25th February 2011
Gay journalist Johann Hari calls for open debate on ‘Muslim homophobia’ 199
5:33 PM — There should be an open discussion on homophobia amongst Muslims, gay journalist Johann Hari says. The Independent columnist lives in east London, close to where anti-gay stickers were plastered around streets earlier this month.
Move to tackle racism on the gay scene 83
3:47 PM — A new push to tackle racism on the gay scene is encouraging people to be "switched on" about discrimination. Gay men's health charity GMFA, which is leading the project, says discrimination inside the community will make it weaker.
India bans gay couples from surrogacy 23
2:39 PM — India is to ban gay couples from using surrogate mothers. As part of reforms to the country's surrogacy and fertility treatment laws, only heterosexual couples will be allowed to have children by surrogate.
Lady Gaga to be godmother to Elton John’s son 22
1:02 PM — Lady Gaga is to be a godmother to Elton John and David Furnish's new baby son. Furnish recently let slip in an interview that the bisexual star would be an important part of two-month-old Zachary's life.
US right hopes to make gay marriage an election issue 28
11:31 AM — Following the Obama administration's announcement that it will no longer defend the Defence of Marriage Act, US conservatives say they will make gay marriage an election issue.
Donation saves Alan Turing’s papers 11
10:52 AM — A collection of computer genius Alan Turing's papers have been saved for the nation by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The documents were to be auctioned last year but a campaign began to raise enough money for them to stay at Bletchley Park, where Turing worked during the second world war.
Anonymous takes down ‘God Hates Fags’ church websites 241
12:50 AM — Anonymous, the online activist movement, has taken down the website of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay campaign group which claims US soldier deaths abroad happen because God hates homosexuality.
Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill on third reading 4
12:04 AM — A bill to introduce gay marriage in Maryland has passed its third and final reading in the Senate on Thursday evening by 25 votes to 21. Although the bill must pass in house of delegates, the state's governor Martin O’Malley has pledged to sign it.