18th January 2013
London charity raises awareness about coming out after Jodie Foster speech 1
9:10 PM — Following actress Jodie Foster's first public speech about her sexuality at the Golden Globes last Sunday, a London-based LGBT support group is reminding people that coming out can be difficult at any age.
US: Judge tipped to allow San Francisco nudity ban 21
6:43 PM — Lawmakers in San Francisco narrowly approved the nudity ban after complaints regarding the city’s famous gay Castro district in November of last year.
Observer’s readers’ editor says ‘it was wrong’ to publish transphobic slurs 62
6:00 PM — The Observer’s readers’ editor, Stephen Pritchard, has issued his full response into the paper’s decision to publish a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
US: Pro-gay NFL player Chris Kluwe to release a book of ‘uncensored personal essays’ 5
5:30 PM — Equal rights advocate and NFL football player, Chris Kluwe, is to release a book containing "uncensored personal essays" on a range of topics, after passionately defending equal marriage rights for gay people.
London: Protesters demonstrate outside Guardian offices over transphobic Burchill article 18
3:32 PM — More than 100 transgender people and cisgender allies have taken part in a protest outside the central London offices of the Guardian and Observer newspapers over the publication of a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
Press Complaints Commission to investigate Julie Burchill’s transphobic article 8
3:02 PM — The Press Complaints Commission is to launch an inquiry into the Observer's decision to publish a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
London: City Hall announces winner of gay pride bid 27
11:40 AM — London LGBT+ Community Pride has been awarded the right to run the capital’s main gay pride festival for the next five years.
17th January 2013
Gareth Thomas: I previously took part in anti-gay jokes and prayed rugby could turn me straight 62
4:15 PM — Former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that he once took part in homophobic jokes with teammates in a bid to hide his sexuality
Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore attacks PinkNews 87
1:55 PM — Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore has launched an outspoken attack on PinkNews after it published a story about the killing of a trans woman in Brazil.
US: NFL player Chris Kluwe to receive award for his support of gay rights and equal marriage 3
1:04 PM — Pro-gay NFL player, Chris Kluwe, is to be honoured by an LGBT community group, for being an advocate of equal rights and equal marriage for the LGBT community.
16th January 2013
LGBT museum planned for Washington DC 4
7:37 PM — A gay couple have announced their intentions to open an LGBT American history museum in the US capital city of Washington DC.
Reports: Brazilian transwoman shot dead 54
3:28 PM — It's being reported that a transwoman has been shot dead in Brazil.
UK: Accenture named most gay-friendly company by Stonewall 15
1:59 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its Top 100 Employers for 2013, with management consultancy firm Accenture topping the list.
Hampshire Constabulary Chief receives Stonewall ‘Champion of the Year’ award 1
1:33 PM — The Chief Constable for Hampshire's Constabulary has been named Stonewall's Individual Champion of the Year for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Maine: Transwoman receives honourable discharge from US Marines 3
1:08 PM — A transgender woman who went absent without leave from the US Military 31 years ago has received an honourable discharge.
London: Islington and Camden to host UK’s ‘biggest’ LGBT History Month celebrations 3
12:32 PM — Organisers in the London boroughs of Islington and Camden say February’s programme of events for LGBT History Month will be the largest in the UK.
Comment: South Africa is not a ‘Rainbow Nation’ if you’re gay 18
12:24 PM — Recently, a South African college was exposed for offering therapies to try and turn young gay people straight. South African Douglas Bruce Davies explains that despite some of the most progressive gay rights laws in the world, South Africa is not a paradise to be LGBT.
Fox News criticised for using a photo of Mrs Doubtfire for trans health story 16
11:11 AM — Fox News has been criticised for using an image of Mrs Doubtfire, Robin Williams’ fictional character from the 1993 film of the same name, in a story about transgender inequality on its website.
15th January 2013
UK: Hate crime charity criticises Julie Burchill for writing ‘transphobic hatred’ 9
4:14 PM — Hate crime charity Galop has become the latest LGBT organisation to criticise Julie Burchill for writing a highly offensive article about the trans community in last weekend’s Observer newspaper.
Oregon & California health insurance companies told to cover transgender patients
1:31 PM — Regulators in Oregon and California have directed several health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender patients because of their gender identity.