28th December 2012
Turkish gay fashion designer receives bloody nose in Istanbul attack 26
4:10 PM — Gay rights activists in Turkey have condemned the attack on gay fashion designer Barbaros Şansal.
25th December 2012
Feature: The weirdest and most unexpected LGBT stories of 2012 3
7:40 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months. While we have looked at the top fifteen stories that have changed LGBT life the UK this year, this category is dedicated to the strangest stories of the year: the news in 2012 which took us completely by surprise.
24th December 2012
Anti-gay Tory MP calls Embarrassing Bodies ‘crap chav TV’ 28
5:41 PM — Conservative MP Stewart Jackson, who recently described equal marriage as a "constitutional outrage" also has a low opinion of Channel 4’s medical programme Embarrassing Bodies.
21st December 2012
The Sun claims Katie Price’s new boyfriend is a ‘gay icon’ as he has appeared on gay porn sites 16
1:58 AM — Former glamour model, Katie Price's new lover, Kieran Hayler, is a stripper, has appeared on gay porn sites, and has been described as a "gay icon".
20th December 2012
Ireland: Lesbian couple get engaged via Tweets projected onto Dublin building 5
3:23 PM — The Irish state broadcaster RTE has reported on how a festive tweets promotion by AOL turned into a surprise civil partnership proposal for a lesbian couple.
Interview: Gay couple hope to find closure in 2013 following Christian anti-gay B&B case 34
10:41 AM — Despite winning a legal case against the homophobic owner of a bed and breakfast – John Morgan and Michael Black say they won’t have complete closure until it is settled at the Court of Appeal.
19th December 2012
US: Baseball player apologises for tweeting homophobic slur 1
1:55 AM — A New York Mets baseball player has apologised after he used a homophobic slur in a twitter conversation with a friend earlier this month.
18th December 2012
Liverpool midfielder Suso fined £10,000 by FA for calling teammate ‘gay’ 17
4:13 PM — Liverpool's Suso has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association for calling teammate Jose Enrique “gay” after the player tweeted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened.
Anti-equal marriage Tory MP leaves Twitter after backlash 29
10:24 AM — Conservative MP Gordon Henderson has closed down his Twitter account after speaking out against same-sex marriage.
10th December 2012
Austin Mitchell MP: Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage 78
2:06 PM — Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has tweeted that “Gay marriage is neither urgent nor important” and says Ed Miliband must allow Labour MPs to have a conscience vote on the issue.
David Davies MP: How can I be homophobic? I once fought a gay man in a boxing ring 65
12:30 PM — Welsh Conservative MP David Davies, who over the weekend suggested most parents would prefer their children “not to be gay”, has dismissed accusations that he is a homophobe by reminding people of his participation in an amateur boxing match against a gay fighter.
5th December 2012
Gay football group criticise Daily Mail over Joey Barton article 17
8:29 PM — The Gay Football Supporters Network (GSFN) has criticised the Daily Mail for publishing an article suggesting footballer Joey Barton would make a suitable “gay hero” for the sport, because it trivialises the debate about homophobia in football.
30th November 2012
Liverpool footballer Suso brands teammate ‘gay’ for having teeth whitened 24
4:07 PM — Liverpool footballer Suso has described his fellow teammate Jose Enrique as “gay” after he was pictured having his teeth whitened.
BNP leader Nick Griffin in the clear over anti-gay tweets 35
11:26 AM — BNP leader Nick Griffin will not face any further action after he was investigated by police for tweeting the address of gay couple.
29th November 2012
Comment: The dangers of social media 7
11:00 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, employment lawyer Anna Furness says the recent high profile legal case of Christian housing worker Adrian Smith, who was demoted by his employer for posting anti-equality remarks on Facebook, illustrates the potential dangers of social media for employees.
28th November 2012
Wales: Footballer fined £500 for anti-gay Tom Daley tweet 12
1:17 PM — A Welsh footballer has been fined £500 and handed a one-match suspension for sending an abusive message to Olympic diver Tom Daley on Twitter.
27th November 2012
NFL player: “Saying faggot doesn’t make me a homophobe, it’s just a word” 72
6:19 PM — An American football player in Ohio has apologised after using the word “faggot” on Twitter.
24th November 2012
Rylan Clark: Gary Barlow’s ‘hateful’ banter has gone too far 33
7:46 PM — X-Factor hopeful, Rylan Clark, has spoken out following "banter" from Gary Barlow, saying the judge overstepped the mark with comments he made at a charity event, and that what he said could have fuelled homophobic Twitter abuse.
23rd November 2012
Chris Bryant accuses Russian officials of ‘smears’ and of circulating underwear photo 62
5:13 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has claimed he is the victim of a homophobic smear campaign by the Russian Embassy in London after a website published an old image of him wearing just his underwear.
21st November 2012
Susan Boyle accidentally invites fans to an Anal Bum party (#analbumparty) 25
6:22 PM — Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle’s PR team have sparked widespread amusement on Twitter by inviting fans to an ‘anal bum party’.