7th March 2011
New guidelines state rights for transgender prisoners 43
11:34 AM — New Ministry of Justice guidelines set out rights for transgender prisoners, including what they may wear and how prison staff should treat them.
1st March 2011
Man jailed for hammer attack on gay Labour councillor 12
5:10 PM — A north London man has been jailed for two years for attacking a gay Labour councillor with a hammer after sex. Marian Calin, 29, of Tottenham, was approached by Labour councillor Neil Wilson last January at Wanstead Flats.
Silvio Berlusconi tells Catholics: ‘We’ll never allow gays to marry or adopt’ 73
2:20 PM — Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has said gay couples will never be permitted to marry. Speaking at a Catholic conference in Milan, he said: "Gays will never have marriages equal to traditional family values because there is only one family."
Elton John may appear on Glee 7
1:56 PM — Elton John has been in talks about appearing on Glee. Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the show, said she had encouraged the gay legend to meet series co-creator Ryan Murphy without realising the pair had already discussed the idea.
Christian couple ‘extremely distressed’ at fostering ban 175
10:43 AM — A Christian couple who said they would not tell a child that being gay is okay have said they are "extremely distressed" at being banned from fostering.
28th February 2011
Burger King pays out $3m to gay couple beaten by staff 28
5:13 PM — A New Jersey gay couple have won $3.15 million in compensation after being abused and beaten by Burger King staff.
Court upholds foster ban on couple who oppose homosexuality 390
2:52 PM — The High Court has upheld a council's decision to bar a couple from fostering children because they oppose homosexuality.
Natalie Portman wins Oscar for Black Swan 9
11:44 AM — Natalie Portman won a Best Actress Oscar last night for her role as a ballet dancer in Black Swan. The 29-year-old played Nina Sayers in the psychological thriller, which includes a lesbian sex scene.
President Obama appoints gay man as social secretary 6
11:17 AM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a gay man as his social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, a special adviser to the US ambassador to France and a long-time supporter and fund-raiser, will take over the high-profile position.
24th February 2011
Manchester to celebrate centenary of gay computer scientist Alan Turing 27
3:55 PM — Manchester will celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing's birth next year. The gay computer scientist and codebreaker, who was born in 1912 and lived in the city, was persecuted for his sexual orientation and forced to undergo chemical castration.
Most Irish people support gay marriage, poll says 12
1:45 PM — A survey of Irish adults says that the majority - 61 per cent - support marriage equality for gay couples. Just 27 per cent of voters are opposed to the idea of gay marriage, the Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne research found.
Hawaii governor signs civil unions bill 2
1:06 PM — The governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, signed a civil unions bill into law yesterday. The measure was approved by the Senate last week and will give gay couples almost all of the rights of marriage.
23rd February 2011
Belgian gay couple to be reunited with baby son 12
5:14 PM — A Belgian gay couple whose baby son was stranded in Ukraine for two years expect to be reunited with him soon. Peter Meurrens and Laurent Ghilain had baby Samuel by surrogate in 2009 but red tape meant they could not bring him home.
Maryland Senate debates gay marriage
3:37 PM — Maryland's Senate began debating gay marriage today. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state's marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.
David Cameron says World Cup could make Qatar more gay-friendly 35
2:40 PM — Hosting the World Cup in 2022 could make Qatar more gay-friendly, British prime minister David Cameron said today. Mr Cameron, who is on a visit to the Gulf State, said that there is "no place for homophobia in football" and that the games could be an "engine for social change".
Polish gay football fans ask for separate seats at Euro 2012 4
2:09 PM — A Polish group of gay football fans has asked for separate seating at the 2012 European Championships to protect them from other fans.
22nd February 2011
Tory councillor suspended for six months over gay porn images 22
5:21 PM — A Tory councillor in Fylde, near Blackpool, has been suspended for six months after more than 1,000 gay porn images were found on his work laptop. Simon Renwick claims someone else malicously downloaded the images, but Fylde council decided to suspend him for not securing the computer properly.
Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’ 12
3:39 PM — Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims. According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.
First UK national forum for LGBT Jews formed 13
1:12 PM — A national forum has been launched for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Jews. Keshet UK, which means 'rainbow', hopes to challenge prejudice, tackle anti-gay bullying and support Jewish LGBT people in schools, synagogues and social care.
America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17
10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.