17th January 2012
Video: Gay documentary plea goes viral 11
4:36 PM — A video of key moments in the US' gay rights movement has become a viral hit. The montage of clips is a plea by film-maker Ryan James Yezak for funding to make a documentary on discrimination in America.
Fundraising evening to follow Peter Tatchell Day 4
4:00 PM — Gay club night QueerlyOut will be celebrating the 60th birthday of gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell with a fundraiser on the 26 January. Door proceeds will be donated to the Peter Tatchell Foundation to continue the valuable work that Peter does, without a salary.
Leaflet defendant has ‘no problem with gays’
3:36 PM — One of five men charged after distributing anti-gay leaflets has said in Crown Court that he has no problem with gays. Kabir Ahmed, 28, said that the leaflets contained historical facts and quoted the Koran, and were non-threatening.
Sweden keeps sterilisation rule for trans recognition 24
2:56 PM — The Swedish Government have announced that they will not modernise a law from the 1970s which makes sterilisation compulsory for transgender people before the state will recognise their gender identity.
Unwitting British teen joins rainbow protest at Australian Open 12
1:29 PM — Rising British tennis star Laura Robson inadvertently found herself party to controversy surrounding a flag-waving protest at the Australian Open yesterday.
Comment: Repeal the Public Order Act’s sweeping Section 5 87
12:54 PM — Peter Tatchell argues the law criminalising 'insulting' speech is open to abuse by over-zealous police and prosecutors and constitutes a ban on free speech and the right to protest.
Tory MP: Not the time for gay marriage debate 233
12:28 PM — A backbench revolt against equal marriage rights is reported to be brewing ahead of the government's consultation in March. David Burrowes MP told the Independent the debate should be about "how we view marriage rather than about homosexual rights".
US comedian Todd Glass comes out 10
11:38 AM — US comedian Todd Glass has come out, after 25 years in the business. The comedian talked about being told of other people's supposed homosexuality when people thought he was straight.
US teen ‘killed himself weeks after It Gets Better video’ 15
10:13 AM — A Trevor Project teen volunteer has reportedly committed suicide weeks after filming an It Gets Better video. Just a month after participating in the video project, the teenager was reported to have committed suicide, shocking close friends and supporters.
Kuwait: Reports highlight police brutality to trans community 2
9:40 AM — Transphobia is widespread throughout Kuwait following the introduction of a discriminatory law in 2007 that arbitrarily criminalises “imitating the opposite sex”, reports say.
Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson 4
9:22 AM — ‘The rule was not just No Sex, but definitely No Sex With Your Own Sex’ - Heather Price reviews Jeanette Winterson's autobiography Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?