23rd March 2011
God Hates Fags church to protest at Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral 109
11:44 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the 'Gods Hate Fags' fundamentalist movement, is to protest at the funeral of Elizabeth Taylor, who died on Wednesday.
Ricky Martin performs for Target staff despite Lady Gaga anti-gay row 32
9:04 PM — Fresh from winning a GLAAD award following coming out, Ricky Martin has performed at a meeting of the managers of Target, the US retailer criticised for supporting homophobic political groups.
Homophobia widespread in Northern Ireland workplaces 61
5:36 PM — Homophobia is endemic in Northern Ireland workplaces, a report from a gay rights organisation says. According to the Rainbow Project, more than a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people have complained about homophobia at work but 70 per cent of these were not happy with how the issue was dealt with.
Elizabeth Taylor remembered as ‘extraordinary’ gay rights ally 9
4:54 PM — Elton John has led tributes to Elizabeth Taylor, who died early this morning at the age of 79. The gay icon was a tireless campaigner for equality and dedicated the latter years of her life to HIV and AIDS causes.
Edinburgh police say gay lecturer was murdered 24
4:15 PM — Police have confirmed that a retired lecturer found dead at his Edinburgh flat was murdered. Roger Gray is the third gay man to have been killed in the city in the last month but police say there is no evidence to link the deaths.
Former Lib Dem MP Mark Oaten takes top fur trade job 46
3:50 PM — Mark Oaten, the former Liberal Democrat MP who admitted sleeping with male prostitutes, has taken a job promoting the fur trade. In a statement, he said he was "very proud" to be the new chief of the Surrey-based International Fur Trade Federation.
85 countries sign UN gay rights resolution 67
3:35 PM — More than 80 countries have signed a UN gay rights resolution to end homophobic violence and laws against gay sex. The resolution was presented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.
Transgender people sue New York City over surgery requirement 17
2:48 PM — Three transgender people are suing the city of New York over a requirement that they must have gender reassignment surgery in order to have their birth certificates changed.
Gay icon Elizabeth Taylor dies 14
1:37 PM — Elizabeth Taylor has died aged 79, her publicist has confirmed. The London-born gay icon died of heart failure at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles early this morning.
London HIV groups say funding cuts will lead to more infections 72
1:16 PM — HIV prevention groups in London say they are "disappointed" and "concerned" at 43 per cent cuts to their NHS PCT funding. The news coincides with figures released today which show UK HIV diagnoses have almost doubled in the last decade, with a 70 per cent rise in gay and bisexual diagnoses.
Gay and bisexual HIV infections rise 70% in ten years 105
11:00 AM — New figures show that HIV infections in gay and bisexual men have risen by 70 per cent in the last decade. Health experts are to tell the government that all adult men in high-prevalence areas should be offered and recommended HIV testing to increase early diagnoses and remove the stigma around HIV.
Apple removes ‘gay cure’ iPhone app 59
10:15 AM — Apple appears to have removed a 'gay cure' iPhone application after almost 150,000 people signed an internet petition.