23rd December 2008
New York Times admits publishing fake letter from gay Mayor of Paris 3
1:02 PM — One of America's most respected newspapers has had to apologise after it published a letter they claimed was written by the Mayor of Paris.
Pope Benedict’s latest outburst “justifies” homophobic bullying and attacks 76
12:01 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church has claimed that the existence of gay people is as great a threat to humanity as the destruction of the rainforest.
ILGA defends gay family exhibition at Euro Parliament as second MEP complains 1
12:06 AM — A leading gay rights group has said it "regrets" that two MEPs have objected to an exhibition highlighting the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families.
22nd December 2008
Will Young to appear on Question Time in February
6:39 PM — Pop singer Will Young is to appear as a panellist on political discussion programme Question Time next year. Mentorn Media, who produce the show for BBC One, said he would appear on the February 5th edition, which will be recorded in Dunstable.
Nativity scene featuring Mary in drag upsets Amsterdam Christians 20
6:15 PM — A Christmas celebration that featured the Virgin Mary played by a drag queen and Joseph in black leather shorts has offended Christians in Holland.
UNAIDS: Decriminalisation is key to universal access to HIV treatment
5:59 PM — The United Nations agency responsible for coordinating global efforts to combat HIV and AIDS has called for "enhanced action to promote and protect the human rights of men who have sex with men."
Documentary about shamed US evangelical Ted Haggard airs next month 5
4:02 PM — Preacher Ted Haggard will talk publicly about his fall from grace at the American Television Critics Association next month.
Greens leader claims Scottish Parliament has closeted MSPs 3
3:12 PM — The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party has said that several members of the Scottish Parliament are gay but afraid to publicly declare their sexual orientation.
Vatican claims sexual orientation is not legally defined 10
2:46 PM — The Roman Catholic Church's representative at the United Nations has explained why it opposed a statement on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Gay Congressman attacks Obama’s choice of inauguration preacher 2
2:29 PM — A leading Democratic politician has said the President-elect of the United States was wrong to ask an evangelical preacher who likened gay couples to incest to participate in his inauguration.
Victory Fund upset at lack of gays in Obama’s Cabinet 4
1:42 PM — A group that funds lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans candidates for political office in the United States has expressed disappointment at the makeup of President-elect Barack Obama's proposed Cabinet.
Straight man wins “landmark” homophobic harassment case 3
12:04 PM — A 56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gay because he lives in Brighton has won his case at the Court of Appeal.
California “marriage defenders” want gay unions anulled 10
11:48 AM — Gay and lesbian couples who legally married in California earlier this year are being targeted by supporters of a ballot proposition that removed the right to same-sex marriage in the state.
20th December 2008
Comment: South Africa’s gay human rights disgrace 5
10:10 PM — my.PinkNews.co.uk member Cobus is disgusted that South Africa didn't sign the UN decleration on equal rights of LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed and questioning) people.
LGBT Labour welcomes success in registrar battle
12:53 PM — LGBT Labour has welcomed an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision to overturn registrar Lillian Ladele's legal victory earlier this year which supported her refusal to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.
Little Britain stars accept damages over fake claims their show was condemned by USA gay groups 9
1:06 AM — Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas have accepted damages and a public apology from Express Newspapers over an article published in the Daily Star Sunday in September that falsely claimed that gay rights groups considered their programme offensive.
19th December 2008
Killer of gay student David Brown sentenced to life imprisonment 6
5:00 PM — A man was convicted today of murdering a gay student in a Manchester court. 24-year-old David Brown was killed hours after partying in Manchester's gay village.
Employment lawyers and politicians welcome Ladele ruling 1
4:50 PM — The ruling by the employment appeals tribunal that a Christian registrar was not discriminated against by Islington Council over her refusal to perform civil partnerships has been welcomed.
Comment: Gays should give Obama a break over inauguration preacher 30
3:15 PM — Forget for a moment Obama's attempts to reach across the political aisle by appointing Republicans to his Cabinet, probably the boldest and most potentially provacative move he has made so far.
US general backs gay man for Secretary of the Navy
3:04 PM — An openly gay man is on the shortlist for the role of Secretary of the Navy in the new Obama administration.