13th February 2013
Facebook remove ‘Bareback’ sex page after it receives more than 20,000 likes 33
10:50 PM — Facebook have removed a page devoted to the practice of unprotected sex between consenting male partners, otherwise known as ‘barebacking’, after it received more than 20,000 likes.
US: Increase in colleges providing health insurance to trans students
6:48 PM — A growing number of America's top universities are now extending health insurance coverage to transgender students, that's according to campaigners.
Comment: How I abstained from gay sex for a year in order to give blood 62
6:18 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Calum McSwiggan tells the story of how he abstained from gay sex for a year in order to legally give blood.
US: Scout Masters would allow gay scouts but warn of schism in the Boy Scouts 1
5:49 PM — Scout Masters of some Boy Scouts of America troops in Illinois have said that they would probably allow gay members, volunteers and staff, if the BSA were to lift its ban.
Comment: Reflections on speaking out for equal marriage before a committee of MPs tasked with changing the law 27
3:11 PM — PinkNews and Out4Marriage founder Benjamin Cohen, reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage.
US: Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gay people 7
1:48 PM — The US Senate has renewed the Violence Against Women Act while expanding it to cover gay, immigrant, and Native American victims - something it failed to do when it went up for a vote in 2011.
Comment: Where did ‘gay’ culture come from? 45
12:13 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews, Jacob Wilde looks back on the history of gay culture.
New York police launch probe after three gay men found strangled 8
11:48 AM — The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating the recent strangulation deaths of three gay men in the city.
Associated Press updates its style guide on whether to call married gay couples ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ 24
10:49 AM — Same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships should not be classified as “husband” and “wife” according to the Associated Press’ style guide – unless they already use the terms.
12th February 2013
Terrence Higgins Trust launches extensive online trans health service
5:09 PM — UK HIV and sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), announces its launch of a new health and wellbeing advice service for transgender people.
East London gay pub faces uncertain future 15
12:00 PM — London’s gay community is being urged to help save a popular gay bar from the threat of closure.
US: Basketball player Kobe Bryant chastises Twitter fan for using ‘gay’ as an insult 8
1:55 AM — A US basketball player has been commended for voicing his disapproval at a fan's use of the word "gay" as an insult.
8th February 2013
Trans woman student abused and shoved out of toilets at Leeds University 268
3:13 PM — A trans woman student at Leeds University was verbally abused and pushed out of the Student Union's female toilets by two girls.
Polish trans MP Anna Grodzka loses out on deputy speaker job in parliamentary vote 9
12:11 PM — Anna Grodzka, the transgender MP who had been a contender for the position of deputy speaker, has lost out in a parliamentary vote that chose to keep the incumbent deputy speaker in the role.
7th February 2013
Comment: I’m 16, bisexual, and none of my family knows 20
3:38 PM — A bisexual student shares his experiences of living in the South West of England and attending an all boy’s school – where it can be very hard to be open about your sexuality.
Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood: Why I wasn’t present for the equal marriage vote 32
1:04 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood has been in touch with PinkNews to explain why he did not take part in Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Poll: Majority of US voters would like the Boy Scouts to drop its gay ban 6
2:58 AM — A new poll has found that a majority of US voters think the Boy Scouts of America should drop its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
Germany: Football Association sets up support group for gay players 1
2:37 AM — A working group has been set up by the German Football Association in order to provide support for and prepare clubs to deal with the potential for gay footballers coming out.
6th February 2013
US: Gay porn star commits suicide aged 45 in New York home 20
3:23 PM — A Hungarian-born porn star has been found dead in his New York City apartment, after an apparent suicide.
Wales’ National Assembly to mark LGBT History Month 3
2:54 PM — Buildings belonging to the National Assembly of Wales in Cardiff Bay and Colwyn Bay will fly the Rainbow flag tomorrow, in order to mark LGBT History Month.