5th January 2011
Teen attacked man he thought was ‘gay flasher’ 12
4:21 PM — A teenager from Plymouth faces jail after he attacked a man he thought was coming on to him. Liam O'Brien, 18, punched and kicked the victim on the floor because he believed he was exposing himself deliberately, Plymouth magistrates' court heard.
Report: French government accused of transgender hypocrisy 8
3:41 PM — When it comes to transgender issues, France leads the way in hypocrisy. That is the charge levelled at the French government this week by national transgender organisation Trans-Aide over the right to change gender identity.
Trans woman performs DIY castration 22
2:56 PM — A transgender woman in North Derbyshire was treated in hospital after a DIY castration. The patient, 22, is said to have been determined to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
New Rhode Island governor calls for gay marriage 12
2:28 PM — The newly-elected governor of US state Rhode Island has used his first speech to urge for legal gay marriage. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned independent, was sworn in yesterday and took the oath of office on the front steps of the Legislature.
Viewers complain over BBC interview with anti-gay extremist 93
1:12 PM — Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has received 95 complaints over a BBC news bulletin which invited an anti-gay extremist to air his views about gay parenting. Complaints have also been made directly to the BBC but the corporation refused to reveal how many it had received.
Research finds straight men are happy to kiss 34
11:27 AM — Research has suggested that straight male students are happy to show affection to their same-sex friends. The study's results have been taken as evidence that homophobia is declining among the young.
‘Princess boy’, 5, inspires book about tolerance 21
10:16 AM — An American mother has published a cartoon picture book about her five-year-old son's love of wearing pink dresses. Dyson Kilodavis, who calls himself a "princess boy", loves wearing pink and purple frothy dresses befitting a fairy or a ballerina.
Video: Gareth Thomas tells Ellen he ‘prayed to be straight’ 27
10:01 AM — Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed he prayed to become straight before he married his wife. He appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show last night and told the lesbian presenter the lengths he went to in order to avoid his homosexuality.
Californian appeals court passes on gay marriage case to state Supreme Court 6
12:42 AM — The federal appeals court due to decide if California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional has said it can not make a decision until the state's Supreme Court rules if the sponsors of Proposition 8 have the authority to defend the measure.