26th July 2014
UK: James Arthur to change name following homophobic lyrics row 31
2:41 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur is to change his name to get away from the "stigma" that surrounds him, after multiple rows over homophobic lyrics.
27th June 2014
Iranian lesbian: Authorities tried to ‘fix’ my sexuality by forcing me to have gender reassignment surgery 32
4:11 PM — An Iranian lesbian has said the country's authorities tried to force her into having gender reassignment surgery to "fix" her sexuality.
16th June 2014
American Medical Association: Trans people shouldn’t need surgery for legal gender recognition 1
2:02 PM — The American Medical Association has called on states to stop requiring trans people to undergo surgery before recognising their legal gender.
31st May 2014
US: Kansas Democrat defects to Republicans over ‘homosexual agenda’ 11
1:30 PM — An anti-gay Kansas Democrat has announced she will defect to the Republicans, citing the "homosexual agenda" and Democratic "hostility" to her views.
20th May 2014
South Africa: Gay blood ban lifted for monogamous couples 11
8:59 PM — South Africa has lifted a blanket ban on gay men donating blood, in favour of new regulations which do not discriminate based on sexual orientation.
16th January 2012
Israeli trans man gives birth 16
4:28 PM — A transgender man in Israel has reportedly become the first in the state's history to give birth. Yuval Topper, 24 had his child at the Sheba Medical Center on Thursday of last week.
29th December 2011
Zimbabwe MP bailed after allegedly claiming Robert Mugabe had gay affairs 15
4:06 PM — A Zimbabwean MP who was arrested last week after saying President Robert Mugabe had sex with other male politicians has been released on bail of $200 today, the state newspaper says.
28th December 2011
The top international LGBT stories of 2011 4
11:17 AM — This year saw real change around the world when it came to LGBT rights. Many political milestones were reached, but as some countries progressed, other states faced international criticism for attempts to restrict their citizens' rights.
16th November 2011
Topless US trans woman charged with indecent exposure as a man 36
12:14 PM — Andrea Jones, who is treated as a woman by the federal government and a man by the state of Tennessee, was arrested by state police for bearing her breasts in public and charged as a man.
11th November 2011
Malaysian states consider new penalties for gays 49
4:03 PM — Minister for one state said some people "protect human rights, even up to the point they want to allow lesbian activities and homosexuality."
28th October 2011
Cher: Chaz Bono is ‘same child, different wrapping’ 44
10:21 AM — Cher says she sees her transgender son Chaz Bono as the same person inside after he transitioned. The singer, who previously admitted she was finding it hard to deal with the change, now appears to have accepted it.
5th October 2011
New medical rules for US transgender inmates
11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.
Conflict over ‘gay cure’ study 143
10:17 AM — Two professors from American religious universities claim they have evidence to show that sexual orientation can be changed. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University and Stanton Jones at Wheaton College say that almost a quarter of the people they studied were able to become straight.
26th September 2011
Gay Church of Scotland minister backs same-sex marriage 17
2:45 PM — An openly gay minister in the Church of Scotland has backed calls for marriage equality. The Rev Scott Rennie, whose 2009 appointment threatened to split the church, said the change should be "celebrated".
19th September 2011
Labour says it will pressure government for gay marriage 36
4:20 PM — Labour says it will pressure the coalition government to ensure that marriage equality is enacted. Shadow equalities minister Yvette Cooper responded to the announcement of a March 2012 consultation on how the change can be implemented.
9th September 2011
Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson launches campaign to lead Scottish Tories 27
2:38 PM — Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson has launched her bid to lead the Scottish Conservative Party. The 32-year-old was only elected in May but is tipped to win the leadership contest.
4th February 2011
US lesbians win right to attend school event together 7
2:08 PM — A Minnesota lesbian couple have won the right to attend their school's royalty court event together. Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom, both 18, were elected to onto the royalty court but Champlin Park High School then announced a change in policy, saying that students would walk with a parent or favourite teacher.
18th January 2011
Virginia judge U-turns on lesbian couple’s name change 8
5:52 PM — A judge in the US state of Virginia has allowed a lesbian couple to change their names - shortly after ruling that they couldn't.
13th January 2011
Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships 25
11:56 AM — Gay couples living in Ireland who have married or had a civil partnership abroad will be recognised as civil partners from today. The change is part of Ireland's new civil partnership laws, which give gay couples almost all the rights of marriage.
5th January 2011
Report: French government accused of transgender hypocrisy 8
3:41 PM — When it comes to transgender issues, France leads the way in hypocrisy. That is the charge levelled at the French government this week by national transgender organisation Trans-Aide over the right to change gender identity.