25th March 2013
US: GLAAD alters its mission statement to include trans and bisexual focus 4
2:35 PM — The organisation has formally dropped the words ‘Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’ from its name, to now include more focus on transgender and bisexual people.
Ian McKellen: ‘Cruel’ religious leaders to blame for LGBT teens being thrown out of homes 18
12:49 PM — While hosting an LGBT event over the weekend, actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen spoke of the damaging effect hate speech can have on the lives of vulnerable people and said "cruel" religious leaders should feel responsible for gay teens living on the streets.
US: NFL players make final push for equal marriage: ‘why is common sense not enough?’ 5
12:26 PM — Players in the US National Football League (NFL) have been using their influence to speak out in favour of equal marriage, ahead of the Supreme Court taking on two cases around the issue this week.
100,000 sign petition for sacking of Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn over Lucy Meadows article 39
11:35 AM — More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the sacking of Richard Littlejohn, the Daily Mail columnist who wrote an offensive article about a transgender teacher.
Vigil to take place outside Daily Mail offices in memory of Lucy Meadows as pressure intensifies on paper 7
11:08 AM — Campaigners plan to stage a candle-lit vigil outside the offices of the Daily Mail at 6pm in memory of Lucy Meadows, a trans woman and teacher who died last week.
22nd March 2013
Comment: Julie Burchill – the message she is sending to trans people and aspiring writers 20
6:54 PM — Vienna Karakas writes on the Press Complaints Commission's decision regarding a transphobic article by Julie Burchill, and the implications it has for journalism.
Analysis: Trans suicide and the way the media reports the trans community 29
5:43 PM — Following the death of Lucy Meadows, Maeve Regan explores for PinkNews the impact of transphobic language in the media and the findings from the Trans Mental Health Study.
UK: Activist Helen Belcher to meet MPs over media mistreatment of trans people 8
3:54 PM — Helen Belcher of Trans Media Watch has contacted MPs over the mistreatment of Lucy Meadows, the trans teacher who was hounded by the media, and who was found dead this week.
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.