25th December 2012
Feature: The weirdest and most unexpected LGBT stories of 2012 3
7:40 PM — 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.
24th December 2012
The Pope praises “Trojan horse” anti marriage equality essay by French rabbi 30
5:44 PM — During a Christmas address at the Vatican, the Pope has praised an essay by France's Chief Rabbi, who described equal marriage as a "Trojan horse", which would "undermine" straight marriage.
Gareth Thomas: I hung out in London gay pubs with Mickey Rourke 28
5:06 PM — Gay former rugby star, Gareth Thomas, has said that he and actor, Mickey Rourke, have become very close, including going to gay bars, and sharing secrets, as the film star prepares to play him in a biopic about his life.
22nd December 2012
Conservative Oxford MP changes mind to support same-sex marriage after student appeals 32
11:51 AM — After receiving a letter of appeal written by presidents of 38 university common room, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Nicola Blackwood, has now said she is no longer against marriage equality.
Anonymous files death certificate for God Hates Fags leader & changes her PC background to gay porn 58
3:34 AM — The hackers collective, Anonymous, has continued its long-running battle with the Westboro Baptist Church, the home of the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, and claims to have changed the desktop background on its spokeswoman's computer to gay porn.
US: Wisconsin court rules in favour of same sex domestic partnership registry 3
2:34 AM — An appeals court ruled on Friday that Wisconsin's same sex domestic partnership registry does not violate a state constitutional amendment which bans marriage equality.
Possible US Defence Secretary nominee: Comments about gays “do not reflect my views” 17
1:45 AM — A former US Senator, and Barack Obama's likely choice for Defence Secretary, apologised on Friday for "insensitive" remarks he made about an openly gay nominee for an ambassadorship.
Video: Gay men’s chorus performs song dedicated to Sandy Hook victims 3
12:13 AM — The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and students from the Creative Planet School of the Arts, got together last week to dedicate a performance to the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, and the families of Newtown, Connecticut.
21st December 2012
The Sun claims Katie Price’s new boyfriend is a ‘gay icon’ as he has appeared on gay porn sites 16
1:58 AM — Former glamour model, Katie Price's new lover, Kieran Hayler, is a stripper, has appeared on gay porn sites, and has been described as a "gay icon".
Football Association Chairman: ‘No player should fear coming out as gay’ 9
1:25 AM — The Chairman of the FA, David Bernstein, has said that no football player should fear coming out of the closet, following a decision by the governing body to tackle discrimination.
US: Minnesota group to push for marriage equality 1
12:48 AM — The head of the group which led the campaign to vote 'no' on a bill which would have banned equal marriage, has said it will now push to legalise it, starting in the legislative session next month.
20th December 2012
Taiwan: ‘Milestone’ equal marriage case sent to top court 2
2:08 PM — A Taiwanese court which had been scheduled to give a decision today on the case of a gay couple who had appealed to have their marriage legally recognised, made no ruling, and instead sent the case to the country's top court.
US: Judge approves legal fees for trans woman prisoner, denies personal costs 2
2:36 AM — A US judge has approved the payment of legal fees to the lawyers representing a trans woman prisoner, who is to be allowed gender-reassignment surgery as treatment for her gender dysphoria.
Taiwan: Court decision could lead to legalisation of equal marriage 5
2:06 AM — A decision is expected on Thursday by a Taiwanese court which could result in the first legally recognised marriage of a gay couple in the country.
19th December 2012
Nate Silver: My friends describe me as ‘sexually gay but ethnically straight’ 11
3:24 AM — US statistician, Nate Silver, said his friends would describe him as "kind of sexually gay but ethnically straight", in a recent interview.
Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister to give ‘due consideration’ to LGBT discrimination 4
2:48 AM — The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago has gone on record to say that she will give "due consideration" to the issue of discrimination raised by LGBT people.
US: Baseball player apologises for tweeting homophobic slur 1
1:55 AM — A New York Mets baseball player has apologised after he used a homophobic slur in a twitter conversation with a friend earlier this month.
18th December 2012
Rabbi: Bans gay teachers, says they are ‘perverts’ 36
3:34 PM — A prominent Rabbi has said that people seeking private lessons, especially for their children, are not allowed to employ "perverted" gay teachers, "evil" atheists.
Republican Mike Huckabee: The Newtown shootings were the fault of gay people 57
2:38 PM — Fox News presenter and former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, has made several comments about the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings, seemingly blaming gay people for the massacre.
Russian football club declines “stupid” fan club request to avoid gay or black players 7
1:12 PM — The director of sports at a Russian football club has declined the request of its largest fan club to discriminate against gay and black players.