7th December 2012
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.
US: University faculty votes unanimously ‘yes’ on equal benefits for same-sex partners 4
10:51 PM — The Faculty Senate at the University of Memphis, voted on Tuesday to unanimously support, without much discussion, equal benefits for couples in same-sex partnerships.
US: American Apparel CEO faces lawsuit over accusations of homophobic slurs and choking
9:29 PM — The CEO of popular high street fashion store, American Apparel, faces legal action from a former branch manager, who says he was subjected to homophobic slurs, was choked, and had dirt rubbed in his face.
Same-sex marriage opponent Donald Trump admits to attending a ‘beautiful’ gay wedding 12
1:47 PM — George Takei says he hopes his lunch date with Donald Trump can help end the billionaire’s opposition to equal marriage, and has revealed that the social conservative recently attended a “beautiful” gay wedding.
Confusion for California’s gay ‘cure’ ban after judges issue opposite rulings 9
10:21 AM — For the second time in two days, a federal judge in California has issued a decision on the state's new law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of gay minors.
4th December 2012
US: Evangelical Christian man fakes being gay for a year as research for a new book 58
11:30 PM — An evangelical Christian man from Tennessee has cause controversy by pretending to be gay for a year, as research for a new book, and has received criticism from the LGBT community.
Travel: Fort Lauderdale 3
6:56 PM — Known as one of America's foremost LGBT capital’s, Joey Amato from Out Destinations profiles Fort Lauderdale.
George Takei beams into Archie Comics’ gay teen series Kevin Keller 3
6:39 PM — Gay actor George Takei, whose best known for his portrayal as Star Trek’s Mr Sulu, crosses a new frontier this week appearing as himself in an issue of Archie Comics' series about Kevin Keller, an openly gay teenager.
Video: Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) say ‘It Gets Better’ 2
5:19 PM — Officers serving with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) share their experiences of coming out and encourage victims of homophobia to seek help.