11th January 2012
Video: Star Wars soldiers’ gay tale in Spanish film festival 9
12:11 PM — Two soldiers taken from the Star Wars films who must carry on their relationship in secret on the Death Star while a battle rages outside are the subject of a short Spanish film at this year's Notodo Film Festival.
Spies and accountants in Stonewall’s new employer index 31
11:20 AM — One of the largest professional services firms in the world, Ernst & Young, has topped Stonewall's list of the 100 best employers for gay and bi employees. Among 25 new entries for 2012 is MI5, the UK's counter-intelligence and security agency, ranked 62.
Gay man “terrorised” by leaflets, court told
10:45 AM — Gay men have appeared in court in Derby to tell of their experience receiving homophobic leaflets which questioned whether gays should be executed. One said he felt "terrorised" when the leaflets were pushed through his letterbox and thought he was the victim of a hate campaign.
Stephen Fry supports Catholic priest’s ‘gay panic’ petition 6
10:01 AM — Stephen Fry backed an Australian Catholic priest's petition to eliminate the "gay panic" defence from Queensland's criminal courts as signatures reached 10,000. He recently topped a PinkNews.co.uk list of the most influential Tweeters on gay life.
10th January 2012
Pope: Gay marriage ‘threatens the future of humanity’ 169
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI reportedly said on Monday that allowing gay couples equal marriage rights could threaten the future of humanity, as a policy which "undermines the family".
Netflix gay category missing from UK iPad and Xbox versions’ frontpages 31
1:25 PM — The video-on-demand service Netflix, which offers users streaming films online, has left the gay category out of its new UK apps. PinkNews.co.uk readers have said when using the service on an Apple iPad and XBox 360, the films are there, but they cannot be found through a search for the word 'gay'.
Tabatha Coffey considers a New Jersey gay marriage ‘Takeover’ 12
12:40 PM — If the New Jersey Governor vetoes marriage equality legislation this year, Tabatha Coffey says she is prepared to step in and take over in her trademark style.
8,500 sign Catholic priest’s petition to end “gay panic” defence 28
11:24 AM — A Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia has seen huge support for his petition to have the “gay panic" defence struck out. Defendants claim "gay panic" in murder cases to try and downgrade the charge, saying the victim made a gay advance and they lost control of their actions.
Video: Gay Korean-American film among features at Sundance 8
10:44 AM — A film about a gay Korean man who yearns for a family - which the director used to come out to his own parents - will feature at this year's Sundance festival.
Comment: Future sex – beyond gay and straight 171
10:18 AM — Peter Tatchell argues that gay and straight identities will be insignificant in a future without homophobia: With the demise of "straight supremacism" and the gay labels we use in self-defence, people will be free to acknowledge desires for all genders.
Interview: Tabatha Coffey on fame, hair and same-sex marriage in New Jersey 1
9:53 AM — Laurence Watts meets the star of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover and new show Tabatha Takes Over to talk about growing up setting transgender dancers' wigs in Australia, working for Vidal Sassoon in London and finding TV fame in America.
9th January 2012
Homophobic Welsh crime rate up on “improved victim confidence” 9
4:33 PM — A 40% rise in reported homophobic crime over the last three years in South Wales has been attributed to the increased confidence of gay people to come forward. 401 homophobic incidents were reported to South Wales Police in 2011, up significantly on the 289 in 2008.
Video: Rick Santorum would try to be a “good father” to a gay son 66
2:48 PM — As gay rights continue to be discussed by the Republican presidential candidacy hopefuls, an NBC debate on Sunday drew noteworthy statements from both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
Five men on trial today for “gay death penalty” leaflets
2:14 PM — The trial of five men accused of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation begins today. The defendants are accused of breaking new laws by handing out leaflets calling for gays to be executed.
Alan Cumming announces gay wedding in New York 30
12:59 PM — The bisexual actor announced last night he had married his partner in the US. The pair were celebrating the fifth anniversary of their civil partnership and had a special message for Rick Santorum.
Oxford City player misses match after Gareth Thomas tweet 67
12:29 PM — Lee Steele holds the record for the fastest-ever goal by a Leighton Orient player, managing to score in 12 seconds while playing for the club in 2004, but waited until the following day to delete his tweet about the gay rugby star.
Lesbians lose out at Miss California pageant 13
12:01 PM — Two openly gay contestants entered the Miss California USA pageant this year but lost out as the winner was chosen yesterday.
Malaysian opposition leader’s sodomy charge thrown out 8
10:48 AM — The former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia has been cleared today of the sodomy charges in Kuala Lumpur after key DNA evidence was questioned. Anwar, 64, the current leader of the political opposition in the Asian country said he was a "little surprised".
Cardinal apologises to gays for “inflammatory” Ku Klux Klan comparison 45
9:58 AM — Cardinal Francis George has apologised for suggesting the organisers of Chicago's Pride parade were similar to white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan, calling it an "inflammatory analogy".
8th January 2012
Comment: How and why PinkNews will be celebrating Peter Tatchell Day 15
11:33 AM — Peter Tatchell has changed Britain and the world for the better in his decades of campaigning. PinkNews.co.uk is delighted to be working with his foundation to raise awareness and fundraise during his 60th birthday year.