7th December 2011
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.
Video: 8-year-old’s controversial message to Michele Bachmann 40
3:02 PM — The parents of an 8-year-old boy have posted a video to Youtube of him telling Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann his gay mother does not "need fixing".
5th December 2011
Students suspended as case closes on gay New York teen’s suicide 6
4:33 PM — As incidents of bullying had not been brought to the school's attention attention until after Jamey Rodemeyer died and the police investigation began, students are only now able to be disciplined by the school board.
Gay actor Neil Patrick Harris apologises for “tranny” comment 134
2:23 PM — Neil Patrick Harris has apologised publicly for using the term "tranny" on television. The gay actor, 38, who currently appears on the popular US sitcom How I Met Your Mother, had been inhaling a gas which lowers voices.
Video: Michele Bachmann says people of Iowa did not want gay marriage 42
12:40 PM — Michele Bachmann has said this week that Iowa did not want the rules which allow gay couples equal marriage rights in the state, and said judges needed to start acting "like judges" and stop telling people "what their laws are".
“Virulently homophobic” pastor on sabbatical after wife files for divorce 42
11:39 AM — American megachurch pastor Eddie Long has announced at the weekend that he will go on hiatus from preaching, after his wife filed for divorce. Long, who was accused of seducing four young men last year, told his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregation: "I'm going to take a little time off to work with my family."
Exclusive: Russell T Davies halts TV work after partner’s brain cancer diagnosis 21
10:22 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the acclaimed Queer As Folk writer says he has returned to the UK and does not know when he will start work again after his partner's diagnosis with cancer of the brain.
Interview: Russell T Davies on shelving US projects, his partner’s cancer diagnosis and coming home 28
10:21 AM — Russell T Davies speaks exclusively to Laurence Watts about returning from the US following his partner's diagnosis with brain cancer, and the future for Torchwood and his highly anticipated new American show, Cucumber.
30th November 2011
US student given 90 days in juvenile detention for attacking gay classmate 12
4:34 PM — A 15-year-old Ohio student has been sentenced to a month and half in a juvenile detention centre after he was videotaped attacking a gay classmate. Levi Sever was also ordered to undergo counselling.
Russia reacts to overseas “interference” on St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 29
2:00 PM — A senior official in the Russian government has said he is "perplexed" by the US statement condemning a proposed law which could severely hinder freedom of expression for LGBT people in St Petersburg. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said the US State Department's comments were "incorrect".
US study: 1 in 20 LA dentists refuses to treat anyone with HIV 11
11:38 AM — A Williams Institute study has found that 5% of dentists they polled refuse services to people living with HIV/AIDS, but said this rate is comparatively good for the US healthcare industry.
29th November 2011
Gay softball league settles out of court with bisexual players 5
10:20 AM — Three men on a team disqualified from the 2008 Gay Softball World Series because it was thought to have too many straight players have been paid an undisclosed sum by the organisers.
Alan Cumming to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in new one-man production 6
9:08 AM — The National Theatre of Scotland has announced it will be staging a one-man version of Macbeth featuring Alan Cumming as both the title character and his ambitious wife.
28th November 2011
US Congressman Barney Frank announces he will not stand again in 2012 8
4:24 PM — In 1987, Barney Frank was the first US Congressman to come out voluntarily. He announced today he will not seek re-election, after 30 years in the House of Representatives.
Rapper T.I. defends Tracy Morgan routine, says those who complain are “not American” 64
11:29 AM — In an interview with the American Vibe magazine after being released from prison, T.I. says gays had over-reacted to Morgan's joke about killing his son if he came out. He also claims organisations and individuals who want to silence opinions like Morgan's oppose constitutional rights to free speech.
Video: Lady Gaga’s surprise message to Canadian school tackling bullying 13
10:27 AM — The students at a Canadian school received a surprise message of congratulation from Lady Gaga last week after writing to her about a pledge they had drawn up to stop bullying. Jacques St Pierre, 17, send Lady Gaga a letter outlining what was being done at Etobicoke School of the Arts to ensure a safer environment.
25th November 2011
Canadian regional tourism board accidentally “bans” gay adverts for China 13
3:29 PM — Tourist board of British Columbia official mixes up "may not be promoted" and "must not be promoted" when telling businesses how to promote the region to a Chinese audience.
Vancouver man, 79, was stabbed 130 times for killer’s “fear of homosexuals” 22
1:15 PM — In Canada, the killer of an elderly man has admitted stabbing his victim 130 times in 2004, saying the man propositioned him while he was high on cocaine, and he "lost it".