17th November 2013
Will Young: Educating teachers on homophobic language is a ‘priority’ 3
2:25 PM — Singer Will Young has claimed that schools are still not doing enough to curb children's use of "gay" as an insult, saying that teachers should be the "priority" when it comes to educating what counts as homophobic language.
US: Texas school reverses ban against trans student wearing a tuxedo in graduation photo 2
1:56 PM — A trans student in Texas has now been allowed to wear a tuxedo for his yearbook portrait after a federal lawsuit convinced the school to live up to its own non-discrimination policy.
15th November 2013
US: Apple currently removing offensive definition of ‘gay’ from dictionary service 7
3:43 PM — Following outcry after a student discovered an offensive definition of the word “gay” in Apple's MacBook dictionary, the company now appears to be rolling out new versions of the service in an attempt to rectify the issue.
Alec Baldwin forced to apologise after hurling anti-gay abuse at photographer 5
1:25 PM — Actor Alec Baldwin has been forced to apologise for hurling anti-gay abuse against a New York photographer, after backtracking from insisting he never used a homophobic slur to conceding he would "now retire" one of the words he used from his vocabulary.
14th November 2013
University of Sussex LGBTQ society removes the word ‘dyke’ over safe space policy 10
3:22 PM — The University of Sussex LGBTQ society has sparked controversy recently, after it asked local lesbian artists to remove the word "dyke" from an advertisement posted onto its Facebook page due to a recent "safe space" policy change.
US: Texas county jail adopts new policy to protect LGBT inmates 1
12:43 PM — The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a new policy designed to protect the rights of LGBT inmates, including allowing trans inmates to be housed based on their gender identity.
12th November 2013
Bangladesh: Third gender hijra to be recognised in official documents 4
4:29 PM — In a landmark decision, the government in Bangladesh has approved a proposal of the social welfare ministry to identify “Hijra” as a third possible gender identity.
10th November 2013
US: Atlanta bar openly refuses entry to trans woman ‘because we’re a private property’ 14
1:33 PM — In a video posted online, an Atlanta bar and restaurant has been caught denying entrance to a transgender woman whilst openly admitting their "right" to discriminate against her because they are a "private property."
8th November 2013
US: Former Michigan lawyer fired for harassing gay student sues state for ‘wrongful termination’ 24
4:39 PM — A former Michigan lawyer who was fired after he launched an online harassment campaign against a gay University student has recently filed a "wrongful termination" suit against the state attorney general, asking for both compensation as well as his old job back.
US: 13-year-old suspended from school for carrying a designer handbag 21
10:54 AM — A 13-year-old boy was suspended from a school in Kansas on Wednesday for refusing to take off his Vera Bradley handbag.
6th November 2013
James Franco: It is not my ‘mission’ to act in gay roles – a lot of the figures that I love were gay 3
10:55 AM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to discussions on why he chooses to opt for so many gay acting roles, saying "I guess that a lot of the figures that I love were gay."
Study: Straight men are ‘three times more likely’ to not believe in bisexuality 23
10:19 AM — According to a new US study, men who identify as heterosexual are three times more likely to classify bisexuality as "not a legitimate sexual orientation."
5th November 2013
US Senate passes bill protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination 7
10:55 AM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans has passed the US Senate – but it faces immense hurdles in the House of Representatives where the Republican Party holds the balance of power.
4th November 2013
Obama: Congress needs to ban LGBT discrimination in the workplace 6
1:21 PM — Ahead of a key vote, President Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to pass a law protecting workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on US Congress to ban LGBT discrimination 5
12:26 PM — Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has written an editorial in the Wall Street Journal urging US senators to support the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA).
2nd November 2013
Poll: Two-thirds of NSW voters do not support law to allow private schools to discriminate against gay students 7
2:38 PM — A poll has found that two-thirds of residents of New South Wales do not support current laws which allow private schools to discriminate against LGBT students, and a large majority were not aware of the law.
27th October 2013
US: Chairman of Jelly Belly donated $5,000 for California to repeal trans bathroom rights law 7
9:05 AM — The chairman of The Jelly Belly Candy Company has donated $5,000 (£3,091) to a campaign attempting to repeal an act allowing transgender students equal access to school facilities such as locker rooms and bathrooms.
26th October 2013
Sussex head teacher takes a stand against bullies who use ‘gay’ as derogatory insult 26
2:29 PM — A head teacher in Sussex has spoken out in the wake of singer Will Young's campaign to curb homophobic bullying in schools, by taking seriously the use of the word "gay" as a derogatory insult.
Australia: Health Alliance pubicly supports the 13th annual Intersex Awareness Day 3
1:35 PM — The National LGBTI Health Aliiance of Australia has publicly shown its support for Intersex Awareness Day (26th October), which sees intersex activists across the world raise awerness on important issues affecting intersex people.
25th October 2013
US: Waiter receives anti-gay message on Christian couple’s bill – ‘Your fag choices made you lose out’ 77
6:10 PM — A Christian couple in Missouri have stirred up controversy recently, when instead of providing a tip for a gay waiter's "excellent service," they left him a homophobic note on their bill, which condemned his "lifestyle choices" and called him a "fag."