28th February 2011
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.
Maryland Senate debates gay marriage
3:37 PM — Maryland's Senate began debating gay marriage today. 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.
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton guilty of drug charges 20
1:22 PM — The homophobic Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has been found guilty of cocaine charges. The star was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting others.
22nd February 2011
Gay author and Narnia producer Perry Moore dies at 39 11
4:01 PM — Perry Moore, a producer of the Chronicles of Narnia films and an award-winning gay author, has died at the age of 39. He was found dead in the bathroom of his Manhattan apartment by his partner Hunter Hill last Thursday morning.
Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’ 12
3:39 PM — Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims. According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.
America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17
10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.
21st February 2011
Target agrees to fund gay groups following Lady Gaga deal 44
11:11 PM — A special edition of Lady Gaga's new single, 'Born This Way', is to be exclusively sold at the retailer Target. The company has in the past donated considerable sums to organisations that support those who discriminate or even advocate death and violence to gays. Now Lady Gaga has forced the retail chain to "make amends" and donate to gay rights groups.