22nd March 2011
Judge overturns ban on homophobic church ad 412
11:40 AM — A judge has overturned an Advertising Standards Authority ban on a church advert which railed against gay sex. The ad, by the Sandown Free Presbyterian Church in Belfast, was published in 2008 and was called 'The word of God against sodomy'.
Gay lecturer stabbed to death in Edinburgh home 68
10:59 AM — A retired university lecturer was found stabbed to death at his home in Edinburgh on Saturday morning. Roger Gray, who was gay, was found in the hallway of his Merchiston flat after neighbours reported a gas leak.
21st March 2011
32 Chinese women arrested for writing gay erotica 11
4:28 PM — Police in China have arrested 32 women for allegedly writing erotica for a gay website. The women, include one 17-year-old, were arrested in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, ShanghaiDaily.com reports.
Australian prime minister explains opposition to gay marriage 112
3:25 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard says she opposes gay marriage because it goes against her upbringing. During an interview with Sky News’s Australian Agenda, she called herself a “cultural traditionalist” who is “on the conservative side in this question".
Caribbean island St Lucia apologises for attack on gay tourists 33
2:18 PM — St Lucia has apologised to three gay men who were robbed in what they say was a homophobic attack. The Caribbean island's government said it was "saddened" by the incident and extended "sincere apologies" to Todd Wiggins, Michael Baker and Nick Smith of Atlanta.
Gay sauna blaze ‘not suspicious’ 86
1:43 PM — A fire at gay sauna in Shoreditch, east London, is not being treated as suspicious, police say. The blaze, at Chariots on Fairchild Street, started at around 6am Sunday morning.
20th March 2011
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
Military gay ban protesters in federal court 9
5:07 PM — Thirteen gay rights activists were due to appear in a US federal court today over protests against the military gay ban.
Gay Police Association loses funding 119
4:49 PM — The Gay Police Association is to lose its funding after a government decision to stop supporting police staff diversity groups.
US House committee approves measure for aid cut to anti-gay countries 28
3:41 PM — A US House committee has approved a measure which would discourage aid to homophobic countries like Uganda. The amendment to the House Financial Services Committee bill was tabled by Democrat representative Barney Frank, who is gay.
Poll says 53% of Americans back gay marriage equality 25
2:37 PM — A national poll says that 53 per cent of Americans support gay marriage equality. The Washington Post-ABC News poll asked 1,001 respondents: “Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?”
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.
Teenager given community service for attacking man who asked if he was gay 22
11:40 AM — A Scottish teenager has been given 120 hours of community service for disfiguring a man who asked if he was gay. Gary Craig, 18, of Hawick in the Scottish Borders, headbutted and kicked the victim in the head after celebrating New Year's Eve.
Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to anti-gay bill 48
10:56 AM — Reports say that the Ugandan parliament is to return to considering an anti-homosexuality bill next week. It is one of several bills to be debated by the Law and Parliamentary Affairs committee when parliament returns, ugpulse.com reports.
17th March 2011
Isle of Man legalises gay civil partnerships 15
3:28 PM — Civil partnerships have been signed into law on the Isle of Man. The law comes into effect on April 6th - five years after the UK legalised civil partnerships.
Gay men arrested for sex in London gym 240
11:52 AM — Exclusive:Two men were arrested earlier this month for having sex in a London gym, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal. The pair, who were understood to have been in the sauna at the Virgin Active gym in Barbican, were arrested on suspicion of outraging public decency after staff called police.
Malaysian radio censors Lady Gaga’s pro-gay song 24
11:14 AM — Lady Gaga's hit song Born This Way has been censored in Malaysia because its pro-gay lyrics are deemed "offensive".
Scottish government advised to legalise gay marriage 47
10:52 AM — The Scottish government has been advised to give gay couples the right to marry. A report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission says that current law discriminates against gay people and is not supported by public polls.
16th March 2011
Democrats launch Respect for Marriage Act to repeal US federal ban on gay marriage 17
11:49 PM — Democrats in the both the House of Representatives and the Senate will launch bills to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal ban on same sex marriage.
Maryland gay marriage bill dies 9
5:31 PM — The effort to legalise gay marriage in the US state of Maryland has died for this year. Supporters of a marriage equality bill could not find enough votes for the measure to pass in the House.