As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months.

While we have looked at the top fifteen stories that have changed LGBT life the UK this year, this category is dedicated to the strangest stories of the year: the news in 2012 which took us completely by surprise.

15 – Catholic priest accidentally projects gay porn to a room full of primary school parents

An investigation was launched after Father Martin McVeigh accidentally projected gay porn to a group of primary school parents, in place of a presentation on Holy Communion. The laptop later mysteriously disappeared.

An investigation into how a Catholic priest managed to project pornographic gay images to a room of primary school parents instead of a presentation on Holy Communion has been hindered by the theft of the laptop from his home.

A close second for this spot was Jazz FM, the radio station which accidentally played the sounds of gay porn alongside a music track for several minutes. 

14 – Research finds that dolphins engage in “extensive bisexuality” 

While it may be a myth that dophins are one of few species to have sex for pleasure, scientists at the University of Massachusetts concluded that male dolphins conducted intense social relationships, and they were found to engage in bisexuality. 

The researchers studied more than 120 bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia, and discovered relationships of a considerably more complex nature than previously thought. Co-author of the study, Richard Connor, told Discovery News that the dolphins engaged in extensive bisexuality, combined with periods of exclusive homosexuality.

13 – Video: Fred Karger’s ‘Sexy Frisbee’ campaign video


The campaign video from openly gay, Jewish, former Republican presidential nominee hopeful, Fred Karger, was dubbed “sexy frisbee”, as it featured gay topless men kissing, and women doing sit-ups on a beach with a frisbee. The video briefly disappeared from Youtube, but was reinstated with an added warning of “explicit content”.

This one was almost as weird as Russell Brand being nice to members of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for the ‘God Hates Fags’ campaign, when they appeared on his US chat-show, and branded him a “fag pimp”.