16th February 2013
US Government allows first burial of same-sex military spouse in national cemetery 8
8:33 PM — The US government has permitted the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a military veteran in a nation cemetery, however whether or not this will affect other gay military couples is unknown.
UK: Lack of condom use blamed for rising HIV cases in gay men 299
11:51 AM — A fall in the number of gay and bisexual men using condoms over the past 20 years is responsible for a rise in HIV cases among the group, health experts have said.
15th February 2013
Former Leeds footballer Robbie Rogers comes out as gay 42
6:18 PM — A former Leeds United football player has come out as gay, and said that he has decided to quit football.
Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism 11
5:44 PM — The Associated Press say that telling their reporters to call same-sex married couples "partners" instead of "husbands" or "wives" reflects existing practice, attracting criticism from LGBT groups.
Comment: No one should ever feel like they need to go back into the closet when it comes to receiving care 9
4:56 PM — Roger Newman MBE, co-founder of the LGBT support group of the Alzheimer’s Society, writes for PinkNews.co.uk about some of the key difficulties that LGBT people face when entering the care system.
Survey: Gay teens come out at 16 with a little help from their friends 8
1:42 PM — A survey of 16-25 year olds carried out by the Metro Centre has found that young LGBT people start questioning their sexuality at an average age of 13, and the first people they come out to are their friends.
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: The moment I came out as gay to my wife was a huge relief 38
9:33 AM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who came out publically as gay in August 2010, has again spoken about the decision in light of last week’s vote by MPs on equal marriage.
14th February 2013
37 US Senators urge President Obama to outlaw homophobic discrimination by federal contractors
10:19 PM — President Obama is under pressure to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
New York: Police arrest suspect after gay man found dead in motel
5:59 PM — The New York Police Department has arrested a man in connection with the death of a gay man in a Queens motel.
London LGBT charity PACE launches new online mental health service 2
5:28 PM — PACE, London’s leading charity promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBT community, is launching an additional online service.
Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day from @Out4Marriage! #WillYouMarryMe m’Lord? 8
1:04 PM — James-J Walsh, Campaigns Director for Out4Marriage reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage, and details what you can do next in the last stages of the move towards marriage equality.
Homophobic bullying study results suggest: ‘It does get better — but not by enough’ 4
12:20 PM — A new study suggests many gay and bisexual teenagers who are bullied at a younger age – are picked on less by the time they reach 19 – but they still remain disproportionately affected by the problem.
UK: Blackburn Rovers footballer accused of making anti-gay insults during Brighton game 16
11:18 AM — Police have launched an investigation after complaints that Blackburn Rovers’ Colin Kazim-Richards was involved in a homophobic incident during an away match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
UK: LGBT community urged to consider adoption and fostering 5
10:33 AM — As part of the 2nd annual LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, LGBT people are being urged to learn more about adoption and fostering.
13th February 2013
Facebook remove ‘Bareback’ sex page after it receives more than 20,000 likes 33
10:50 PM — Facebook have removed a page devoted to the practice of unprotected sex between consenting male partners, otherwise known as ‘barebacking’, after it received more than 20,000 likes.
US: Increase in colleges providing health insurance to trans students
6:48 PM — A growing number of America's top universities are now extending health insurance coverage to transgender students, that's according to campaigners.
Comment: How I abstained from gay sex for a year in order to give blood 62
6:18 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Calum McSwiggan tells the story of how he abstained from gay sex for a year in order to legally give blood.
US: Scout Masters would allow gay scouts but warn of schism in the Boy Scouts 1
5:49 PM — Scout Masters of some Boy Scouts of America troops in Illinois have said that they would probably allow gay members, volunteers and staff, if the BSA were to lift its ban.
Comment: Reflections on speaking out for equal marriage before a committee of MPs tasked with changing the law 27
3:11 PM — PinkNews and Out4Marriage founder Benjamin Cohen, reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage.
US: Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gay people 7
1:48 PM — The US Senate has renewed the Violence Against Women Act while expanding it to cover gay, immigrant, and Native American victims - something it failed to do when it went up for a vote in 2011.