As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important UK stories of the last twelve months.
While we cannot claim a thoroughly scientific approach to the rankings, the stories are ordered through a combination of how widely read they were, how much debate they provoked and our own editorial judgement as to the effect they will have on LGBT life in the UK.
In reverse order, our top fifteen UK stories of 2012 were:-
15 – Ken Livingstone: Tories ‘riddled’ with gays
The London 2012 Mayoral Election had its fair share of LGBT political drama. Labour’s defeated candidate, Ken Livingstone, faced criticism when he said the Conservative Party was “riddled” with gay people in an interview to the New Statesman.
14 – UKIP candidate Dr Julia Gasper: Gay people should thank heterosexuals
2013 saw the UK Independence Party field various local government and parliamentary candidates – many with deeply homophobic views. Dr Julia Gasper in Oxfordshire seemed to take the crown for the most outlandish comments – when she decided to turn her scorn directly on PinkNews.co.uk readers and urged for them to be “sectioned”.
13–Jewish state funded school teaches students about reparative therapy
JFS (Jews Free School), a state funded Orthodox Jewish school in North London taught sixth form students about an organisation called JONAH in a lesson about homosexuality.
The school claimed that it was not aware that JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (formerly Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality offered young people ‘reparative therapy’ to ‘cure’ them of homosexuality.
In response, PinkNews founder and former JFS student Benjamin Cohen launched an It Gets Better campaign about the issue. Then a correspondent on Channel 4 News, he filmed an emotional video in the Channel 4 Newsroom that was distributed on social media by the broadcaster.