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.
Gay Chilean man dies in hospital after neo-Nazi attack 26
11:56 AM — Daniel Zamudio, a gay 24-year-old Chilean man who was left brain-dead following an attack in Santiago by four alleged members of a neo-Nazi gang, died yesterday in hospital after three weeks in a medically-induced coma.
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
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.
Californian Pop band The Morning Benders change their name through fear of offending gay fans 21
4:59 PM — Californian power-pop band The Morning Benders have changed their name to the somewhat blander Pop ETC. after belatedly discovering that ‘bender’ is a UK slang term used to describe gay men.
Gay couples celebrate ‘illegal mass wedding’ in Ohio over the weekend 16
11:47 AM — More than 200 gay and lesbian couples gathered at the Galleria downtown Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday to engage in what they called the “biggest illegal mass wedding ever held.”
25th March 2012
Miss Universe Canada rejects transgender contestant 136
1:16 PM — A beauty pageant owned by Donald Trump has booted a contestant out of the competition because she was born male.
Gay man arrested for having gay sex on gay cruise speaks of his ordeal 45
12:53 PM — A man from southern California, who was arrested with his partner in the Caribbean island of Dominica for allegedly having sex in public, has said that the couple were subject to taunts, humiliation and inhumane treatment at the hands of their captors.
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.
Chile: Lesbian judge whose sexuality ‘put daughters at risk’ wins legal battle 7
5:52 PM — A gay judge has won a custody case against the Chilean courts which had taken away her three daughters in 2004 believing her sexuality to put their development 'at risk'.
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
US men plead guilty to gay sex charges on Caribbean cruise 29
5:32 PM — Two men from California have pleaded guilty to charges of breaking Dominica's anti-gay laws after being spotted having sex on a gay cruise ship.
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.