13th April 2013
Equality campaigner starts petition to raise awareness of trans issues after the death of Lucy Meadows 22
4:38 PM — Many people were shocked recently by the tragic death of Lucy Meadows. Not all representations of her in the press were complimentary, and some were very nasty. She endured a harrowing time, with the story firstly being picked up by the press in her hometown of Accrington, Lancashire, and later by the national press.
11th April 2013
DC reveals transgender character in first for mainstream superhero comics 6
6:08 PM — A supporting character in DC Comics' 'Batgirl' revealed to the main character that she is a trans woman in the most recent issue, with the series' author adding a transgender comic book hero should be introduced in the near future.
10th April 2013
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for calling trans woman a ‘disgusting freak’ 16
1:18 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) moved to suspend one of its fighters after he referred to a transgender fighter as "a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak."
9th April 2013
Transgender pornography downloaded in Vatican City 26
6:33 PM — Transgender pornography has been downloaded by computers based in Vatican City, a US paper has claimed.
Sussex Police tipped to become the next force to record attacks on subculture groups 2
5:45 PM — Sussex Police could become the next force in the country to recognise alternative subculture as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
Scotland: Equality Network writes to chief public prosecutor after trans man sentenced over sex ‘by fraud’ 2
2:56 PM — An LGBT rights group has written to Scotland’s chief public prosecutor over the decision to prosecute a trans man on the charge of “obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud”
4th April 2013
Sweden: Two MPs urge government to keep trans infertility requirement for gender reassignment 7
11:40 PM — Two MPs in Sweden have written an argument against the country removing its requirement for transgender people to be "infertile" in order to receive gender reassignment surgery, saying it should keep the requirement, and claiming that many trans people don't want children.
UK: Hate crime charity welcomes Greater Manchester Police’s decision to record attacks on subculture groups 8
2:37 PM — Stop Hate Crime UK has welcomed Greater Manchester Police’s decision to recognise attacks on members of subcultures, such as goths, punks and emos, as hate crimes.
Greater Manchester Police to treat crimes against goths and punks as seriously as homophobia 12
10:27 AM — Greater Manchester Police is to become the first force in the country to recognise alternative subculture – such as “goths, emos, punks and metallers” as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
3rd April 2013
Malta: Transgender woman wins legal right to marry after government drops case 7
1:50 PM — Campaigners have welcomed a decision to allow a transgender woman in Malta the right to marry.
US: Transgender father Thomas Beatie to challenge divorce ruling 6
11:40 AM — A transgender man whose divorce request was rejected by an Arizona judge says he will continue with his legal fight.
2nd April 2013
US: Appeals court to hear arguments around inmate gender reassignment case 2
3:56 PM — The US Circuit Court of Appeals is to hear arguments around the case of a trans woman prisoner who was granted gender reassignment surgery as treatment for her gender dysphoria.
London: NUJ to host debate on homophobia and transphobia in the media 4
2:32 PM — The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is hosting a debate on homophobia and transphobia in the media, later this month.
30th March 2013
US: Public consultation on hold while Medicare definition of gender reassignment as ‘experimental’ challenged 2
9:55 PM — A consultation on US healthcare programmes covering gender reassignment surgery was quickly halted, with the Department of Health and Human Services saying they must first consider a challenge to Medicare's definition of the surgery as "experimental".
29th March 2013
US: Transgender man told he cannot divorce wife 27
7:52 PM — An Arizona judge has rejected a divorce petition from Thomas Beatie, a transgender father of three.
28th March 2013
US: Arizona House panel approves amended law targeting trans people 10
4:23 PM — A panel of lawmakers from the Arizona House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to pass a bill which would allow business owners to discriminate against trans people by barring their use of facilities that don't correspond to the gender on their birth certificate.
27th March 2013
Over 200,000 sign petition for sacking of Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn over Lucy Meadows article 12
6:39 PM — A petition calling for the sacking of Richard Littlejohn, the Daily Mail columnist who wrote an offensive article about a transgender teacher, has been delivered to the paper's offices.
Lancashire: Inquest opened into death of Lucy Meadows 4
2:09 PM — An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of Lucy Meadows, a teacher and trans woman in Lancashire.
26th March 2013
Comment: The Lucy Meadows bandwagon 54
1:59 PM — In the wake of Lucy Meadows’ death, Paul Canning casts a spotlight on several online petitions that are now calling for the sacking of the Daily Mail’s columnist Richard Littlejohn.
Press Complaints Commission receives complaints over Daily Mail Lucy Meadows article 14
11:09 AM — The Press Complaints Commission says it has received a number of complaints about Richard Littlejohn, the Daily Mail columnist who wrote a controversial article about a transgender teacher.