14th March 2011
US celebrities and entrepreneurs call on Obama to support gay marriage equality 20
10:39 PM — American gay and straight celebrities and entrepreneurs have written to US president Barack Obama to call for full federal marriage equality. The letter has been signed by gay celebrities including Rufus Wainwright, Ellen & Portia DeGeneres, Glee star Jane Lynch together with straight celebrity Martin Sheen and Marc Pincus, the chief executive of Zynga, the home of FarmVille and CityVille.
Interview: Dan Choi on ‘direct action’ gay rights campaigning 42
5:29 PM — Lieutenant Dan Choi is a controversial figure in the world of American gay rights. Critical of many mainstream gay lobby groups, he proudly states the only organisation he is a member of is the US Army. Laurence Watts meets him to find out more.
BBC apologises for Hugh Grant’s gay rugby comment 27
4:39 PM — The BBC has apologised after Hugh Grant made a remark about gay rugby players. The actor was watching the England v Scotland Six Nations game at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday when he was invited into the commentary box at half time.
David Norris launches bid to become Irish president and world’s first gay head of state 82
3:33 PM — Gay senator David Norris has formally announced his bid to become the next president of Ireland. If successful, he will become the first openly gay head of state. Mr Norris, an independent senator is currently the front runner to win the position, which is primarily ceremonial.
Gay dating app Grindr to launch straight counterpart 3
3:21 PM — Grindr, the revolutionary iPhone, BlackBerry and Android application for the gay community is to launch a mainstream version of their social networking concept. Grindr has more than 1.65 million regular users in 180 countries worldwide, with London being the app’s most popular city.
The open letter to the organisers of East End Gay Pride 61
12:17 PM — Next month's East End Pride is becoming controversial - read the letter of complaint from local gay campaigners here.
London’s East End Pride should be cancelled, gay campaigners say 283
12:03 PM — Next month's East End Gay Pride should be cancelled because it will cause "community tension", it has been claimed. Some local campaigners say the east London march will cause tensions between gay people and Muslims.
Comment: Why are gay people trying to ban East End Pride? 132
11:53 AM — Pride London chair Paul Birrell argues that the organisers of East End Pride should be congratulated for showing that East London is out and proud.
Football Association accepts gay rights charter 7
10:49 AM — The Football Association and other sports bodies have signed a government charter for gay rights. The charter calls on sports to stamp out homophobia and transphobia and ensure everyone is welcome.