1st February 2011
Governor of Illinois signs gay civil-unions into law 9
2:36 AM — The Governor of Illinois has signed the state's same sex civil-union legislation into law. The move comes after a state senate vote to recognise same sex unions.
31st January 2011
Gay charity London Friend begins emergency appeal to buy building 5
3:33 PM — London Friend, the city's oldest gay charity, has launched an emergency appeal to buy its current premises. The LGBT counselling service was founded 40 years ago and has six months to raise the funds to buy its Caledonian Road building.
30th January 2011
Ugandan lesbian’s asylum appeal rejected because she didn’t read gay magazines 75
1:54 AM — A lesbian asylum seeker who was granted a last-minute reprieve from deportation to Uganda was denied the right to remain in the UK because she didn't own magazines or other literature relating to her sexuality, it has been revealed.
28th January 2011
London anti-hate crime charity opens drop-in service 2
4:10 PM — London charity Galop is offering a new drop-in service for LGBT people affected by hate crime, discrimination and domestic abuse. The service will also offer LGBT people the chance to talk to a sexual abuse caseworker in confidence about incidents, whether recent or from childhood.
21st January 2011
Comment: Daily Mail ‘neo-Nazi’ gay cartoon incites hatred based on sexuality 81
1:27 AM — PinkNews.co.uk reader Nick Lowe argues that the publication by the Daily Mail of a cartoon which depicts a gay couple checking in to a Christian run hotel as 'neo-Nazis' incites hatred of homosexuals.
19th January 2011
Report finds huge levels of discrimination against gay and trans people in Utah 19
9:20 PM — A report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) has found significant homophobia and discrimination in the state of Utah, home to the Mormon Church. The study of 939 LGBT Utahans found that sixty seven per cent of transgendered and forty four percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual Utahans say they have either been sacked or have been denied a job or promotion as a result of their LGBT status.
US Gay teen Lance Lundsten’s death was not suicide says his father 11
1:15 AM — The death of a gay teenager in Minnesota at the weekend was not caused by suicide, the boy's father has told a local TV station after the media reported that his son took his own life as a result of homophobic bullying.
18th January 2011
WorldPride plans on course for 2012 8
3:49 PM — Pride London organisers say plans are on course to host WorldPride in 2012. The event will not be affected by the 2012 Olympics, which will require around 9,000 police officers each day.
13th January 2011
Transgender drug dealer spared prison 17
10:53 AM — A transgender drug dealer was spared prison after a judge said placing her in a men's facility would prolong her "sexual nightmare". Jean Morris, 41, was convicted of possessing Class C drug ketamine with intent to supply.
12th January 2011
Gay and lesbian news archive moves to London 3
3:08 PM — The UK's only national independent LGBT news archive is moving to London. The Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA) is currently housed at Middlesex University's Cat Hill campus but will move to the Bishopsgate Institute this month before the Cat Hill campus closes.
6th January 2011
Turkish LGBT group shut down by court 35
2:36 PM — Another Turkish LGBT organisation has been ordered to close. A criminal court in Bursa, north-west Turkey, ruled that the Rainbow Association must shut down after claims its members had engaged in prostitution. The group denies the allegations.
Former chair says Brighton Pride is failing the gay community 23
11:50 AM — The former chair of Brighton Pride has said that the festival needs a "radical" overhaul. David Harvey, who ran the event between 2003 and 2006, said Brighton Pride was too straight, that LGBT people did not feel safe there and and that trustees could be breaching Charity Commission rules by "running a party disguised as a charity".
First US transgender trial judge is sworn in 8
11:23 AM — Victoria Kolakowski made history this week when she became the first trans person to be sworn in as a trial judge in the US.
5th January 2011
Californian appeals court passes on gay marriage case to state Supreme Court 6
12:42 AM — The federal appeals court due to decide if California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional has said it can not make a decision until the state's Supreme Court rules if the sponsors of Proposition 8 have the authority to defend the measure.
30th December 2010
Secret sperm donor fathered his lesbian aunt’s children aged just 15 46
12:57 PM — A couple grieving over the death of their 20-year-old son are coming to terms with the fact that two children they considered to be their nephew and niece are their biological grandchildren. Their son donated sperm to his aunt and her same sex partner when he was just 15.
29th December 2010
Jobcentre staff accused of homophobia towards gay couple on benefits 27
10:59 PM — A gay couple from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England have claimed that they have victimised by staff at their Jobcentre Plus because of their sexuality.
27th December 2010
Gay miner sues pit for discrimination after colleagues label him a pedophile 10
10:02 PM — Sam Hall, an openly gay coal miner in West Virginia, United States is suing his employer and alleging that co-workers in a number of mines have harassed him as a result of his sexuality.
26th December 2010
Jerusalem Pride bomber sentenced to six months community service 13
1:51 PM — A district court in Jerusalem has sentenced a 35-year-old Michael Naky to six months community service for setting off a makeshift bomb to disrupt a gay pride march in the city in 2007. The judge gave the sentence after a plea bargain between the defence and the prosecution.
Video: The New York gay couple who have received hundreds of letters addressed to Santa Claus 16
1:33 PM — A gay couple living in Chelsea, New York City have received hundreds of letters from children all across New York hoping to reach Santa Claus. The couple, Jim and Dillon, have with the help of friends responded to hundreds of the letters but there remains a mystery as to where the children located their address.
13th December 2010
Founding president of gay group PFLAG dies 4
11:22 AM — The founding president of US group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has died at the age of 90. Adele Starr reacted badly when her son came out in 1974 but overcame her negative feelings to establish the support group for the loved ones of gays and lesbians.