21st December 2012
Questions over anti-gay past of Chuck Hagel, tipped to become next US defence secretary 5
10:43 AM — Chuck Hagel, who is in the running to become the next US defence secretary, previously suggested an ambassador could be unfit to serve due to his sexuality by describing him as “aggressively gay”.
20th December 2012
Lesbian half-sister of Newt Gingrich says she’s ‘proud’ of his same-sex marriage U-turn 4
10:57 PM — Candace Gingrich-Jones, the lesbian half-sister of former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has welcomed his call for the Republican Party to accept the idea of same-sex civil marriages.
Newt Gingrich: The Republican Party needs to accept the ‘reality’ of same-sex marriage 19
6:11 PM — In what is being seen as a major U-turn, former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes the Republican Party should accept the idea of same-sex civil marriages.
US: Anti-gay judge and former Romney adviser Robert Bork dies 20
4:53 PM — Former US federal judge Robert Bork, known for his extreme homophobic views, has died at the age of 85.
Northern Ireland: Councillor who opposes same-sex marriage joins rival party 10
3:05 PM — An ex-Alliance Party councillor in Northern Ireland has joined the Democratic Unionists Party (DUP) because he is opposed to Alliance’s support for same-sex marriage.
Canadian gay teacher suspended after showing class draq queen Christmas video 53
2:07 PM — A gay teacher in Canada has been suspended after showing a class aged between nine and ten a video of draq queens lip-synching to a Bette Middler song.
Anti-gay comedian Jim Davidson signed up for Celebrity Big Brother 34
1:14 PM — Jim Davidson, who recently suggested gay entertainers are more likely to be sexual abusers, has been signed up for Celebrity Big Brother – despite previously clashing with the show’s gay current host.
Boris adviser: We almost pulled funding for World Pride 2012 5
12:32 PM — Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff to London Mayor Boris Johnson, has told a committee that City Hall considered pulling funding for this year’s World Pride festival amid concerns about its viability.
US: HIV infection rates rise for young gay men — but down for black women. 16
11:28 AM — The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released its latest HIV infection report and young gay men remain a top concern.
19th December 2012
Brighton: Police launch special website into gay man’s murder 7
7:11 PM — A website to assist Sussex Police in tracing a suspect being sought over the unsolved murder of a Brighton gay man has been set up by the force.
Australian gay politician travels to Spain in order to marry partner 13
4:42 PM — A gay Australian politician and his partner were married in Spain on Wednesday after flying halfway around the world to skirt Australia’s laws banning marriage equality.
New York: Gay hospital worker jumps in front of train after paedophilia charges 13
4:01 PM — A man who was one of the first gay people to marry on top of the Empire State Building has been hit by a subway train just hours after he was bailed in relation to indecent images of children.
Moscow: Gay rights campaigners attacked outside Russian Parliament 1
2:56 PM — Gay rights campaigners have been attacked outside the Russian Parliament as lawmakers debate passing a federal homophobic law.
US: Republican Todd Akin pushes for homophobic ‘licence to bully’ law 44
1:57 PM — Missouri Republican Representative Todd Akin is giving one last push to an anti-gay bill before leaving the US House of Representatives.
UK: Envoy to the prime minister to vote against same-sex marriage 32
1:16 PM — Conservative MP Stephen O'Brien, who is also the Prime Minister's Envoy & UK Special Representative to the Sahel region in Africa, has confirmed he will vote against equal marriage.
UK: Gay couples denied access to heterosexual divorce laws 28
11:59 AM — Gay partners in England and Wales who have an affair with someone of the same sex will not be able to use adultery laws as grounds for divorce, lawyers have warned.
Ireland: ‘Gay’ chef to spend 8 years behind bars for raping lesbian 6
11:13 AM — A 46-year-old man accused of raping a lesbian, having previously told her he was gay, has been jailed.
US Pentecostal churches blamed for homophobia ‘surge’ in Africa 25
10:38 AM — Extreme elements of the US Pentecostal Church are behind the ‘surge’ in homophobia across Africa, according to human rights groups.
18th December 2012
Anti-gay UKIP candidate calls for compulsory abortion of Down’s syndrome foetuses 46
6:31 PM — A UKIP candidate, who described same-sex marriage as an “abhorrence", and called for an NHS review to look at compulsory abortion if a foetus has Down's syndrome or spina bifida, has been suspended.
US: Anti-gay Christian radio host links Connecticut shooting to same-sex marriage 65
5:03 PM — Yet another anti-gay US evangelist is seeking to blame the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School on America’s growing acceptance of gay equality.