30th April 2013
US: ACLU demands apology for trans student after ‘prom queen’ controversy 2
4:09 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has set Friday 3 May as the deadline for a Pennsylvania school to apologise for having listed a trans student on a 'prom queen' ballot, when he had campaigned to be 'prom king'.
26th April 2013
Sweden: High school to open gender-neutral changing room 1
2:07 PM — A high school in Sweden is opening a gender-neutral changing room, in order to cater for trans, students and those who "aren't comfortable being divided into gender stereotypes."
US: Philadelphia City Council passes landmark bill for LGBT benefits 2
2:26 AM — The City Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has approved a bill which has been hailed as landmark legislation for strengthening LGBT rights in the city.
25th April 2013
US: Trans prom king hopeful put on ballot as queen 8
12:43 PM — A transgender student who hoped to become prom king at his Pennsylvania high school is seeking an apology from his principal after he found himself on the ballot for prom queen.
23rd April 2013
Death of trans teacher Lucy Meadows, prompts poem by 7-year-old student 10
4:06 PM — A seven-year-old student of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows, who was found dead last month, has written a poem as teachers and union members marched in remembrance in Lancashire.
22nd April 2013
World’s only transgender MP to give Kaleidoscope Trust lecture 5
1:20 PM — Polish MP Anna Grodzka is to give the annual Kaleidoscope Trust lecture to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
UK: Deputy Lib Dem leader ‘really disappointed’ at IPS rejection of trans and intersex inclusive passports 19
10:30 AM — Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes says he is “really disappointed” by the Identity and Passport Service’s decision to reject non gender-specific passports for trans and intersex people in Britain.
18th April 2013
Video: UN Secretary General says ‘LGBT rights is one of the great, neglected human rights challenges of our time’ 17
2:34 AM — The United Nations Secretary General Bank Ki-moon, has given an impassioned speech, voicing his support for LGBT rights, and condemning governments around the world which refuse to tackle discrimination against LGBT people.
17th April 2013
Trans mixed martial arts fighter to make television debut since being forced to come out 2
6:17 PM — A mixed martial arts fighter, who was forced out as transgender last month, is to make her television debut in what will be her third fight since she came out.
European Parliament calls on European Commission to increase efforts against trans discrimination 7
1:21 PM — The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to step up its work against discrimination faced by transgender people.
16th April 2013
US: Texas bill introduced to tackle anti-LGBT workplace discrimination 2
2:56 PM — A bill to combat discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, has been introduced in the US State of Texas, and despite knowing it is unlikely to pass, the bill's proponents hope it will spark a discussion on the issue.
15th April 2013
Pakistan: General election to see first transgender candidates run 1
6:00 PM — For the first time transgender people will be able to run for Pakistan’s general election in May while being open about their identities, and so far two have applied to stand for positions in their local constituencies.
Joey Barton to appear before French FA committee following transphobic tweets 8
2:05 PM — Joey Barton is set to learn if he faces a ban over a string of comments – including some of a transphobic nature – he made about rival player Thiago Silva.
Hong Kong: Top court to hear trans woman’s final case for marriage
11:44 AM — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal will today begin hearing the case of a trans woman who wishes to marry her boyfriend, in the last battle of a legal war she has fought for several years.
13th April 2013
Equality campaigner starts petition to raise awareness of trans issues after the death of Lucy Meadows 22
4:38 PM — Many people were shocked recently by the tragic death of Lucy Meadows. Not all representations of her in the press were complimentary, and some were very nasty. She endured a harrowing time, with the story firstly being picked up by the press in her hometown of Accrington, Lancashire, and later by the national press.
11th April 2013
DC reveals transgender character in first for mainstream superhero comics 6
6:08 PM — A supporting character in DC Comics' 'Batgirl' revealed to the main character that she is a trans woman in the most recent issue, with the series' author adding a transgender comic book hero should be introduced in the near future.
10th April 2013
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for calling trans woman a ‘disgusting freak’ 16
1:18 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) moved to suspend one of its fighters after he referred to a transgender fighter as "a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak."
9th April 2013
Scotland: Equality Network writes to chief public prosecutor after trans man sentenced over sex ‘by fraud’ 2
2:56 PM — An LGBT rights group has written to Scotland’s chief public prosecutor over the decision to prosecute a trans man on the charge of “obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud”
4th April 2013
Sweden: Two MPs urge government to keep trans infertility requirement for gender reassignment 7
11:40 PM — Two MPs in Sweden have written an argument against the country removing its requirement for transgender people to be "infertile" in order to receive gender reassignment surgery, saying it should keep the requirement, and claiming that many trans people don't want children.
3rd April 2013
Malta: Transgender woman wins legal right to marry after government drops case 7
1:50 PM — Campaigners have welcomed a decision to allow a transgender woman in Malta the right to marry.