28th March 2012
Queer feminist poet and essayist Adrienne Rich dies aged 82 9
10:28 PM — The pioneering feminist poet, Adrienne Rich, who consistently challenged the myths of the American dream, has died, aged 82.
US footballer suspended and fined for homophobic tweet 11
8:56 PM — Colin Clark, the Houston Dynamo midfielder who was heard using an offensive homophobic slur against a ball boy, has been suspended for three games and given an undisclosed fine by Major League Soccer.
American military academies celebrate first gay pride events 6
4:56 PM — This week saw the first gay pride events being celebrated at military academies in the USA, six months after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
US government demands fast-track of gay rights case 14
9:40 AM — This week, the US government requested that a federal appeals court hasten its review of a San Francisco gay rights case and consider harsher scrutiny for discriminatory laws around sexual orientation, including a standard that could legalise same-sex marriage.
27th March 2012
Secret documents reveal anti-gay marriage group planned to divide gay and black voters 48
4:36 PM — Confidential documents made public in a court in the state of Maine today revealed the leading opponents of same-sex marriage planned to defeat campaigns by "fanning the hostility" between black and gay voters and by casting President Obama as a radical enemy of marriage.
Obituary: New York photographer and actor Cris Alexander 8
11:26 AM — New York photographer and actor Cris Alexander has died, aged 92. Alexander came to New York City aged 18 in 1938 hoping to make it as an actor. Ultimately, he became a successful photographer, taking portraits of movie stars, the New York City Ballet and for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine.
Alaskan anti-discrimination ordinance could be passed in April 18
9:07 AM — An ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT people in Anchorage, Alaska, could be passed on an upcoming municipal ballot in April.
26th March 2012
Judge criticises New York City over birth certificate change for trans man 20
10:46 PM — In a case that could have repercussions around the US, a New York judge has severely criticised the health officials of the city for the complex bureaucratic requirements that trans men and women must negotiate in order to update details on their identity documents such as passports.
Banning equal marriage would be disastrous for North Carolina, says a Bank of America official 16
10:01 PM — The technology chief of Bank of America has strongly denounced the proposed measure to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman in North Carolina, saying it would make it harder for companies to attract talent to the state.
25th March 2012
‘Smash,’ Lady Gaga and anti-bullying teenage campaigner triumph at GLAAD awards 2
12:16 PM — Lady Gaga, the NBC musical drama ‘Smash,’ and a teenager from Michigan who has been campaigning to make it easier for children to see a forthcoming documentary on bullying have all been crowned at the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards, announced a few hours ago.
24th March 2012
American footballer apologises for gay slur 14
8:43 PM — Colin Clark, the midfielder for Houston Dynamo, has apologised for using a homophobic slur against a ball boy, who refused to throw the ball back to him during Friday’s game with the Seattle Sounders.
23rd March 2012
US student sues school over gay prom policy 23
11:03 PM — A high school student from Atlanta has filed a federal lawsuit against his school, alleging that the administrators removed him as student body president, after he proposed to make the prom more inclusive to LGBT students.
Dharun Ravi denies responsibility for suicide of gay room-mate Tyler Clementi 23
9:57 PM — In his first interview since being convicted on fifteen charges last week, Dharun Ravi has denied acting out of homophobic hatred, and has said that he never felt uncomfortable with Tyler Clementi’s sexuality.
37,000 sign petition to thank Starbucks for equal marriage support 19
4:32 PM — More than 37,000 people have signed a petition to thank coffee giant Starbucks for its equal marriage support after marriage opponents called for an international boycott.
Video: Stephen Schwartz’s It Gets Better anthem released 28
12:08 PM — Written and performed by the 275 members, the piece was set to music by Stephen Schwartz and begins with an unflinching look at the desperation felt by many young people coming to terms with their sexuality but features the positive message that the experiences awaiting adults mean it gets 'more than better'.
22nd March 2012
Dan Savage: If Rick Santorum wants to pray for me, I’ll gay for him 12
5:21 PM — The creator of the It Gets Better campaign, Dan Savage, has hit back at the Republican candidate Rick Santorum after the later offered to "pray for" the gay rights hero in an interview.
Equal marriage opponents call for Starbucks boycott 31
4:38 PM — A US organisation opposed to marriage equality is calling on people around the world to boycott Starbucks over its support of equal marriage rights for gays.
21st March 2012
New Hampshire House votes to retain equal marriage for gay couples 68
9:27 PM — An attempt to overturn New Hampshire’s legislation to allow equal marriage has failed by 133 votes against equal marriage to 202 to retain equality for gay and straight couples. New Hampshire’s equal marriage law has been under attack since it came into effect in 2010 and progress on a repeal bill was delayed from early last year to this month.
Kirk Cameron: ‘Insensitive’ to focus on anti-gay ‘sound bite’ 44
2:30 PM — Former child actor Kirk Cameron has stood by the comments he made about gays being "destructive to civilisation" on Piers Morgan's show earlier this month but said focusing on that comment does not reflect his "full heart" on the matter.
20th March 2012
125,000 sign Iraq veteran’s petition to keep New Hampshire’s equal marriage law 24
5:05 PM — 125,000 people across the US have called on New Hampshire's legislature to keep the state's equal marriage laws in a vote tomorrow, signing a petition started by marine who wants to be best man at his brother's wedding.