20th February 2012
Video: Betting ad asks if trans women are ‘stallions or mares’ 97
11:16 AM — Paddy Power, the Irish betting company, has been slammed for a new advert which introduces transgender women to the Cheltenham horse races and asks the viewer to decide whether they are a 'stallion or a mare'.
18th February 2012
Maryland House of Delegates approves gay marriage bill 37
1:44 AM — The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage that is widely expected to be passed by the state senate and already has the support of the governor Martin O'Malley.
17th February 2012
Blogger’s son, 7, ‘comes out’ 88
2:50 PM — A blogger has described the moment her 7-year-old son came out to her but accepted she is not sure whether he will turn into a gay adult.
Trans media charity slams attempts to ‘expose’ man who gave birth 32
11:08 AM — Calls to identify the anonymous transgender man reported to be the first in the UK to give birth have been decried by a charity calling for accuracy and respect for trans people in the media.
16th February 2012
Brett Ratner to helm pro-gay film campaign for GLAAD 4
2:00 PM — Brett Ratner will produce and direct a GLAAD video campaign to promote equality for gay and trans people following his use of a disparaging term in a press conference last year.
Exclusive: The Sun defends call for identity of ‘first trans man to give birth’ 123
12:10 PM — The Sun newspaper hit back yesterday at claims that it had failed to mend its ways in respect of its treatment of the UK’s trans community, defending its attempts to locate the trans man who had given birth as being “in the public interest”.
15th February 2012
Social network aims to connect rural gays 15
3:21 PM — A new social network has been launched to help geographically isolated gay and trans people socialise with other members of the LGBT community.
14th February 2012
Video: Gays among unusual couples in Google Valentine doodle 35
11:21 AM — A gay couple features alongside a cat and a dog, an astronaut and an alien, a princess and a frog, an elderly couple and a cookie embracing a carton of milk in the search engine's Valentine's Day animation.
13th February 2012
Washington Governor: Signing gay marriage law is my proudest moment 24
11:52 PM — Governor Chris Gregoire, a Democrat and a Roman Catholic, signed into law Washington State's gay marriage legislation. The North Western state becomes the seventh in the United States to offer gay marriage equality.
10th February 2012
Video: Turkish parents’ appeal for anti-homophobia film 2
1:55 PM — A support group for the families of gay and trans people in Turkey is appealing for funds to finish a documentary on the experiences of parents.
Report: The Schools OUT conference 2012 (part one)
1:52 PM — The first in a two-part report of the 2012 Schools OUT conference, Educating OUT Prejudice through the LGBT Lens.
9th February 2012
Report: The Schools OUT conference 2012 (part two)
2:35 PM — The second in a two-part report of the 2012 Schools OUT conference, Educating OUT Prejudice through the LGBT Lens. Read part one here.
8th February 2012
Comment: Why I made an It Gets Better video on being gay and Jewish 53
5:20 PM — On Friday afternoon, I posted a video to YouTube. It was a historic moment for me because I haven’t actually posted very much on there before but also it was because for the first time officially, I shared my coming out story with the Channel 4 News audience and the wider world. The video I posted was to form part of the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign.
St Petersburg anti-gay law passes second reading 17
3:28 PM — A third reading would mean St Petersburg would join other Russian regions including Ryazan and Arkhangelsk in forbidding the promotion of homosexuality in public.
Comment: Does today mean change for the trans community? 16
2:30 PM — Listen. That sound you don’t hear: the silence. That is the UK’s trans community waiting with bated breath. Because today, by a strange co-incidence of events, really does feel to many like the day that things change.
Ellen DeGeneres: There is no ‘pro-gay bandwagon’ 15
11:57 AM — Following a groundswell of support for her appointment as the face of JC Penney in the face of homophobic opposition, Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out to thank the public.
Trans charity to speak at Leveson Inquiry today 11
10:19 AM — The Leveson Inquiry will hear today from Trans Media Watch, a charity which supports accurate and respectful reporting on trans and intersex people in the media.
7th February 2012
Appeals court rules California’s gay marriage ban breaks US constitution 18
11:02 PM — California's voter initiated ban on gay marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a US federal court, upholding a decision by a judge to lift the ban in 2010.
Future of Brighton Pride uncertain over ‘£200,000 debt’ 29
9:49 AM — The future of Brighton Pride is in doubt again after reports its organisers owe creditors up to £200,000. Pride (South East) called the release of the financial documents which outline the debts "unhelpful" and a "misrepresentation".
6th February 2012
Canada: Trans woman detained under US flight rules 16
5:56 PM — In the wake of Canada’s continued support of a no-fly rule for anyone who fails to meet gender norms, as subjectively assessed by that country’s border police, a harrowing tale emerges of an incident last year in the United States.