17th January 2012
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?
16th January 2012
Germany captain: Society cannot accept gay footballers 61
5:06 PM — Bayern Munich and German football captain Philipp Lahm does not believe society is ready to accept gay professional footballers, saying: “The football stadium is rarely politically correct. Football is like gladiatorial combat."
First trans teen in Miss England competition leads heat 42
4:38 PM — The first transgender teenager to enter the Miss England competition is leading in her heat of the pageant.
Israeli trans man gives birth 16
4:28 PM — A transgender man in Israel has reportedly become the first in the state's history to give birth. Yuval Topper, 24 had his child at the Sheba Medical Center on Thursday of last week.
US cross-dressing sitcom cancelled after two espiodes 5
3:47 PM — US television network ABC has axed its new sitcom 'Work It', about a pair of cross-dressing men looking for work, after only two episodes, but its entertainment president said it could be compared with Tootsie.
George Clooney: Romney’s gay views on ‘wrong side of history’ 9
2:46 PM — George Clooney doubted Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate over his attitude towards gay rights. Clooney, well known for his liberal attitude, spoke about Romney’s anti-marriage equality stance shortly after picking up a Golden Globe.
Chris Bryant attacks Church of England ‘silliness about homosexuality’ 34
1:30 PM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has criticised the Church of England, writing that it “needs to forget its silliness about homosexuality” and its teaching that "homophobia is immoral” and “it’s fine and dandy to be gay just so long as you don’t do anything about it.”
Mr Gay UK pledges portion of winnings to HIV charity 32
1:14 PM — Newly coronated Mr Gay UK, Samuel Kneen has pledged a portion of his prize money to the HIV/AIDS charity, the Terence Higgins Trust. Kneen, 22, is to give a portion of the £2000 prize money to the charity in support of a friend who was diagnosed with HIV.
Call for rainbow flags as Australian Open starts 4
12:49 PM — As the Australian Open began today, a group is calling for fans to raise rainbow flags to protest in a "peaceful, non-disruptive" way against anti-gay comments made by former tennis champion Margaret Court. Flag-owners are being called on after the former world number one made inflammatory comments about gays last month.
Canada to fill ‘gap’ on gay marriage 10
11:50 AM — The Canadian Justice Minister has reassured thousands of gay couples who have married in his country that their unions will be recognised there, but admitted there is a "legislative gap" in the rules on foreign nationals' marriages.
Lee Steele apologises for ‘tongue-in-cheek’ Gareth Thomas tweet 16
10:42 AM — Sacked footballer Lee Steele has apologised for his comment about gay rugby star Gareth Thomas in a statement issued by his new club, Nantwich Town FC, but has been charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.
Christopher Plummer wins Golden Globe for gay dad role 6
9:48 AM — Christopher Plummer's performance as a gay father in the film Beginners has won him a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in a motion picture. Plummer is often remembered for his role as Captain von Trapp, head of the von Trapp family in the 1965 musical The Sound of Music, in which he played a slightly more reserved widower.
15th January 2012
Gay dean to sue Church of England after twice being rejected as bishop due to his sexuality 93
12:47 PM — Britain’s most senior openly gay cleric has threatened to sue the Church of England unless it promotes him to Bishop. The Very Rev Jeffrey John, currently the Dean of St Albans has twice been overlooked to become a bishop due his sexuality. Dr John is in celibate civil partnership.
13th January 2012
Man arrested for Facebook gay date in Saudi Arabia 110
10:32 PM — As British prime minister, David Cameron visits Saudi Arabia today, activists report the plight of a man arrested by the religious police who may face corporal punishment.