26th March 2012
Banning equal marriage would be disastrous for North Carolina, says a Bank of America official 16
10:01 PM — The technology chief of Bank of America has strongly denounced the proposed measure to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman in North Carolina, saying it would make it harder for companies to attract talent to the state.
Albania: Proposed gay pride march provokes homophobic comments 45
7:56 PM — With gay rights activists in Albania set to organise the country’s first ever gay pride parade in Tirana on May 17, religious groups and the Royalist Party have been quick to denounce the proposed plans.
Ken Livingstone defends former Iranian TV job and homophobic Muslim preacher 62
5:38 PM — In a radio interview, London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone defended his relationship with homophobic and anti-semitic Muslim cleric and his former presenting job with Iran’s state broadcaster, Press TV, claiming it was an attempt to "engage" with the country and reduce the threat of military action.
Californian Pop band The Morning Benders change their name through fear of offending gay fans 21
4:59 PM — Californian power-pop band The Morning Benders have changed their name to the somewhat blander Pop ETC. after belatedly discovering that ‘bender’ is a UK slang term used to describe gay men.
Jewish Chronicle column suggests marriage equality will lead to incestous marriages 55
3:59 PM — Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks' refusal to comment on government plans to introduce marriage equality for gay couples has brought forth a range of strong opinions - both pro and anti - from members of the Jewish community and Rabbis.
Gay adoption law is rejected in Slovenian referendum 13
2:51 PM — A national referendum in Slovenia has rejected a new family law that included a clause to allow same-sex couples to adopt children under certain circumstances.
Gay Taiwanese couple make bid to be registered as same-sex household in landmark hearing 5
1:35 PM — A Taiwanese gay couple who have been together for six years are to apply to the Taipei High Administrative Court in a bid to be registered as such under the country's Department of Household Legislation.
Conscripts to Turkish army must ‘prove’ they’re gay for exemption from military service 44
1:03 PM — Young gay Turkish men are being forced to "prove" their sexual orientation to avoid compulsory military service.
Mickey Rourke pulls out of Gareth Thomas biopic 30
12:07 PM — Mickey Rourke has pulled out of his role as gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas in a new biopic after suffering problems during his stunt training for the film.
Gay couples celebrate ‘illegal mass wedding’ in Ohio over the weekend 16
11:47 AM — More than 200 gay and lesbian couples gathered at the Galleria downtown Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday to engage in what they called the “biggest illegal mass wedding ever held.”
Video: French footballers’ ‘kiss’ goes viral and sparks new discussion about homophobia on the pitch 29
11:19 AM — A video clip of two French international footballers apparently kissing in front of a packed stadium has gone viral and entranced the French media. After scoring a goal in a friendly match against Germany, Olivier Giroud appeared to grab his teammate Mathieu Debuchy's face and kiss him on the lips.
25th March 2012
Comment: Should straight people be barred from entering gay clubs? 279
2:43 PM — Singer and song writer Ethan Bourne asks whether it's right for gay clubs to exclude straight people because of their sexuality.
Miss Universe Canada rejects transgender contestant 136
1:16 PM — A beauty pageant owned by Donald Trump has booted a contestant out of the competition because she was born male.
Gay man arrested for having gay sex on gay cruise speaks of his ordeal 45
12:53 PM — A man from southern California, who was arrested with his partner in the Caribbean island of Dominica for allegedly having sex in public, has said that the couple were subject to taunts, humiliation and inhumane treatment at the hands of their captors.
‘Smash,’ Lady Gaga and anti-bullying teenage campaigner triumph at GLAAD awards 2
12:16 PM — Lady Gaga, the NBC musical drama ‘Smash,’ and a teenager from Michigan who has been campaigning to make it easier for children to see a forthcoming documentary on bullying have all been crowned at the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards, announced a few hours ago.
24th March 2012
India’s attorney-general blames Victorian Britain for anti-gay laws 77
9:28 PM — In an apparent change of heart from the position it adopted three years ago, the Indian government has said that homosexuality was tolerated in pre-colonial India, and it was only the British who imposed their Victorian values of morality on what was a largely liberal land.
American footballer apologises for gay slur 14
8:43 PM — Colin Clark, the midfielder for Houston Dynamo, has apologised for using a homophobic slur against a ball boy, who refused to throw the ball back to him during Friday’s game with the Seattle Sounders.
Petition against equal marriage reaches 300,000 signatures 155
6:56 PM — The Coalition for Marriage has announced today that it has received more than 300,000 signatures in support of its petition to keep the definition of marriage restricted to that between a man and a woman.
23rd March 2012
US student sues school over gay prom policy 23
11:03 PM — A high school student from Atlanta has filed a federal lawsuit against his school, alleging that the administrators removed him as student body president, after he proposed to make the prom more inclusive to LGBT students.
The BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is launched 10
10:35 PM — The 26th annual London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is being launched at the BFI tonight, with a wide range of films from around the world, but with only one new British Film in the list.