4th March 2013
James Franco: ‘It is partly my fault’ that people think I’m gay 9
2:14 PM — Actor James Franco has said that he has no problem with people questioning his sexuality, and said that it was "partly my fault" when discussing rumours that he might be gay.
Poland: Former president says the place for gay people in parliament is ‘behind a wall’ 39
1:32 PM — Lech Walesa, a former Polish President famous for his human rights campaigns, caused outrage after he said that gay people should have a minor role in politics to reflect their minority status in a TV interview.
UK: Gay rights campaigners call on Cardinal Keith O’Brien to apologise for homophobic bigotry 38
1:16 PM — Britain's leading gay rights campaigners say the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church who resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations should also apologise for promoting homophobia whilst in office.
Peter Tatchell claims Reading University colludes with far-right extremist Muslim Society 25
12:13 PM — Peter Tatchell writes about last week’s decision of Reading University's Student Union to cancel an event where the anti-gay Islamic preacher Abu Usamah at-Thahabi was due to attend.
PinkNews founder labelled as ‘blasphemous’ for BBC Radio 4 programme likening abandonment of Christ to rejection of gays 136
11:18 AM — The BBC is facing controversy over an Easter message from PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen which likens the treatment of gay people in Britain to the crucifixion of Christ.
3rd March 2013
Madonna to present Anderson Cooper with GLAAD award 4
6:13 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has announced that Madonna will present its Media Award to TV host Anderson Cooper, at its Media Awards ceremony later this year.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien admits inappropriate ‘sexual conduct’ following allegations 169
5:57 PM — In a statement issued by the Catholic church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has addressed allegations made against him by five priests within the church, and admitted that his "sexual conduct" has been "below the standards expected" of him.
Priest who accused Cardinal O’Brien says the Catholic church would ‘crush him if it could’ 19
5:45 PM — One of five priests who have come forward to accuse Cardinal Keith O'Brien of inappropriate behaviour, prompting his early retirement, has said on the Catholic church, "If they could crush me, they would."
Student Pride debate featuring Ben Cohen and John Amaechi speaks out against homophobia in sport 5
4:59 PM — The panel on a debate at National Student Pride yesterday emphasised the importance of tackling homophobia and transphobia in sport, said they had seen some change, but that much more action needed to be taken.
2nd March 2013
Ellen writes open letter to the Supreme Court urging it to strike down Proposition 8 3
6:06 PM — American TV host Ellen has made her opinion known to the Supreme Court which, later in March, will begin to take on the case of whether to overturn Proposition 8, California's statewide ban on equal marriage.
Richard Wilson: Magazine gay list ‘blatantly outed’ me, but I don’t mind people knowing I’m gay 39
5:45 PM — Actor and director Richard Wilson, has opened up about being gay in a new interview, after he was named by Time Out in a list of influential gay people.
NFL player Scott Fujita: ‘A gay football player would not be an issue at all in the locker room’ 7
5:17 PM — NFL player Scott Fujita has spoken out about the issue of a lack of gay players in professional sport, and has said that he thinks it would "not be an issue at all" to have a gay player in the locker room.
Australia: Hundreds of thousands expected for biggest Sydney Mardi Gras so far 16
1:51 AM — As the 35th Mardi Gras kicks off in Sydney, organisers expect hundreds of thousands of people in what is expected to be one of the biggest in the event's history.
US: NFL players Kluwe and Ayanbadejo file Supreme Court brief in support of equal marriage 4
1:28 AM — Two top NFL players, both equal rights advocates, have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, urging it to strike down Proposition 8, the Californian ban on equal marriage.
1st March 2013
Sweden: Married Ugandan men receive permission to stay after death threats from home 17
6:28 PM — The couple whose separation in Uganda and eventual reunion and marriage in Sweden made international news have learnt that they have both been granted asylum.
Obama: If I were a Supreme Court judge, I’d remove laws banning same-sex marriage 24
6:15 PM — President Obama has said that if he sat on the US Supreme Court, he would most likely rule that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.
Finland: Parliamentary committee narrowly rejects equal marriage bill 29
6:12 PM — The Finnish parliament's Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted narrowly to reject a bill to legalise equal marriage.
London: Protest planned for trans woman allegedly mocked by police in Soho 13
5:41 PM — Protest Transphobia are planning to stage a demonstration on Saturday at 2pm outside Charing Cross Police Station in response to the alleged unethical treatment of a trans woman who was arrested in Soho last week.
Bryan Fischer talks on fifteen-year campaign to stop ‘militant homosexuals’ from ‘destroying America’ 39
5:34 PM — The American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, has talked up a fifteen-year campaign to protect America from being "destroyed" by "militant homosexuals".
Tory Leaders: Equal marriage was ‘not an issue’ in losing the Eastleigh by-election 14
5:20 PM — Members of Tory leadership, including Michael Gove and David Cameron, have denied that the issue of equal marriage played a role in the party losing the Eastleigh by-election, the result of which was announced today.