21st March 2013
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.
Rocky Horrow Show writer Richard O’Brien: ‘I’m 70% male, 30% female’ 20
6:49 PM — Writer of the Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien, has said: “I believe myself probably to be about 70% male, 30% female,” calling himself the "third sex."
Video: 12-year-old writes to US Supreme Court justice urging strike-down of Proposition 8 7
4:49 PM — A 12-year-old in California has written a letter to a Supreme Court justice, urging him to strike down Proposition 8, the state-wide ban on equal marriage.
Trans woman golfer hopes to compete professionally at age 62 4
4:22 PM — A trans woman who overcame numerous obstacles on her way to accepting her gender identity says her next goal is to become the first trans woman to compete in the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
100 Crystal Palace fans shout homophobic abuse in street ahead of Brighton game 9
4:22 PM — Sussex Police has promised to trace several Crystal Palace fans following a spate of homophobic incidents during Sunday’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson pushes football clubs to ‘stamp out’ homophobia 4
3:45 PM — Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, has urged professional football clubs to do more to tackle homophobia in sport, including taking on an anti-homophobia initiative, which a third of clubs have signed up to so far.
50,000 sign online anti-homophobia in football petition following Nigerian coach’s anti-gay remarks
1:14 PM — Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition that calls on FIFA to take action against homophobia in football following the recent comments of a Nigerian women’s football coach.