13th December 2011
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11:13 AM — A gay linguist who was discharged from the US Navy under the now-repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DODT) ban on openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces has been reinstated, his attorneys have announced.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.
Comment: Why does the equality minister oppose marriage equality? by Peter Tatchell 26
3:22 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that the Liberal Democrat equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, does not support equality because she hasn't backed religious gay marriages or straight civil partnerships.
50,000 respond to Scotland’s gay marriage consultation 85
1:42 PM — More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government’s consultation on the introduction of gay marriage. SNP (Scottish National Party) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry.
8th December 2011
Partner of Turkish gay man shot in ‘honour killing’ to address London audience tomorrow 50
2:54 PM — İbrahim Can, the partner of Ahmet Yildiz, a gay man shot dead in a reported "honour killing" in the Turkish city of Istanbul, will speak about his experience at London's SOAS tomorrow.
Rufus Wainwright speaks of “manly” album, having “certainly enough gay records” 32
1:31 PM — Musician Rufus Wainwright has described a "very manly" tone to his seventh studio album, after always putting on "a lavish spectacle". Wainwright became a father earlier this year, after having a baby with Leonard Cohen's daughter.
Theatre company appeals for trans scriptwriters 4
12:36 PM — A UK theatre company is seeking submissions of short plays about transgender issues to be performed in Manchester next year, and says no previous script-writing experience is necessary.
Government launches first-ever action plan to advance transgender equality 68
11:46 AM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said the government plans to work "with schools, businesses and communities so that together, we can drive change and help consign transphobia to the past.”
Nominate your LGBT voices for our 2011 list of the most influential Twitter users 6
10:04 AM — Whose voice has the most authority on Twitter when it comes to LGBT life? PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with PeerIndex to draw up a list, and we need your nominations: simply tweet your nominees' usernames and the hashtag #pinkpeople2011.
7th December 2011
Anti-gay bullying campaigner Roger Crouch was found hanged, inquest hears 35
12:15 PM — An inquest into the death of Roger Crouch, the anti-gay bullying campaigner who was honoured for his work protecting teenagers from homophobic bullying after his son committed suicide last year, has heard he was found hanged.
6th December 2011
Petition launched to pardon gay codebreaker Alan Turing 98
1:28 PM — A petition has been launched asking the government to issue a formal pardon to the gay mathematician Alan Turing. Turing, who worked at Bletchley Park during the World War Two, was prosecuted for his sexual orientation in 1952 and obliged to undergo chemical castration. He committed suicide two years later, aged 41.
Londoners set record for most HIV tests on World AIDS Day 9
12:43 PM — Londoners set a new world record on World AIDS Day 2011 for the most HIV tests administered in 8 hours. 467 tests were taken in the joint record attempt by 56 Dean Street clinic and G-A-Y, at the G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street.
5th December 2011
Gay actor Neil Patrick Harris apologises for “tranny” comment 134
2:23 PM — Neil Patrick Harris has apologised publicly for using the term "tranny" on television. The gay actor, 38, who currently appears on the popular US sitcom How I Met Your Mother, had been inhaling a gas which lowers voices.
1st December 2011
Video: One in three young people “would fear telling parents about HIV” 43
2:10 PM — A survey by the British Red Cross has found one in three young people in Britain would be scared to tell their parents if they were HIV positive. While 20% of respondents also said their parents would not want them to tell anyone else if they were living with HIV, 69% said they believed their parents would love them either way.
Comment: The challenge for black and minority ethnic communities on World AIDS Day 3
1:11 PM — Bryan Teixeira, Chief Executive of Naz Project London talks about the challenges facing minority ethnic communities in the capital, the need for infrastructure funding and community-based campaigns.
Comment: HIV awareness should be as real as it was in 1980s, Ed Miliband says 8
10:34 AM — Labour Party leader Ed Miliband promises to continue promoting support in Parliament for people living with HIV and for the right policies to tackle rising infection rates.
Comment: David Cameron urges reflection, action and hope on World AIDS Day 24
10:10 AM — This World AIDS Day, the Prime Minister has spoken of the government's commitment to the "urgent task" of tackling HIV abroad, through international organisations, and in the UK, through the NHS and partnerships with specialist charities.
Comment: Information and early diagnosis will be key to tackling HIV 4
9:41 AM — Deborah Jack from the National AIDS Trust highlights the need to improve HIV education and resources, especially for people living outside the capital, this World AIDS Day.