3rd March 2011
Video: Hip-hop star producer Russel Simmons joins fight for gay marriage 4
12:31 PM — Russel Simmons, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings, has become one of the first major black music figures to join the fight for full marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples.
Wyoming Senate votes down bill preventing recognition of out-of-state gay marriages 3
12:12 PM — Legislation that banned the recognition of same-sex marriages outside of the state of Wyoming was narrowly voted down yesterday afternoon by a 16-14 vote.
Texas school bans all clubs to prevent gay-straight alliance being formed 29
12:02 PM — A school in Texas has banned all extra-curricular clubs in a move to deny a student's request to form a Gay-Straight Alliance that would bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight students. The group was to provide support and promote understanding between students.
Gay and lesbian advocacy group claims Wal-Mart has ‘shameful’ record on LGBT employee rights 6
11:22 AM — An American gay rights group has claimed that retail giant Wal-Mart has a poor history on protecting the rights of its LGBT employees.
Californian Supreme Court denies request to speed up gay marriage decision 8
12:42 AM — The Californian supreme court has denied an application to speed up its decision on the fate of gay marriage in the state. Campaigners had argued that the Californian legal code requires courts to reach speedy decisions when they impact on individuals over the age of 70.
2nd March 2011
US Supreme Court allows ‘God Hates Fags’ funeral protests 70
4:01 PM — A ruling in favour of the church upholds their First Amendment right to picket funerals, claiming God is punishing America by killing soldiers.
US student wins right to wear homophobic T-shirt to school 46
3:26 PM — The US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, has judged the slogan "Be Happy, Not Gay", despite being anti-gay, did not disrupt the peace at the Chicago school.
1st March 2011
California’s attorney general calls for gay marriages to resume 13
11:51 PM — California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to take place while the state's supreme court decides on the validity of the ban on same sex marriage.
Trans woman runs for mayor in Texas 29
3:36 PM — A transgender woman is challenging an anti-gay pastor in the mayoral race in Amarillo, Texas. Sandra Dunn, 53, said her friends encouraged her to go for the job after pastor David Grisham announced his candidacy last week.
Elton John may appear on Glee 7
1:56 PM — Elton John has been in talks about appearing on Glee. Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the show, said she had encouraged the gay legend to meet series co-creator Ryan Murphy without realising the pair had already discussed the idea.
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.