18th February 2013
US: Massachusetts issues rules respecting identity of transgender students 3
8:05 PM — The Massachusetts Department of Education has said that students should be able to use facilities like bathrooms and join sports teams according to the gender they identify with.
US: NFL Footballer Tim Tebow to speak at anti-gay Dallas megachurch 15
4:09 PM — An American football player for the New York Jets best known for during-game prayers, has been invited to speak at a church in Dallas, the leader of which has been criticised for denouncing homosexuality in the past.
Obituary: PinkNews contributor Stuart Ross 43
3:20 PM — John Barber has written an obituary in memory of Stuart Henry Ross, who previously wrote articles for PinkNews.co.uk
UK: Brighton Pride announces theme for 2013
3:19 PM — Brighton Pride 2013 has announced that the theme for this year will be 'Gay Icons', which they hope will inspire costumes ranging from Alan Turing to Lady Gaga.
Derren Brown: I wonder if I could ‘turn a straight man gay’ for a TV show 42
2:51 PM — Derren Brown has said in a new interview that he would be interested in creating a television show on which he would attempt to make a straight man gay and a gay man straight, as a way of tackling sexuality through his work.
Comment: Sperm donors for same-sex couples need to make sure they have legal protection 1
1:27 PM — In light of a recent High Court case, Jonathan West from Prolegal writes for PinkNews.co.uk on the importance of LGBT people knowing about arrangements governing sperm donation.
Trans MP Anna Grodzka says homophobia and transphobia means people are leaving Poland 10
12:48 PM — Polish Trans MP Anna Grodzka says homophobia and transphobia in Poland explains why many LGBT people end up leaving the country.
Baseball player who used homophobic slur: ‘I made a mistake and I am different now’
12:20 AM — A baseball player in the US has again apologised for a "mistake" he made when writing a homophobic slur on his face during a game, and has said that he wants to put the past behind him.
17th February 2013
Gay rights group: ‘Sports in the US have reached a tipping point against homophobia’ 5
8:37 PM — The decision of 25-year-old former Leeds United football player Robbie Rogers, to come out last week, has been commended by gay rights activists, who have described this as a "tipping point" for sports.
Comment: Most letters to me, a Church of England bishop, are in favour of equal marriage 27
10:23 AM — Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, the first Church of England bishop to come Out4Marriage reveals that most of the correspondence that he receives is in favour of same-sex couples marrying.
16th February 2013
US Government allows first burial of same-sex military spouse in national cemetery 8
8:33 PM — The US government has permitted the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a military veteran in a nation cemetery, however whether or not this will affect other gay military couples is unknown.
UK: Lack of condom use blamed for rising HIV cases in gay men 299
11:51 AM — A fall in the number of gay and bisexual men using condoms over the past 20 years is responsible for a rise in HIV cases among the group, health experts have said.
15th February 2013
Former Leeds footballer Robbie Rogers comes out as gay 42
6:18 PM — A former Leeds United football player has come out as gay, and said that he has decided to quit football.
Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism 11
5:44 PM — The Associated Press say that telling their reporters to call same-sex married couples "partners" instead of "husbands" or "wives" reflects existing practice, attracting criticism from LGBT groups.
Comment: No one should ever feel like they need to go back into the closet when it comes to receiving care 9
4:56 PM — Roger Newman MBE, co-founder of the LGBT support group of the Alzheimer’s Society, writes for PinkNews.co.uk about some of the key difficulties that LGBT people face when entering the care system.
Survey: Gay teens come out at 16 with a little help from their friends 8
1:42 PM — A survey of 16-25 year olds carried out by the Metro Centre has found that young LGBT people start questioning their sexuality at an average age of 13, and the first people they come out to are their friends.
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: The moment I came out as gay to my wife was a huge relief 38
9:33 AM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who came out publically as gay in August 2010, has again spoken about the decision in light of last week’s vote by MPs on equal marriage.
14th February 2013
37 US Senators urge President Obama to outlaw homophobic discrimination by federal contractors
10:19 PM — President Obama is under pressure to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
New York: Police arrest suspect after gay man found dead in motel
5:59 PM — The New York Police Department has arrested a man in connection with the death of a gay man in a Queens motel.
London LGBT charity PACE launches new online mental health service 2
5:28 PM — PACE, London’s leading charity promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBT community, is launching an additional online service.