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'.
7th December 2012
Maria Miller: Allowing churches to hold same-sex marriages will strengthen religious freedom 38
11:07 PM — The Culture Secretary and Minister for Equality, Maria Miller has laid out the Government’s plans for introducing full marriage equality in an article for the Conservative supporting Daily Telegraph.
Lancashire: LGBT community urged to help finding missing teen 1
4:32 PM — Lancashire Police are re-appealing for information about the whereabouts of a teenage boy, who has links with the LGBT community, and has been missing from his home in Leyland for almost two weeks.
Nick Clegg: We won’t force churches to hold same-sex marriages if they don’t want to 18
4:01 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has joined David Cameron in commenting on the reports that the government is to allow same-sex marriages to take place in churches.
Exclusive: Government to support gay couples marrying in church in plans to be announced next week 41
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk understands the government is to push for complete marriage equality, meaning religious organisations will be allowed to provide same-sex marriages, as part of its reforms, despite widespread opposition by senior Anglican and Catholic leaders.
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.