31st December 2012
UK: Pride couple leave Canterbury and say Norfolk is more gay-friendly 33
8:10 PM — The couple behind a community gay pride organisation in Kent have decided to move to Norwich where they say greater progress is being made towards LGBT equality.
Miley Cyrus: I love London because there are so many gay people 7
6:36 PM — US singer and actress Miley Cyrus says she loves London because it has more gay people than she's ever seen.
Maryland: Couples await midnight for state’s first same-sex marriages 7
6:01 PM — Numerous gay couples across Maryland will be celebrating the New Year with a bumper toast as they share the occasion with their marriages, the first to be conducted following the a referendum to legislate for marriage equality.
Archbishop of Chicago: Same-sex marriage ‘violates natural law’ 59
5:35 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, has warned against introducing marriage equality in the state of Illinois because he claims gay couples cannot consummate their unions.
Travel: Arts, music and delicious food in Seattle 4
4:04 PM — Microsoft, Nordstrom, Amazon.com and Starbucks are just a few of the companies headquartered in Seattle, Washington, The Emerald City. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, iconic music venues and some of the freshest and delicious food on the west coast.
Silvio Berlusconi: “I have a lot of gay friends, they’re friendly and funny” 26
3:41 PM — Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says his opponents have accused him of everything “except being gay and stealing money from Italians.”
President Obama gives Chuck Hagel his backing — despite gay rights row 12
2:14 PM — Despite facing renewed criticism for his previous anti-gay remarks, Chuck Hagel, who is tipped to become the next US defence secretary, has President Obama’s support.
Jim Davidson: I once had sex with a ladyboy — so I’m not homophobic 67
1:15 PM — Ahead of his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, Jim Davidson has sought to play down accusations of being a homophobe by stating that he once had oral sex with a Thai “ladyboy”.
Comment: The leadership of the Catholic Church are hate-fuelled bigots 116
12:29 PM — In light of today’s dramatic announcement that Pope Benedict XVI intends to step down – let us point you to this PinkNews comment piece by Adrian Tippetts – published at the end of last year about the Catholic Church’s leadership.
US baseball star Torii Hunter: I would be ‘uncomfortable’ with having a gay teammate 67
11:22 AM — Torii Hunter, who plays as a slugger for the Detroit Tigers, says he would find it “difficult and uncomfortable” to accept openly gay baseball players.
Welsh local authorities criticised for failing to record anti-gay school bullying 2
10:28 AM — The leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood says there needs to be greater consistency in the way homophobic school bullying is recorded by local authorities in Wales.
Taiwanese diplomat: I am not gay or in a relationship with Taiwan’s president 6
9:58 AM — Taiwanese legislators have grilled their new diplomat to the United States over his perceived sexual orientation and rumours of a relationship with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou.
Catholic Church tells worshippers to bombard MPs with letters telling them to vote against gay equality 96
12:50 AM — For the first time, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has told worshipers to bombard MPs with letters to lobby them to vote against introducing same-sex marriage.