1st March 2011
Tennessee proposes bill to ban gay awareness in schools 9
2:47 AM — Republicans in Tennessee are proposing a bill that would prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools.
Anti-gay Christian pastor arrested for ‘masturbating in park’ 20
12:55 AM — Christian fundamentalist Rev. Grant Storms, 53, who protests at the largest gay event in New Orleans, was arrested on Friday afternoon for allegedly masturbating in his van while watching children.
28th February 2011
Survey suggests North Carolina supports gay unions despite Republican efforts to ban gay marriage 2
11:17 PM — Republicans are expecting to introduce a Defense of Marriage Act in North Carolina in 2011, but a survey released on Monday by Elon University reveals that more than half of North Carolina residents actually support at least some form of legal recognition for gay couples.
‘The King’s Speech’ producer Iain Canning thanks boyfriend in Oscar acceptance speech 9
10:12 PM — British producer Iain Canning accepted the Oscar award as one of the four producers of The King’s Speech, giving credit to “boyfriend Ben” at the end of his acceptance speech.
Website blaming gays for Christchurch quake shut down 23
9:19 PM — A website that blamed the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, on gay people, has been shut down by its Utah-based web hosting provider, BlueHost. It follows complaints from the readers of PinkNews.co.uk and other LGBT media.
LA Times opposes Prop 8, supports gay marriage 2
8:25 PM — The Los Angeles Times signalled its support for gay marriage by running an editorial today calling Proposition 8 a “deplorable situation”.
Video: Lady Gaga premieres Born This Way 35
5:47 PM — It's the "new gay anthem", Elton John says. To other critics, it's a rehash of Madonna's 1989 hit Express Yourself. Gaga released the video to Born This Way today. Watch it here.
Burger King pays out $3m to gay couple beaten by staff 28
5:13 PM — A New Jersey gay couple have won $3.15 million in compensation after being abused and beaten by Burger King staff.
Gay priest fired from Philadelphia Catholic university 19
4:14 PM — An openly gay priest has been fired from teaching at a Catholic university in Philadelphia because he has been in a relationship with a man for the past 15 years.
Natalie Portman wins Oscar for Black Swan 9
11:44 AM — Natalie Portman won a Best Actress Oscar last night for her role as a ballet dancer in Black Swan. The 29-year-old played Nina Sayers in the psychological thriller, which includes a lesbian sex scene.
President Obama appoints gay man as social secretary 6
11:17 AM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a gay man as his social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, a special adviser to the US ambassador to France and a long-time supporter and fund-raiser, will take over the high-profile position.
25th February 2011
Lady Gaga to be godmother to Elton John’s son 22
1:02 PM — Lady Gaga is to be a godmother to Elton John and David Furnish's new baby son. Furnish recently let slip in an interview that the bisexual star would be an important part of two-month-old Zachary's life.
US right hopes to make gay marriage an election issue 28
11:31 AM — Following the Obama administration's announcement that it will no longer defend the Defence of Marriage Act, US conservatives say they will make gay marriage an election issue.
Anonymous takes down ‘God Hates Fags’ church websites 241
12:50 AM — Anonymous, the online activist movement, has taken down the website of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay campaign group which claims US soldier deaths abroad happen because God hates homosexuality.
Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill on third reading 4
12:04 AM — A bill to introduce gay marriage in Maryland has passed its third and final reading in the Senate on Thursday evening by 25 votes to 21. Although the bill must pass in house of delegates, the state's governor Martin O’Malley has pledged to sign it.
24th February 2011
Congressman pushes for repeal of anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 9
6:19 PM — A Democratic congressman is to re-introduce a bill to overturn the anti-gay Defence of Marriage Act next week. Jerrold Nadler, a representative for New York, is calling on other politicians to support the Respect for Marriage Act.
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.