30th December 2012
Catholic think tank: Same-sex marriage denies children the right to be raised by their parents 50
10:30 PM — The Irish Catholic think tank the Iona Institute, has released a video and a document that argues that gay couples should be banned from marrying "for the sake of the children." It also argues that same-sex marriage could lead to children not being brought up by their parents.
28th December 2012
Turkish gay fashion designer receives bloody nose in Istanbul attack 26
4:10 PM — Gay rights activists in Turkey have condemned the attack on gay fashion designer Barbaros Şansal.
Thousands of Dutch Catholics look to leave the church after Pope’s anti-gay comments 47
1:17 AM — According to the founder of a Dutch website which aims to offer information to those looking to leave the Catholic church, thousands of Catholics have been researching how to do so.
Moldova: Anti discrimination law passes second stage of parliament 5
12:27 AM — An anti-discrimination law, which could mean that crimes against LGBT people would be punishable by fines, or prison, has passed the second stage of parliament in the Republic of Moldova.
24th December 2012
Dutch foreign minister criticises Pope’s anti-gay rhetoric 26
6:48 PM — The Dutch foreign minister has criticised Pope Benedict XVI for his opposition to equal marriage and warns the Catholic leader that everyone "is unique".
The Pope praises “Trojan horse” anti marriage equality essay by French rabbi 30
5:44 PM — During a Christmas address at the Vatican, the Pope has praised an essay by France's Chief Rabbi, who described equal marriage as a "Trojan horse", which would "undermine" straight marriage.
21st December 2012
Video: Amsterdam hosts the Drag Queen Olympics in spectacular style
5:48 PM — As part of the Pink Christmas event currently being held in Amsterdam, the Drag Queen Olympics have kicked off in spectacular style.
Ex-Chelsea footballer: Me homophobic? Have you seen my hairstyle! 24
1:47 PM — Despite facing an 11-match ban for spitting and for anti-gay behaviour, ex-Chelsea Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles claims he can’t be homophobic, due to his hairstyle.
Pope: People are manipulating their sexual orientation to alter God-given nature 120
12:44 PM — Pope Benedict XVI is getting into the festive spirit by taking his opposition to gay relationships to new heights.
20th December 2012
Ireland: Lesbian couple get engaged via Tweets projected onto Dublin building 5
3:23 PM — The Irish state broadcaster RTE has reported on how a festive tweets promotion by AOL turned into a surprise civil partnership proposal for a lesbian couple.
Ireland: Number of gay couples registering civil partnerships drops 7
1:52 PM — The Irish Central Statistics Office has reported that the number of gay couples entering into civil partnerships has dropped by a third since its introduction last year.
19th December 2012
Australian gay politician travels to Spain in order to marry partner 13
4:42 PM — A gay Australian politician and his partner were married in Spain on Wednesday after flying halfway around the world to skirt Australia’s laws banning marriage equality.
Moscow: Gay rights campaigners attacked outside Russian Parliament 1
2:56 PM — Gay rights campaigners have been attacked outside the Russian Parliament as lawmakers debate passing a federal homophobic law.
Trans model gives Michelle Obama a run for her money on cover of trans magazine
11:13 AM — Candy, the transversal style magazine has featured trans model Connie Fleming as a Michelle Obama style "Candydate" of choice.
Ireland: ‘Gay’ chef to spend 8 years behind bars for raping lesbian 6
11:13 AM — A 46-year-old man accused of raping a lesbian, having previously told her he was gay, has been jailed.
18th December 2012
Russian football club declines “stupid” fan club request to avoid gay or black players 7
1:12 PM — The director of sports at a Russian football club has declined the request of its largest fan club to discriminate against gay and black players.
Vatican paper says marriage equality efforts aim for a gay ‘utopia’ 41
12:36 PM — The media in the Vatican has likened moves towards equal marriage to a communist-like "utopia", and said that the Catholic Church will not accept "fashionable" changes in favour of equality.
17th December 2012
Russian football fan club: Please, no gay or black players in our team 20
12:35 PM — A group representing the supporters of a Russian football team say they don’t want gay or black players in their team – but deny it’s got anything to do with bigotry.
Video: Peaceful Vatican equal marriage protest stopped by police 20
3:25 AM — Gay rights campaigners who held a silent protest near St Peter’s Square on Sunday, during the Pope’s weekly prayers, have said that they had their placards confiscated, and some were detained by police, reports suggest.
Campaigners protest the Vatican in support of marriage equality 2
1:17 AM — Gay rights campaigners held a protest near St Peter's Square on Sunday, during the Pope's weekly prayers, after he said that legalising marriage equality "threatened the institute of marriage".