24th February 2011
Maryland gay marriage bill gains preliminary Senate approval 1
5:48 PM — The Maryland Senate last night gave preliminary approval for a gay marriage bill in the state, 25 votes to 22. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state’s marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.
Hawaii governor signs civil unions bill 2
1:06 PM — The governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, signed a civil unions bill into law yesterday. The measure was approved by the Senate last week and will give gay couples almost all of the rights of marriage.
Christian website blames Christchurch Quake on gays 92
12:13 PM — Members of the LGBT community in New Zealand have denounced a US-based Christian website for blaming the Christchurch earthquake on vengeance from God because of the "amoral" behaviour of gays and lesbians.
23rd February 2011
Video: Barack Obama rules US will not defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 13
9:10 PM — In what could be a historic advance for gay rights in the United States, Barack Obama's administration has announced that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in two specific cases because it defines a marriage as only being between a man and a woman.
Maryland Senate debates gay marriage
3:37 PM — Maryland's Senate began debating gay marriage today. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state's marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton guilty of drug charges 20
1:22 PM — The homophobic Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has been found guilty of cocaine charges. The star was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting others.
22nd February 2011
Gay author and Narnia producer Perry Moore dies at 39 11
4:01 PM — Perry Moore, a producer of the Chronicles of Narnia films and an award-winning gay author, has died at the age of 39. He was found dead in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment by his partner Hunter Hill last Thursday morning.
Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’ 12
3:39 PM — Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims. According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.
America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17
10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.
21st February 2011
Target agrees to fund gay groups following Lady Gaga deal 44
11:11 PM — A special edition of Lady Gaga's new single, 'Born This Way', is to be exclusively sold at the retailer Target. The company has in the past donated considerable sums to organisations that support those who discriminate or even advocate death and violence to gays. Now Lady Gaga has forced the retail chain to "make amends" and donate to gay rights groups.
Rufus Wainwright has baby with Leonard Cohen’s daughter 8
2:44 PM — Rufus Wainwright has become a father. The gay singer-songwriter announced on his website today that he and Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen, had become "proud parents".
Trans model Lea T says she wished she was gay 7
9:45 AM — Givenchy muse and model Lea T has revealed she used to wish she was gay instead of transgender. The 28-year-old was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey last week and explained how she had come to accept she was born in the wrong body.
20th February 2011
Preview: BBC investigates religious gay Muslim marriages being held in the UK and USA 22
11:26 AM — Less than a week after the government announced the process for religious civil partnerships, BBC Radio 5 Live are to broadcast an investigation into the growing numbers of gay Muslims seeking Islamic marriages.
Leonardo DiCaprio to play gay J Edgar Hoover in film penned by writer of ‘Milk’ 12
1:23 AM — Former teenage heart throb Leonardo DiCaprio will play J Edgar Hoover, in a biopic of the FBI's first director as a cross dressing repressed homosexual.
18th February 2011
New Hampshire’s gay marriage law under threat 10
3:03 PM — Politicians in the US state of New Hampshire are attempting to repeal a 2009 marriage equality law. New Hampshire legalised the practice in 2009 but two bills to make it illegal are currently in front of the House.
Facebook adds ‘civil union’ status to profiles 23
11:35 AM — Gay and lesbian Facebook users can now state whether they are in a civil union or domestic partnership on their profile pages. Groups had been set up to call for the change and the new options are being rolled out in the US, UK and several other countries today.
17th February 2011
US teen ‘killed gay man in panic after cough medicine overdose’
4:49 PM — A North Carolina teenager accused of murdering a gay man confessed he carried out the attack after overdosing on cough medicine, police say. Tapes from emergency calls also suggest that 19-year-old Michael Anderson attacked 36-year-old Stephen Starr after the older man made sexual advances to him.
Justin Bieber: Being gay is a decision and abortion is wrong 572
1:34 PM — Fresh from winning a Brit award, teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber has suggested that homosexuality is a choice and that abortion is wrong even when pregnancy is caused by rape.
World’s first ‘gay’ beer brand launched 15
1:02 PM — A beer believed to be the first specifically marketed to gay consumers has been launched in Mexico, Colombia and Japan.
Britney Spears named ultimate gay icon 26
12:41 PM — Pop star Britney Spears has been named the ultimate gay icon of all time in a poll by the Equality Project, having beaten off competition from Lady Gaga, Barack Obama and Cher.