17th August 2012
Ukrainian public morality body claims Spongebob Squarepants is “gay” 39
11:10 AM — There are proposals afoot in the Ukraine to censor a number of children's television shows following a study by a conservative commission group who have deemed certain shows "a real threat" to the country's young, including Spongebob Squarepants, who was labelled "gay".
16th August 2012
Library of Congress auditor sacked after ‘liking’ gay adoption Facebook page files federal lawsuit 20
5:18 PM — An auditor who says he was fired by the US Library of Congress after his boss discovered he was gay via Facebook has filed a federal lawsuit this month in a US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Homophobic Cheerio-burning man dies of heart-attack 35
12:31 PM — Michael Leisner, whose homophobic protest against food giant General Mills and their pro-marriage equality stance resulted in a viral video, died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.
15th August 2012
Gay-friendly San Francisco church denies drag queen ban 13
5:54 PM — An LGBT-friendly Catholic church in San Francisco which banned drag queens from its premises has reversed the decision after the church's business manager said the new pastor had: "not been educated about the importance of drag queens in the gay community."
Same-sex ballroom championships come to Blackpool 5
10:05 AM — Same-sex international ballroom dancing championships are to be held in Blackpool this autumn.
14th August 2012
Lady Gaga builds nursery for godson and angers animal rights organisation 35
4:27 PM — Lady Gaga is reportedly getting an new wing built in her house on the Greek island of Crete for her godson Zachary, son of Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
Kentish gay teen couple speak out about homophobic abuse 81
11:48 AM — An 18-year-old gay man from Tonbridge, Kent, has spoken to his local press in the hope of raising awareness about the daily homophobic abuse he has suffered.
13th August 2012
Freddie Mercury’s hologram ‘duets’ with Jessie J at Olympics closing ceremony 22
12:37 PM — The hundreds of millions of viewers who tuned in to view the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony last night witnessed huge images of Freddie Mercury recreating his famous 1985 Live Aid appearance projected onto the main stage.
10th August 2012
Journalism student uncovers ‘transphobic and homophobic culture’ at major Australian newspaper 8
4:34 PM — A journailsm student at the University of Melboune has exposed what she described as a "sexist, transphobic and homophobic culture" at the Herald Sun, one of the country's biggest newspapers.
Gay Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham declares he’ll dive naked if he wins Gold 47
11:46 AM — Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham has decalred that he'll dive naked if he wins another Gold medal.
Anti-homophobia march takes place at University of Alberta in support of assaulted student 3
11:03 AM — A fortnight after an apparent homophobic attack on a student from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, hundreds of locals showed their support for the victim in a march against homophobia.
8th August 2012
Lesbian sends dinner request to Chick-fil-A chief 16
11:46 PM — A lesbian business owner in Atlanta, Georgia, has invited Chick-fil-A chief Dan Cathy to have dinner with her family. Marci Alt, who is a married mother of two, wants the firm's leader to "share a meal with an LGBT family".
US: Trans man’s doctor ‘failed to tell him he had cancer’ 13
11:39 PM — A New York transgender man has revealed that his doctor didn't tell him he had breast cancer because he was confused by his patient's transgender status.
Obama opposes Scouts anti-gay discrimination 8
11:37 PM — President Obama is opposed to the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members, volunteers and staff, his spokesman said today. He is the honorary president of the Scouts group.
US: Montana man falsely claimed he was beaten in anti-gay attack 13
11:35 PM — A Montana man has admitted falsely reporting that he was injured in an anti-gay attack. According to police, Joseph Baken claimed that he was beaten early on Sunday morning by three men after entering a Missoula bar and asking where he could find a gay bar.
Liverpool: 52,000 attend city’s third annual Pride celebrations 4
9:51 AM — Over 52,000 people are believed to have attended a rainy Liverpool Pride 2012, organisers have said.
7th August 2012
Argentina: Gay couple legally recognised as fathers 15
10:42 PM — A gay couple in Argentina have been legally recognised as the fathers of their baby boy born by surrogate. Alejandro Grinblat and Carlos Gustavo Dermgerd had a son named Tobias on June 29th in New Delhi. He was carried by a Canadian surrogate mother.
US: Delaware governor says state could legalise marriage equality in 2013 3
10:40 PM — The governor of Delaware is confident that his state will legalise marriage equality in 2013. Jack Markell, a Democrat, told the Huffington Post that work on legislation "probably will" start as soon as the next session.
Malaysian gay couple hold wedding celebration 3
10:36 PM — A gay couple in Malaysia have held what is considered to be the country's first gay wedding celebration. Ngeo Boon Lin, a Malaysian-born pastor and his new husband, African-American music producer Phineas Newborn III, celebrated with a front of a crowd of family members, friends and journalists.
Mitt Romney ‘supports rights of gay Scout members’ 17
10:34 PM — US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is against many gay rights measures, but he does back the right of gay people to join the Scouts. In 1994, he said that while the Boy Scouts of American should be free to set its own policies, he agreed that it should allow gay people to be members, staff and volunteers.