15th February 2011
US gay campaigners hold Valentine’s marriage rallies
11:58 AM — Gay rights campaigners across the US held a series of Valentine's Day rallies and demonstrations yesterday to call for marriage equality. Gay couples in cities such as Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago requested marriage licences, while others staged civil disobedience actions.
14th February 2011
Arizona appeals in court to stop paying insurance benefits to gay partners 4
8:31 PM — Attorneys for the state of Arizona will ask a federal appeals court for permission to cease providing insurance benefits to partners of gay employees.
Lady Gaga picks up three Grammy awards after arriving inside an egg 4
12:18 PM — Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga won three Grammy awards last night after arriving at the ceremony inside an egg carried in by six topless models.
13th February 2011
Lady Gaga arrives at the Grammys inside an egg 15
11:09 PM — Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga has arrived at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles inside an egg carried in by six scantily clad models.
11th February 2011
US gay newspaper staff quit over ‘censorship’ 9
4:32 PM — The editor and a reporter at a US gay newspaper have quit, claiming that they were asked to kill an unflattering story on an advertiser.
Lady Gaga debuts ‘gay anthem’ Born This Way 27
12:10 PM — Lady Gaga released her latest single Born This Way today. The track was hailed as "the new gay anthem" by Elton John. Listen to it here.
10th February 2011
Ricky Martin honoured for promoting gay rights 23
4:04 PM — Ricky Martin is to be honoured by GLAAD for raising the profile of gay rights. The star will received the Vito Russo Award at the organisation's annual awards next month.
Shot pro-gay congresswoman begins speaking again 8
11:37 AM — Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman shot in the head last month, has begun speaking again. The pro-gay politician was seriously injured when a gunman opened fire on a meeting in a shopping mall.
9th February 2011
Hawaii’s civil unions bill makes progress 6
2:42 PM — Hawaii is moving closer towards civil unions for gay couples. A bill was approved by a legislative committee yesterday and will now go to the House soon for a full vote.
Wisconsin lesbian minister could be removed from clergy 7
1:34 PM — A lesbian minister in the US state of Wisconsin is to appear before a church trial. Rev Amy DeLong will face charges after she presided over a 2009 ceremony for a lesbian couple and registered her own relationship as a domestic partnership.
Cynthia Nixon’s partner gives birth 5
10:36 AM — Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is a mother again after her partner Christine Marinoni gave birth yesterday. The couple did not announce that Marinoni was expecting but a spokesman confirmed that the baby boy was named Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni.
8th February 2011
Nebraska lesbians not allowed to divorce 7
5:02 PM — A lesbian couple in the US state of Nebraska have been barred from divorcing by a judge. Brenda Mueller and Deborah Pry were told that as Nebraska doesn't recognise gay marriage, it doesn't recognise gay divorce.
Seven-year-old donates to LA gay centre because he thinks inequality is unfair 40
12:55 AM — A seven-year-old has donated $140 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) because he doesn't think it's right for gay people not to be treated equally. The child, called Malcolm, was given $140 by his parents to donate to the charity of his choice. He chose to split the money between the gay centre and the HRC.
7th February 2011
‘Faggot taunt’ started Shia LaBeouf fight 8
5:24 PM — Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was arrested this weekend after allegedly being involved in a bar fight in California. According to reports, the fight broke out after fans called the actor a "faggot" for refusing to speak to them.
4th February 2011
US lesbians win right to attend school event together 7
2:08 PM — A Minnesota lesbian couple have won the right to attend their school's royalty court event together. Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom, both 18, were elected to onto the royalty court but Champlin Park High School then announced a change in policy, saying that students would walk with a parent or favourite teacher.
US transgender survey finds ‘discrimination and ridicule at every turn’ 12
11:47 AM — A large-scale study of trans people in America says that almost every part of social and legal convention ridicules, abuses and discriminates against transgender people.
3rd February 2011
Utah politician’s bill ‘to exclude gay families’ 15
5:31 PM — A politician in the US state of Utah has introduced a bill which gay groups fear could strip all recognition of gay couples.
Homophobia ‘can make you ill’, study says 17
4:48 PM — A study has found a link between homophobia and hormonal changes that can lead to illness. According to research from Montreal's Concordia University, people who had suffered homophobia had higher levels of stress hormone cortisol in their brains.
I’d be bisexual if I was 21, Ted Haggard says 45
10:46 AM — Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard says he would be bisexual if he was 21 and not a Christian. Speaking to GQ magazine, the disgraced preacher insisted he was happily married to wife Gayle and said he still believes that the Bible says homosexuality "is not God's best plan for people".
2nd February 2011
Iowa lawmakers move to ban gay marriage 23
3:41 PM — Iowa's House has approved a measure that seeks to ban gay marriage in the state. The state legalised marriage for couples in 2009 after Supreme Court judges said a ban violated the constitution.