19th December 2012
UK: Primary school writes to parents to explain that their child’s teacher will be changing gender 60
5:14 PM — A Church of England primary school has written to parents to explain that their children's teacher will be changing genders from male to female.
Trans model gives Michelle Obama a run for her money on cover of trans magazine
11:13 AM — Candy, the transversal style magazine has featured trans model Connie Fleming as a Michelle Obama style "Candydate" of choice.
US: Baseball player apologises for tweeting homophobic slur 1
1:55 AM — A New York Mets baseball player has apologised after he used a homophobic slur in a twitter conversation with a friend earlier this month.
18th December 2012
KKK step in to counter ‘God Hates Fags’ picket at military memorial ceremony 46
10:04 PM — Your enemy's enemy is your friend? The Ku Klux Klan stepped in to counter a protest by the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church at the Arlington National Cemetery yesterday.
Liverpool midfielder Suso fined £10,000 by FA for calling teammate ‘gay’ 17
4:13 PM — Liverpool's Suso has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association for calling teammate Jose Enrique “gay” after the player tweeted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened.
New York: Body-building fireman acquitted of attacking trans partner 2
3:35 PM — A jury has acquitted a firefighter of several assault charges brought against him by his transgender ex-girlfriend – and in a twist to the story is now dating another transgender woman who herself was cleared of a fatal strangulation charge.
Gareth Thomas joins ITV’s Dancing on Ice 16
11:11 AM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be in the rink for the new series of Dancing on Ice.
17th December 2012
US Marine Corps captain proposes to his boyfriend in the White House 15
9:52 PM — Over the weekend, a US Marine Corp captain proposed to his partner at the White House. The photos posted to Facebook have been liked hundreds of times.
Russian football fan club: Please, no gay or black players in our team 20
12:35 PM — A group representing the supporters of a Russian football team say they don’t want gay or black players in their team – but deny it’s got anything to do with bigotry.
France: Thousands take to the streets in support of equal marriage and adoption rights 2
1:15 AM — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Sunday, in support of the government's decision to legalise equal marriage and adoption.
16th December 2012
Tory, Labour and cross-bench Peers and MPs say Government is ignoring public ‘opposition’ to equal marriage 53
11:45 PM — Almost 60 Conservative, Labour and cross-bench MPs and peers have signed up to a new Parliamentary plan to oppose same-sex marriage. The politicians and former clergymen have signed a strongly worded letter to the Daily Telegraph where they accuse David Cameron and Nick Clegg of “ploughing on regardless” in the face of what it claims was an “overwhelming public response” in opposition to equality.
15th December 2012
US students made to endure homophobic taunts as punishment for fighting
3:30 PM — Two high school students in the US state of Arizona were given a choice – hold hands in the playground or be suspended.
14th December 2012
Feature: UK fostering agency appeals for more LGBT foster carers to come forward
5:26 PM — With more than 65,000 children currently living in care throughout England, Lancashire charity Modus is appealing for lesbian and gay families, couples and single people to think about becoming foster carers.
Barnardo’s: Changing the law on marriage will benefit children and gay parents 7
4:09 PM — The Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Anne Marie Carrie, has welcomed the government’s decision to allow gay couples to marry from 2013. Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, she says it will be of enormous benefit to gay parents and their children.
13th December 2012
Illinois: Politicians hope to pass same-sex marriage law in early January 12
8:58 PM — An Illinois state representative and a state senator have said they will seek legislative approval of same-sex marriage in the state in three weeks.
Yahoo asks users if ‘homosexuality is a choice’ and 300,000 people say yes 58
6:46 PM — Following the publication of research suggesting the way that homosexuality could be passed on genetically, the US internet company Yahoo has asked users if they believe homosexuality is a choice.
Simon Callow: I’m @Out4Marriage because I pay taxes and I’d like the same privildges as everyone else 13
5:55 PM — In his video for the Out4Marriage campaign, the actor Simon Callow says that as a tax payer, he must have the same rights and privileges as anyone else to marry.
FBI: Anti-gay hate crime rising while other hate crimes fall 7
4:06 PM — The FBI has said that while hate crimes overall are declining in the USA, anti-gay hate crime are on the rise.
US: Trans model still loves ex-partner despite violent attack 3
3:07 PM — The trial of a New York fire fighter accused of attacking his transgender ex-partner in a hotel room is drawing to a close.
UK: Jewish Masorti movement hints it might endorse same-sex marriage in synagogues 2
2:20 PM — While the Reform and Liberal Judaism movements have welcomed the government’s plans to allow gay couples to marry in synagogues, the Masorti movement has not joined the orthodox United Synagogue and the Chief Rabbi in opposing the moves.