4th April 2011
30 attend London East End gay Pride march 81
1:10 PM — An East End Gay Pride march was quietly held in Tower Hamlets on Saturday with just a few dozen people. Marchers walked from King Edward Memorial Park in Shadwell to Poplar Park carrying rainbow flags while a heavy police presence kept watch.
29th March 2011
Maltese trans man wins right to be recognised as male 3
10:31 AM — A transgender man in Malta has won the right to have his birth certificate changed to 'male'. The 26-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was born female but said he had always felt and acted like a man.
28th March 2011
Suffolk Pride cancelled 14
12:55 PM — Suffolk Pride has been cancelled because organisers have not been able to raise the funds to hold it. The event, which began in 2009, was to be held on Saturday June 18th.
27th March 2011
UK equality watchdog recommends that children as young as 11 could be quizzed on their sexuality 253
10:55 AM — Children as young as 11 could be asked if they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning according to guidance issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
23rd March 2011
Ricky Martin performs for Target staff despite Lady Gaga anti-gay row 32
9:04 PM — Fresh from winning a GLAAD award following coming out, Ricky Martin has performed at a meeting of the managers of Target, the US retailer criticised for supporting homophobic political groups.
Transgender people sue New York City over surgery requirement 17
2:48 PM — Three transgender people are suing the city of New York over a requirement that they must have gender reassignment surgery in order to have their birth certificates changed.
21st March 2011
Comment: Tower Hamlets council can lead the way on tackling homophobia 108
5:04 PM — Fiyaz Mughal, the director of non-profit group Faith Matters, argues that a combined 'hard and soft' approach should be used to tackle homophobia in Tower Hamlets and that bodies which continue to invite anti-gay speakers should have their funds cut.
20th March 2011
Speech: British Home secretary promises progress on full gay marriage equality 65
2:53 PM — In her first major speech on LGBT rights, the home secretary and minister for equality, Theresa May, has promised action on full gay marriage equality. Mrs May was speaking at an event hosted by the gay lobby group Stonewall.
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.