16th March 2011
Government to make announcement on gay blood donation 104
4:10 PM — The government is to make an announcement on gay men donating blood "in the near future", a health minister said today. Anne Milton, responding to a Commons question, said the issue was currently under consideration.
15th March 2011
Comment: Equality minister Lynne Featherstone on the drive to tackle homophobia in sport 51
4:36 PM — As a Liberal Democrat in government, fighting for a more equal society is my driving force and I am lucky to be in a position as minister for equalities to be able to do so much. But sometimes you are reminded that simple government diktat doesn’t change much.
Anti-gay former MP Iris Robinson won’t face charges over young lover’s business 28
10:58 AM — The Public Prosecution Service has said that former DUP MP Iris Robinson will not face charges over her role in helping her 19-year-old lover set up a business.
14th March 2011
US celebrities and entrepreneurs call on Obama to support gay marriage equality 20
10:39 PM — American gay and straight celebrities and entrepreneurs have written to US president Barack Obama to call for full federal marriage equality. The letter has been signed by gay celebrities including Rufus Wainwright, Ellen & Portia DeGeneres, Glee star Jane Lynch together with straight celebrity Martin Sheen and Marc Pincus, the chief executive of Zynga, the home of FarmVille and CityVille.
Interview: Dan Choi on ‘direct action’ gay rights campaigning 42
5:29 PM — Lieutenant Dan Choi is a controversial figure in the world of American gay rights. Critical of many mainstream gay lobby groups, he proudly states the only organisation he is a member of is the US Army. Laurence Watts meets him to find out more.
David Norris launches bid to become Irish president and world’s first gay head of state 82
3:33 PM — Gay senator David Norris has formally announced his bid to become the next president of Ireland. If successful, he will become the first openly gay head of state. Mr Norris, an independent senator is currently the front runner to win the position, which is primarily ceremonial.
13th March 2011
US state department official resigns after calling Bradley Manning’s treatment ‘stupid’ 20
9:54 PM — US state department spokesman PJ Crowley has tendered his resignation after he called the treatment of Bradley Manning, the solider accused of leaking secret cables to Wikileaks, "stupid."
11th March 2011
Christian foster couple want ‘political intervention’ in gay equality laws 247
2:54 PM — A Christian couple who were banned from fostering because of their views on homosexuality are seeking a 'political intervention' in gay equality laws. They want MPs and ministers to back their cause.
US bill introduced to protect LGBT students 6
10:55 AM — A bill was introduced in both the House and Senate yesterday to protect LGBT students from discrimination, including harassment “based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity” in public elementary and secondary schools.
10th March 2011
US House will defend gay marriage ban 11
6:56 PM — The US House is to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of gay marriage. Today, a five-member panel appointed by House Speaker John Boehner voted 3-2 on party lines to defend the law. The chamber is Republican-controlled.
New York governor pledges ‘personal’ push for gay marriage 7
5:19 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat governor of New York, has told gay rights campaigners he will devote his "full attention" to marriage equality. Speaking to campaigners in a closed meeting, he reportedly said: “For me, this is personal."
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.