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.
8th March 2011
California gay marriage opponents say ban should be upheld 41
5:39 PM — President Obama's refusal to defend the Defence of Marriage Act should have no bearing on a case around Calfornia's gay marriage ban, gay marriage opponents say.
Lesbian Army captain accused of abusing rank over relationship 8
4:20 PM — A lesbian Army captain has been accused of abusing her rank by having an relationship with a soldier under her command. Captain Karen Tait, 29, and Sergeant Caroline Graham, 35, were disciplined and sent home after Army chiefs discovered their fling in 2009.
Man punched girlfriend’s friend over gay claim 25
3:32 PM — A man punched his girlfriend's gay friend after the latter claimed that he was gay, a court heard. Lee Parr, 31, of Lincoln, attacked gay man Allan Binns after Mr Binns claimed he had performed a sex act on him.
Judiciary committee approves Colorado civil unions 2
1:36 PM — A judiciary committee of the Colorado Senate has approved a bill to give gay couples the right to civil unions. Senate Bill 172, if passed, will give gay couples the right to visit each other in hospitals or prisons, make medical decisions, claim some benefits and inherit property.
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.
5th March 2011
House of Representatives speaker seeks to defend anti-gay marriage law 22
1:02 AM — The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he will seek to defend cases brought against the government over the Defense of Marriage Act*, a law that president Barack Obama has said his administration will no longer defend.
4th March 2011
Chinese news website sparks fierce debate over gay marriage 11
11:37 AM — A debate between one of China's leading pro-gay advocates and the editor of an influential national newspaper has erupted on the one of the country's most popular and comprehensive news websites.
Poland to speed ahead of Australia on same-sex marriage equality 17
10:28 AM — There are signs that Poland, which currently has a ban on same-sex marriage and a poor recent track record on LGBT rights, may finally be on the first step to marriage equality by providing gay men and lesbians with the documentation required to marry overseas.
‘Someone will get shot’ warns father whose son’s funeral was picketed by God Hates Fags church 80
1:24 AM — The father who fought the God Hates Fags church all the way to the US supreme court after his son's funeral was picketed has said that someone will get shot if the church resumes its action.
3rd March 2011
Sarah Palin slams US Supreme Court decision on ‘God Hates Fags’ church 37
5:00 PM — Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has slammed the US Supreme Court's decision to allow members of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest against homosexuality by picketing military funerals.
Julia Gillard faces potential backbench rebellion over gay marriage 29
3:21 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is reportedly playing down a revolt by backbench Labour MPs who support a Greens bill that would enable gay marriages to take place in the territories.
North London man given curfew for harassing gay couple 23
2:11 PM — A man who harassed a gay couple in Islington, North London, has been banned from going out after 10pm and given a community service order.
Suspected killer of David Kato remanded 1
1:38 PM — Enock Nsubuga Balibagga, 22, the suspected killer of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato, has been remanded to Luzira prison until the case continues on the 17th March.
Wyoming Senate votes down bill preventing recognition of out-of-state gay marriages 3
12:12 PM — Legislation that banned the recognition of same-sex marriages outside of the state of Wyoming was narrowly voted down yesterday afternoon by a 16-14 vote.
Texas school bans all clubs to prevent gay-straight alliance being formed 29
12:02 PM — A school in Texas has banned all extra-curricular clubs in a move to deny a student's request to form a Gay-Straight Alliance that would bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight students. The group was to provide support and promote understanding between students.
Gay and lesbian advocacy group claims Wal-Mart has ‘shameful’ record on LGBT employee rights 6
11:22 AM — An American gay rights group has claimed that retail giant Wal-Mart has a poor history on protecting the rights of its LGBT employees.
Turkey’s first openly gay football referee continues legal battle 3
10:31 AM — Turkey's first openly gay referee has said he will push on with his legal battle against the Turkish Football Federation, who barred him from officiating over matches in 2008.
Californian Supreme Court denies request to speed up gay marriage decision 8
12:42 AM — The Californian supreme court has denied an application to speed up its decision on the fate of gay marriage in the state. Campaigners had argued that the Californian legal code requires courts to reach speedy decisions when they impact on individuals over the age of 70.
2nd March 2011
US Supreme Court allows ‘God Hates Fags’ funeral protests 70
4:01 PM — A ruling in favour of the church upholds their First Amendment right to picket funerals, claiming God is punishing America by killing soldiers.