28th August 2013
London vigil takes place today for Jamaican trans teenager Dwayne Jones 1
12:54 PM — A vigil is taking place outside the Jamaican Embassy in London this afternoon in memory of Jamaican transgender teenager Dwayne Jones.
27th August 2013
Kaleidoscope Trust welcomes Australian Foreign Minister’s LGBT rights pledge 3
6:03 PM — The Kaleidoscope Trust has welcomed the signing of a pledge by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr to uphold LGBT rights on behalf of Australia’s governing Labor Party.
Oxfam says firewall blocking access to PinkNews was accidental and allows access to site 8
5:46 PM — Aid and development charity Oxfam has responded to a report from PinkNews which found that access to LGBT news sites was being blocked from terminals operated by the charity, to say that it was the result of an automated firewall, and is not company policy.
US: Trans woman prisoner serving 73 year sentence appeals to be given gender reassignment 9
4:35 PM — A trans woman in the US state of Virginia who has been served a 73-year prison sentence is expecting a decision from a judge on whether she will be allowed evaluation to be given gender reassignment surgery.
York Pride honours memory of transgender singer Chrisie Edkins in charity fundraiser 5
2:24 PM — A donation has been made to the Beaumont Society in memory of a popular transgender singer and entertainer.
Associated Press issues reporting memo for Chelsea E Manning stories 7
11:29 AM — The Associated Press has sent out a memo to all of its journalists and subscribers ensuring they use the correct female pronouns in stories involving Chelsea E Manning.
26th August 2013
IOC Vice President: There will be no discrimination at the Sochi Winter Olympics 34
7:03 PM — A Vice President of the IOC says he’s confident the rights of LGBT athletes and spectators will be protected at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Ireland: Non-sexually active gay man told he cannot donate blood 13
6:04 PM — A young gay man in Ireland claims he has been discriminated against from giving blood, despite never being sexually active.
Brighton: Gay vegetarian raises awareness of CJD following diagnosis 10
2:40 PM — A 28-year-old gay vegetarian living just outside of Brighton has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of Mad Cow Disease.
Russia may reintroduce gay blood ban and provide voluntary gay conversion therapy 30
1:42 PM — Russia may resurrect its ban preventing gay men from donating blood and also introduce measures for voluntary gay-to-straight conversion therapy, a senior Russian MP has said.
Exclusive: Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri says It’s Time for equal marriage in Scotland 1
12:04 PM — Scottish musician Sharleen Spiteri is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.
Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting 1
1:28 PM — Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country's gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok.
Survey: Homophobic discrimination still ‘expected’ by a majority of gay UK citizens 14
12:20 PM — A new survey has revealed that despite the recent passing of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, a large majority of gay Britons still live in fear of discrimination.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I am not heartless, I understand gay people’s fears 66
11:32 AM — The outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, recently spoke in an interview about his reason for abstaining from the same-sex marriage debate earlier this year, and said he understands the fears that many gay people have.
24th August 2013
US: Murdered NYC trans woman was violently beaten in front of police precinct 12
10:02 PM — A 21-year-old trans woman who was violently beaten until brain damaged, and later taken off life support after being pronounced brain dead, was attacked just feet away from a New York Police Department precinct.
US: Jason Collins to introduce Ryan Lewis and Macklemore at VMAs for equal marriage hit
9:31 PM — Openly gay NBA basketball star Jason Collins will on Sunday evening take to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to introduce Macklemore and Ryan Lewis when they perform their equal marriage themed summer hit.
23rd August 2013
US: 21-year-old trans woman dies after being brutally beaten in transphobic attack 8
6:42 PM — A transgender woman in New York City has died after being violently beaten in a transphobic attack.