6th January 2012
Gareth Thomas joins mixed line-up in Celebrity Big Brother 30
12:05 PM — The rugby star joined contestants of varying levels of fame for the new series of Celebrity Big Brother, but was not the only housemate MC Romeo Dunn thought was gay.
Half of gay men “would die a year early” for the perfect body 186
11:35 AM — A study released today says 48% of gay men would sacrifice a year or more of their lives in exchange for their perfect body. Nine in ten gay men admit they enforce "unrealistic" images of lean and muscular men in conversation.
Sir Ian McKellen says “no doubt” Shakespeare was gay 48
10:28 AM — Sir Ian McKellen has reportedly said he has "no doubt" the complexities and plot devices of Shakespeare's work mean the playwright was gay. The actor added that the relationship between two characters in The Merchant of Venice made it "obvious" the writer had sexual relationships with men.
5th January 2012
Washington state Governor says it is “time for marriage equality” 20
3:53 PM — The Governor of the state of Washington, has given her support to legislation which would introduce marriage equality for gay couples in the state, saying it is "the right thing to do".
New Jamaican PM to be sworn in, with promise to review anti-gay law 92
2:32 PM — Jamaica's new Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, who has said she will review the criminalisation of homosexuality in the country and not forbid gays from serving in her cabinet as former Prime Minister Bruce Golding had, is to be sworn in today.
Malaysian opposition leader speaks of “archaic” sodomy laws during trial
1:13 PM — The former Deputy Prime Minister and current Leader of the Opposition in Malaysia has spoken of the "archaic" and "unjust" sodomy laws under which he is standing trial.
Simon Doonan’s new book to “prove gay men really are French women” 32
12:23 PM — Simon Doonan, gay Creative Ambassador-at-Large of New York City department store Barneys, has made waves with the release of a new book which details the tongue-in-cheek differences between "gay" and "straight" foods.
Michele Bachmann bows out of presidential candidacy race 34
11:24 AM — Michele Bachmann has confirmed she will not be the Republican party's candidate in the US presidential elections this year. Bachmann pulled out of the race after receiving just 5% of the vote in the Republican voter caucuses in her home state of Iowa this week.
Former tennis star Margaret Court “does not hate homosexual people” 80
10:47 AM — One-time world champion tennis star Margaret Court has denied she "hates" gays, saying she has them in her church and works with them, but has added that young people "need to know it's a choice".
Filipino father admits burning son after discovering three children were gay 11
9:48 AM — A Filipino father has told police he drunkenly attacked his son after learning that three of his children were gay. The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch said today that 19-year-old Edmund Padilla was left with burns and blisters after his father, Erano, attacked him with boiling water.
4th January 2012
Justin Timberlake considering Elton John biopic role “very seriously” 5
5:04 PM — Justin Timberlake is said to be taking the suggestion that he reprise his role as Elton John in the latter's planned biopic "very seriously". A source told E!Online the singer turned actor was "working with his people to figure out exactly how to respond".
Governor of Washington state “to support marriage equality” today 11
3:54 PM — The Governor of the state of Washington, Christine Gregoire, is set to announce her support today for legislation which would introduce marriage equality for gay couples in the state, according to reports.
18-year-old jailed for two months after Stonewall Inn assault 14
3:08 PM — A man has been jailed in New York for two months attacking a man in the toilets of the city's Stonewall Inn. Christopher Orlando had admitted one charge of third-degree assault as a hate crime and one charge of second-degree attempted robbery against Benjamin Carver, 34.
Transgender airline staff make inaugural flight in Thailand 10
2:18 PM — Thailand's first transgender air stewardesses have taken part in PC Air's inaugural flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The new airline took on four transgender crew last year when hiring thirty in-flight staff.
Rupert Murdoch considers Rick Santorum’s “big vision” 38
12:50 PM — Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of News Corporation, has spoken out in support of Republican presidential candidacy hopeful and marriage equality opponent Rick Santorum's "big vision" for the US and praised his presentation style "regardless of policies".
Spain’s first gay retirement home to be sited in Madrid suburb 9
12:09 PM — The planners of Spain's first gay retirement home have secured a plot of land on the outskirts of the capital city. The December 26th Foundation plans to build the new 115-apartment complex in Rivas-Vaciamadrid.
Comment: Sex, blood and the status quo 23
11:16 AM — While Northern Ireland continues to drag its feet on lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, recent developments in Great Britain are no great victory, Nine argues.
George Michael slams “twisted” prayer for his death 78
10:35 AM — Recovering from pneumonia, George Michael has slammed a fundamentalist organisation which told people to pray for his death, but praised the "admirable, generous and loving" Christians in his life.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney first by slim margin in Iowa caucuses 49
9:57 AM — In a tight vote, Mitt Romney has emerged narrowly ahead of Rick Santorum at the Iowa caucuses, which traditionally predicts a favourite for the Republican Party's presidential candidate. With 30,015 ballots cast in his favour, or 24.6% of the vote overall, the former governor of Massachusetts emerged only eight votes ahead of Santorum, who received 30,007 (24.5%).
3rd January 2012
New Hungarian constitution comes into effect with same-sex marriage ban 53
5:13 PM — Hungary's new constitution, which bans gay marriage and does not explicitly protect gay people from discrimination, has come into force amid public unrest.