10th December 2012
US: Merck Foundation ceases funding for Boy Scouts of America 14
10:30 PM — The charitable arm of a pharmaceutical and health company has ceased donations to the Boy Scouts of America due to its anti-gay policy for volunteers, members, and staff.
9th December 2012
Governor Chris Gregoire: ‘I am proud of the momentous shift to marriage equality’
9:22 PM — The US Governor of Washington, Chris Gregoire, has written about her state's journey towards marriage equality, and on signing a bill legalising marriage equality for the second time, on Wednesday.
8th December 2012
Video: Publisher’s ‘It Gets Better’ tells young gay people to ‘write their own future’ 1
3:41 PM — The Hachette Book Group has published it's 'It Gets Better' video from LGBT staff members. They share their experiences to give LGBT teens hope to the 'write their own future'.
US: San Francisco issues warning against risk of meningitis 1
1:16 AM — Health officials in San Francisco have issued a notice advising gay men who may have travelled or plan to travel to New York City, to consider vaccination against meningitis.
US: Thirty same-sex couples set to wed in Washington mass wedding on Sunday 2
12:57 AM — Thursday was the first day that same-sex couples could obtain marriage licenses in the state of Washington, and one church is planning a group ceremony for Sunday, at which thirty couples will wed.
7th December 2012
US: Supreme Court agrees to hear landmark same-sex marriage cases 18
8:52 PM — The US Supreme Court has decided to hear two landmark equal marriage cases in the coming term.
US: Christian right leader continues support for Ugandan President, despite “kill the gays” bill 15
5:49 PM — Despite the fact that the Ugandan Parliament has been reviving its so-called 'kill the gays' bill, the US-based Family Research Council has continued to offer its support to the country's president.
Video: One Million Moms outraged by new advert featuring Ellen Degeneres ‘and three elves’ 39
4:17 PM — Anti gay rights group, One Million Moms, has once again focussed itself on US department store JC Penney, and the company's spokesperson, Ellen Degeneres, because of a new ad featuring the openly gay TV presenter, and three elves.
Laurence Watts’ 2012 LGBT Predictions Scorecard 13
10:28 AM — In December of last year, Laurence Watts set himself the task of predicting LGBT news events that were likely to happen in 2012 - here is his scorecard for the year.
Gay couple lose court case over claims airline taped a dildo to their suitcase 16
9:24 AM — A gay couple from Virginia have lost a court case against Houston-based United/Continental Airlines after baggage handlers allegedly removed a sex toy from one of their checked bags, leaving on show before it went back on the carousel.
Study: Gay Americans earn more, owe less, and are more prepared for retirement 11
1:41 AM — New research has shown that LGBT people are better at managing money, as they earn more, are less likely to be in debt, and are generally better prepared for retirement than straight people.
US: Maryland Governor O’Malley signs in equal marriage, calls it ‘a big step forward’ 3
12:03 AM — After a lengthy battle over same-sex marriage in the US state of Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley today signed into law the right for same-sex couples to marry.
6th December 2012
US: Mormon website encourages compassion, asks gays to stay in the church 24
11:03 PM — Leaders of the Mormon Church launched a new website on Thursday which, despite saying the church is still opposed to same-sex marriage, encourages churchgoers to be more compassionate in discussions over homosexuality.
Poll: 90% of gay Americans say discrimination is a serious problem but life is getting better 3
9:11 PM — A Gallup poll for USA Today has found that roughly the same number of LGBT Americans believe that homophobic discrimination remains a serious problem and that people have none-the-less become more accepting in recent years.
US: Gay soap star Scott Evans arrested for attempting to buy drugs 13
6:59 PM — Scott Evans, the younger brother of Captain America star Chris Evans was arrested in Los Angeles on Tuesday night for attempting to buy drugs from an undercover police officer.
Montana: Man charged with infecting partner with HIV also accused of killing 55 dogs 13
6:27 PM — A 52-year-old man in the US state of Montana has denied a felony endangerment charge that alleges he infected an unknowing sexual partner with HIV.
Poll: Record numbers of Americans back same-sex marriage 4
4:39 PM — A new poll for the US national newspaper USA Today has found that 53 per cent of Americans now support same-sex marriage.
US Democrats’ LGBT campaign group faces possible closure due to funding crisis 4
11:15 AM — The National Stonewall Democrats, the main political LGBT lobbying organisation that’s affiliated with the Democratic Party, may close its doors unless it raises $30,000 (£18,600) before the end of the year.
First same-sex marriage permits issued in Washington state 7
10:37 AM — Two women in Seattle have become the first gay couple to receive a marriage licence in America’s west coast state of Washington.
5th December 2012
US: Gay teenager committed suicide because of bullying, parents say 7
11:30 PM — The parents of a gay teenager from Michigan, who committed suicide in late November, have said that intense bullying was to blame for their son's death.