22nd March 2013
Death of trans teacher Lucy Meadows prompts calls for Daily Mail to sack Richard Littlejohn 81
3:42 PM — More than 3,500 people have signed an online petition that calls for the Daily Mail to sack its columnist Richard Littlejohn, in the wake of the death of trans teacher Lucy Meadows.
UK: Transgender teacher whose decision to live as a woman was outed by media found dead 33
12:56 PM — A teacher whose decision to begin gender transition because national news in December last year has been found dead.
UK: Woman jailed for obtaining sexual consent of another woman ‘by fraud’ 34
12:36 PM — An 18-year-old woman has been jailed for three years on the grounds of obtaining the sexual consent of another woman “by fraud” because the victim thought she was male.
21st March 2013
Kent: LGBT campaigners take part in Archbishop of Canterbury enthronement protest 6
6:19 PM — Several LGBT campaigners have taken part in a demonstration outside Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, amid the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury.
US: University pulls state funding from sex education week following Fox News ‘lesbian bondage’ complaint 14
5:25 PM — The University of Tennessee (UT) has made the decision to pull state funding from a week-long sex education event, following a complaint by a Fox News radio host who claimed that it was giving the money to a "lesbian bondage" expert.
UK: Government criticised for failing to mention LGBT youngsters in sex education report 4
3:51 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) says the government’s sex education review “makes no mention of sex education which addresses the needs of LGBT young people.”
Study: 93% of football fans rate professional players by performance before sexuality 5
3:31 PM — A lecturer at Loughborough University has released results of a study into homophobia in football, which he says shows the majority of fans are tolerant of gay people and will even criticise anti-gay language.
US Paediatricians: Equal marriage for same-sex parents is the most beneficial option 5
2:32 PM — A group of top US paediatricians on Thursday announced its endorsement of equal marriage, as a way of ensuring that children receive security and benefits in their upbringing.
Canada: Bill criminalising anti-transgender discrimination passes in House of Commons 3
2:24 PM — A bill protecting transgender people from discrimination narrowly passed in Canada's House of Commons on Wednesday.
US: Mexican food chain cancels sponsorship of key Boy Scouts fundraising event 4
2:02 PM — Mexican food chain Chipotle, has pulled its funding of a Boy Scouts of America event in Utah, after admitting that, due to the organisation's anti-gay policy, Chipotle was in breach of its corporate non-discrimination policy.
Observer transphobic Julie Burchill article did not breach Editors’ Code of Practice says PCC 45
10:31 AM — A highly offensive article about the trans community which was written by Julie Burchill and published in the Observer did not breach the Editors’ Code of Practice, the Press Complaints Commission has ruled.
20th March 2013
US: Gay rights activists paint house opposite Westboro compound rainbow colours 12
1:50 PM — Gay rights activists have painted a small house opposite the compound owned by the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church in rainbow colours, in a political statement against the controversial church.
UK: Mother of murdered gay teen Michael Causer speaks to Stephen Fry for LGBT documentary 10
11:04 AM — Marie Causer, mother of gay teenager Michael Causer who was killed in 2008, has spoken to Stephen Fry for a documentary.
Final push for Scotland’s equal marriage consultation ahead of 5pm deadline 8
10:45 AM — The public consultation on equal marriage in Scotland closes today at 5pm, and the Equality Network are reminding people to fill in the document online.
19th March 2013
London: Trans woman told to use New Look changing facilities ‘out of hours’ 22
6:33 PM — New Look has responded to claims that a trans woman was prevented from using the changing rooms at one of their London stores, then advised she should arrange to shop at the store "out of hours" in future.
Study: Gay US student athletes twice as likely to get bullied compared to heterosexuals 2
5:49 PM — Gay student athletes are twice as likely to get bullied compared to their straight teammates, and one in four said they felt pressured to remain silent about their sexual identity, according to a new survey in the US.
US: The L Word director to make new LGBT documentary 1
4:29 PM — Writer-Director of The L Word and The Real L Word, Ilene Chaiken, is to create a new documentary on LGBT individuals in Middle America.
London: LGBT mental health service Outcome faces uncertain future 4
2:09 PM — A charitable service in north London which supports LGBT people with mental health issues could be forced to close.
Manchester: Man robbed and raped in city centre
11:55 AM — A 21-year-old man has been raped and robbed in Manchester's city centre, police have said.
18th March 2013
US: Human rights group alleges Californian school district harbours anti-gay discrimination 1
11:32 PM — The American Clivil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California wrote to a school district demanding that it end discrimination against gay students by administrators and teachers in its high schools.