4th January 2012
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.
Sherlock stars downplay gay question again for new series 19
4:11 PM — The stars of the BBC's Sherlock, an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries, have downplayed suggestions of a homosexual relationship between the principal characters.
Rick Santorum “would invalidate gay marriages” if elected 60
3:02 PM — After a surge to third place in the Republican presidential candidacy polls, Rick Santorum has confirmed that if elected as president of the US, he would support a constitutional amendment invalidating existing gay marriages.
Ricky Martin “has no set plans to marry” despite reports 14
2:02 PM — A spokesman for Ricky Martin has denied the musician will marry his partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella in New York on 28 January. The El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico reported that the singer would tie the knot in the north-eastern US state, but the claim has been unequivocally denied.
Gay rights activist and charity founder receive MBEs in New Year Honours 10
12:44 PM — The gay rights activist whose legal challenge led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland and the founder of the Allsorts LGBT youth project will both receive MBEs in the New Year Honours.
New Zealand company pulls “transphobic” advert 43
11:36 AM — Libra, a company which manufactures feminine hygiene products in Australasia, has pulled an advert which provoked outrage among the trans community.
Elton John confirms plans for “surreal” biopic 6
10:56 AM — Elton John has said a film telling the story of his life is "very much in the works", and Justin Timberlake would be his top choice for leading man. The singer told the LA Times he would co-produce a "surreal look at my life [...] in the manner of a Moulin Rouge".
Comment: On running club nights and marathons 4
10:01 AM — Sam Feller runs QueerlyOut, a gay club night in London and is training to complete a marathon this year in Rwamagana, East Rwanda to benefit the survivors of the 1994 genocide.
Gay codebreaker Alan Turing remembered in stamp series 24
9:51 AM — The work of codebreaker Alan Turing, who died in 1954, two years after being prosecuted for homosexuality, is to be celebrated on a commemorative stamp this year.