16th January 2013
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.
Oregon & California health insurance companies told to cover transgender patients
1:31 PM — Regulators in Oregon and California have directed several health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity.
UK: Defeat for anti-gay Christians at European Court of Human Rights 87
11:46 AM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn’t work with gay couples, have lost their anti-discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights.
Peter Tatchell accuses police of homophobic witch hunt against gay men 37
10:41 AM — Police in Manchester, Northumbria, and the West Midlands, are visiting gay men convicted of consenting, victimless same-sex behaviour and demanding they provide DNA samples, according to Peter Tatchell.
14th January 2013
UK: Anti-gay marriage group uses MP’s photo without permission 13
6:56 PM — The main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used a Conservative MP's photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.
Rupert Everett: Gay actors should stay in the closet 52
6:32 PM — The British actor Rupert Everett says he would not advise any gay actor working in the movie industry to come out as it would not help their career.
Exclusive: MPs to vote on same-sex marriage bill before Valentine’s Day 40
5:48 PM — PinkNews understands that MPs will debate and vote on the government’s equal marriage plans for England and Wales before next month’s Valentine’s Day.
Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore apologises for ‘Brazilian transsexual’ remark 28
4:44 PM — Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore has returned to Twitter and apologised for some of her controversial comments about the trans community.
Scottish trans equality charity warns of ‘rising transphobia’ in the UK media 6
2:57 PM — A leading transgender equality charity has warned of "rising transphobia in the British media” which it says could have a damaging impact on the mental health of transgender people.
UK survey: Half of people wrongly think you can get HIV from being bitten or spat at 17
1:31 PM — Nearly half of people in the UK still don't understand how HIV is contracted, according to the National AIDS Trust.
Tory ‘love cheat’ MP says same-sex marriage makes it ‘difficult to promote Christian values’ 53
12:45 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, says legalising equal marriage would make it “difficult to promote Christian values in parliament.”
South African arts academy claims it can ‘cure’ students of being gay 15
11:21 AM — A Christian arts academy in the South African city of Bloemfontein claims it can “cure” gay students of their sexuality and has likened its approach to a drug rehabilitation programme.
Lynne Featherstone: Sack Julie Burchill and Observer editor for ‘disgusting’ transphobic rant 38
10:54 AM — Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the editor of the Observer and columnist Julie Burchill to be sacked over a transphobic article.
11th January 2013
Italian Supreme Court in landmark gay parental ruling 13
6:35 PM — Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation ruled on Friday that there is no reason why gay people cannot have custody of children.
Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore leaves Twitter following transphobic row 47
4:51 PM — Suzanne Moore, who frequently writes for the Guardian newspaper, appears to have left Twitter having faced heavy criticism for her controversial remarks about the trans community.