31st December 2011
Stephen Fry named 2011’s most influential Tweeter in LGBT life 19
12:22 PM — Stephen Fry has been named the most influential LGBT Twitter user in PinkNews.co.uk's 2011 list. He told PinkNews.co.uk it was "a very remarkable honour".
PinkNews.co.uk’s top 50 Twitter users influencing LGBT life in 2011 30
12:12 PM — Earlier this month, we asked for your nominations for the LGBT voices you listen to online. We ran those nominations through the PeerIndex social media ranking system and the results are in.
30th December 2011
Kelly Clarkson defends Ron Paul backing amid newsletter controversy 40
4:15 PM — American singer Kelly Clarkson defended her decision to back Ron Paul's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination today as the controversy over his newsletters resurfaced. Voicing her support for the 76-year-old Congressman, she had said on Twitter: "I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. "
UK trans artist offers to play any pride event in 2012 for free 29
2:52 PM — Trans singer and DJ Chrisie Edkins is offering to play any pride event in the world in 2012 for free.
Speaker John Bercow talks of “duty to campaign” for gay rights abroad 50
2:04 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has talked of what he called his "duty to campaign" for the rights of gays and lesbians abroad.
Best big companies for gay staff in the US revealed 8
1:43 PM — The Human Rights Campaign has released its annual rankings of US companies by the support they give to LGBT employees, and revealed that nearly a quarter of the 850 companies surveyed scored full marks.
Amazon continues to sell “homophobic” calendar in the UK 151
12:58 PM — An American calendar by a Christian cartoonist which employs images of stereotyped gay men is still on sale today through Amazon in the US and the UK, after it was pulled by Barnes and Noble in the US.
US study highlights DOMA tax problems for married gays 12
11:35 AM — A study has said gay couples in the US can pay thousands of dollars more in tax each year than similar straight couples, because the federal government does not allow married gay couples to file tax returns together.
Catholic priest petitions to remove Australian “gay panic defence” 53
10:14 AM — A Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia has started an online petition to ensure the complete removal of the "homosexual advance defence", which has been used to attempt to have murder charges lessened to manslaughter if the victim had propositioned the killer.
US chuch’s “gay nativity scene” vandalised on Christmas Day 11
9:22 AM — A nativity scene featuring gay, lesbian and straight couples outside a church in California was reportedly vandalised on Christmas Day. Claremont United Methodist Church had erected a large set of silhouettes around a lit tree sculpture. The silhouettes featured one gay, one lesbian and one straight couple.
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.
Former Mr Gay UK returns to police duties after being cleared of rape charges 48
3:01 PM — PC Mark Carter, the winner of the 2006 Mr Gay UK title has returned to police work this week after being cleared of charges that he raped a man and sexually assaulted two others in 2009.
Jamaican elections end tonight as minister says gays “threatened his life” 62
1:37 PM — Voting is set to end tonight in Jamaica's parliamentary elections, while a government minister claims that he was threatened with his life for questioning whether the international gay community was funding the opposition.
Trans teenager pleads guilty to £2,500 Katie Price identity theft 16
12:46 PM — A teenager from Lincolnshire has admitted stealing thousands of pounds from former glamour model Katie Price by pretending to be her at a local bank. Kerry Marshall, 18, appeared before Lincoln Crown Court and pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud this autumn.
Video: US sets Hillary Clinton’s landmark UN speech to music 11
12:18 PM — The US State Department has released an uplifting video of the groundbreaking speech given to a United Nations summit in Geneva by Hillary Clinton earlier this month.
Barnes and Noble pulls “anti-gay” calendar amid online feud 32
11:59 AM — US bookseller Barnes & Noble confirmed this week it would stop selling a calendar criticised for its depiction of gays, while its author hit back at critics. Joe King's calendar, I'm Not Gay, I'm Just a Sissy: 12 Months of Sexual Confusion, which was only available from the retailer online, includes jokes about AIDS and gay lifestyles.
Archbishop of Chicago: Pride organisers “invited comparison” with Ku Klux Klan 59
10:31 AM — The Archbishop of Chicago has stood by his statement likening gay pride supporters to the Klu Klux Klan, saying the organisers of the city's gay pride parade "invited an obvious comparison" with the white-supremacist hate group.
Interview: Simon Callow on Dickens, Peggy Ramsay and being gay 8
9:47 AM — Laurence Watts meets the celebrated actor, theatre director, writer and biographer, renowned for his mastery of Shakespeare and Dickens whose film credits include Amadeus, A Room with a View, Maurice, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and The Phantom of the Opera.
28th December 2011
New biography claims Richard Nixon may have had gay affair 18
3:38 PM — Among the claims made in a new book about former US President Richard Nixon's time as a politician is the suggestion that he may have had a gay relationship with one of his closest confidants.
Robin Williams says his “very modern” dog has a boyfriend 13
2:03 PM — In a recent interview, comedian and actor Robin Williams has claimed his pug dog is gay and has a boyfriend, and that the pair would like to adopt a cat.