10th January 2013
MPs sign petition encouraging government to allow gender-neutral passports 11
5:45 PM — A petition, which has been signed by some MPs including the former equality minister, has been started to urge the UK government to allow the possibility of gender-neutrality on passports.
Guardian columnist Julie Bindel: The ‘trans cabal’ are running a witch hunt 71
3:25 PM — Guardian columnist Julie Bindel has tweeted PinkNews to accuse a “trans cabal” of “running a witch hunt” - it follows fierce criticism of an article by fellow columnist Suzanne Moore.
London: Gay couple denied entry to bar despite being told ‘couples-only’ 35
1:47 PM — Two gay men have claimed they were denied entry to a bar in south-west London, because they were the wrong type of couple.
Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore refuses to apologise after accusations of transphobia 43
1:44 PM — Journalist Suzanne Moore has taken to Twitter, and now written a second piece defending a previous article in which she said the perceived ideal body for a woman was that of a "transsexual".
Exclusive: David Blunkett: Equal marriage plans are ‘a complete dog’s dinner’ 37
11:41 AM — Labour’s former home secretary David Blunkett has described the government’s equal marriage plans for England and Wales as a “complete dog’s dinner”.
9th January 2013
Video: Canadian TV ad campaign asks why ‘faggot’ is considered an acceptable word 8
6:26 PM — An advertisement for the University of Albertaʼs Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services's No to Homohphobes campaign asks why the word "faggot" can be so casually used in society.
New York: Trans teacher sues school after being told ‘you’re worse than gay’ 13
6:11 PM — A transgender teacher in New York City was allegedly fired from a Catholic school, having worked there for 32 years, after being branded "worse than gay."
US: Atlanta to host 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality 1
4:01 PM — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has named Atlanta as the host city for the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality this month.
US: Trans man to be ordained as Catholic Priest 4
3:30 PM — A trans man is set to be ordained as a Catholic Priest in the US state of Minnesota by a church which combines traditional teachings with progressive values.
US: Tributes to LGBT campaigner Jeanne Manford 3
12:52 PM — Jeanne Manford, the founder of an international organisation for parents and relatives of LGBT family members has died at her home in California.
US: Washington National Cathedral to start marrying gay couples 16
12:07 PM — The Washington National Cathedral, where America gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.
8th January 2013
Paris: Court refuses permission for new gay bar after complaints from residents 11
6:44 PM — A French businessman has accused the authorities in Paris of victimisation after a court refused to allow him to build a gay nightclub.
US: Gay teenager allowed to continue as a Boy Scout following 460,000 strong petition 12
5:31 PM — A Boy Scout Council in California has approved a gay Scout’s Eagle application to be allowed to continue as a boy scout after coming out as gay, following a petition of more than 460,000 signatures, started by his mother.
African American college of Martin Luther King launches LGBT course 6
3:12 PM — An all-male African American college, once attended by Dr Martin Luther King, will offer its first LGBT course this spring.
7th January 2013
UK: Transgender doctor under investigation by the General Medical Council 18
5:58 PM — Britain's first post-operative transgender doctor is under investigation following complaints that he provided inappropriate treatment to patients wishing to change gender.
Former Archbishop of Glasgow: Same-sex marriage is ‘morally defective’ 59
4:33 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti has described same-sex marriage as "morally defective" and has urged the Scottish Government not to equate "homosexual unions with heterosexual marriage."
New Zealand TV presenter: I haven’t urged for a gay rugby player to come out 2
3:53 PM — A gay sports presenter in New Zealand has denied calling for a gay All Blacks rugby player to openly declare his sexuality.
Gaydar announces closure of flagship Soho bar 22
1:59 PM — Just days after shutting its radio station, Q Soft Consulting, the owners of dating website Gaydar, have announced the closure of its central London bar, Profile.
4th January 2013
Grants to be awarded to support Football v Homophobia campaign 2
1:22 PM — The Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign, supported by Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) has launched a programme of small grants to combat homophobia in the sport during 2013.
Scientists say HIV therapeutic vaccine can temporarily improve the immune system 11
1:03 PM — Scientists say they are impressed with the results of a therapeutic vaccine that can temporarily enable the immune system to deal more effectively with the HIV virus in infected patients.