23rd February 2012
Regional helpline closes now ‘things are easier for gays’ 22
12:44 PM — The Bristol Lesbian and Gay Switchboard will close its offices after nearly 40 years and redirect calls to a London centre, saying demand for its phone services has fallen as life has become "much easier for gay people".
Kurdish gay rights group hacked on Facebook 10
10:34 AM — An extremist Turkish Nationalist hacking group called “Ayyıldız Tim” hacked the Facebook page of Hebûn, the Kurdish LGBT Association based in Diyarbakir, this weekend.
22nd February 2012
Suicide recorded at inquest into death of Roger Crouch 9
11:47 AM — The inquest into the death of Roger Crouch has seen a verdict of suicide recorded. Mr Crouch had campaigned to raise awareness of efforts to tackle homophobic bullying after his son Dominic's own suicide in 2010 and was named Stonewall's Hero of the Year in 2011.
21st February 2012
Channel 4 and BSkyB will not pull ‘spot the trans lady’ Paddy Power advert 53
5:38 PM — Broadcasters Channel 4 and BSkyB are planning to continue airing Paddy Power's 'spot the trans lady' advert in the face of fierce criticism.
Video: LGBT Jewish group Keshet UK says ‘It Gets Better’ 7
5:20 PM — Keshet UK, the national forum for LGBT Jews, has released an It Gets Better video to tell gay, bi and trans youth struggling with their identities that life does improve.
Africa sends its first black contestants to Mr Gay World 79
11:37 AM — Africa has more finalists in the Mr Gay World competition than ever before this year with representatives from Namibia, South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.
MPs condemn media hunt for trans man who gave birth 46
11:04 AM — Leader of the Green Party Caroline Lucas has tabled an Early Day Motion at Parliament condemning the media's attempts to discover the identity of a transgender man who gave birth to a child.
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.