13th December 2012
US: Mayor of Atlanta says ‘gay couples deserve the same protection’ as straight ones 7
10:36 PM — After coming out in support of equal marriage on Tuesday, the Mayor of Atlanta has reiterated his support, and given his reasons for changing his stance, saying that "gay and lesbian couples deserve the same protection" as straight couples.
Illinois: Politicians hope to pass same-sex marriage law in early January 12
8:58 PM — An Illinois state representative and a state senator have said they will seek legislative approval of same-sex marriage in the state in three weeks.
San Francisco: Gay-friendly ‘Queen James’ Bible launched 25
7:06 PM — A San Francisco Episcopal minister has launched what’s been described as a new “Gay Bible”.
Yahoo asks users if ‘homosexuality is a choice’ and 300,000 people say yes 58
6:46 PM — Following the publication of research suggesting the way that homosexuality could be passed on genetically, the US internet company Yahoo has asked users if they believe homosexuality is a choice.
US: Court throws out Bel Ami’s legal case over their models being ‘thrown off’ a gay cruise 10
5:09 PM — A legal case brought by gay porn producers Bel Ami against the gay cruise company RSVP has been dismissed by a judge in a Los Angeles federal court.
Study: Homosexuality passes from fathers to daughters and mothers to sons 36
4:39 PM — New research published in the Quarterly Review of Biology suggests genetics which make a person more likely to be gay are passed from fathers to daughters or mothers to sons
FBI: Anti-gay hate crime rising while other hate crimes fall 7
4:06 PM — The FBI has said that while hate crimes overall are declining in the USA, anti-gay hate crime are on the rise.
US: Trans model still loves ex-partner despite violent attack 3
3:07 PM — The trial of a New York fire fighter accused of attacking his transgender ex-partner in a hotel room is drawing to a close.
US: First public university allows LGBT students to self-identify 2
12:23 PM — The University of Iowa has announced that it is adding an optional question on sexuality, and a trans option under gender, to its undergraduate application forms.
Laurence Watts’ 10 gay news events predictions for 2013 30
10:32 AM — Laurence Watts has unveiled his top ten LGBT predictions for 2013 - how many of them do you think will happen?
12th December 2012
US: The Mayor of Atlanta announces support for marriage equality 5
11:39 PM — The Mayor of Atlanta has come out in support of equal marriage, after a period of "reflection", saying that he thinks all couples "should have the right to marry".
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.