15th April 2011
BBC editor sacked for ‘gay harassment’ of colleague
2:02 PM — A former BBC picture editor is suing the corporation after he was sacked for sexually harassing a male colleague. Jonathan Steer, who worked on News At Ten and Newsnight, began to bombard the colleague, referred to as Andrew, with emails and late-night phone calls, a London employment tribunal heard.
6th April 2011
Court backs Wal-Mart sacking of anti-gay Christian worker 61
10:38 AM — A court has backed US retail giant Wal-Mart for sacking an anti-gay worker who claimed she was a victim of discrimination for being a Christian.
4th April 2011
Lesbian PC wins discrimination case 16
2:11 PM — A lesbian policewoman has won her case for sexual orientation discrimination against her sergeant. PC Tracey West, 42, was bullied by Sgt Michael Service for six months, a tribunal in Glasgow heard.
Marc Jacobs president ‘made staff look at gay porn’ 11
10:41 AM — The president of fashion label Marc Jacobs is being sued by its former chief operating officer. Patrice Lataillade claims that company president Robert Duffy made staff watch gay porn, ordered an employee to pole-dance for him and treated the firm as his own private bank account.
28th March 2011
Maryland House approves transgender protections bill 7
4:16 PM — The Maryland House has approved a bill to give transgender people more legal protection. However, trans campaigners are angry that the bill does not protect them from discrimination in hotels, restaurants and public toilets.
23rd March 2011
Homophobia widespread in Northern Ireland workplaces 61
5:36 PM — Homophobia is endemic in Northern Ireland workplaces, a report from a gay rights organisation says. According to the Rainbow Project, more than a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people have complained about homophobia at work but 70 per cent of these were not happy with how the issue was dealt with.
18th March 2011
Gay Police Association loses funding 119
4:49 PM — The Gay Police Association is to lose its funding after a government decision to stop supporting police staff diversity groups.
9th March 2011
US war veteran sacked for gay slur while defending gay soldiers 39
10:28 AM — A US war veteran has been sacked for using the word 'faggot' while standing up for the rights of lesbian and gay soldiers. Freddy Schmitt, 82, from New York, had worked for American Airlines for 54 years but was fired after he used the word in a training session.
4th March 2011
Gay networking site Jake renames but loses control of old web address 6
12:35 PM — The LGBT social network, Jake, changed its name to "Jake & Jacki Connect" and its web address, but failed to update the old site.
28th February 2011
Gay priest fired from Philadelphia Catholic university 19
4:14 PM — An openly gay priest has been fired from teaching at a Catholic university in Philadelphia because he has been in a relationship with a man for the past 15 years.
Department of Health criticised for £36,000 gay ‘leadership course’ 19
3:46 PM — The Department of Health has been criticised for spending £36,000 on a two-day residential course for gay and lesbian NHS managers. The programme is run by gay rights charity Stonewall to encourage achievement in gay and lesbian staff.
22nd February 2011
America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17
10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.
21st February 2011
Israel appoints first out gay judge 14
2:46 PM — The first openly gay judge has been appointed in Israel. Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel Aviv Labor Court on Friday.
16th February 2011
Virginia House panel says no to gay employment protections 4
11:13 AM — A bill to ban discrimination against gay people in state employment has been killed by a Virgina House panel. Currently, Virgina gives no legal protection lesbians and gays employed by the state, although it does offer employees protection from discrimination on the basis of race, gender and a number of other characteristics.
15th February 2011
Wanted: US/night news writer and contributors
4:42 PM — PinkNews.co.uk is looking for a US/night writer to cover US and world news and contributors who want to get their work noticed on the UK's biggest LGBT news website.
Gay waiter wins £21,500 over harassment 8
10:43 AM — A gay waiter at one of London's Michelin-starred restaurants has won £21,500 after colleagues subjected him to anti-gay taunts.
14th February 2011
Arizona appeals in court to stop paying insurance benefits to gay partners 4
8:31 PM — Attorneys for the state of Arizona will ask a federal appeals court for permission to cease providing insurance benefits to partners of gay employees.
8th February 2011
Transgender woman told ‘dress as a man to find work’ 54
1:50 PM — A transgender woman claims she was told by a Jobcentre to dress as a man to find work. Tina Cook, 54, who began transition last year, used to work in the construction industry but was made redundant 18 months ago.
28th January 2011
Thai airline recruits transgender staff 15
2:19 PM — Thai airline PC Air is recruiting transgender staff in a bid to boost the prospects of the "third sex". The newly-formed company took on three trans women this week in its first round of hiring.
24th January 2011
Gay bar owner defends ‘straights only’ job advert 48
12:08 PM — The owner of a Manchester gay bar has defended a job advert asking for straight staff. AXM Group, which owns gay venue AXM Bar on Canal Street, sent out an alert last week for flyering staff for another of its clubs, Downtown, which is a student venue.