20th December 2011
Prison staff “refused to display” Stonewall posters for young offenders 93
10:37 AM — Prison staff at the Feltham Young Offenders Institute in London refused official recommendations to display positive images of gay and bisexual relationships to inmates, according to a report released today.
Brandon McInerney receives 21 year prison sentence for gay school shooting 48
9:51 AM — A US court has sentenced Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King, to 21 years in prison. The prison sentence is part of a plea bargain he made with the court in Ventura County, California.
19th December 2011
Religious charity backs Tesco boycott over gay employee’s “evil Christians” remark 264
2:32 PM — The Christian Institute is backing a boycott of the supermarket Tesco after one of its employees wrote on his Flickr page that he would campaign against "evil" Christians who oppose marriage equality. Tesco has been criticised by the organisation in recent months for reducing its sizeable financial support for Cancer Research UK, while giving Pride London £30,000 to fund its family area.
Danish MP’s gay Hans Christian Andersen festival dubbed a ‘silly suggestion’ 9
12:12 PM — An MP in Denmark has prompted debate after suggesting the country organise a week-long festival aimed at gay couples in honour of the writer Hans Christian Andersen.
Sentencing due today in case of US gay school shooting 17
10:49 AM — A court in the US is due to sentence Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King. The district attorney’s office said as part of the plea deal that he would serve 11 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for the use of a firearm, but will not serve time for the murder.
Gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning “struggled with gender identity issues” 38
10:07 AM — The pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning, the gay US soldier accused of sending many sensitive documents to the Wikileaks website, was told by his defence lawyer that he struggled with gender identity issues.
16th December 2011
Peter Tatchell offers to testify for demoted Christian housing manager 101
2:41 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said today he would be happy to testify in defence of the Christian housing manager demoted for expressing his views on gay marriage.
Twitter reacts angrily to Will Young receiving gay slur tweet 109
2:10 PM — User who insulted singer's sexuality later complained that it was impossible to "say anything to famous people these days, it's only twitter [...] All their fans on you like a ton of bricks."
Gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing begins today 73
12:34 PM — The pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning, the gay soldier accused of sending sensitive documents to the Wikileaks website, begins today in the US state of Marlyand.
Labour MEPs pledge support for Equal Love campaign in Europe 44
11:49 AM — All Labour's representatives at the European Parliament have signed their support for the Equal Love campaign, which aims to allow equal access for gay and straight couples to civil partnerships and marriage.
US study: Equal marriage rights improve health of single gay men 13
10:30 AM — A US study of the effect of equal marriage rights claims gay and bisexual men lead healthier lives when those rights are introduced, regardless of whether they have a partner.
Last chance to nominate for our list of the most influential LGBT Twitter users
9:57 AM — Today is the last chance to tweet your nominations for the most influential LGBT figures on Twitter, as submissions close at 5pm (GMT) this evening. PinkNews.co.uk will be drawing up a list of the most influential Twitter voices, and we have been inviting nominations from around the world.
UN publishes first global report and recommendations to tackle gay rights abuses 12
9:29 AM — The UN's Human Rights Council has published for the first time a document detailing rights abuses against LGBT people around the world, through violence and through discriminatory laws, and a set of recommendations all countries should adopt.
15th December 2011
House of Lords rejects peer’s challenge to religious civil partnership rules 118
1:50 PM — The motion to reintroduce the ban on civil partnerships in religious premises has been withdrawn by Baroness O’Cathain after it was debated today in the House of Lords.
Former tennis star Margaret Court serves up controversy over gay marriage 94
1:27 PM — Margaret Court, once the world's number one female tennis player, well-known for her anti-gay views, has sparked a heated row with other former champions after saying gays were "aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take."
Students lobby MSPs as accuracy of marriage opponents’ petition is questioned 11
12:34 PM — Students from around Scotland have delivered letters to their MSPs today in support of extending marriage rights, while others are questioning how their signatures appeared on the opponents' petition.
Northern Ireland gay adoption challenge adjourned over “massive mistake” 42
11:28 AM — A judicial review hearing has been adjourned until March after a "massive mistake" was uncovered in a submission made to the House of Lords in 2008.
Rick Santorum blames lower US wedding rates on marriage equality 46
10:39 AM — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has blamed the fall in numbers of married Americans on gay marriage, referencing a survey which did not draw that conclusion itself.
Filipino gays perform updated Christmas carols for Catholic Bishops 11
9:55 AM — A group of rights campaigners in the Philippines has lobbied the country's Catholic Bishops Conference with an unusual round of carol-singing, including Jingle Bells rewritten with a human rights theme.
14th December 2011
Parents of gay US suicide teenager launch charitable foundation in his name 6
2:09 PM — The parents of a gay teenager who killed himself last year have launched an anti-bullying foundation named in his honour.