3rd January 2013
Singer Ke$ha comes out as bisexual and stands up against homophobic bullying 1
11:41 AM — US singer/songwriter Ke$ha has spoken out about bullying and being attracted to both men and women in Seventeen magazine’s February issue.
California’s governor seeks to restore gay ‘cure’ ban 7
11:33 AM — California Governor Jerry Brown has now appealed a court injunction that has so far prevented the enforcement of a new law designed to ban gay conversion therapy for children.
Dr Christian Jessen reveals torment of online bullying and false sex claims 8
10:58 AM — Doctor Christian Jessen, the gay presenter of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies series, has spoken of his anger at Twitter trolls who are trying to damage his reputation.
Catholic gay rights campaigner criticises Archbishop Nichols over ban on gay masses 27
10:24 AM — The director of public affairs at gay rights charity Stonewall - who is also a Catholic - has criticised the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols for banning gay-friendly masses.
UK: Teenage campaigner gathers support for marriage equality on Boxing Day 9
5:22 AM — A gay teenage marriage equality campaigner collected signatures on Boxing Day, after learning that her local MP was to vote against marriage equality, and found that many of his constituents support equal marriage.
Republican Chairman: It is time for people to support marriage equality 12
4:48 AM — A Republican Party chairman has urged lawmakers to get behind a proposal to legalise marriage equality in Illinois.
2nd January 2013
Jim Davidson arrested by sexual abuse inquiry police
9:52 PM — The controversial comedian Jim Davidson has been arrested by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse. Last year, Davidson weighed in on the Jimmy Savile scandal by suggesting gay entertainers are more likely to be sexual abusers.
US: Gay blogger Andrew Sullivan quits the Daily Beast 11
7:33 PM — Andrew Sullivan, one of America’s highest-profile gay political bloggers, has announced he is parting ways with the Daily Beast in order to start a new subscription-based site.
Ugandan preacher issues anti-gay New Year’s message at large-scale rally 16
6:37 PM — A preacher in Uganda decided to ring in 2013 by urging the country to pass its lingering Anti-Homosexuality Bill in front of a screaming crowd.
Westboro Baptist Church protest at gay weddings in Maryland 15
5:41 PM — The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church staged a demonstration against equal marriage in Maryland on Wednesday – with gay couples now legally able to marry in the state.
Lesbian couple celebrate with France’s first baby of 2013 3
4:23 PM — The first baby in France to be born in 2013 was by a lesbian couple, although current inequality means only one of the parents has formal legal recognition.
Pakistan: Uproar over homoerotic paintings of Muslim clerics 16
3:35 PM — An artist and college in Pakistan may be charged with blasphemy for publishing a series of religious paintings with strong homoerotic overtones.
Former EastEnders actor John Partridge wants ‘hot new gays’ in the soap 20
2:35 PM — Former EastEnders actor John Partridge is appealing for the soap to feature “hot new gays” now that he has left Albert Square.
Uganda: British producer of gay play has charges dropped 3
1:39 PM — A Ugandan court has dismissed the case against a British theatre producer who faced two years in jail for staging a play which featured a gay storyline.
Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols bans gay masses in Soho 116
12:19 PM — The Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols has announced that masses throughout Soho in central London, designed specifically for gay people, are to end.
Israel: Lesbian teenager attacked with stones in homophobic assault 7
11:35 AM — A teenage lesbian has been reportedly attacked by a group of ultra-Orthodox students in central Israel.
US: Transgender man faces difficulty in getting divorced from wife 25
10:47 AM — Thomas Beatie, a transgender father of three, is fighting an Arizona judge to get a divorce from his wife of nine years, Nancy Beatie, with a decision due next month.
Tory MP Henry Smith: I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m no homophobe 135
10:11 AM — Conservative MP Henry Smith claims he’s “no homophobe” after encountering criticism to his opposition to equal marriage.
1st January 2013
Comment: A lesson on equal marriage for the Archbishop of Westminster by a gay teacher 69
7:43 PM — Gay teacher Richard Queripel explains in an open letter to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales how wrong he is to use the teaching of marriage in schools as an argument against allowing same-sex couples to get married.