13th April 2013
Equality campaigner starts petition to raise awareness of trans issues after the death of Lucy Meadows 22
4:38 PM — Many people were shocked recently by the tragic death of Lucy Meadows. Not all representations of her in the press were complimentary, and some were very nasty. She endured a harrowing time, with the story firstly being picked up by the press in her hometown of Accrington, Lancashire, and later by the national press.
12th April 2013
US magazine editor: ‘There is a gay agenda and it’s working overtime to send millions to hell’ 43
5:49 PM — A US magazine editor has written a response to what she claimed were “threats” and “intimidation” from members of the “gay agenda”, since she wrote a previous piece saying that if there are gay players in the NFL, they shouldn’t come out.
London: Stonewall celebrity dinner raises £394,000 9
3:58 PM — Over 500 guests, including celebrities and politicians, attended Stonewall’s annual Equality Dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel last night.
Comment: The real face of Manif pour Tous 26
12:17 PM — Journalist Patrick Cash writes about last weekend’s violent homophobic attack against Wilfred de Brujin in Paris and profile’s the anti-gay French group Manif pour Tous.
Northern Ireland: Health minister ordered to release gay blood ban advice 15
11:38 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has been ordered to release advice from the country’s attorney general, which he used to justify a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.
US: Nevada Senate committee approves equal marriage bill 6
2:46 AM — A Senate committee in the US state of Nevada has voted in favour of a bill which could, if voters approved, make a constitutional amendment to allow equal marriage.
US: National Hockey League announces formal partnership with anti-homophobia organisation 4
2:23 AM — The National Hockey League has become the first major professional team sport in the US to announce a formal partnership with You Can Play, an advocacy group aiming to reduce homophobia.
11th April 2013
DC reveals transgender character in first for mainstream superhero comics 6
6:08 PM — A supporting character in DC Comics' 'Batgirl' revealed to the main character that she is a trans woman in the most recent issue, with the series' author adding a transgender comic book hero should be introduced in the near future.
Anti-homophobia and transphobia protest takes places in Paris 9
1:44 PM — LGBT campaigners in France have protested over the fear that homophobia and transphobia is on the rise in the country.
Comment: A brave new world for GMFA 33
12:55 PM — Matthew Hodson, head of programmes at gay men’s health charity GMFA writes for PinkNews.co.uk on how funding cuts poses a challenge to the charity's HIV prevention work.
London: Gay men’s health charity GMFA faces uncertain future after funding cut 15
10:52 AM — GMFA has spoken of its shock at the news it will no longer receive funding for its London HIV information services.
10th April 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook tops Out Magazine’s Power List for third year, despite not being ‘out’ 10
11:57 PM — Apple's Chief Executive, Tim Cook has topped the Power List for US magazine Out for the third year in a row, despite not being openly gay.
Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation says it will deal with homophobic fans 3
7:00 PM — Crystal Palace Football Club’s official foundation has commented on accusations that a number of the club’s fans have been taking part in homophobic chanting during matches.
US: California bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts scheduled for first hearing 12
6:19 PM — A California bill which would remove the tax exempt status from youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, if they uphold policies excluding gay members, is to undergo its first committee hearing today.
American Decency Association: ‘Television shoves homosexuality down our throats’ 25
5:53 PM — US evangelical organisation the American Decency Association (ADA) has published an article in response to a backlash it received in response to a piece which attacked basketball Magic Johnson for supporting his gay son, and reiterated its stance that he should not support him.
Video: Israeli gay couple in YouTube plea for help to start a family 4
4:15 PM — A gay couple in Israel have started a campaign, asking for help to start a family after spending their entire savings on several failed surrogacy and adoption attempts, as Israel forbids surrogacy for gay couples.
Australia: Sydney’s rainbow crossing dug up despite 15,000 strong petition to save it 3
3:32 PM — The rainbow road crossing in Sydney’s LGBT district, which was painted for the city’s 35th Mardi Gras celebrations, has been dug up, officials noting a safety hazard, despite a 15,000 strong petition to save it.
Iceland PM asked to meet with gay rights activists in Chinese visit 2
1:31 PM — Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world’s first openly gay prime minister, has been asked to meet with the parents of gay children in next week's visit to China.
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for calling trans woman a ‘disgusting freak’ 16
1:18 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) moved to suspend one of its fighters after he referred to a transgender fighter as "a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak."
9th April 2013
Sussex Police tipped to become the next force to record attacks on subculture groups 2
5:45 PM — Sussex Police could become the next force in the country to recognise alternative subculture as a recordable motivation for hate crime.