23rd December 2011
Tesco “fully committed” to gay staff, and “practical benefits rather than events” 121
5:38 PM — Retail giant Tesco has said it is "fully committed" to supporting its gay staff after concerns were raised following an announcement that it would explore alternatives to funding future Pride events.
Exclusive: Tesco set to drop future Pride funding days into Christian boycott 331
1:29 PM — Supermarket giant Tesco does not plan to sponsor Pride London again after next year, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm, only days after the Christian Institute called for shoppers to boycott the retailer.
Trans personality Karen Gayle in this year’s Alternative Christmas Message 8
12:26 PM — Channel 4's annual Alternative Christmas Message will this year feature Karen Gayle, one of the stars of its popular documentary, My Transsexual Summer. The broadcaster will air two Alternative Christmas Messages, given by contributors to what it called "some of 2011's most powerful and celebratory factual programming".
Gays “sorry for cheapening marriage” after US politician’s “affair” 47
9:56 AM — A gay man in Minnesota has apologised on behalf of his community for "degrading traditional marriage" after a married state senator who opposed equal marriage rights had an "illicit affair" with a male member of her staff.
Archbishop of Chicago compares gay pride march to Ku Klux Klan rally 99
9:17 AM — A Catholic cardinal in the city of Chicago has drawn condemnation for suggesting the gay rights movement could "morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan".
22nd December 2011
Trans woman’s killer found guilty of manslaughter after Tube death 8
2:46 PM — The killer of Sonia Burgess, a trans human rights lawyer who was pushed to her death under a Tube train in London last year, has been convicted of manslaughter. Senthooran Kanagasingham, 35, of Cricklewood, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey.
21st December 2011
US network “will meet LGBT groups” to discuss new show’s effect on trans community 44
2:48 PM — US network executives say they will meet with LGBT groups over a comedy which has drawn criticism for its depiction of men dressing as women to find work.
20th December 2011
“Ex-gay” group promoted in Caribbean as US arm faces “financial oblivion” 34
2:46 PM — A full-page advert denouncing homosexuality and promoting Exodus International, a group which advocates "ex-gay" therapies, has appeared in a Jamaican newspaper amid reports the organisation is facing bankruptcy in the US.
Comment: Should the law protect us from insults? 271
2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk reader Stuart Ross discusses his experience of receiving offensive comments online amid the ongoing debate over whether to remove the use of "insulting words" from the offences in the Public Order Act.
19th December 2011
Religious charity backs Tesco boycott over gay employee’s “evil Christians” remark 264
2:32 PM — The Christian Institute is backing a boycott of the supermarket Tesco after one of its employees wrote on his Flickr page that he would campaign against "evil" Christians who oppose marriage equality. Tesco has been criticised by the organisation in recent months for reducing its sizeable financial support for Cancer Research UK, while giving Pride London £30,000 to fund its family area.
Businessman acquires Birmingham’s threatened Nightingale Club 8
12:45 PM — A local businessman has bought Birmingham's iconic Nightingale Club for an undisclosed sum after the gay nightspot was put into administration. Lawrence Barton already runs the Loft Lounge, Penthouse and Village Inn venues in the city's Southside district, and says he will invest more than £1 million in the club over the coming years.
16th December 2011
Video: Gay couple being told they will become grandparents goes viral 12
4:04 PM — A video of a gay couple being told they are going to become grandparents has become a viral hit on Youtube a year after being uploaded to the site.
Twitter reacts angrily to Will Young receiving gay slur tweet 109
2:10 PM — User who insulted singer's sexuality later complained that it was impossible to "say anything to famous people these days, it's only twitter [...] All their fans on you like a ton of bricks."
Christopher Hitchens dies after cancer battle, aged 62 38
1:21 PM — Atheist author and journalist Christopher Hitchens died last night, aged 62, at a hospital in Texas after suffering from pneumonia brought on by oesophageal cancer. In 2009, Hitchens, a vocal supporter of gay rights, revealed in his memoirs he had gay liaisons at Oxford with men who later became Tory politicians.
Last chance to nominate for our list of the most influential LGBT Twitter users
9:57 AM — Today is the last chance to tweet your nominations for the most influential LGBT figures on Twitter, as submissions close at 5pm (GMT) this evening. PinkNews.co.uk will be drawing up a list of the most influential Twitter voices, and we have been inviting nominations from around the world.
13th December 2011
100 take part in first gay pride march in Pune, India 6
12:21 PM — Around 100 people participated in the first gay pride march to be held in Pune, India's eighth largest city. The rally was organised by Samapathik, a local men's sexual health organisation.
US gay serviceman reinstated following Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharge 11
11:13 AM — A gay linguist who was discharged from the US Navy under the now-repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DODT) ban on openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces has been reinstated, his attorneys have announced.
One half of Canadian ‘gay’ penguin couple finds a straight mate 60
10:50 AM — One half of Canada's best known gay couples, a pair of African penguins, has found a new mate, of the opposite sex. Toronto's zoo split up a pair of male penguins, Buddy and Pedro, in order to coax them into breeding.
9th December 2011
Plans for London 2012 Olympics Pride House London to be unveiled tonight 23
4:29 PM — Tonight sees the unveiling of Pride House London, a week long festival run to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic Games. At an event tonight, held at London’s City Hall, details for the festival which will include live music, entertainment, LGBT art, sports and tournaments will be revealed.
Comment: Peter Tatchell is wrong to criticise Lynne Featherstone by Evan Harris 77
3:49 PM — Former Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, defends Lib Dem equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, after her stance on marriage equality was questioned by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.