13th December 2011
High Court challenge of Northern Ireland’s gay adoption rules begins 4
10:00 AM — A human rights body in Northern Ireland has begun arguments at the country's High Court to reverse the ban on unmarried couples adopting children. The Human Rights Commission is challenging laws which it argues are incompatible with those in England, Wales and Scotland, and do not protect the interests of the child in question.
26th September 2011
Transgender woman says she has been left ‘half man’ by NHS surgery refusal 81
3:39 PM — A transgender woman from Burnley has accused the NHS of leaving her "half man, half woman" by refusing to pay for her breast surgery. Cathy Ann Daniels, 57, was born physically male and has had some surgery.
23rd September 2011
Obama administration opposes full severance pay for sacked gay troops 21
3:39 PM — Although the ban on openly gay troops was lifted on Tuesday, the Obama administration was arguing in court yesterday against a lawsuit which seeks full severance pay for those sacked under the law.
16th September 2011
Welsh clerics to consider pensions for gay partners 9
10:13 AM — The Church in Wales is to consider giving pensions to the partners of gay clergy. Currently, surviving partners of gay clergy can claim a pension calculated from 2005, when civil partnerships became legal.
14th September 2011
Elton John sues over unpaid charity date 27
4:27 PM — Sir Elton John has issued a banker with a writ for £700,000 after the man allegedly to failed to pay up after winning a charity date with the star.
7th September 2011
Court says Arizona must continue paying benefits to gay government workers 5
11:58 AM — A court has ruled that the US state of Arizona must continue to pay spouse health benefits to gay and lesbian government workers. The state began granting the benefits in 2008 but a 2009 law sought to remove them.
5th September 2011
Gay millionaire faces one of the UK’s most expensive divorces 47
4:47 PM — A millionaire hedge fund manager who recently came out as gay is facing one of the UK's most expensive divorces. Pierre Lagrange, a former trader for JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, separated from his wife a year ago.
25th August 2011
Tim Cook succeeds Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple 27
12:18 AM — Tim Cook, appointed chief executive of Apple today, following the resignation of Steve Jobs, has in the past been described as the “most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley.” Although Mr Cook has never spoken publicly about his sexuality, he has long been described as gay and has never denied the claims.
27th July 2011
A third of US workers have health benefits for gay partners 2
4:24 PM — Around a third of workers in the US have access to health benefits for gay partners, research shows. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 33 per cent of state and local government employees can get same-sex partner benefits. For private sector workers, the figure was 29 per cent.
11th July 2011
US city to reimburse gay workers for unfair tax 21
2:23 PM — A Massachusetts city will become the first to pay gay public workers more than their straight colleagues because gay workers are subject to more federal tax. The city of Cambridge has been looking for a solution to the issue of unfair federal taxes for six months and now plans to reimburse affected workers.
5th June 2011
Home Depot won’t cave in to anti-gay boycott by the American Family Association 43
6:21 PM — US retailer Home Depot has said that it will not cave into a boycott by the homophobic American Family Association (AFA) who object to the chain's pro-equality workplace policies.
23rd March 2011
London HIV groups say funding cuts will lead to more infections 72
1:16 PM — HIV prevention groups in London say they are "disappointed" and "concerned" at 43 per cent cuts to their NHS PCT funding. The news coincides with figures released today which show UK HIV diagnoses have almost doubled in the last decade, with a 70 per cent rise in gay and bisexual diagnoses.
18th March 2011
Government rejects proposals to close transgender pension loophole 14
1:25 PM — This week, the government rejected proposals to close a loophole which appears to have denied many trans women what they consider to be their rightful entitlement to pension payments.
10th March 2011
Founder of Fabulis/ Fab.com blames gay rights progress for failure of his gay social network 28
1:33 PM — Fab.com, the gay social network that launched originally as Fabulis, has closed after its founder said that advances in gay rights mean there is less need for a gay version of Facebook.
6th March 2011
Exclusive: Grindr to launch Android app version “imminently” 33
11:10 PM — The iconic iPhone gay social networking app Grindr is to launch on the Android platform imminently, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal after obtaining a leaked final test version of Grindr for Android. It is understood that the the app is intended to go live within the Google Android Market in next few days.
4th March 2011
Video: Is the new Foster’s ad homophobic? 104
2:22 PM — Complaints of homophobia are brewing over the latest TV ad for Foster's lager. "Remember Deano, the following things are not permitted: eye contact, scented candles, power ballads, and do not apply if he's wearing budgie smugglers."
3rd March 2011
Julia Gillard faces potential backbench rebellion over gay marriage 29
3:21 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is reportedly playing down a revolt by backbench Labour MPs who support a Greens bill that would enable gay marriages to take place in the territories.
28th February 2011
Burger King pays out $3m to gay couple beaten by staff 28
5:13 PM — A New Jersey gay couple have won $3.15 million in compensation after being abused and beaten by Burger King staff.
24th February 2011
Customers of oldest gay pub in Wales lose battle to save venue 8
11:43 AM — The oldest gay pub in Wales, Cardiff's Kings Cross is to be closed and converted into a gastropub despite a campaign supported by gay rugby star Gareth Thomas to save it.
17th February 2011
World’s first ‘gay’ beer brand launched 15
1:02 PM — A beer believed to be the first specifically marketed to gay consumers has been launched in Mexico, Colombia and Japan.