29th March 2011
Indiana Senate approves gay marriage ban bill 26
9:51 PM — The Indiana Senate has approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions by 40 votes to 10. The public gallery had to be cleared after gay rights protesters shouted at politicians.
US schools warned to stop censoring gay websites 51
1:42 PM — American schools have been warned to stop censoring educational lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender websites. The American Civil Liberties Union has written to school districts in Missouri and Michigan to warn that filtering such sites violates the constitution.
Teacher accused of seducing pupils denies being a lesbian
12:47 PM — A drama teacher accused of having sexual relationships with two former pupils has said she is not a lesbian. Caroline French, 38, of Darlington, is said to have groomed a 13-year-old student who was being bullied by giving her cigarettes and alcohol.
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.
Gay rights group wants military gay ban to end immediately 15
9:05 AM — A gay Republican group has filed an appeal to end the US ban on openly gay soldiers immediately. The Log Cabin Republicans filed their brief in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday.
28th March 2011
Maryland House approves transgender protections bill 7
4:16 PM — The Maryland House has approved a bill to give transgender people more legal protection. However, trans campaigners are angry that the bill does not protect them from discrimination in hotels, restaurants and public toilets.
Breast massage woman files charges after learning masseur was not gay 54
1:41 PM — A US woman who had a breast massage from a masseur she thought was gay has filed criminal charges against him after learning that he has a girlfriend.
Australian gay man pleads guilty to erotic asphyxia murder 18
10:26 AM — An Australian gay man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a lover halfway through his trial. David Richard Fraser, of Adelaide, admits strangling 28-year-old Luke Noonan during a sex act involving erotic asphyxia in September 2009.
25th March 2011
Vigil for New York teen killed in anti-gay attack 21
5:50 PM — A vigil has been held for a New York teenager who was allegedly killed in a homophobic attack. Anthony Collao, 18, was attacked at a party last Saturday by a gang who allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs before kicking, punching and beating him with a metal pipe.
Reports say Ugandan anti-gay bill has been killed 31
4:33 PM — Reports from Uganda say the country's anti-homosexuality bill has been dropped. The controversial legislation would have strengthened Uganda's current laws against gay sex but several reports say the government has intervened to drop it.
US retailer Target sues gay rights group 45
1:06 PM — Target is suing a San Diego gay rights group for canvassing outside its stores. The US retail giant claims that Canvass For A Cause, which is working for gay marriage, is driving away its customers.
Man takes ‘gay sex addict’ drug case to court 37
10:55 AM — A French man who claims a faulty Parkinson's Disease drug turned him into a gay sex addict is demanding £390,000 in compensation. Didier Jambart, 52, from Nantes, is suing ReQuip manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline for his psychological trauma.
Colorado Senate approves gay civil unions 14
10:27 AM — The US state of Colorado's Senate has passed a civil unions bill. Lawmakers approved the bill by 23-12 votes and it will now go to the House.
Man, 20, charged with murder of gay lecturer
10:07 AM — A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a retired gay lecturer in Edinburgh. He is due to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court today over the death of 64-year-old Roger Gray, who taught maths and statistics at Heriot-Watt University.
24th March 2011
Government scraps dual discrimination protection 27
3:31 PM — The government is scrapping a 'dual discrimination' protection in the Equality Bill. Chancellor George Osborne announced the change in yesterday's budget but HIV campaigners urged the government to change its mind.
Court blocks attempt to lift California gay marriage ban 2
2:30 PM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal has declined to lift its stay on an order overturning California's gay marriage ban. The case looks set to drag on for many months more.
Derby council defends foster ban on Christian couple 184
1:51 PM — Derby city council has defended its decision to ban a Christian couple from fostering because of their views on homosexuality.
23rd March 2011
Edinburgh police say gay lecturer was murdered 24
4:15 PM — Police have confirmed that a retired lecturer found dead at his Edinburgh flat was murdered. Roger Gray is the third gay man to have been killed in the city in the last month but police say there is no evidence to link the deaths.
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.
22nd March 2011
California to create new rules for condoms in adult films 1
4:17 PM — Health and safety officials in California are drafting new rules on the use of condoms in adult films. The move follows a 24-year-old porn actor contracting HIV last year after working on gay and straight films.