20th February 2012
Comment: Paddy Power thinks it’s fun to play ‘spot the trans lady’ – want to bet? 57
5:40 PM — Irish bookmakers Paddy Power's latest advert asks viewers to “spot the transgendered [sic] ladies” at the Cheltenham Festival. Paris Lees says the problem with “spot the trans lady” is that, for one person in the game, it’s really not that fun.
Delay puberty for children with gender doubts, My Transsexual Summer star says 37
5:06 PM — Primary school children should be taught about transsexuals from age ten and have the option of jabs which delay the onset of puberty, according to Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham, one of the stars of Channel 4's acclaimed My Transsexual Summer documentary series.
Five-year-old may be youngest trans person in UK 39
3:15 PM — A five-year-old may be the UK's youngest transgender person recognised by the NHS, with parents who say they will "leave it up to him to decide what he wants to do".
Tube ads tell commuters: ‘Real men get raped’ 48
2:13 PM — An awareness campaign launched in the capital's Tube network today aims to raise awareness of the rate of sexual crimes against men, which it says could be as high as 8,500 a year in London alone.
Sweden set to drop sterilisation rule for official trans recognition 16
12:17 PM — The Swedish Christian Democrat party has abandoned its support for the rule which requires transgender people to be sterilised before the state recognises their gender and so cleared the way for repeal.
Video: Anti-homophobic bullying song in No 11 chart success 11
11:42 AM — A charity single raising money to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying has hit number 11 on the official UK Independent Singles Chart.
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.