23rd March 2011
Ricky Martin performs for Target staff despite Lady Gaga anti-gay row 32
9:04 PM — Fresh from winning a GLAAD award following coming out, Ricky Martin has performed at a meeting of the managers of Target, the US retailer criticised for supporting homophobic political groups.
Elizabeth Taylor remembered as ‘extraordinary’ gay rights ally 9
4:54 PM — Elton John has led tributes to Elizabeth Taylor, who died early this morning at the age of 79. The gay icon was a tireless campaigner for equality and dedicated the latter years of her life to HIV and AIDS causes.
85 countries sign UN gay rights resolution 67
3:35 PM — More than 80 countries have signed a UN gay rights resolution to end homophobic violence and laws against gay sex. The resolution was presented at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.
Transgender people sue New York City over surgery requirement 17
2:48 PM — Three transgender people are suing the city of New York over a requirement that they must have gender reassignment surgery in order to have their birth certificates changed.
Gay icon Elizabeth Taylor dies 14
1:37 PM — Elizabeth Taylor has died aged 79, her publicist has confirmed. The London-born gay icon died of heart failure at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles early this morning.
Apple removes ‘gay cure’ iPhone app 59
10:15 AM — Apple appears to have removed a 'gay cure' iPhone application after almost 150,000 people signed an internet petition.
22nd March 2011
California to create new rules for condoms in adult films 1
4:17 PM — Health and safety officials in California are drafting new rules on the use of condoms in adult films. The move follows a 24-year-old porn actor contracting HIV last year after working on gay and straight films.
Parents of gay suicide student don’t want roommate punished ‘harshly’ 22
3:24 PM — The parents of a US student who committed suicide after being taped having sex say they want his roommate prosecuted but not punished "harshly".
Christian group: ‘Our iPhone app won’t cure gays’ 43
2:16 PM — Exodus International has responded to a 100,000-strong petition calling for its iPhone app to be banned. The Christian group said campaigners were trying to "stigmatise" it and denied it was trying to "cure" gay people.
21st March 2011
Daniel Radcliffe to be honoured for gay rights work 15
2:59 PM — Daniel Radcliffe is to be honoured by LGBT helpline the Trevor Project for his support. The Harry Potter actor, 21, will receive the helpline's 'hero' award for raising awareness of its work.
Caribbean island St Lucia apologises for attack on gay tourists 33
2:18 PM — St Lucia has apologised to three gay men who were robbed in what they say was a homophobic attack. The Caribbean island's government said it was "saddened" by the incident and extended "sincere apologies" to Todd Wiggins, Michael Baker and Nick Smith of Atlanta.
80,000 sign petition to Apple over ‘gay cure’ app 72
10:49 AM — More than 80,000 people have signed a petition calling on Apple to remove a 'gay cure' app from its iTunes store. The company is coming under increased pressure to remove the Exodus International app.
20th March 2011
Ricky Martin and Anderson Cooper take home GLAAD awards 25
2:12 PM — Last night, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) honoured Ricky Martin, Anderson Cooper and NBC's 30 Rock among many others with awards for their contribution to the LGBT community.
18th March 2011
Military gay ban protesters in federal court 9
5:07 PM — Thirteen gay rights activists were due to appear in a US federal court today over protests against the military gay ban.
US House committee approves measure for aid cut to anti-gay countries 28
3:41 PM — A US House committee has approved a measure which would discourage aid to homophobic countries like Uganda. The amendment to the House Financial Services Committee bill was tabled by Democrat representative Barney Frank, who is gay.
Poll says 53% of Americans back gay marriage equality 25
2:37 PM — A national poll says that 53 per cent of Americans support gay marriage equality. The Washington Post-ABC News poll asked 1,001 respondents: “Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?”
Son of anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps claims he abused family 58
2:01 PM — The son of Fred Phelps, the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, has claimed that his father beat his family until they bled.
17th March 2011
Petition to ban ‘gay cure’ iPhone app 58
4:55 PM — A petition has been started to ban a 'gay cure' group's iPhone app. Christian group Exodus International claims that people can find “freedom from homosexuality” through prayer and practises conversion therapy.
Gay author Armistead Maupin’s shock at ‘real men’ restaurant slur 58
1:23 PM — Gay author and activist Armistead Maupin says his partner was barred from using an Australian restaurant's toilets because of his sexuality. They were told by a waiter that only "real men" could use the bathroom.
16th March 2011
Democrats launch Respect for Marriage Act to repeal US federal ban on gay marriage 17
11:49 PM — Democrats in the both the House of Representatives and the Senate will launch bills to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal ban on same sex marriage.