4th July 2014
Italy LGBT groups celebration introduction of Facebook custom gender options
5:42 PM — A leading LGBT rights organisation in Italy has hailed the announcement that Facebook is to introduce custom gender options.
Joan Rivers claims Obama is gay and Michelle is ‘a transgender’ 54
11:48 AM — Comedian Joan Rivers has caused controversy again, this time claiming that President Barack Obama is gay, and that his wife Michelle is "a transgender".
RuPaul: I’m ready for a UK version of Drag Race 14
11:00 AM — Drag artist RuPaul has backed a British version of reality show RuPaul's Drag Race.
3rd July 2014
US: Trans billboard campaign launched in Chicago 1
9:47 PM — Wednesday, the first of 10 billboards highlighting transgender rights was unveiled in Chicago.
US: Videos surface of violent attack in Atlanta 1
9:17 PM — Video of a violent attack involving a transgender woman in Atlanta has surfaced on video sharing app Vine, reports The Georgia Voice.
America’s Got Talent act slammed after transphobic audition song 125
6:23 PM — An 84-year-old singer on America’s Got Talent has been criticised for performing a transphobic song of his own composition at his audition.
US: Louisiana treasurer says ‘sex changes’ are unaffordable under social health care 1
6:06 PM — Citing an announcement in May by President Obama that gender reassignment surgery would be covered by social health care scheme Medicaid, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has called for the scheme to be "fixed".
2nd July 2014
US: Life of a trans activist is celebrated, not forgotten 1
10:09 PM — Wednesday, the LGBT community remembered the life of trans activist Sylvia Rivera on what would have been her 63rd birthday.
US: Barack Obama to sign new executive order to outlaw anti-trans discrimination 4
4:20 PM — Barack Obama has announced he will sign a new executive order outlawing anti-trans discrimination people among federal contractors.
First transgender beauty pageant held in Turkey 1
2:56 PM — Over 500 spectators attended Turkey's first transgender beauty pageant last week.
1st July 2014
US: Austin transwoman denied service at lingerie shop 16
7:36 PM — A Texas transwoman was denied service at an Austin lingerie store, Petticoat Fair, after being asked to provide identification stating she was female. The woman, Kylie Jack, was also told she needed to have bottom surgery before being able to have a fitting.
Obama: ‘Gay college professor shaped my views on LGBT issues’ 3
4:55 PM — President Obama last night thanked Lawrence Goldyn, his gay college professor and friend, for shaping his views on LGBT rights.
UK: Charity praises Imperial College London for commitment to trans issues 1
4:30 PM — The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) has praised Imperial College London for the university’s work in combating discrimination and prejudice against the trans community, in its first endorsement of a British university.
Trans youth residential seeks to create safe space for all gender identities
1:54 PM — A yearly residential camping programme run by Gendered Intelligence is going ahead this summer, and seeks crowdfunding to allow trans youth members to attend.
US: Anti-trans Texans accused of electoral fraud in petition to overturn Equal Rights Ordinance 7
12:05 PM — Anti-trans lobbyists in Houston, Texas have been accused of using illegal electoral methods in their attempts to overturn a recent pro-LGBT equality ordinance.
30th June 2014
US: Massachusetts to cover transgender medical care in state health plan
5:57 PM — Massachusetts has become the third state to cover all trans-related medical care in its government health plan.
John Oliver: “Calling Uganda’s laws ‘harsh’ doesn’t really do them justice.”
3:30 PM — Television host John Oliver dedicated his show on Sunday to Uganda’s anti-gay law and spoke with a transgender Ugandan activist about the influence of the US and religion on these laws.
29th June 2014
US: Six arrested after protesting ‘prison-themed’ Pride party 25
9:39 PM — At least six people were arrested in San Francisco on Saturday, after protesting outside a 'prison-themed' Pride party.
28th June 2014
US: Trans woman shot dead in Cincinnati 3
5:32 PM — Police are investigating the murder of a trans woman, after she was found gunned down in the middle of the street.
27th June 2014
Norway’s health minister promises to improve gender recognition laws
6:10 PM — Norway’s Minister for Health, Bent Høie, has promised to improve transgender rights by pushing through laws improving the country’s outdated system of gender recognition.