4th January 2012
Spain’s first gay retirement home to be sited in Madrid suburb 9
12:09 PM — The planners of Spain's first gay retirement home have secured a plot of land on the outskirts of the capital city. The December 26th Foundation plans to build the new 115-apartment complex in Rivas-Vaciamadrid.
3rd January 2012
Ricky Martin “has no set plans to marry” despite reports 14
2:02 PM — A spokesman for Ricky Martin has denied the musician will marry his partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella in New York on 28 January. The El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico reported that the singer would tie the knot in the north-eastern US state, but the claim has been unequivocally denied.
Gay rights activist and charity founder receive MBEs in New Year Honours 10
12:44 PM — The gay rights activist whose legal challenge led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland and the founder of the Allsorts LGBT youth project will both receive MBEs in the New Year Honours.
New Zealand company pulls “transphobic” advert 43
11:36 AM — Libra, a company which manufactures feminine hygiene products in Australasia, has pulled an advert which provoked outrage among the trans community.
Comment: On running club nights and marathons 4
10:01 AM — Sam Feller runs QueerlyOut, a gay club night in London and is training to complete a marathon this year in Rwamagana, East Rwanda to benefit the survivors of the 1994 genocide.
Gay codebreaker Alan Turing remembered in stamp series 24
9:51 AM — The work of codebreaker Alan Turing, who died in 1954, two years after being prosecuted for homosexuality, is to be celebrated on a commemorative stamp this year.
31st December 2011
Stephen Fry named 2011’s most influential Tweeter in LGBT life 19
12:22 PM — Stephen Fry has been named the most influential LGBT Twitter user in PinkNews.co.uk's 2011 list. He told PinkNews.co.uk it was "a very remarkable honour".
PinkNews.co.uk’s top 50 Twitter users influencing LGBT life in 2011 30
12:12 PM — Earlier this month, we asked for your nominations for the LGBT voices you listen to online. We ran those nominations through the PeerIndex social media ranking system and the results are in.
30th December 2011
UK trans artist offers to play any pride event in 2012 for free 29
2:52 PM — Trans singer and DJ Chrisie Edkins is offering to play any pride event in the world in 2012 for free.
29th December 2011
Trans teenager pleads guilty to £2,500 Katie Price identity theft 16
12:46 PM — A teenager from Lincolnshire has admitted stealing thousands of pounds from former glamour model Katie Price by pretending to be her at a local bank. Kerry Marshall, 18, appeared before Lincoln Crown Court and pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud this autumn.
Archbishop of Chicago: Pride organisers “invited comparison” with Ku Klux Klan 59
10:31 AM — The Archbishop of Chicago has stood by his statement likening gay pride supporters to the Klu Klux Klan, saying the organisers of the city's gay pride parade "invited an obvious comparison" with the white-supremacist hate group.
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.