16th December 2011
Video: Gay couple being told they will become grandparents goes viral 12
4:04 PM — A video of a gay couple being told they are going to become grandparents has become a viral hit on Youtube a year after being uploaded to the site.
Mississippi mayor’s gay shop receipts force him to come out 39
3:23 PM — The mayor of the fourth-largest city in Mississippi has been forced to come out of the closet after the receipts from his expenses claim included a visit to a gay "lifestyle store and sex shop".
Peter Tatchell offers to testify for demoted Christian housing manager 101
2:41 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said today he would be happy to testify in defence of the Christian housing manager demoted for expressing his views on gay marriage.
Twitter reacts angrily to Will Young receiving gay slur tweet 109
2:10 PM — User who insulted singer's sexuality later complained that it was impossible to "say anything to famous people these days, it's only twitter [...] All their fans on you like a ton of bricks."
Christopher Hitchens dies after cancer battle, aged 62 38
1:21 PM — Atheist author and journalist Christopher Hitchens died last night, aged 62, at a hospital in Texas after suffering from pneumonia brought on by oesophageal cancer. In 2009, Hitchens, a vocal supporter of gay rights, revealed in his memoirs he had gay liaisons at Oxford with men who later became Tory politicians.
Gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing begins today 73
12:34 PM — The pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning, the gay soldier accused of sending sensitive documents to the Wikileaks website, begins today in the US state of Marlyand.
Labour MEPs pledge support for Equal Love campaign in Europe 44
11:49 AM — All Labour's representatives at the European Parliament have signed their support for the Equal Love campaign, which aims to allow equal access for gay and straight couples to civil partnerships and marriage.
US study: Equal marriage rights improve health of single gay men 13
10:30 AM — A US study of the effect of equal marriage rights claims gay and bisexual men lead healthier lives when those rights are introduced, regardless of whether they have a partner.
Last chance to nominate for our list of the most influential LGBT Twitter users
9:57 AM — Today is the last chance to tweet your nominations for the most influential LGBT figures on Twitter, as submissions close at 5pm (GMT) this evening. PinkNews.co.uk will be drawing up a list of the most influential Twitter voices, and we have been inviting nominations from around the world.
UN publishes first global report and recommendations to tackle gay rights abuses 12
9:29 AM — The UN's Human Rights Council has published for the first time a document detailing rights abuses against LGBT people around the world, through violence and through discriminatory laws, and a set of recommendations all countries should adopt.