18th March 2011
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.
Maryland gay marriage bill dies 9
5:31 PM — The effort to legalise gay marriage in the US state of Maryland has died for this year. Supporters of a marriage equality bill could not find enough votes for the measure to pass in the House.
New York teenager ‘beaten to death by anti-gay party-crashers’ 26
1:42 PM — A New York teenager was beaten to death last week by homophobic party-crashers who shouted anti-gay slurs, witnesses said. Anthony Collao, 18, who is understood to have been straight, was punched, kicked and beaten with a pipe.
Bradley Manning’s father criticises prison treatment 18
12:12 PM — The father of Bradley Manning has criticised his son's treatment in a military jail. The US soldier, who is understood to be gay, is accused of leaking secret cables to WikiLeaks.
15th March 2011
Lady Gaga raises $250,000 for Japan crisis using Twitter 10
5:29 PM — Lady Gaga says she has raised $250,000 in just 48 hours for victims of Japan's hurricane and tsunami. The bisexual singer has been selling $5 'prayer bracelets' of her own design on her official website.
Vanity Fair apologises for gay writer’s ‘fags’ comment 17
10:08 AM — Vanity Fair has apologised after a gay writer used the word 'fags' in an article about Glee. Brett Berk wrote: "Nice singing. But how can having girls in the audience make these cartwheeling, foam-party fags straight-sexy?"
14th March 2011
US celebrities and entrepreneurs call on Obama to support gay marriage equality 20
10:39 PM — American gay and straight celebrities and entrepreneurs have written to US president Barack Obama to call for full federal marriage equality. The letter has been signed by gay celebrities including Rufus Wainwright, Ellen & Portia DeGeneres, Glee star Jane Lynch together with straight celebrity Martin Sheen and Marc Pincus, the chief executive of Zynga, the home of FarmVille and CityVille.
Interview: Dan Choi on ‘direct action’ gay rights campaigning 42
5:29 PM — Lieutenant Dan Choi is a controversial figure in the world of American gay rights. Critical of many mainstream gay lobby groups, he proudly states the only organisation he is a member of is the US Army. Laurence Watts meets him to find out more.
Gay dating app Grindr to launch straight counterpart 3
3:21 PM — Grindr, the revolutionary iPhone, BlackBerry and Android application for the gay community is to launch a mainstream version of their social networking concept. Grindr has more than 1.65 million regular users in 180 countries worldwide, with London being the app’s most popular city.
13th March 2011
US state department official resigns after calling Bradley Manning’s treatment ‘stupid’ 20
9:54 PM — US state department spokesman PJ Crowley has tendered his resignation after he called the treatment of Bradley Manning, the solider accused of leaking secret cables to Wikileaks, "stupid."
11th March 2011
US bill introduced to protect LGBT students 6
10:55 AM — A bill was introduced in both the House and Senate yesterday to protect LGBT students from discrimination, including harassment “based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity” in public elementary and secondary schools.
10th March 2011
US House will defend gay marriage ban 11
6:56 PM — The US House is to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of gay marriage. Today, a five-member panel appointed by House Speaker John Boehner voted 3-2 on party lines to defend the law. The chamber is Republican-controlled.
New York actor and model uses gay inequality to dodge jury duty 44
5:58 PM — A New York gay man dodged jury duty this month by saying he could not be impartial because he is treated as a second-class citizen. Jonathan D Lovitz pointed out that he could not marry or adopt a child.
New York governor pledges ‘personal’ push for gay marriage 7
5:19 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat governor of New York, has told gay rights campaigners he will devote his "full attention" to marriage equality. Speaking to campaigners in a closed meeting, he reportedly said: “For me, this is personal."
Video: Glee attacked for using Gary Glitter track 26
3:55 PM — Gay-friendly comedy Glee has been criticised for using a track by convicted paedophile Gary Glitter. In the episode, actress Gwyneth Paltrow sings a version of Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah) to a group of students during a sex education class.
Founder of Fabulis/ Fab.com blames gay rights progress for failure of his gay social network 28
1:33 PM — Fab.com, the gay social network that launched originally as Fabulis, has closed after its founder said that advances in gay rights mean there is less need for a gay version of Facebook.