16th November 2011
Footballer fined £1,200 for “fully homophobic” tweet 22
3:38 PM — Hope Akpan denies sending the tweet himself, claiming a member of his family was responsible, and said he had "no option but to plead guilty".
9th November 2011
Video: All gay members of US Congress tell teens ‘It Gets Better’ 11
12:55 PM — The four gay members of the 112th US Congress tell LGBT youth that life gets better.
1st November 2011
Cambridge councillor talks of being UK’s “most influential” trans person 17
4:44 PM — Cambridge's second elected trans official talks about her experiences of transphobia, homophobia and misogyny.
31st October 2011
‘Divisive’ cleric voted Britain’s most inspirational black figure 66
9:36 AM — Pastor who opposed full marriage equality beat Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela to be voted most inspiring black person.
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.
26th October 2011
Police release CCTV image of gay pub attack 35
4:24 PM — Leicester police have released a CCTV image after two men were severely burned at a gay pub. The incident took place at about 12.40am on Tuesday October 25th at the Rainbow and Dove Public House in Charles Street.
25th October 2011
Gareth Thomas announces he’s retiring from rugby 14
4:22 PM — Gareth Thomas has announced he is retiring from rugby with immediate effect. The Wales international said he could no longer give "100 per cent" to the sport.
14th October 2011
Elton John speaks out for new gay rights group 18
1:22 PM — Elton John has penned an article in support of new gay rights group Kaleidoscope. Writing for the Huffington Post with Johann Hari, John called the non-profit group "remarkable" and called for readers to support it.
Government consults on removing ‘insulting’ speech from public order laws 217
11:52 AM — The Home Office is looking at the possibility of removing the offence of causing "insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to arrest Christian street preachers who deliver anti-gay sermons, such as Cumbrian preacher Dale McAlpine.
10th October 2011
Transgender woman set to become Polish MP 16
1:29 PM — A transgender woman is expected to become the first trans person in Poland to be elected as an MP. Anna Grodzka, 57, of Krakow, believes she will be the world's only sitting transgender MP if elected for the Palikot Movement party.
6th September 2011
Scottish man is first to be charged with transgender prejudice 44
3:32 PM — A soldier has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of an offence motivated by transphobia. Terry Porter, 19, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm.
26th January 2011
Alan Cumming says it’s ‘irresponsible’ to urge gay actors stay in the closet 10
11:14 AM — Alan Cumming has criticised stars who advise gay actors to stay in the closet. He hit out at Rupert Everett and Richard Chamberlain, who are both gay, after they said that actors who come out lose roles.
17th January 2011
Brazilian gay group says 250 LGBT people killed in a year 8
5:23 PM — A Brazilian gay group claims that 250 LGBT people were killed in hate crimes in 2010. Grupo Gay da Bahia is part-way through compiling a report on the issue but says that the latest figures show that an LGBT person is being killed at a rate of one every day and a half.
11th January 2011
Johnny Weir: ‘I don’t celebrate being white so why should I celebrate being gay?’ 68
1:40 PM — Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir says he was surprised by the press reaction to his coming out as gay. Speaking to NBC's Today show, he said he saw no reason to "celebrate" his sexual orientation.
7th January 2011
Figure skater Johnny Weir announces he’s gay 28
11:45 AM — The US figure skater Johnny Weir has announced he is gay. The three-time US champion has refused to clarify his sexual orientation until now and previously said he did not want to label himself.
6th January 2011
First US transgender trial judge is sworn in 8
11:23 AM — Victoria Kolakowski made history this week when she became the first trans person to be sworn in as a trial judge in the US.
8th December 2010
Jesse Jackson calls for gay marriage equality 22
11:51 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson has called for California's ban on gay marriage to be struck down. The Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke at a gathering outside the San Francisco appeals court where the latest hearings on the ban are taking place.
2nd December 2010
Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8
2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.
24th November 2010
Texas trans woman arrested for using female toilet 12
3:22 PM — A trans woman in Houston, Texas, has been arrested after using a female toilet in a library. Tyjanae Moore was arrested by police last Wednesday for "knowingly entering a restroom of the opposite sex" but trans groups say her arrest was unlawful.
11th November 2010
Man stabbed 12 times ‘after youths thought he was gay’
12:39 PM — Four men have been accused of stabbing a London man 12 times because they believed he was gay, a court has heard. The group, aged between 16 and 31, allegedly believed that the victim had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs,