21st March 2011
Comment: Tower Hamlets council can lead the way on tackling homophobia 108
5:04 PM — Fiyaz Mughal, the director of non-profit group Faith Matters, argues that a combined 'hard and soft' approach should be used to tackle homophobia in Tower Hamlets and that bodies which continue to invite anti-gay speakers should have their funds cut.
32 Chinese women arrested for writing gay erotica 11
4:28 PM — Police in China have arrested 32 women for allegedly writing erotica for a gay website. The women, include one 17-year-old, were arrested in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, ShanghaiDaily.com reports.
Australian prime minister explains opposition to gay marriage 112
3:25 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard says she opposes gay marriage because it goes against her upbringing. During an interview with Sky News’s Australian Agenda, she called herself a “cultural traditionalist” who is “on the conservative side in this question".
Daniel Radcliffe to be honoured for gay rights work 15
2:59 PM — Daniel Radcliffe is to be honoured by LGBT helpline the Trevor Project for his support. The Harry Potter actor, 21, will receive the helpline's 'hero' award for raising awareness of its work.
Caribbean island St Lucia apologises for attack on gay tourists 33
2:18 PM — St Lucia has apologised to three gay men who were robbed in what they say was a homophobic attack. The Caribbean island's government said it was "saddened" by the incident and extended "sincere apologies" to Todd Wiggins, Michael Baker and Nick Smith of Atlanta.
Gay sauna blaze ‘not suspicious’ 86
1:43 PM — A fire at gay sauna in Shoreditch, east London, is not being treated as suspicious, police say. The blaze, at Chariots on Fairchild Street, started at around 6am Sunday morning.
IKEA unveils gay ad in Italy 31
12:00 PM — Swedish furniture giant IKEA has unveiled an ad featuring a gay couple in Italy. The ad - which is not the first gay-friendly campaign the company has run - shows two men holding hands under the slogan: "We are open to all families."
80,000 sign petition to Apple over ‘gay cure’ app 72
10:49 AM — More than 80,000 people have signed a petition calling on Apple to remove a 'gay cure' app from its iTunes store. The company is coming under increased pressure to remove the Exodus International app.