6th December 2011
Head teacher of US school saves “gay apparel” lyric in Christmas carol 14
3:26 PM — The head of a US school has intervened to ensure students carry on singing the original lyrics to the Christmas carol "Deck the Halls". A music teacher in Michigan took the decision to replace the phrase "gay apparel" with "bright apparel" after children found the word funny and she struggled to maintain control over them.
Video: 8-year-old’s controversial message to Michele Bachmann 40
3:02 PM — The parents of an 8-year-old boy have posted a video to Youtube of him telling Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann his gay mother does not "need fixing".
Chinese zookeepers give gay penguin couple a chick 17
2:29 PM — A pair of gay penguins in China have been given a baby chick by zoo staff. The infant penguin is one of twins born to parents in the Harbin Polar Land aquarium.
Petition launched to pardon gay codebreaker Alan Turing 98
1:28 PM — A petition has been launched asking the government to issue a formal pardon to the gay mathematician Alan Turing. Turing, who worked at Bletchley Park during the World War Two, was prosecuted for his sexual orientation in 1952 and obliged to undergo chemical castration. He committed suicide two years later, aged 41.
Londoners set record for most HIV tests on World AIDS Day 9
12:43 PM — Londoners set a new world record on World AIDS Day 2011 for the most HIV tests administered in 8 hours. 467 tests were taken in the joint record attempt by 56 Dean Street clinic and G-A-Y, at the G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street.
Call for views on gay marriage before Scottish consultation closes 10
11:55 AM — The Equality Network is calling for equal marriage supporters to have their say in the government's public consultation on extending marriage rights to gay couples before Friday's deadline.
Australian church which sacked pro-gay marriage pastor “hardly Christian” 17
11:37 AM — Rev Matt Glover, a pastor who supports a marriage equality campaign for Christians, has been sacked from his position at a Baptist Church in Melbourne, the group Australian Marriage Equality says.
60,000 petition Nigerian President not to sign anti-gay law 56
10:19 AM — Activists have delivered a copy of a 60,000-strong global petition addressed to the Nigerian President, urging him not to sign in new laws that target gays. At the end of last month, the Nigerian Senate voted through a bill criminalising gay relationships, with prison sentences of up to 14 years.
Department for Education refutes “Clause 28″ claims for free schools and academies 48
9:47 AM — The wording of a clause in the model funding agreement for UK free schools and academies has prompted a controversial comparison with infamous Section 28 legislation. However, the clause is in funding agreements from the start of the scheme in 2001.