18th January 2013
Peter Tatchell: More gay men are being forced to give police their DNA 28
4:22 PM — Peter Tatchell remains concerned by fresh reports of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
Press Complaints Commission to investigate Julie Burchill’s transphobic article 8
3:02 PM — The Press Complaints Commission is to launch an inquiry into the Observer's decision to publish a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
London: City Hall announces winner of gay pride bid 27
11:40 AM — London LGBT+ Community Pride has been awarded the right to run the capital’s main gay pride festival for the next five years.
17th January 2013
Yvette Cooper warns against ‘unfair’ police DNA targeting of gay men 15
6:43 PM — Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says she is concerned by allegations of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
New York: Gay man accuses police officers of carrying out homophobic attack 7
6:00 PM — The New York City Police Department is launching an investigation into some of its own officers after a gay man claimed he was beaten up by cops.
Gareth Thomas: I previously took part in anti-gay jokes and prayed rugby could turn me straight 62
4:15 PM — Former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that he once took part in homophobic jokes with teammates in a bid to hide his sexuality
Italian PM Mario Monti opposes equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights 20
2:39 PM — Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he opposes same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay people.
Louisiana: Gay couple and friends assaulted at Barbra Streisand movie screening 17
11:24 AM — A Louisiana man says he and his partner were attacked at a movie cinema because of their sexual orientation.
Vatican criticises pro-gay European Court of Human Rights ruling 56
10:45 AM — The Vatican's foreign minister has criticised a pro-gay ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that affirms employers’ right to limit the expression of religious beliefs in the workplace when it conflicts with equality laws.
16th January 2013
Massachusetts: Pro-gay Episcopal bishop to step down
7:13 PM — The outspoken pro-gay bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts says he plans to retire in 2014.
US: Pro-gay pastor to give blessing at President Obama’s inauguration 2
5:50 PM — The pro-gay pastor of the Episcopal parish closest to the White House will give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration next week.
US: Gay solider Bradley Manning’s legal team to focus on delays at hearing 15
4:05 PM — A gay US Army private charged with sending US secrets to WikiLeaks is attending a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday and contends that lengthy delays have violated his right to a speedy trial.
Reports: Brazilian transwoman shot dead 54
3:28 PM — It's being reported that a transwoman has been shot dead in Brazil.
UK: Accenture named most gay-friendly company by Stonewall 15
1:59 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its Top 100 Employers for 2013, with management consultancy firm Accenture topping the list.
Maine: Transwoman receives honourable discharge from US Marines 3
1:08 PM — A transgender woman who went absent without leave from the US Military 31 years ago has received an honourable discharge.
South African student defends gay ‘cure’ college and says she’s no longer a lesbian 20
11:48 AM — A student has defended a South African arts academy and claims that it helped “cure” her of being a lesbian.
Fox News criticised for using a photo of Mrs Doubtfire for trans health story 16
11:11 AM — Fox News has been criticised for using an image of Mrs Doubtfire, Robin Williams’ fictional character from the 1993 film of the same name, in a story about transgender inequality on its website.
15th January 2013
UKIP LGBT chairman: I support same-sex marriage — but it’s not important 71
5:44 PM — The deputy chairman of UKIP’s affiliated LGBT group is defending the party from accusations of homophobia and says he would never be kicked out of the party for supporting same-sex marriage.
UK: Hate crime charity criticises Julie Burchill for writing ‘transphobic hatred’ 9
4:14 PM — Hate crime charity Galop has become the latest LGBT organisation to criticise Julie Burchill for writing a highly offensive article about the trans community in last weekend’s Observer newspaper.
Ugandan journalist notes how children enjoy ‘gay character’ SpongeBob SquarePants 9
2:29 PM — In a country whose media often provides a megaphone for unchallenged anti-gay rhetoric, journalist Patience Akumu, has highlighted the inquisitive nature of Uganda’s children – and how they are often miles apart from the homophobic views of their parents.