10th March 2011
Government ‘will work with FA to encourage gay footballers’ 20
2:14 PM — The government will work with the Football Association to encourage gay footballers to come out, equality minister Lynne Featherstone has said.
9th March 2011
Maryland House begins debate on gay marriage bill 3
5:21 PM — The US state of Maryland's House of Delegates began debate on a gay marriage bill today. The bill, to give gay couples marriage equality, has already been passed by the Senate.
Ken Livingstone defends anti-gay Muslim cleric 65
4:31 PM — London mayoral hopeful Ken Livingstone has defended a Muslim cleric who has supported the death penalty for gays and lesbians. He was asked at a community meeting in north London why he had invited Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi to City Hall while London mayor in 2004.
8th March 2011
David Cameron says Christians should be ‘tolerant’ of homosexuality 251
10:39 AM — Prime minister David Cameron has said that Christians should be "tolerant" and "welcoming". He was referring to a recent High Court decision to uphold a ban on a Christian couple becoming foster parents after they admitted that they would refuse to tell a child that homosexuality is acceptable.
7th March 2011
Gay MEP Michael Cashman was abused as a child 81
2:10 PM — Gay MEP Michael Cashman has revealed he was sexually abused as a child. Mr Cashman, a former EastEnders actor who represents the West Midlands, said he had never spoken about the attack and had not even told his family.
5th March 2011
Sydney explodes in Mardi Gras of celebration and protest at Australia’s ban on gay marriage 15
5:13 PM — Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets at Sydney's 34th gay Mardi Gras parade. The event was dubbed "Say Something" to protest at Australia's federal ban on gay marriage.
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
Homophobia ‘growing’ in Lutfur Rahman’s East London council chambers 298
12:52 PM — Councillors in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets say that the public gallery in the council chamber is becoming increasingly filled with supporters of Mayor Lutfur Rahman, who are shouting homophobic abuse.
Support for gay marriage now ‘evenly divided’ in the US 8
12:14 PM — Support for gay marriage is on the rise, with the American public now "evenly divided" on the issue, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
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
New Hampshire delays anti-gay marriage laws until 2012 3
10:54 PM — New Hampshire politicians have postponed debate on two bills that sought to ban repeal gay marriage in the state until next year.
Homophobia reportedly widespread in UK African communities 9
5:39 PM — According to Mambo, the African healthier lifestyle magazine published by Terrence Higgins Trust, hostile attitudes towards gay men and lesbians within UK African communities is on the rise.
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.
Gay Republican mayor plans to run for congress 10
4:38 PM — Mike Gin, the mayor of Redondo Beach, California is planning to run for a seat in US Congress, which would make him the first openly gay Republican in the House.
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.
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.
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.
2nd March 2011
Australian Greens unlikely to move on gay marriage 4
5:11 PM — Gay marriage legislation is unlikely to be put forward by authorities in the Australia's smallest territory, despite similar moves by larger states.