21st March 2011
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.
20th March 2011
Speech: British Home secretary promises progress on full gay marriage equality 65
2:53 PM — In her first major speech on LGBT rights, the home secretary and minister for equality, Theresa May, has promised action on full gay marriage equality. Mrs May was speaking at an event hosted by the gay lobby group Stonewall.
Ricky Martin and Anderson Cooper take home GLAAD awards 25
2:12 PM — Last night, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honoured Ricky Martin, Anderson Cooper and NBC's 30 Rock among many others with awards for their contribution to the LGBT community.
Chariots on fire: East London gay sauna severely damaged in fire 213
12:57 PM — One of the UK's largest gay saunas, Chariots in Shoreditch, East London, was severely damaged in a fire in the early hours of Sunday morning. 150 men were evacuated from the burning four-storey building.
18th March 2011
Preview: Doctor Who star Matt Smith goes gay in Christopher And His Kind 53
11:12 PM — Matt Smith, the 11th Doctor Who stars as Christopher Isherwood, in BBC Two's Christopher and His Kind, on Saturday. The one-off drama charts the life of the gay author of A Single Man.
Military gay ban protesters in federal court 9
5:07 PM — Thirteen gay rights activists were due to appear in a US federal court today over protests against the military gay ban.
Gay Police Association loses funding 119
4:49 PM — The Gay Police Association is to lose its funding after a government decision to stop supporting police staff diversity groups.
US House committee approves measure for aid cut to anti-gay countries 28
3:41 PM — A US House committee has approved a measure which would discourage aid to homophobic countries like Uganda. The amendment to the House Financial Services Committee bill was tabled by Democrat representative Barney Frank, who is gay.
Poll says 53% of Americans back gay marriage equality 25
2:37 PM — A national poll says that 53 per cent of Americans support gay marriage equality. The Washington Post-ABC News poll asked 1,001 respondents: “Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?”
Son of anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps claims he abused family 58
2:01 PM — The son of Fred Phelps, the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, has claimed that his father beat his family until they bled.
Government rejects proposals to close transgender pension loophole 14
1:25 PM — This week, the government rejected proposals to close a loophole which appears to have denied many trans women what they consider to be their rightful entitlement to pension payments.
Teenager given community service for attacking man who asked if he was gay 22
11:40 AM — A Scottish teenager has been given 120 hours of community service for disfiguring a man who asked if he was gay. Gary Craig, 18, of Hawick in the Scottish Borders, headbutted and kicked the victim in the head after celebrating New Year's Eve.
Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to anti-gay bill 48
10:56 AM — Reports say that the Ugandan parliament is to return to considering an anti-homosexuality bill next week. It is one of several bills to be debated by the Law and Parliamentary Affairs committee when parliament returns, ugpulse.com reports.
17th March 2011
Petition to ban ‘gay cure’ iPhone app 58
4:55 PM — A petition has been started to ban a 'gay cure' group's iPhone app. Christian group Exodus International claims that people can find “freedom from homosexuality” through prayer and practises conversion therapy.