dinner hosted by gay rights group Empire State Pride Agenda.
22nd October 2009
Rome holds flash mobs to call for legal protections for gays 6
5:57 PM — A number of demonstrations were held in Rome, Italy, last weekend to call for more laws to protect gay people from hate crime.
Germany gives pension rights to gay civil partners 8
4:41 PM — Germany's high court today ruled that civil partners of government employees are eligible to receive the same pension rights as their straight married counterparts.
Tom Cruise accused of being ‘a homophobic bore’ 18
2:18 PM — Actor Tom Cruise was boring and homophobic on the set of a 1983 film, a co-star claims. Bronson Pinchot, who starred in Perfect Strangers, worked with Cruise on Risky Business.
US Navy officer forced to resign over gay hazing 11
11:12 AM — An officer formerly in charge of a US Navy dog unit in Bahrain has been forced to retire after an investigation into the alleged abuse of a gay officer and others at the base.
Sweden allows gay couples to marry in church 17
11:08 AM — The Lutheran Church of Sweden has decided to allow gay couples to marry in church. Gay marriage became legal in the country on May 1st, allowing couples to wed in religious or civil ceremonies but not in church.
21st October 2009
Video: 86-year-old D-Day veteran calls for equal gay rights 13
4:45 PM — A video clip of Philip Spooner, a soldier who fought in the Second World War, has become an internet hit after he spoke out for gay rights in Maine.
School refuses to allow lesbian to wear tuxedo in yearbook photo 8
11:19 AM — A school which barred a lesbian teenager from wearing a tux in her yearbook photo has said it will not reverse its decision. Ceara Sturgis, 17, an openly gay senior at Wesson Attendance Center in Wesson, wore the garment for her yearbook photo.
20th October 2009
Gay Irish hurling star says family have been hurt by homophobic slurs 10
6:21 PM — Dónal Óg Cusack, the hurling star who recently revealed he was gay, has said his mother will not attend his matches because of the homophobic abuse she hears.