18th April 2013
US: Major League Soccer player vows to use suspension for anti-gay slur ‘for the good’
6:11 PM — A Major League Soccer player in the US who was suspended for three games after using an anti-gay slur, has again expressed remorse, and said that he wants to use the opportunity of the media "for the good", and to make amends for his actions.
Brighton: English Defence League to march near city’s gay bars 37
5:48 PM — LGBT businesses in Brighton are concerned at the prospect of an English Defence League (EDL) march taking place on their doorstep this Sunday.
Video: UN Secretary General says ‘LGBT rights is one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time’ 17
2:34 AM — The United Nations Secretary General Bank Ki-moon, has given an impassioned speech, voicing his support for LGBT rights, and condemning governments around the world which refuse to tackle discrimination against LGBT people.
US: Boy Scout leader fired for being gay delivers 64,000 petition for scouts to drop anti-gay policy 5
1:35 AM — A former scout leader who signed up to help at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) when his son joined up, but who was made to step down because he is gay, has delivered a petition with over 64,000 signatures to one of the BSA's major donors.
17th April 2013
Trans mixed martial arts fighter to make television debut since being forced to come out 2
6:17 PM — A mixed martial arts fighter, who was forced out as transgender last month, is to make her television debut in what will be her third fight since she came out.
US: Ohio Boy Scouts donors urged to push to allow gay members 1
4:36 PM — Members of a pro-gay advocacy group Scouts for Equality, has begun work to push gay-friendly donors to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), to question the organisation's ban on gay volunteers, members and staff.
Video: New Zealand Parliament breaks into song as equal marriage bill is passed 44
4:09 PM — As the Parliament of New Zealand passed a bill to allow equal marriage in the country, those in attendance of the reading broke into song, once it was announced that it had passed.
European Parliament calls on European Commission to increase efforts against trans discrimination 7
1:21 PM — The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to step up its work against discrimination faced by transgender people.
Video: First major college American football coach speaks out in acceptance of gay players 1
1:35 AM — The first major college football coach has come out to invite gay athletes to play for his team, in a video advocating against homophobia in sport.
US: Major League Soccer player suspended for using homophobic slur
12:35 AM — A Major League Soccer (MLS) player in the US who previously apologised for using a homophobic slur against another player during a recent match, has been suspended for three games, and fined an undisclosed amount.
16th April 2013
Magic Johnson’s son EJ on coming out publicly: ‘I can only be myself’
6:17 PM — The son of US basketball star Magic Johnson has spoken out to express surprise at the public interest surrounding his sexuality, since he recently went out hand-in-hand with his boyfriend.
Amal Fashanu: ‘I was getting ready to visit Elton John’s studio when I learnt Justin Fashanu had died’ 6
4:57 PM — The niece of gay footballer Justin Fashanu has spoken about the moment she was told her uncle had died.
DIY rainbow crossings pop up across the world to protest removal of Sydney LGBT landmark 10
3:17 PM — Since the removal of a rainbow road crossing in Sydney, which became an iconic symbol for the LGBT community, those protesting the decision have taken matters into their own hands, creating their own crossings across Australia, and around the world.
US: Texas bill introduced to tackle anti-LGBT workplace discrimination 2
2:56 PM — A bill to combat discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, has been introduced in the US State of Texas, and despite knowing it is unlikely to pass, the bill's proponents hope it will spark a discussion on the issue.
US: Baseball team is first professional sports franchise to receive GLAAD award
1:30 AM — A Major League Baseball team from San Francisco is to become the first professional sports franchise to be honoured with a GLAAD Media Award at the 24th annual ceremony next month.
15th April 2013
US: University sets up scholarship to support gay students and straight allies 4
6:10 PM — A US university has set up a fund to help out gay students who struggle financially after rejection from their families after coming out, as well as straight students who lose funding after supporting gay classmates.
Pakistan: General election to see first transgender candidates run 1
6:00 PM — For the first time transgender people will be able to run for Pakistan’s general election in May while being open about their identities, and so far two have applied to stand for positions in their local constituencies.
Former Commonwealth human rights head becomes Kaleidoscope Trust chair
5:31 PM — LGBT charity the Kaleidoscope Trust has elected a former Commonwealth human rights senior official as its new chair.
Video: Former US Navy chaplain says allowing openly gay players in the NFL is ‘demonic’ 8
5:23 PM — A former Navy chaplain who was disgraced by the military for his role in a protest in 2006, has weighed in on the argument over gay players being allowed to come out in the NFL, to say that he thinks the "Devil is afoot".
Comment: Is a community in crisis beginning to self care 8
4:13 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, David Stuart says he’s encouraged by signs the LGBT community is uniting to address key health challenges.