20th March 2011
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
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.
17th March 2011
Gay businesses asked to stump up for Liverpool Pride 8
2:23 PM — Liverpool's gay businesses are being asked to contribute to the cost of the city's Pride festival. City council leaders are to invest £10,000 in the August 6th event but want gay bars and clubs which will profit from Pride to help out financially.
16th March 2011
Brighton Pride to charge up to £17.50 entry fee 57
3:31 PM — Brighton Pride tickets sold on the day will cost £17.50, it has been announced. This is the first time the festival has charged party-goers an entry fee and organisers say it is necessary to ensure safety.
East End Gay Pride cancelled 366
12:04 PM — East End Gay Pride has been cancelled, the organisers have announced. In a statement this morning, they blamed "personal attacks" and a "personal vendetta" against them by local gay campaigners.
Peter Tatchell says East End Gay Pride should be postponed 69
11:08 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has withdrawn his support for next month's East End Gay Pride and is calling for it to be postponed.
15th March 2011
Channel 4 signs agreement to treat transgender issues sensitively 24
12:59 PM — Channel 4 has signed an agreement to treat transgender issues sensitively and accurately. The broadcaster is the first media outlet to sign Trans Media Watch's Memorandum of Understanding.
14th March 2011
US celebrities and entrepreneurs call on Obama to support gay marriage equality 20
10:39 PM — American gay and straight celebrities and entrepreneurs have written to US president Barack Obama to call for full federal marriage equality. The letter has been signed by gay celebrities including Rufus Wainwright, Ellen & Portia DeGeneres, Glee star Jane Lynch together with straight celebrity Martin Sheen and Marc Pincus, the chief executive of Zynga, the home of FarmVille and CityVille.
Gay dating app Grindr to launch straight counterpart 3
3:21 PM — Grindr, the revolutionary iPhone, BlackBerry and Android application for the gay community is to launch a mainstream version of their social networking concept. Grindr has more than 1.65 million regular users in 180 countries worldwide, with London being the app’s most popular city.
The open letter to the organisers of East End Gay Pride 61
12:17 PM — Next month's East End Pride is becoming controversial - read the letter of complaint from local gay campaigners here.
London’s East End Pride should be cancelled, gay campaigners say 283
12:03 PM — Next month's East End Gay Pride should be cancelled because it will cause "community tension", it has been claimed. Some local campaigners say the east London march will cause tensions between gay people and Muslims.
Comment: Why are gay people trying to ban East End Pride? 132
11:53 AM — Pride London chair Paul Birrell argues that the organisers of East End Pride should be congratulated for showing that East London is out and proud.
10th March 2011
Founder of Fabulis/ Fab.com blames gay rights progress for failure of his gay social network 28
1:33 PM — Fab.com, the gay social network that launched originally as Fabulis, has closed after its founder said that advances in gay rights mean there is less need for a gay version of Facebook.
Facebook gay casanova con artist being hunted in Malaysia 3
12:04 PM — A gay casonova in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is believed to have conned nearly 200 young men of money and valuables after having sex with them following Facebook hookups.
US retailer Target fires back at Lady Gaga following row over anti-gay donations 21
10:38 AM — US retail giant Target has hit back at Lady Gaga after she walked away from an exclusive deal for the sale of her single Born This Way over the company's controversial donations to political groups who back anti-gay policies.
9th March 2011
Comment: Cautious welcome for transgender prison guidelines 5
3:18 PM — News that guidelines are finally available for the treatment of trans prisoners is good. Not perfect. But definitely good.
Residents plan East End Gay Pride to combat hate 122
2:34 PM — A group of friends from east London are to stage the first East End Gay Pride as a response to an anti-gay poster campaign in the area.
Australian presenter sorry for remarks on ‘disgusting’ Mardi Gras marchers 32
1:18 PM — An Australian TV presenter has apologised for remarks he made about Sydney's Mardi Gras festival. Ron Wilson, a presenter for Channel Ten, suggested that some marchers had "crossed the line" into "disgusting".
Reports: Lady Gaga ends Target deal after alleged donations to anti-gay groups 31
1:05 AM — Just weeks after she launched a partnership with US retailer Target, Lady Gaga has reportedly pulled out after the company allegedly continued its policy of donating to political causes linked to anti-gay views.
8th March 2011
Date announced for Liverpool Pride 2011 5
4:51 PM — This year's Liverpool Pride festival will be held on Saturday August 6th, it has been revealed. Organisers are still waiting to find out how much funding they will receive from Liverpool city council but say they have heard "positive noises" from councillors.