18th March 2013
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.
US: California bill would require schools to allow trans students to use appropriate toilets and locker rooms
1:04 PM — Under a newly introduced bill in California, schools would have to allow transgender students to use facilities and participate on sports teams which match their gender identity.
17th March 2013
Video: TV host claims 6 year old trans girl’s gender identity is a result of her parents’ ‘fetish’ 37
9:59 PM — A TV host in Canada has claimed that the parents of a trans girl have committed child abuse by allowing her to live according to her gender identity, and says it amounts to a "fetish".
16th March 2013
Anti-homophobia group works with baseball minor leagues following use of anti-gay slur
2:09 AM — The founder of an anti-homophobia sports organisation has spoken to the minor league teams of a baseball team involved in a controversy last year, when a player wore an anti-gay slur on his face.
15th March 2013
Father’s heartwarming letter to son after overhearing his plans to come out goes viral 39
6:17 PM — A supportive letter sent from a father to his son, who he overheard speaking on the phone about wanting to come out, has gone viral, and has been held up as a good example of parental love.
US: Fraternity to donate $18,000 to charity after insurance agrees to cover trans brother’s surgery 3
6:01 PM — The trans student whose fraternity banded together to pay for his top surgery has learned that his insurance will cover the operation after all, meaning the $20,000 (£13,209) raised can go to helping other trans people in need.
US: Massachusetts gay rights group claims it was excluded from St Patrick’s Day parade 2
4:25 PM — A gay rights advocacy group has voiced its anger at being excluded from a local St Patrick's Day Parade in Massachusetts, however organisers say that they just applied too late.
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘The government has run out of ideas on sexual health’ 9
3:46 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott has dismissed the government’s new sexual health framework which is designed to lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
US: Maryland gender identity bill fails to pass Senate committee 3
2:39 PM — A bill which aimed to tackle discrimination in employment, credit, housing and public accommodations, based on gender identity or expression, failed to pass the committee stage of Maryland's Senate.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Half of HIV prevention funding cut in London 91
1:41 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described the Department of Health’s new sexual health framework as a “starting point” – but warns it comes against a cut of around £1.2 million to the Pan-London HIV Prevention Programme.
UK: National AIDS Trust: ‘We are getting closer to a cure for HIV’ 10
10:57 AM — NAT says research out of France that shows 14 patients when treated early for HIV were able to stay off of antiretroviral drugs “is further evidence that we are getting closer to a cure for HIV.”
14th March 2013
Canada: Gay glossy to cease publishing due to financial problems
3:21 PM — Canada's glossy gay magazine, Fab will stop being sold from next month due to financial reasons.
Former Formula One star slammed for saying he doesn’t want a ‘poofter’ to play him in his biopic 77
2:10 AM — World-renowned motor racing star Sir Stirling Moss, has come under heavy criticism for saying that he wouldn't want a "poofter" to play him in a film.
13th March 2013
US: University removes Chick-fil-A branch from campus over lack of student support 1
5:16 PM — A university in the US city of Atlanta has removed chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A from its campus following a lack of support from students. Last year there was a furore around the company's CEO, and a confusion over whether or not the company opposed equal marriage.
San Francisco official urges street named after anti-gay Lech Walesa to be changed 6
4:59 PM — A San Francisco supervisor whose district includes Lech Walesa Street is considering introducing legislation to change its name because of the former Polish president’s recent homophobic remarks.
SNP’s LGBT group pushes minister to include LGBT people in Commonwealth charter 19
4:02 PM — The Scottish National Party's LGBT group has put pressure on Scotland's Minister for External Affairs to attempt to amend the recently signed Commonwealth charter, which protects against discrimination, but does not specifically mention LGBT people.
UK: LGBT community urged to give up cigarettes as part of No Smoking Day 13
12:02 PM — With figures showing LGBT people are more likely to smoke compared to heterosexuals, LGBT smokers are being encouraged to quit as part of No Smoking Day.
UK: Brighton Pride announces Fringe Festival plans 3
10:35 AM — The organisers of this year’s Brighton Pride have announced further details of the event including a change in management and participation in Brighton’s Fringe Festival.
12th March 2013
Travel: A weekend in Dublin 15
6:52 PM — PinkNews.co.uk’s food and travel writer Sam Feller has travelled to Dublin to see what the city has to offer gay tourists, and how attitudes to homosexuality are evolving in amongst an ever changing political landscape.
US $1.5 million study launched to find out why 75% of lesbians are obese 55
6:03 PM — The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to spend $1.5 million (£1.01 million) on a study to learn why 75% of lesbians are obese and why gay men are not.