11th March 2010
Australia is first to recognise ‘non-specified’ gender 48
6:29 PM — Australia may have made gender history this week, as the New South Wales government lays claim to being the first in the world to recognise an individual’s sex as officially “not specified”.
Chief exorcist says the Devil is working in the Vatican 51
12:45 PM — The Catholic Church's chief exorcist has said that the Devil is at work in the Vatican. Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, says that in the Vatican, there are "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".
US school cancels prom over lesbian student’s date 36
12:09 PM — A Mississippi school has cancelled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to wear a tuxedo and arrive with her date.
10th March 2010
Gay activists shouted ‘you’re one of us’ at Roy Ashburn in 2005 15
7:03 PM — California senator Roy Ashburn was heckled in 2005 at an anti-gay marriage rally by gay campaigners who knew he was in the closet. They shouted: "We know you're one of us, Roy!"
Cuba pays for gender reassignment surgery 11
6:35 PM — Cuba has begun paying for trans men and women to have gender reassignment surgery. Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro and niece of former leader Fidel, confirmed to reporters yesterday that the country began paying for the procedures in 2008.
Washington Post defends photo of gay kiss 35
5:24 PM — The Washington Post's internal ombudsman has unequivocally defended the newspaper's decision to carry a front-page photo of a gay couple kissing. He received complaints and homophobic slurs from some readers.
Adam Lambert happy to be out and proud 8
3:46 PM — Gay US singer Adam Lambert has said he is happy to be out and proud. He also hit back at Kiss star Gene Simmons, who suggested Lambert had "killed" his own career by coming out.
Circumcision may not affect HIV rates in gay men 37
3:15 PM — Although research has found that circumcision may help cut HIV infections, a new study suggests it may not have much effect on gay men.
9th March 2010
TV shows with gay characters could lose Florida tax credits 26
6:18 PM — Television shows and films with gay characters could miss on tax credits in Florida for not being "family-friendly". Lawmakers in the state have been coy over the meaning of the phrase "non-traditional family values".
Barbara Walters regrets Ricky Martin gay interview 23
5:44 PM — Veteran US broadcaster Barbara Walters has said that asking Ricky Martin to confirm whether he was gay was "inappropriate". She now believes it could have damaged his career in the US.
DC gay couples begin marrying today 7
4:27 PM — The first gay couples to marry in Washington DC held their ceremonies today. They were able to apply for marriage licences last Wednesday and, due to a mandatory waiting period, the first ceremonies were set to take place today.
Bing ‘censors gay and lesbian searches in Arabic countries’ 7
3:31 PM — Microsoft's Bing search engine has been accused of blocking non-pornographic gay and lesbian searches in Arabic countries. Researchers said that Arabic words which were filtered included the terms "gay", "lesbian" and "homosexuality".
Homophobic senator Roy Ashburn comes out as gay 85
11:42 AM — The California senator who was arrested on suspicion of drink driving last week after leaving a gay club has come out. Roy Ashburn said he was gay on a local radio show yesterday.
8th March 2010
Xbox Live allows gamers to identify their sexual orientation 4
3:32 PM — Xbox Live has changed its policy to allow gamers to display their sexual orientation or gender identity in gamertags. Players who wanted to be out and proud were previously banned from using words such as 'gay' and 'lesbian'.
Anti-gay senator arrested after visiting gay club 34
2:55 PM — An anti-gay California senator was arrested last week on suspicion of drunk driving after visiting a gay bar. Roy Ashburn, who has a history of opposing gay rights, had been at a gay bar called Faces and had a man in his car when he was stopped.
Australian group calls for trans Facebook option 18
12:30 PM — An Australian lobby group has said that Facebook users should be given the option of listing themselves as trans because the 'male' and 'female' options are too narrow.
5th March 2010
US senators call to end gay blood ban 29
5:29 PM — Seventeen Democrat senators and one independent have called to end America's ban on gay men donating blood. The 1983 rule is "outdated, medically and scientifically unsound", they argued in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration yesterday.
Gibraltar court to rule on gay age of consent 10
4:50 PM — Gibraltar's Supreme Court is to rule on whether the unequal age of consent for gays violates constitutional law. The British territory has an age of consent of 16 for heterosexuals and lesbians but 18 for gay men, which contravenes European human rights law.
Anti-gay group wants killer whale stoned to death 47
12:07 PM — An anti-gay religious group is calling for a killer whale which drowned its trainer to be stoned to death. According to the American Family Association, the Bible says that captive killer whale Tillikum should have been put to death in 1991 after the first time he killed a trainer.
Gay sex scandal at the Vatican 57
11:39 AM — The Vatican has been hit by a gay sex scandal after allegations that a chorister had procured male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. The chorister, 29-year-old Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, was sacked after police heard him talking on a wiretap to Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness.