25th February 2011
Anonymous takes down ‘God Hates Fags’ church websites 241
12:50 AM — Anonymous, the online activist movement, has taken down the website of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay campaign group which claims US soldier deaths abroad happen because God hates homosexuality.
Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill on third reading 4
12:04 AM — A bill to introduce gay marriage in Maryland has passed its third and final reading in the Senate on Thursday evening by 25 votes to 21. Although the bill must pass in house of delegates, the state's governor Martin O’Malley has pledged to sign it.
24th February 2011
Maryland gay marriage bill gains preliminary Senate approval 1
5:48 PM — The Maryland Senate last night gave preliminary approval for a gay marriage bill in the state, 25 votes to 22. 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.
Christian website blames Christchurch Quake on gays 92
12:13 PM — Members of the LGBT community in New Zealand have denounced a US-based Christian website for blaming the Christchurch earthquake on vengeance from God because of the "amoral" behaviour of gays and lesbians.
Customers of oldest gay pub in Wales lose battle to save venue 8
11:43 AM — The oldest gay pub in Wales, Cardiff's Kings Cross is to be closed and converted into a gastropub despite a campaign supported by gay rugby star Gareth Thomas to save it.
23rd February 2011
Comment: Stephen Twigg on the parallels of homophobia and antisemitism 25
4:40 PM — Similarities between homophobia and antisemitism mean LGBT and Jewish campaigns should work together to learn and share successes, Labour MP Stephen Twigg says.
22nd February 2011
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.
Feature: The Grindr story 67
11:02 AM — Grindr, the app which revolutionised how gay men meet, is almost two years old. Laurence Watts meets founder Joel Simkhai.
20th February 2011
Preview: BBC investigates religious gay Muslim marriages being held in the UK and USA 22
11:26 AM — Less than a week after the government announced the process for religious civil partnerships, BBC Radio 5 Live are to broadcast an investigation into the growing numbers of gay Muslims seeking Islamic marriages.
Ireland’s first civil partnerships have taken place early and in secret 25
1:55 AM — The first civil partnerships in Ireland have already taken place, more than a month earlier than the planned introduction of the ceremonies. It is understood that at least one member of both couples involved are suffering from serious illnesses with a risk of that one may die before the three month notice period for a civil partnership would elapse.
18th February 2011
Court overturns Budapest police’s ban of gay pride march 10
11:09 PM — The Budapest Metropolitan Court has overturned a police decision to deny permission for Budapest's Pride march planned for June 18th 2011.
17th February 2011
World’s first ‘gay’ beer brand launched 15
1:02 PM — A beer believed to be the first specifically marketed to gay consumers has been launched in Mexico, Colombia and Japan.
Californian Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 case, delaying decision on gay marriage until 2012 8
2:56 AM — The legal saga over gay marriage in California looks set to drag on for another year. Last night, the Californian Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the backer of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that banned gay and lesbian marriages has the right to appeal a lower court decision that the ban was unconstitutional.
Hawaii Senate votes for gay civil unions, governor to sign bill 2
12:56 AM — Politicians in the state of Hawaii have passed bill legalising civil unions for same-sex couples late last night, with the Senate voting 18-5 in favour. The bill has been passed to Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign into law, he has already signaled that he supports the measure.
16th February 2011
Government is ‘painfully slow’ on gay marriage says Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill 33
11:58 PM — Responding to news that ministers will hold a consultation on giving gay couples the right to civil marriage, chief executive Ben Summerskill it would have to start now for changes to be implemented by in this parliament. Stonewall only added gay marriage to its campaigning objectives last October, eight months after the Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg declared his support for a change in the law.
15th February 2011
Budapest Pride banned by police over ‘traffic concerns’ 5
4:10 PM — This year's Budapest Pride festival has been banned by police, ostensibly because it will cause too much traffic disruption. Gay rights campaigners in the Hungarian capital claimed that the decision was politically motivated and are planning to challenge it in court.
US gay campaigners hold Valentine’s marriage rallies
11:58 AM — Gay rights campaigners across the US held a series of Valentine's Day rallies and demonstrations yesterday to call for marriage equality. Gay couples in cities such as Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago requested marriage licences, while others staged civil disobedience actions.
13th February 2011
British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality 84
9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.
11th February 2011
US gay newspaper staff quit over ‘censorship’ 9
4:32 PM — The editor and a reporter at a US gay newspaper have quit, claiming that they were asked to kill an unflattering story on an advertiser.
9th February 2011
Terrence Higgins Trust’s Lisa Power awarded MBE 1
3:53 PM — Lisa Power, the policy director of Terrence Higgins Trust, has collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace.