13th December 2012
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.
April Ashley receives MBE for services to trans rights 14
1:27 PM — Liverpool-born actress and campaigner April Ashley is being honoured with an MBE today for services to transgender equality.
Laurence Watts’ 10 gay news events predictions for 2013 30
10:32 AM — Laurence Watts has unveiled his top ten LGBT predictions for 2013 - how many of them do you think will happen?
Daily Mail accepts that David Cameron is ‘brave and principled’ to support equal marriage 45
1:13 AM — The Daily Mail, one of the cheerleaders of the anti-equal marriage press has accepted that David Cameron has been "brave" and is "acting on principle" with his proposals to make same-sex marriage equal. The paper argues though that it is the wrong battle for him to fight.
11th December 2012
Out4Marriage, Peter Tatchell and Ed Miliband raise concerns over Church of England gay wedding ban 33
10:04 PM — Out4Marriage, Peter Tatchell and the leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband have this evening raised conerns over the decision to formally ban the Church of England from performing same-sex marriages.
Ed Miliband: Entire Labour Shadow Cabinet will vote for same-sex marriage but it will be a free vote 18
7:37 PM — Although he will not be whipping all his MPs to vote for equal marriage, the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband has said that his entire shadow cabinet backs the move.
NUS to lobby MPs on equal marriage, will deliver 4,000 Christmas cards to David Cameron 3
4:19 PM — The National Union of Students LGBT is taking the next steps to push for marriage equality, as the government announces plans to bring forward marriage equality in early 2013.
UK: Equal marriage advocates celebrate government’s plans to bring forward marriage equality 1
3:35 PM — The advocates of marriage equality for the UK are celebrating today's announcement that the government plans to bring forward legislation legalising equal marriage next year.
Government: Churches will be able to marry gay couples from next year 80
12:31 PM — The government has confirmed that full marriage equality will be introduced for gay couples living in England and Wales.
10th December 2012
US: Merck Foundation ceases funding for Boy Scouts of America 14
10:30 PM — The charitable arm of a pharmaceutical and health company has ceased donations to the Boy Scouts of America due to its anti-gay policy for volunteers, members, and staff.
Advertiser’s Feature: Elderly care in the gay community
5:02 PM — The team behind the LGBT-friendly home care agency, ReassureCare explain the services that they can offer to elderly people within the gay community.
Government to issue official response to same-sex marriage consultation on Tuesday 23
4:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government will outline its response to this year’s equal marriage consultation on Tuesday (11 December) after being summoned to the Commons to answer an urgent question.
9th December 2012
Boris Johnson and 18 senior Tories to push for marriage equality 56
10:05 AM — A number of senior Conservative politicians announced today that they had formed a new campaign group which supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, in an act of defiance against traditionalists within the party.
Swedish football team sacks its entire first squad for homophobic abuse 15
3:26 AM — A Swedish football team has sacked its entire first squad for chanting homophobic slurs at a rival team, made up mainly of LGBT people, and encouraging fans to do the same.
8th December 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a step towards a fairer society 25
7:46 PM — Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert who proposed the Equal Marriage motion to the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2010 argues that the Government's plans to make same-sex marriage legal is an important step towards building a fairer society in Britain.
Video: Publisher’s ‘It Gets Better’ tells young gay people to ‘write their own future’ 1
3:41 PM — The Hachette Book Group has published it's 'It Gets Better' video from LGBT staff members. They share their experiences to give LGBT teens hope to the 'write their own future'.