7th March 2013
Massachusetts: School faces backlash and accusations of ‘blasphemy’ for staging gay biblical play 16
6:47 PM — The head of a school in the US state of Massachusetts says a student production of a play that retells the biblical story of Genesis with gay characters will go on as planned despite objections.
UK: MPs hear of Christian teacher disciplined for refusing to read pro-gay Penguin book to class 52
5:09 PM — A solicitor from the Christian Institute has told a committee of MPs that a primary school teacher was previously disciplined by a head teacher for refusing to read ‘And Tango Makes Three’ – a children’s book about two male penguins looking after a female chick.
5th March 2013
US: Texas lesbian students’ photo pulled from yearbook 15
6:32 PM — A lesbian student in Texas has started a petition to reinstate a photo of herself with her girlfriend which was pulled from a yearbook Valentine's page.
28th February 2013
US: Family of trans girl lodge complaint because school denied her use of girls’ toilets 17
10:20 PM — The parents of a trans girl in Colorado have filed a complaint because their daughter's elementary school refused to allow her to use the girls' toilets.
27th February 2013
US: School district backs down in fight to stop student wearing anti-gay t-shirt 26
1:00 AM — Connecticut school district officials have allowed a student to wear a t-shirt bearing an anti-gay message, following a fight to attempt to stop him.
25th February 2013
US Radio Host: ‘LGBT inclusivity in schools to blame for falling grade averages’ 25
2:45 PM — The host of a US radio program has blamed LGBT inclusive education programs in the US public education system on a decline in grade averages.
20th February 2013
Irish Education Minister: ‘Education plays a key role in tackling homophobia and transphobia’ 13
5:22 PM — The Irish Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn today opened a European Union conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and emphasised the importance education plays in reducing such prejudice.
Comment: The biggest challenge LGBT face is other people’s language 25
10:25 AM — LGBT youth volunteer Thomas Wales writes for PinkNews on the need for society to do more to stamp out homophobic language.
15th February 2013
US: Sex education bill to recognise LGBT students and reject ‘gender stereotypes’ 1
4:43 PM — A new sex eduction bill introduced in the US on Thursday would provide five year grants to programs rejecting gender stereotypes and embracing LGBT students.
US: Legal action threatened over school district’s policy banning same-sex prom dates 5
2:26 AM — Legal action was threatened on Thursday against a school district in Missouri, after it was accused of discrimination for its policy banning same-sex dates for students attending school proms.
6th February 2013
US: Author of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill compares homosexuality to ‘shooting heroin’ 28
1:41 AM — The author of a newly revived bill proposing to outlaw any teaching about homosexuality in schools, has now compared being gay to "shooting heroin".
25th January 2013
London: Former volunteer antisocial behaviour mediator found guilty of abusing lesbian couple and sticking finger up woman’s nose 20
1:30 PM — A former volunteer antisocial behaviour mediator from Croydon has been found guilty of shouting abuse at a lesbian couple in a school playground and sticking her finger up the nose of a woman who tried to intervene.
23rd January 2013
Canada: Students’ ‘Free Speech Wall’ torn down by self-titled gay rights activist 27
1:36 PM — A student claiming to be an LGBT activist tore down a "Free Speech Wall" created by his fellow students at Carleton University in Canada, stating that not all opinions deserved to be expressed.
22nd January 2013
US: Petition calls on White House to include LGBT questions in school survey 1
3:01 PM — Activists are petitioning the White House to include LGBT-specific questions in a proposed school climate survey.
21st January 2013
US: Georgia state-backed scheme funds scholarships to over 100 anti-gay schools 5
1:54 PM — A scholarship scheme in Georgia has been criticised for allocating public funds to school with anti-LGBT policies that go against public anti-discrimination laws.
11th January 2013
US: Brooklyn Dad starts new Boy Scout troop which allows gay members and girls 22
12:42 PM — A father of two from Brooklyn, New York, has started his own Boy Scouts troop, to allow his son to be a member without having to accept the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy.
10th January 2013
Comment: The truth about being a gay 16-year-old at an all boys boarding school 164
12:10 PM — 16-year-old Olly Hudson writes for PinkNews.co.uk about his experiences of being gay at a private all boys boarding school in the UK. He despairs at the homophobic environment and the lack of acknowledgement by the school that homosexuality even exists
9th January 2013
New York: Trans teacher sues school after being told ‘you’re worse than gay’ 13
6:11 PM — A transgender teacher in New York City was allegedly fired from a Catholic school, having worked there for 32 years, after being branded "worse than gay."
8th January 2013
US: Teen to be charged with plotting to kill gay teacher and black students in school explosion 14
1:50 AM — An Alabama student is to face court after police uncovered what they said was a plot to kill a gay teacher and six students using homemade explosives.
4th January 2013
Comment: A story about politics, friendship and equal marriage by a schoolboy 19
12:34 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Matthew Davies, a young college student in rural Hampshire explains how he previously felt unable to tell his friends to support equal marriage – until now.