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January 2011

  • 6th January 2011

    First US transgender trial judge is sworn in 8

    Victoria Kolakowski took the oath of office this week

    11:23 AM — Victoria Kolakowski made history this week when she became the first trans person to be sworn in as a trial judge in the US.

  • 5th January 2011

    Teen attacked man he thought was ‘gay flasher’ 12

    The court heard that the victim was kicked on the ground

    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

    The French government has been accused of hypocrisy

    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

    The trans woman was said to have been determined to have the surgery

    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

    Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee supports gay marriage

    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

    Christian preacher Stephen Green was interviewed by the BBC last week

    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

    The study found male students were happy to be affectionate

    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

    Dyson Kilodavis is happiest in fairy princess dresses

    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

    Gareth Thomas described how his parents accepted his homosexuality

    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

    Marriages were supposed to have been ruled as legal in August

    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.

  • 4th January 2011

    US Navy captain accused of making anti-gay videos 8

    The Navy is investigating the videos

    5:18 PM — A US Navy captain is expected to be temporarily relieved of his duties while the Navy investigates anti-gay and obscene comedy videos he produced for his crew.

  • Sarah Palin’s retweet hints at gay support 25

    Sarah Palin's tweet was supportive of gay rights, Tammy Bruce claimed

    4:10 PM — Sarah Palin has given a hint of support for gay rights after retweeting a Twitter message by a lesbian conservative commentator.

  • Facebook-style site launched for gay US soldiers 5

    The site aims to become a network for gay troops and supporters (Photo: US Army)

    3:45 PM — A social networking site has been launched for LGBT troops and their supporters. Out Military, which looks similar to Facebook, hopes to grow as the US comes closer to repealing the ban on out gay servicemembers.

  • Gay dads Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow to open surrogacy centre 22

    The British Surrogacy Agency opens next month (Photo: Christopher Meredith)

    3:06 PM — The UK's first gay dads to have surrogate children have announced plans to open a surrogacy centre. Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow made history in 1999 when they travelled to the US to conceive twins Saffron and Aspen, now 11, through a surrogate mother.

  • Hollywood studios accused of ‘shutting out’ gay actors 14

    Hollywood was accused of shutting out gay actors (Photo: Ken Banks)

    2:47 PM — Hollywood studios have been accused of "shutting out" openly gay actors. US commentator Ramin Setoodeh has reignited the row by saying that Hollywood "doesn’t even allow gay actors to play gay".

  • Irish civil partnerships come into law 27

    Ireland now recognises civil partnerships

    11:39 AM — Ireland's civil partnership law came into force at the weekend, although gay couples must wait until early April to hold their ceremonies. The law was welcomed by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network as a "new dawn" for gay and lesbian couples but other groups said it was not good enough.

  • Founder of gay football team honoured with MBE 4

    Aslie Pitter was honoured with an MBE

    10:25 AM — A founder of one of the UK's first gay football teams has been awarded an MBE in the New Year honours list. Aslie Pitter, 50, helped found London-based Stonewall FC almost 20 years ago. It is now the world's most successful gay football club.

  • Judge bans Ugandan media from outing gays and lesbians 10

    Rolling Stone called for gays and lesbians to be hanged.

    9:53 AM — A high court judge in Uganda has banned all media from outing gays and lesbians. Judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuke said lives were being put at risk by newspapers identifying people known or thought to be gay.

  • Clare Balding says she’s beaten cancer 3

    Clare Balding said she did not need further treatment for cancer

    9:35 AM — Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding has announced that she does not require further treatment for thyroid cancer. The broadcaster, speaking on BBC Radio 2's French and Saunders programme yesterday, said her doctor gave her the news last month.

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