13th December 2011
One half of Canadian ‘gay’ penguin couple finds a straight mate 60
10:50 AM — One half of Canada's best known gay couples, a pair of African penguins, has found a new mate, of the opposite sex. Toronto's zoo split up a pair of male penguins, Buddy and Pedro, in order to coax them into breeding.
High Court challenge of Northern Ireland’s gay adoption rules begins 4
10:00 AM — A human rights body in Northern Ireland has begun arguments at the country's High Court to reverse the ban on unmarried couples adopting children. The Human Rights Commission is challenging laws which it argues are incompatible with those in England, Wales and Scotland, and do not protect the interests of the child in question.
Interview: Russell Grant on Strictly Come Dancing and returning to his theatrical roots 6
9:26 AM — Russell Grant talks to Laurence Watts about his accidental fame in astrology, exceeding expectations on Strictly Come Dancing, and asking Holly Valance to star in a lesbian production of Romeo and Juliet.
Trans woman ‘pushed to death’ by friend
9:06 AM — A respected human rights lawyer and transgender woman was pushed to her death in front of a train by a friend she had been helping, a court heard today.
12th December 2011
Anti-gay US politician’s ‘secret life’ as sperm donor to lesbian couples 26
4:44 PM — An American politician who has campaigned against gay marriage has been accused of having a "secret life" as a sperm donor to lesbian couples. Bill Johnson, a 2009 conservative Christian candidate for governor of Alabama, has spent the last year in Christchurch, New Zealand, helping relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Fans say football clubs and agents to blame for lack of gay players 30
3:49 PM — A survey of 3,500 football fans says they blame football agents and clubs for the lack of openly gay players. According to the University of Staffordshire research, more than 90 per cent of those questioned said they would support a gay player and felt that homophobia has no place in the sport.
Hulk Hogan: ‘If I was gay I would embrace it’ 14
1:34 PM — Hulk Hogan has dismissed his former wife's claims that he is gay as "insane" and says he would accept his sexuality if he was gay.
West Midlands police hunting five after anti-gay attack 10
11:45 AM — West Midlands police are looking for five men in connection with a homophobic attack in Walsall last month. The 20-year-old male victim was in the Lion Bar and Club in Reedswood with friends on November 26th when he was approached by the men.
Scottish church minister compares gay marriage to paedophilia 215
11:00 AM — A Scottish church minister has caused outrage by comparing homosexuality to paedophilia, polygamy and theft. Speaking on a BBC Radio Scotland ‘Call Kaye’ discussion on Friday, the Reverend James Gracie, a minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), said being gay was a "lifestyle choice".
Interview: Boy George, King of Queens 26
10:23 AM — He’s one of the world’s most instantly recognisable people. He’s sold more than 50 million albums. He’s the lead singer of Culture Club, a singer-songwriter, a world-famous DJ, an author, a fashion designer, a gay man, a former drug-addict and now an ex-con. A new coffee table book called King of Queens documents his life to date. Laurence Watts interviews Boy George.
Tel Aviv gay park ‘becoming too dangerous’ 28
10:08 AM — A Tel Aviv park popular with the gay community is becoming too dangerous after a series of attacks, campaigners say. Gan Meir park, where the city's gay community centre is based, has seen a number of anti-gay assaults in recent months.
Rick Perry confronted over anti-gay ad 29
10:06 AM — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry was heckled yesterday over a promotional ad which says there is “something wrong with our country” when gays can serve in the military, but children cannot “celebrate Christmas or pray in school”.
11th December 2011
Marcus Collins loses out in final of X Factor 14
9:12 PM — Marcus Collins, who is openly gay, lost out to girl band, Little Mix, on the television talent show X Factor at the final broadcast this evening on ITV 1 and filmed in front of an audience of 10,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Wrestler Hulk Hogan suing ex-wife for claiming he had a gay affair 18
2:39 PM — Wrestler Hulk Hogan is to sue his former wife for defamation after she used a radio interview to promote her autobiography to claim that her ex-husband had a gay relationship with fellow WWE star Brutus Beefcake.
9th December 2011
Plans for London 2012 Olympics Pride House London to be unveiled tonight 23
4:29 PM — Tonight sees the unveiling of Pride House London, a week long festival run to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic Games. At an event tonight, held at London’s City Hall, details for the festival which will include live music, entertainment, LGBT art, sports and tournaments will be revealed.
Comment: Peter Tatchell is wrong to criticise Lynne Featherstone by Evan Harris 77
3:49 PM — Former Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, defends Lib Dem equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, after her stance on marriage equality was questioned by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Comment: Why does the equality minister oppose marriage equality? by Peter Tatchell 26
3:22 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that the Liberal Democrat equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, does not support equality because she hasn't backed religious gay marriages or straight civil partnerships.
US Appeals Court judges tear down Prop 8 supporters’ attempts to disqualify decision of gay judge 53
2:39 PM — The sponsors of California’s controversial gay marriage ban attempted to disqualify the decision of a federal judge, Vaughn Walker, because he didn’t declare that he was gay when he overturned the state’s gay marriage ban last year.
Video: Newt Gingrich’s lesbian half-sister will support rival Barack Obama for presidency 15
2:07 PM — The lesbian half-sister of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has criticised her brother’s stance on gay rights and said she will support president Barack Obama in next year’s presidential election.
50,000 respond to Scotland’s gay marriage consultation 85
1:42 PM — More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government’s consultation on the introduction of gay marriage. SNP (Scottish National Party) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry.