28th December 2012
Maine: City Halls prepare for midnight openings to issue same-sex marriage licences 10
5:18 PM — Town and city halls in the US state of Maine will be opening at midnight on Saturday to issue licences for couples to hold same-sex marriages.
Obituary: Gay composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett 4
5:03 PM — Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, a gay British composer and pianist who was nominated three times for Academy Awards, died on Christmas Eve aged 76.
Manchester: Road survey criticised for asking gender-related questions 24
12:53 PM — Local government officials in Greater Manchester have defended a transport public consultation document that asks respondents to identity their race, sexuality and gender following complaints.
Maryland: Business turns away all wedding bookings instead of having to cater for gay couples 23
11:18 AM — A business in the Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, has decided to turn down all wedding related bookings to prevent a legal challenge from banning same-sex couples trying to use his trolleys for their wedding.
27th December 2012
Mexico lifts ban on gay men donating blood 4
6:29 PM — A new law allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood has come into force today (Thursday).
Feature: The top international LGBT stories of 2012 3
1:16 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the biggest international stories of the last twelve months.
26th December 2012
New poll: Most Conservative voters support David Cameron’s same-sex marriage policy 35
8:48 PM — An ICM poll for the Guardian has found that 62% of all voters support gay couples being given the right to marry. A record 52% of Conservative supporters say they are in favour of David Cameron's proposals.
PinkNews Poll: David Cameron’s popularity among LGBT voters grows following same-sex marriage policy 38
1:00 PM — A series of polls for PinkNews.co.uk has found that the popularity of the Conservative Party has grown since the general election, with David Cameron now a more popular choice to be prime minister than Ed Miliband. Most LGBT people said that by proposing same-sex marriage, David Cameron has positively altered their opinion towards the Conservative Party. Support for the Liberal Democrats has sunk, reflecting national opinion polls.
High Court Judge: Same-sex marriage isn’t a priority as it only helps 0.1% of population 70
10:22 AM — Upcoming plans to legalise marriage equality have come under fire from a High Court judge, who said that the government should focus on the "crisis of family breakdown".
Poll: Majority of public want Church of England to hold same-sex weddings 31
12:36 AM — A new poll has found that the majority of the people in England and Wales wish for the Church of England to be able to conduct same-sex marriages.
25th December 2012
Feature: The top 15 stories that changed LGBT life in the UK in 2012 6
12:59 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important UK stories of the last twelve months. This year has been an exceptional one for LGBT news in the UK so we've decided to extend the number of stories to 15!
Student leaders warn naked university Christmas calendars challenge ‘dignity at university’ 48
10:57 AM — Many will be opening up stocking fillers of naked charity calendars this morning but the National Union of Students has warned that they challenge the notion of equality and dignity at university. It also warns that many who pose will end up on internet porn websites.
24th December 2012
250 Rabbis, pastors and bishops call on Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal 14
11:50 PM — A group of 250 rabbis, pastors, bishops and other leaders representing liberal and reform Christian and Jewish groups have called on the state of Illinois to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act that would make same-sex marriage legal.
Scotland: LGBT counselling service to shut on New Years Day 5
4:46 PM — Scotland’s only dedicated LGBT telephone counselling service is to close after 35 years as a result of funding cuts.
US: Gay rights pioneer Richard Adams dies aged 65 4
3:38 PM — Tributes have been paid to Richard Adams, who died last week after a short illness at the age of 65.
Louis Smith: I am happy to be a ‘gay icon’ — but remember, I am straight 87
11:10 AM — Having won this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, Olympian Louis Smith says he wants his gay fans to remember that he “fancies women”.
22nd December 2012
Newtown local community prevents God Hates Fags church from picketing Sandy Hook school shooting funerals 42
4:19 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the God Hates Fags campaign was reportedly scared away this week from protesting at the funerals of some of the children massacred at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Video: Gay men’s chorus performs song dedicated to Sandy Hook victims 3
12:13 AM — The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and students from the Creative Planet School of the Arts, got together last week to dedicate a performance to the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, and the families of Newtown, Connecticut.
21st December 2012
Tory MP David Davies questions if same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught about anal sex 102
11:36 PM — Conservative opponent of marriage equality David Davies has said his concerns focus around sex education and how children might be taught the mechanics of gay sex.
Video: Amsterdam hosts the Drag Queen Olympics in spectacular style
5:48 PM — As part of the Pink Christmas event currently being held in Amsterdam, the Drag Queen Olympics have kicked off in spectacular style.