5th December 2012
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.
US: California honours teenager kicked out of Boy Scouts for being gay 16
10:57 PM — The California Boy Scout who was refused the prestigious Eagle Scout Badge for being gay, was to be honoured by the California state Assembly this afternoon.
US Radio host: ‘Same-sex marriage encourages children to have gay sex’ 96
9:43 PM — Linda Harvey, a radio host with an Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has said that same-sex marriage is wrong because it encourages children to have gay sex.
Olympic gymnast Louis Smith: ‘I’m a bit of a gay icon’ 75
10:20 AM — Since taking to the floor on Strictly Come Dancing Olympic gymnast Louis Smith says he’s become a gay icon.
2nd December 2012
US: West Point Military Chapel hosts first same-sex wedding ceremony 3
4:50 PM — A prestigious New York Military Chapel hosted its first same-sex wedding ceremony on Saturday, which was that of an academy graduate, and her partner of seventeen years.
London’s G-A-Y smashes HIV test world record 93
1:08 PM — G-A-Y Bar on London’s Old Compton Street has broken its own Guinness World Record for the highest number of HIV tests to be carried out on World AIDS Day.
1st December 2012
Video: Sir Ian McKellen says ‘I want to get married in Middle Earth’ for same-sex marriage campaign 14
8:26 PM — X-Men and Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen has recorded a video for a New Zealand equal marriage campaign.
Peter Tatchell: The government’s HIV strategy is failing gay and bisexual men 51
7:03 PM — Human rights activist Peter Tatchell says that the British Government's strategy for HIV is failing men who have sex with men, the group seeing the fastest growth in HIV transmission rates.
Video: The HIV Hip Hop campaign to reduce stigma and raise awareness 7
4:55 PM — An HIV video message with a difference, developed by the Sheffield Centre for HIV and Sexual Health, learn about HIV through hip hop.
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls on UK to ‘stand up for the rights of those in society with HIV’ 4
11:11 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has joined in other political leaders in recording a message to mark World AIDS Day. Unlike his political rivals, Mr Miliband chose not to wear a World AIDS Day ribbon.