7th December 2012
Laurence Watts’ 2012 LGBT Predictions Scorecard 13
10:28 AM — In December of last year, Laurence Watts set himself the task of predicting LGBT news events that were likely to happen in 2012 - here is his scorecard for the year.
Study: Gay Americans earn more, owe less, and are more prepared for retirement 11
1:41 AM — New research has shown that LGBT people are better at managing money, as they earn more, are less likely to be in debt, and are generally better prepared for retirement than straight people.
6th December 2012
Poll: 90% of gay Americans say discrimination is a serious problem but life is getting better 3
9:11 PM — A Gallup poll for USA Today has found that roughly the same number of LGBT Americans believe that homophobic discrimination remains a serious problem and that people have none-the-less become more accepting in recent years.
Football needs a gay ‘champion’ says rugby referee Nigel Owens 4
5:15 PM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens is backing a campaign to tackle homophobic attitudes in sport and says football would benefit from having a gay “champion” in the same way Gareth Thomas took up the mantle for rugby.
Poll: Record numbers of Americans back same-sex marriage 4
4:39 PM — A new poll for the US national newspaper USA Today has found that 53 per cent of Americans now support same-sex marriage.
Belgium’s gay Prime Minister: My country has become less not more tolerant 15
4:01 PM — The Belgium prime minister Elio Di Rupo, who is openly gay, has said that he feels that his country has become a less tolerant place over recent years.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Straight couples refused equality’ 41
3:26 PM — Peter Tatchell has suggested that the government is likely to decline opening up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, when it issues its official response to the equal marriage consultation, later this month.
Scotland: Low school bullying figures give misleading impression say LGBT campaigners 6
1:50 PM — An LGBT organisation and a gay councillor have dismissed bullying statistics that show just one homophobic incident was recorded in schools throughout the Scottish Highlands last year, and they warn the true figure is likely to be much higher.
5th December 2012
US: Gay teenager committed suicide because of bullying, parents say 7
11:30 PM — The parents of a gay teenager from Michigan, who committed suicide in late November, have said that intense bullying was to blame for their son's death.
Gay football group criticise Daily Mail over Joey Barton article 17
8:29 PM — The Gay Football Supporters Network (GSFN) has criticised the Daily Mail for publishing an article suggesting footballer Joey Barton would make a suitable “gay hero” for the sport, because it trivialises the debate about homophobia in football.
Canada: Activists say blood reforms will still discriminate against gay men 6
4:46 PM — The Canadian Blood Services’ proposed changes to blood donor eligibility do nothing to lessen discrimination against gay men, according to an HIV/AIDS awareness organisation.
Joey Barton threatens to sue Daily Mail over ‘gay hero’ article 61
4:05 PM — Footballer Joey Barton says he may sue the Daily Mail newspaper after it published an article that suggested he should become football’s “gay hero”.
4th December 2012
Iran reveals more than 1,000 gender reassignment operations in four years 19
6:03 PM — An Iranian news service has said that more than one thousand Iranians have undergone gender reassignment surgery in the Islamic State between 2006 and 2010
Video: Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) say ‘It Gets Better’ 2
5:19 PM — Officers serving with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) share their experiences of coming out and encourage victims of homophobia to seek help.
American Psychiatric Association to stop classifying transgender people as having a mental illness 17
4:08 PM — The American Psychiatric Association has agreed to no longer classify people who are transgender and non-gender conforming as having mental illness.
France: President’s partner to be a witness at one of the first same-sex weddings 2
2:51 PM — Valérie Trierweiler, the partner of the French President François Hollande, has shown her support for moves to make marriage equal by announcing that she will be a witness at one of the first same-sex marriages.
THT boss: There is not enough money for a high-profile HIV awareness TV campaign 95
1:30 PM — When it comes to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, Sir Nick Partridge, the chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, says it’s unlikely that a large-scale television campaign will feature again on British screens in today’s tough economic climate.
UK: Local newspaper exposes public toilet as gay cruising spot 19
10:14 AM — Residents in the English town of Ashbourne have reacted with alarm after a local newspaper revealed that a public toilet is used as a gay cruising spot.
Norway: Princess took secret India trip to care for gay palace employee’s newborn twins 15
1:01 AM — Norway's Crown Princess secretly travelled to India to care for infant twins born to her gay friend, and employee's surrogate mother, after his travel visa was delayed.
3rd December 2012
US: County holds lottery for first gay couples to receive marriage licenses
11:42 PM — Ten Washington couples will be among the first to receive marriage licenses, as the new equal marriage law comes into effect at 12.01am on Thursday morning.