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.
US student wins right to wear homophobic T-shirt to school 46
3:26 PM — The US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, has judged the slogan "Be Happy, Not Gay", despite being anti-gay, did not disrupt the peace at the Chicago school.
Tribunal begins for army officer sent home from Afghanistan due to ‘lesbian relationship’ 3
1:51 PM — Karen Tait is claiming sexuality discrimination after commanding officers sent her home from Afghanistan, alleging her judgment had been compromised by a lesbian relationship.
Mozambicans seek constitutional amendment to enshrine gay rights 17
10:48 AM — Justice Minister tells UN Human Rights Council homosexuality is not illegal in the east African country, but fears subsist about unclear penal code.
1st March 2011
California’s attorney general calls for gay marriages to resume 13
11:51 PM — California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to take place while the state's supreme court decides on the validity of the ban on same sex marriage.
Man jailed for hammer attack on gay Labour councillor 12
5:10 PM — A north London man has been jailed for two years for attacking a gay Labour councillor with a hammer after sex. Marian Calin, 29, of Tottenham, was approached by Labour councillor Neil Wilson last January at Wanstead Flats.