28th February 2011
Survey suggests North Carolina supports gay unions despite Republican efforts to ban gay marriage 2
11:17 PM — Republicans are expecting to introduce a Defense of Marriage Act in North Carolina in 2011, but a survey released on Monday by Elon University reveals that more than half of North Carolina residents actually support at least some form of legal recognition for gay couples.
‘The King’s Speech’ producer Iain Canning thanks boyfriend in Oscar acceptance speech 9
10:12 PM — British producer Iain Canning accepted the Oscar award as one of the four producers of The King’s Speech, giving credit to “boyfriend Ben” at the end of his acceptance speech.
Website blaming gays for Christchurch quake shut down 23
9:19 PM — A website that blamed the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, on gay people, has been shut down by its Utah-based web hosting provider, BlueHost. It follows complaints from the readers of PinkNews.co.uk and other LGBT media.
LA Times opposes Prop 8, supports gay marriage 2
8:25 PM — The Los Angeles Times signalled its support for gay marriage by running an editorial today calling Proposition 8 a “deplorable situation”.
Video: Lady Gaga premieres Born This Way 35
5:47 PM — It's the "new gay anthem", Elton John says. To other critics, it's a rehash of Madonna's 1989 hit Express Yourself. Gaga released the video to Born This Way today. Watch it here.
Burger King pays out $3m to gay couple beaten by staff 28
5:13 PM — A New Jersey gay couple have won $3.15 million in compensation after being abused and beaten by Burger King staff.
Gay priest fired from Philadelphia Catholic university 19
4:14 PM — An openly gay priest has been fired from teaching at a Catholic university in Philadelphia because he has been in a relationship with a man for the past 15 years.
Department of Health criticised for £36,000 gay ‘leadership course’ 19
3:46 PM — The Department of Health has been criticised for spending £36,000 on a two-day residential course for gay and lesbian NHS managers. The programme is run by gay rights charity Stonewall to encourage achievement in gay and lesbian staff.
Court upholds foster ban on couple who oppose homosexuality 390
2:52 PM — The High Court has upheld a council's decision to bar a couple from fostering children because they oppose homosexuality.
Ireland elects first openly gay TD 15
1:59 PM — Ireland has elected its first openly gay Teachta Dála, the Irish equivalent of an MP. Dominic Hannigan, a Labour politician, was elected to the seat of Meath East this weekend.
Natalie Portman wins Oscar for Black Swan 9
11:44 AM — Natalie Portman won a Best Actress Oscar last night for her role as a ballet dancer in Black Swan. The 29-year-old played Nina Sayers in the psychological thriller, which includes a lesbian sex scene.
President Obama appoints gay man as social secretary 6
11:17 AM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a gay man as his social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, a special adviser to the US ambassador to France and a long-time supporter and fund-raiser, will take over the high-profile position.
England cricketer Steven Davies comes out as gay 61
10:42 AM — Steven Davies, the England wicket keeper, has announced he is gay. The 24-year-old came out to his family five years ago and to his teammates last year but came out publicly in an interview today.