31st March 2012
Exeter hosts gay pride 3
9:05 PM — Exeter played host one of the biggest gay pride celebrations in the South West, with a 50 m long rainbow flag floating down the High Street to Exeter Phoenix.
30th March 2012
Nepal to host national LGBT games 10
10:04 AM — This September, Nepal is set to host the country's first - and indeed Asia's first - national games for LGBT persons.
29th March 2012
Transphobic ad against Alaskan Proposition 5 criticised 12
9:22 PM — Supporters of Proposition 5, which would expand the anti-discrimination laws in Anchorage, Alaska, to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its legislative field, have criticised an advertisement released by opponents, calling it ‘dehumanizing.’
Comment: Do alternative parenting arrangements work? 18
3:19 PM — Same-sex parenting and "alternative families" are currently being hotly debated following a widely publicised dispute between the two lesbian mothers and the gay father of a two-year old boy (the 'DN v MD and AR ' case). The lesbian mothers are said to feel "betrayed" by the gay father, who has reneged on his promise to have minimal involvement in the raising of his son.
28th March 2012
American military academies celebrate first gay pride events 6
4:56 PM — This week saw the first gay pride events being celebrated at military academies in the USA, six months after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
27th March 2012
Serbia: Far-right leader jailed for homophobic death-threats 10
10:25 PM — A far-right Serbian leader, whose death-threats against homosexuals led to the cancellation of gay pride march in Belgrade three years ago, has been convicted and sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Quakers call for equal marriage in address to the Queen 38
8:58 PM — The Religious Society of Friends in Britain, generally known as the Quakers, have called on Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to support the inclusion of same-sex couples in the definition of marriage in their address to the monarch on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
Comment: Biased BBC skews the debate on LGBT issues 140
10:36 AM — The BBC's reporting on marriage equality proposals is more proof the corporation does not take LGBT issues seriously. Stupid questions, a megaphone to fanatics, fawning deference to faith and giving no time to the voices from our communities: it’s time BBC stopped treating its LGBT licence payers with contempt.
Birmingham lavishes £10k on bling rhino sculpture for gay village 37
9:43 AM — Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has contributed the sum of £10,000 towards a huge, rhinestone-encrusted sculpture of a rhinoceros which is planned to mark entry to the city's gay village.
26th March 2012
Judge criticises New York City over birth certificate change for trans man 20
10:46 PM — In a case that could have repercussions around the US, a New York judge has severely criticised the health officials of the city for the complex bureaucratic requirements that trans men and women must negotiate in order to update details on their identity documents such as passports.
25th March 2012
Comment: Should straight people be barred from entering gay clubs? 279
2:43 PM — Singer and song writer Ethan Bourne asks whether it's right for gay clubs to exclude straight people because of their sexuality.
Miss Universe Canada rejects transgender contestant 136
1:16 PM — A beauty pageant owned by Donald Trump has booted a contestant out of the competition because she was born male.
23rd March 2012
Peter Tatchell and Sun’s Dear Deidre columnist new FFLAG patrons 5
4:00 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Deidre Sanders of The Sun's agony aunt column Dear Deidre and psychologist Professor Ian Rivers have become patrons of FFLAG.
Stonewall unveils Facebook Timeline of key gay events since 1989 4
1:40 PM — Stonewall had relaunched its Facebook page utilising the new timeline facility to record key moments for the gay community's struggle for equality since its foundation in 1989.
Video: Stephen Schwartz’s It Gets Better anthem released 28
12:08 PM — Written and performed by the 275 members, the piece was set to music by Stephen Schwartz and begins with an unflinching look at the desperation felt by many young people coming to terms with their sexuality but features the positive message that the experiences awaiting adults mean it gets 'more than better'.
Nepal’s first gender-neutral public toilet to be unveiled 4
11:29 AM — Nepal's first openly gay MP has secured the opening of the country's first gender-neutral toilet.
22nd March 2012
Letter: Mark Zuckerberg, please allow users to list their gender as ‘other’ 20
9:20 PM — In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, Sunil Babu Pant, Nepal's first openly gay MP has asked for the social network to give users the option to describe their gender as 'other'. At present, Facebook requires users to select either male or female although it does give them the option of hiding their response.
Council to consider official gay quarter for Leeds 30
10:33 AM — Leeds City Council will address a motion to formally recognise its gay quarter next week.
21st March 2012
New Hampshire House votes to retain equal marriage for gay couples 68
9:27 PM — An attempt to overturn New Hampshire’s legislation to allow equal marriage has failed by 133 votes against equal marriage to 202 to retain equality for gay and straight couples. New Hampshire’s equal marriage law has been under attack since it came into effect in 2010 and progress on a repeal bill was delayed from early last year to this month.
Kirk Cameron: ‘Insensitive’ to focus on anti-gay ‘sound bite’ 44
2:30 PM — Former child actor Kirk Cameron has stood by the comments he made about gays being "destructive to civilisation" on Piers Morgan's show earlier this month but said focusing on that comment does not reflect his "full heart" on the matter.