16th December 2011
US study: Equal marriage rights improve health of single gay men 13
10:30 AM — A US study of the effect of equal marriage rights claims gay and bisexual men lead healthier lives when those rights are introduced, regardless of whether they have a partner.
15th December 2011
US school defends “outing” gay student to his parents to keep him “safe” 35
3:27 PM — A school in Utah has defended its decision to tell the parents of a student that he was gay saying it was concerned about bullying.
Rick Santorum blames lower US wedding rates on marriage equality 46
10:39 AM — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has blamed the fall in numbers of married Americans on gay marriage, referencing a survey which did not draw that conclusion itself.
Amber Heard: Staying in the closet in Hollywood is a “horribly detrimental lie” 5
9:05 AM — Lesbian actress Amber Heard has said people in her profession are dissuaded from coming out in Hollywood and end up becoming part of a "detrimental lie".
14th December 2011
Parents of gay US suicide teenager launch charitable foundation in his name 6
2:09 PM — The parents of a gay teenager who killed himself last year have launched an anti-bullying foundation named in his honour.
George Clooney to star in second production of Dustin Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play 9
11:51 AM — George Clooney has confirmed he will star in the second one-night-only production of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play. The show revisits the ballot measure which banned gay couples from marrying in California and its reversal by Judge Vaughn Walker last year.
13th December 2011
Republicans block appointment of US ambassador to El Salvador over pro-gay rights article 26
12:04 PM — Last night, the US senate blocked president Barack Obama's nominee to be ambassador to El Salvador after Republicans expressed outrage at an article she wrote in support of gay rights and unfounded rumours that an ex-boyfriend was a Cuban spy.
US gay serviceman reinstated following Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell discharge 11
11:13 AM — A gay linguist who was discharged from the US Navy under the now-repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DODT) ban on openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces has been reinstated, his attorneys have announced.
One half of Canadian ‘gay’ penguin couple finds a straight mate 60
10:50 AM — One half of Canada's best known gay couples, a pair of African penguins, has found a new mate, of the opposite sex. Toronto's zoo split up a pair of male penguins, Buddy and Pedro, in order to coax them into breeding.
12th December 2011
Anti-gay US politician’s ‘secret life’ as sperm donor to lesbian couples 26
4:44 PM — An American politician who has campaigned against gay marriage has been accused of having a "secret life" as a sperm donor to lesbian couples. Bill Johnson, a 2009 conservative Christian candidate for governor of Alabama, has spent the last year in Christchurch, New Zealand, helping relief efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Hulk Hogan: ‘If I was gay I would embrace it’ 14
1:34 PM — Hulk Hogan has dismissed his former wife's claims that he is gay as "insane" and says he would accept his sexuality if he was gay.
Rick Perry confronted over anti-gay ad 29
10:06 AM — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry was heckled yesterday over a promotional ad which says there is “something wrong with our country” when gays can serve in the military, but children cannot “celebrate Christmas or pray in school”.
11th December 2011
Wrestler Hulk Hogan suing ex-wife for claiming he had a gay affair 18
2:39 PM — Wrestler Hulk Hogan is to sue his former wife for defamation after she used a radio interview to promote her autobiography to claim that her ex-husband had a gay relationship with fellow WWE star Brutus Beefcake.
9th December 2011
Video: Newt Gingrich’s lesbian half-sister will support rival Barack Obama for presidency 15
2:07 PM — The lesbian half-sister of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has criticised her brother’s stance on gay rights and said she will support president Barack Obama in next year’s presidential election.
8th December 2011
Rufus Wainwright speaks of “manly” album, having “certainly enough gay records” 32
1:31 PM — Musician Rufus Wainwright has described a "very manly" tone to his seventh studio album, after always putting on "a lavish spectacle". Wainwright became a father earlier this year, after having a baby with Leonard Cohen's daughter.
Video: Rick Perry condemns gays in military while children “cannot celebrate Christmas” 121
11:06 AM — A presidential campaign advert released this week by Rick Perry depicts him saying there is "something wrong with our country" when gays can serve in the military, but children cannot "celebrate Christmas or pray in school".
7th December 2011
Hillary Clinton: Being gay is not ‘a western invention, but a human reality’ 112
11:42 AM — Hillary Clinton has delivered a groundbreaking speech to a United Nations summit in Geneva following the US' declaration that its agencies will challenge the criminalisation of gay acts and identity overseas.
Rick Santorum: “Equal” education about gay life “a hit to family and faith” in US 62
11:04 AM — US presidential candidate Rick Santorum told a group on his campaign trail in Iowa that gay marriage would damage "family and faith" by forcing schools to teach children about gay and straight relationships equally.
Obama pledges aid and asylum support for overseas gay rights 14
9:46 AM — New instructions issued by the Obama administration call for US government agencies to consider gay rights when deciding aid and asylum cases. It is the first US government strategy dedicated to combating rights abuses against gay people abroad.
6th December 2011
Head teacher of US school saves “gay apparel” lyric in Christmas carol 14
3:26 PM — The head of a US school has intervened to ensure students carry on singing the original lyrics to the Christmas carol "Deck the Halls". A music teacher in Michigan took the decision to replace the phrase "gay apparel" with "bright apparel" after children found the word funny and she struggled to maintain control over them.