20th October 2009
Mafia hitman reveals he’s gay in court 8
5:45 PM — A hitman for the Mafia shocked a New York court today by revealing he was gay and had renounced his life of crime. Robert Mormando, 44, a hitman-turned-informant, was being sentenced for the murder of a Queens bagel store owner in 2002.
Anti-gay Miss California sued for the price of her breast implants 7
2:29 PM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who publicly disagreed with gay marriage, is being sued for $5,200, the price of her breast implants.
19th October 2009
New Zealand study finds half of gay and bi students have self-harmed 4
7:28 PM — A study of gay and bisexual teenagers in New Zealand has suggested that half of them have deliberately harmed themselves in the past year.
Toronto to host World Pride 2014 9
7:07 PM — The Canadian city of Toronto has been chosen to host World Pride in 2014. The event promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans issues on an international level through parades, festivals, and other cultural activities.
Irish sports star Dónal Óg Cusack reveals he’s gay 41
3:24 PM — Top Irish hurler Dónal Óg Cusack has come out. The 32-year-old, who plays in goal for Cork All Stars, revealed he was gay in installments of his autobiography, published this weekend in the Irish Mail on Sunday.
17th October 2009
Video: Stars and family mourn Stephen Gately at emotional funeral 6
6:40 PM — Boyzone bandmates, friends, relatives and partner have paid an emotional tribute to Stephen Gately whose funeral was held today at St Laurence O'Toole Church in north Dublin.
16th October 2009
Video: Stephen Gately’s body returns to Dublin escorted by Boyzone stars 6
8:41 PM — Boyzone star Stephen Gately's body was welcomed home to Dublin amid emotional scenes tonight. Hundreds lined the streets near St Laurence O'Toole Church where the singer's parents were joined by fellow Boyzone stars Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy together with their manager and the man who put Gately on the road to fame, Louis Walsh.
Human rights groups oppose Uganda’s proposed death penalty for homosexuality 29
6:49 PM — Seventeen human rights groups have called for proposed new laws on homosexuality in Uganda to be scrapped immediately. The proposals could see gay people being executed.
Lesbian barred from school yearbook for wearing a tux 27
10:36 AM — A lesbian student in Mississippi is challenging her school's decision to bar her from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo. She was told she would have to wear a dress to appear in the book.
15th October 2009
Russian gays disappointed with Hillary Clinton 6
4:35 PM — Russian gay activists have spoken of their disappointment that US secretary of state Hillary Clinton did not condemn homophobia on a visit to Moscow.
DC man sentenced to 180 days for beating that led to gay man’s death 15
3:53 PM — A Washington DC man who assaulted a gay man who later died from his injuries has been jailed for 180 days. Tony Randolph Hunter died several days after being punched in the head by Robert Hannah, 19.
Ugandan MP proposes that gays should be executed 32
3:22 PM — A Ugandan MP has proposed that lawmakers should create a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality", which would be punishable by death.
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.