5th May 2013
Jason Collins and Michelle Obama to appear at Democrat LGBT fundraiser 3
11:48 AM — The first lady of the United States will appear along the recently-out NBA star Jason Collins at an LGBT fundraiser later this month.
Northern Ireland Alliance Party leader: ‘Straight majority shouldn’t decide what counts as anti-gay discrimination’ 8
11:27 AM — The leader of Northern Ireland's Alliance Party, David Ford, has spoken of his support for same-sex marriage, warning that it is dangerous for a majority to tell a minority what is and isn't discrimination.
Canada: Property agent fired for distributing homophobic leaflets 5
10:18 AM — A Canadian property agent has been fired for distributing leaflets that attack same-sex marriage and gay parents.
New Zealand: World’s first trans MP suffering kidney failure 7
9:39 AM — A former MP who was the first openly transgender person in the world to hold the position has announced that she will not be making a planned return to politics, stating that she has chronic kidney failure.
2nd May 2013
New Zealand: McDonald’s worker told ‘If you turn anyone else in the store gay, I will punish you’ 19
5:53 PM — It emerged during a New Zealand protest against conditions for workers of fast food chain McDonald's that gay staff members faced discrimination and harassment, with one man claiming several coworkers had left their jobs over the problem.
South Africa: Married lesbian couple told to split up or face their son being expelled from school 16
3:59 PM — A married South African lesbian couple have been told they should split up and walk away from their "lifestyle", or remove their son from his Christian school.
US: Ohio trans woman killed, media coverage denounced by GLAAD 3
2:00 PM — The death of Cemia Dove, also known as Ci Ci, a transgender woman from Ohio, has highlighted both the hate crimes faced by the transgender community, and the "dehumanizing" effect of much of the media coverage of such crimes.
30th April 2013
Raul Castro’s daughter granted travel rights to attend LGBT conference 4
5:59 PM — Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, has been given the go-ahead to attend an LGBT conference in the US, where she will receive an award for her contributions to gay rights, after initially being barred from travelling within the US.
US: ACLU demands apology for trans student after ‘prom queen’ controversy 2
4:09 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has set Friday 3 May as the deadline for a Pennsylvania school to apologise for having listed a trans student on a 'prom queen' ballot, when he had campaigned to be 'prom king'.
Sarkozy jabs Hollande’s equal marriage policy in rare speaking appearance 20
1:19 PM — While giving a speech in Canada the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy made several oblique jabs at his successor, Francois Hollande, including suggestions that introducing equal marriage during an economic crisis was unwise.
US: Lawmaker’s office says gay people should ‘just grow their own food’ if stores discriminate against them 22
1:01 PM — The office of Washington Senator Mike Hewitt had an unusual response to a constituent who was concerned about his backing of a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religious belief.
27th April 2013
US: Bill prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination to be introduced in South Carolina 12
5:59 PM — The US State of South Carolina is looking to make discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace illegal.
‘Desperate Housewives’ actor Tuc Watkins: I always knew I was gay and would be a dad 4
5:33 PM — Actor Tuc Watkins came out in a discussion of how he always "knew" he was gay, and that he wanted to be a parent.
US: Bill introduced in Washington would allow businesses to discriminate against gay people 55
4:12 PM — A bill introduced by Washington state legislators on Thursday is seeking to allow businesses to be exempt from anti-discrimination laws in cases that contradict with the owner's "sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience."
Iceland: World’s first openly gay prime minister quits politics 38
3:16 PM — General elections will be held in Iceland today as the country's prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, stepped down from politics yesterday.
US: San Francisco Pride backtracks on announcement of Bradley Manning as grand marshal 11
2:41 PM — Reports that San Francisco Pride would honour Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning as an honorary grand marshal of their parade have been promptly denied by organisers.
Northern Ireland: Same-sex marriage motion vetoed by DUP before debate 30
1:01 PM — The DUP has once again blocked progress on same-sex marriage legislation in Northern Ireland, having effectively vetoed it through a 'petition of concern'.
26th April 2013
London: Exhibition of LGBT stories told through the barber’s chair 7
6:19 PM — A Camden-based hairdresser is running an exhibition to tell the stories of LGBT clients who open up to her while sitting in the barber's chair.
National AIDS Trust: Tweet us your ‘birds and bees’ cupcakes 47
4:26 PM — National AIDS Trust (NAT) is holding a 'birds and bees'-themed competition to get people talking about safer sex and HIV, as part of the Bake Aware campaign.
25th April 2013
US: Fired lesbian teacher tells LGBT youth to have hope 11
3:19 PM — A lesbian teacher seeking reinstatement after the Catholic school at which she had taught for 19 years fired her for naming her partner in an obituary has said the support she has received has been inspiring.