7th November 2013
UK: Ebay apologises to lesbian couple after banning pro-gay Christmas T-shirts 10
1:59 PM — Ebay has apologised to a lesbian couple from Yorkshire after it banned the sale of Christmas T-shirts featuring innocuous rainbow scarves because they were listed as items of “gay interest”.
1st November 2013
Hallmark apologises and removes ‘Deck the Halls’ jumper which omitted the word ‘gay’ 6
2:16 PM — Greetings card and ornament company Hallmark has issued an apology and withdrawn a sweater which contained lyrics from the Christmas song Deck the Halls, with the word "gay" omitted.
31st December 2012
Comment: The leadership of the Catholic Church are hate-fuelled bigots 116
12:29 PM — In light of today’s dramatic announcement that Pope Benedict XVI intends to step down – let us point you to this PinkNews comment piece by Adrian Tippetts – published at the end of last year about the Catholic Church’s leadership.
28th December 2012
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.
25th December 2012
Cameroon’s Catholic Archbishop: Giving gays equal rights is a ‘crime against humanity’ 62
10:10 PM — One of the most senior Catholic leaders in Cameroon has labeled gay equality such as same-sex marriages as a "crime against humanity".
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
Bishop of Shrewsbury: Introducing same-sex marriage amounts to Nazi fascism 131
11:49 AM — For his Christmas sermon, the Bishop of Shrewsbury will say that the government’s decision to introduce equal marriage rights in England and Wales is similar to how Hitler and Stalin tried to undermine religious freedom.
21st December 2012
Pope: People are manipulating their sexual orientation to alter God-given nature 120
12:44 PM — Pope Benedict XVI is getting into the festive spirit by taking his opposition to gay relationships to new heights.
18th December 2012
Colombia: Christmas gay nativity Facebook photo sparks Catholic anger 36
1:06 PM — A Colombian couple has been condemned by the Catholic Church for posting a photo on Facebook that depicts the nativity scene with two father Josephs and baby Jesus, but no Virgin Mary.
17th December 2012
New Zealand: Church billboard calls on Jesus to come out for Christmas 13
1:56 AM — A controversial church billboard in New Zealand has been unveiled, which raises the question of whether or not Jesus might have been gay.
11th December 2012
NUS to lobby MPs on equal marriage, will deliver 4,000 Christmas cards to David Cameron 3
4:19 PM — The National Union of Students LGBT is taking the next steps to push for marriage equality, as the government announces plans to bring forward marriage equality in early 2013.
28th December 2011
Muslim leader in Ghana offers anti-gay Christmas message 75
10:32 AM — The National Chief Immam of Ghana issued a Christmas message this year which praised the efforts of Christians and members of other religions for their efforts to denounce homosexuality. GhanaWeb reports that Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu issued the message to wish Christians well during their festivities.
13th December 2011
Interview: Russell Grant on Strictly Come Dancing and returning to his theatrical roots 6
9:26 AM — Russell Grant talks to Laurence Watts about his accidental fame in astrology, exceeding expectations on Strictly Come Dancing, and asking Holly Valance to star in a lesbian production of Romeo and Juliet.
7th February 2011
Elton says fatherhood is ‘incredible’ 8
2:26 PM — Being a father is "incredible", Elton John and David Furnish say. The couple, who are parents to Zachary, born on Christmas Day, revealed more about their new life.
4th January 2011
Clare Balding says she’s beaten cancer 3
9:35 AM — Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding has announced that she does not require further treatment for thyroid cancer. The broadcaster, speaking on BBC Radio 2's French and Saunders programme yesterday, said her doctor gave her the news last month.
30th December 2010
Gay and adopted Daily Mail columnist slams Sir Elton’s decision to have a baby 84
2:10 PM — Andrew Pierce, the consultant editor of the Daily Mail had penned a column criticising the decision of Sir Elton John and David Furnish to have a surrogate baby, despite being both gay and adopted himself.
21st December 2009
Canadian MP gets widespread support after Christmas card controversy 16
2:15 PM — Openly gay Novia Scotia MP Scott Brison has been given the support of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff after a Christmas card featuring his partner stirred controversy.
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33
12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.
18th December 2009
Canadian MP’s Christmas card attacked by homophobes 19
3:21 PM — A gay Canadian MP who sent out a Christmas card featuring himself and his husband has been attacked by homophobes on the internet. Nova Scotia Liberal MP Scott Brison's personalised card shows him and husband Maxime St Pierre on a walk with their dog.
14th December 2009
X Factor winner Joe McElderry ‘targeted by homophobic bullies’ 15
7:20 PM — Joe McElderry, the 18-year-old winner of this year's X Factor contest, was reportedly subjected to homophobic bullying at school. The singer, who won victory last night with 61 per cent of the vote, was called 'gay boy' at school, an ex-girlfriend said.