29th August 2013
Rab C Nesbitt star Elaine C Smith: ‘I’ll be so proud when Scotland passes equal marriage’ 6
12:52 PM — Elaine C Smith, best known for playing the long-suffering wife of Rab C Nesbitt in the BBC sitcom of the same name, has recorded a video for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Trans Media Watch criticise Fox News for mocking Chelsea Manning with Aerosmith track 9
11:19 AM — Fox News has been accused of transphobia after it decided to play the Aerosmith track "Dude Looks Like A Lady" in an item about Chelsea Manning.
28th August 2013
Study: Two-thirds of US businesses want clarification on Supreme Court DOMA ruling 5
7:21 PM — Two-thirds of US employers are in need of clarification and guidance on the impact of a Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) from earlier this year, a new study has found.
Comment: Will LGBT people fall into matrimony with the arrival of equal marriage? 33
6:13 PM — Gary Powell writes on whether the signing into law of equal marriage for England and Wales will also herald in a new era of social conservatism for the LGBT community.
Mother of man accused of beating trans woman to death in NYC ‘forced his friend to confess’
4:00 PM — The mother of a man accused of beating a trans woman to death in a suspected transphobic attack in New York City, reportedly took one of his friends to the police station, and forced him to confess to the crime.
Chelsea Manning may sue prison over its refusal to provide hormone therapy 11
3:59 PM — The lawyer for Chelsea Manning says she may sue the jail where she is serving out her prison sentence because it’s refusing to provide her with hormone therapy.
Exclusive: Hardeep Singh Kohli: ‘Gays should suffer marriage like everyone else’ 6
2:49 PM — Scottish writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli has said gay people must suffer marriage too, in a tongue-in-cheek interview conducted as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
London vigil takes place today for Jamaican trans teenager Dwayne Jones 1
12:54 PM — A vigil is taking place outside the Jamaican Embassy in London this afternoon in memory of Jamaican transgender teenager Dwayne Jones.
27th August 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust welcomes Australian Foreign Minister’s LGBT rights pledge 3
6:03 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust has welcomed the signing of a pledge by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr to uphold LGBT rights on behalf of Australia’s governing Labor Party.
Oxfam says firewall blocking access to PinkNews was accidental and allows access to site 8
5:46 PM — Aid and development charity Oxfam has responded to a report from PinkNews which found that access to LGBT news sites was being blocked from terminals operated by the charity, to say that it was the result of an automated firewall, and is not company policy.
US: Trans woman prisoner serving 73 year sentence appeals to be given gender reassignment 9
4:35 PM — A trans woman in the US state of Virginia who has been served a 73-year prison sentence is expecting a decision from a judge on whether she will be allowed evaluation to be given gender reassignment surgery.
York Pride honours memory of transgender singer Chrisie Edkins in charity fundraiser 5
2:24 PM — A donation has been made to the Beaumont Society in memory of a popular transgender singer and entertainer.
Associated Press issues reporting memo for Chelsea E Manning stories 7
11:29 AM — The Associated Press has sent out a memo to all of its journalists and subscribers ensuring they use the correct female pronouns in stories involving Chelsea E Manning.
26th August 2013
IOC Vice President: There will be no discrimination at the Sochi Winter Olympics 34
7:03 PM — A Vice President of the IOC says he’s confident the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators will be protected at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ireland: Non-sexually active gay man told he cannot donate blood 13
6:04 PM — A young gay man in Ireland claims he has been discriminated against from giving blood, despite never being sexually active.
Brighton: Gay vegetarian raises awareness of CJD following diagnosis 10
2:40 PM — A 28-year-old gay vegetarian living just outside of Brighton has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of Mad Cow Disease.
Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy 30
1:42 PM — Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.
Exclusive: Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri says It’s Time for equal marriage in Scotland 1
12:04 PM — Scottish musician Sharleen Spiteri is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.