28th December 2011
Poll claims only 4% of Lithuanians support same-sex civil unions 18
12:55 PM — A poll by Lithuanian market research company RIAT claims only 4% of the country supports the introduction of civil partnerships for gay couples. The Baltic News Agency poll says 70% of the population is in favour of some form of legal recognition for relationships outside marriage, but not for gays.
The top international LGBT stories of 2011 4
11:17 AM — This year saw real change around the world when it came to LGBT rights. Many political milestones were reached, but as some countries progressed, other states faced international criticism for attempts to restrict their citizens' rights.
Muslim leader in Ghana offers anti-gay Christmas message 75
10:32 AM — The National Chief Immam of Ghana issued a Christmas message this year which praised the efforts of Christians and members of other religions for their efforts to denounce homosexuality. GhanaWeb reports that Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu issued the message to wish Christians well during their festivities.
Taylor Lautner’s coming out magazine cover “100 per cent fake” 9
10:08 AM — An image purporting to show Taylor Lautner coming out on the cover of a January edition of People magazine has been dismissed as a fake by the magazine. Celebrities sent congratulations to the 19-year-old star of the Twilight series before it was revealed to be a joke.
Interview: Phillip Ward on the inimitable Quentin Crisp 11
9:29 AM — Laurence Watts meets Phillip Ward to discuss the life and work of Quentin Crisp, and his "simple philosophy of happiness and being".
26th December 2011
The top USA LGBT stories of 2011 28
11:01 AM — We've already brought you the weirdest and most unexpected stories of 2011 as well as the most important UK stories of 2011, now we bring you the most important stories from the USA.
25th December 2011
The top UK LGBT stories of 2011 24
10:30 AM — As 2011 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months. We've selected these stories based on how many times they were read and the level of debate they provoked as well as our own editorial judgement.
23rd December 2011
Tesco “fully committed” to gay staff, and “practical benefits rather than events” 121
5:38 PM — Retail giant Tesco has said it is "fully committed" to supporting its gay staff after concerns were raised following an announcement that it would explore alternatives to funding future Pride events.
George Michael says doctors were “keeping him alive” during pneumonia 25
4:31 PM — George Michael has returned to the UK after being treated in an Austrian hospital for pneumonia. Outside his London home this afternoon, he told press it had been the "worst month" of his life.
Exclusive: Tesco set to drop future Pride funding days into Christian boycott 331
1:29 PM — Supermarket giant Tesco does not plan to sponsor Pride London again after next year, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm, only days after the Christian Institute called for shoppers to boycott the retailer.
Trans personality Karen Gayle in this year’s Alternative Christmas Message 8
12:26 PM — Channel 4's annual Alternative Christmas Message will this year feature Karen Gayle, one of the stars of its popular documentary, My Transsexual Summer. The broadcaster will air two Alternative Christmas Messages, given by contributors to what it called "some of 2011's most powerful and celebratory factual programming".
Video: Michele Bachmann challenged by “gay robot” 19
11:05 AM — On her campaign trail to win the Republican party's nomination for the presidential race, Michele Bachmann received an unusual heckling.
Malaysia urged to repeal anti-gay law and abandon politician’s trial 22
10:29 AM — The Malaysian government has been urged to revoke its laws criminalising homosexuality and abandon the criminal trial of its former deputy Prime Minister, which is believed to be nearing a verdict.
The weirdest and most unexpected LGBT stories of 2011 6
10:19 AM — In our annual rundown of the year's events, we look at the strangest stories of the year: the news in 2011 which took us completely by surprise.
Gays “sorry for cheapening marriage” after US politician’s “affair” 47
9:56 AM — A gay man in Minnesota has apologised on behalf of his community for "degrading traditional marriage" after a married state senator who opposed equal marriage rights had an "illicit affair" with a male member of her staff.
Archbishop of Chicago compares gay pride march to Ku Klux Klan rally 99
9:17 AM — A Catholic cardinal in the city of Chicago has drawn condemnation for suggesting the gay rights movement could "morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan".
22nd December 2011
Trans woman’s killer found guilty of manslaughter after Tube death 8
2:46 PM — The killer of Sonia Burgess, a trans human rights lawyer who was pushed to her death under a Tube train in London last year, has been convicted of manslaughter. Senthooran Kanagasingham, 35, of Cricklewood, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey.
Adam Lambert “arrested after fight” at Finnish gay bar 22
1:05 PM — American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has reportedly been arrested outside a gay bar in Helsinki after a violent fight with his boyfriend. Lambert, 29, is said to have fought with Sauli Koskinen, a Finnish reality TV star, outside a bar called Don’t Tell Momma.
Nigerian health minister says bisexuals “pose a challenge” to HIV efforts 15
12:14 PM — Nigeria's health minister has warned that bisexual men pose a "challenge" to efforts to tackle the spread of HIV in the country, as the prevalence of HIV among gay and bisexual men in the country was found to have risen. Onyebuchi Chukwu, launching the 2010 Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance in Abuja, said that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has risen to 17.2%, up from 13.5% in 2007.
Australian Psychological Society backs call for equal marriage rights 15
11:14 AM — The Australian Psychological Society has officially given its support to full marriage equality for gay couples, adding the voice of its 20,000 members to the debate. The group's board approved an endorsement of the American Psychological Association's resolution this summer, which gave its unequivocal support to the introduction of equal marriage rights for gay couples on behalf of its 100,000 professional members.