29th March 2011
Indiana Senate approves gay marriage ban bill 26
9:51 PM — The Indiana Senate has approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions by 40 votes to 10. The public gallery had to be cleared after gay rights protesters shouted at politicians.
US gay and lesbian military group launches magazine 4
4:23 PM — The first magazine for gay and lesbian troops has been launched in the US. OutServe is currently available online, although publishers say the next issue will be in print.
US schools warned to stop censoring gay websites 51
1:42 PM — American schools have been warned to stop censoring educational lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender websites. The American Civil Liberties Union has written to school districts in Missouri and Michigan to warn that filtering such sites violates the constitution.
Gay rights group wants military gay ban to end immediately 15
9:05 AM — A gay Republican group has filed an appeal to end the US ban on openly gay soldiers immediately. The Log Cabin Republicans filed their brief in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday.
28th March 2011
Maryland House approves transgender protections bill 7
4:16 PM — The Maryland House has approved a bill to give transgender people more legal protection. However, trans campaigners are angry that the bill does not protect them from discrimination in hotels, restaurants and public toilets.
Breast massage woman files charges after learning masseur was not gay 54
1:41 PM — A US woman who had a breast massage from a masseur she thought was gay has filed criminal charges against him after learning that he has a girlfriend.
25th March 2011
Vigil for New York teen killed in anti-gay attack 21
5:50 PM — A vigil has been held for a New York teenager who was allegedly killed in a homophobic attack. Anthony Collao, 18, was attacked at a party last Saturday by a gang who allegedly shouted anti-gay slurs before kicking, punching and beating him with a metal pipe.
Video: Jake Gyllenhaal on all those gay rumours 76
5:19 PM — Jake Gyllenhaal has joked that he understands why some people think he's gay. Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Brokeback Mountain star revealed people had mistaken his childhood best friend for his lover.
Elizabeth Taylor ‘fashionably late’ for own funeral 12
1:57 PM — Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest in style yesterday afternoon, having arrived fashionably late for her own funeral. The actress and HIV campaigner died on Wednesday aged 79 and was buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery just outside Los Angeles.
US retailer Target sues gay rights group 45
1:06 PM — Target is suing a San Diego gay rights group for canvassing outside its stores. The US retail giant claims that Canvass For A Cause, which is working for gay marriage, is driving away its customers.
Colorado Senate approves gay civil unions 14
10:27 AM — The US state of Colorado's Senate has passed a civil unions bill. Lawmakers approved the bill by 23-12 votes and it will now go to the House.
24th March 2011
Court blocks attempt to lift California gay marriage ban 2
2:30 PM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal has declined to lift its stay on an order overturning California's gay marriage ban. The case looks set to drag on for many months more.
Survey: Most US Catholics support gay rights 185
11:12 AM — A study of US Catholics says they are more supportive of gay rights than the general public and other Christians. The Public Religion Research Institute study found that almost half (43 per cent) of Catholics support gay marriage and 56 per cent say gay relationships are not sinful.
23rd March 2011
God Hates Fags church to protest at Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral 109
11:44 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the 'Gods Hate Fags' fundamentalist movement, is to protest at the funeral of Elizabeth Taylor, who died on Wednesday.
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.