January 7 Smell of scandal: It is revealed that a porn festival in Athens featuring performances of bareback gay sex, was subsidised by …the greek Centre for Disease Control! (KEELPNO)
January 7 Portugal is shocked by the atrocious murder and mutilation of a beloved gay TV presenter by a 20-year-old model he was dating.
January 13 The first museum of GLBT history on american soil opens its doors in San Francisco.
February 2 The “Mona Lisa” is really the portrait of a young apprentice and possible lover of Leonardo da Vinci in female drag, according to an italian art historian.
February 24 The U.S. administration will no longer defend the “Defence of Marriage Act” in the courts as president Obama thinks it is uncostitutional. The legislation bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in any U.S. state.
March 2 The greek-orthodox bishop of Pireaus says that homosexuality is no different from pedophilia or necrophilia…
March 9 20-year-old Anton Hysén, son of veteran swedish soccer legend Glenn Hysén, becomes Europe’s only openly gay professional footballer.
March 17 The director of the Bolshoi ballet Gennadi Yanin resigns after a video showing him in bed with another man is leaked on the internet…
March 20 Barcelona unveils a monument dedicated to gays and lesbians persecuted around the world.
March 23 One of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars and the woman who founded the “American Foundation for Aids Research”, Elizabeth Taylor dies at the age of 79.
March 27 India’s Mahatma Ghandi was bisexual and in love with a german architect, according to a new biography.
April 7 Archeologists in the Czech Republic discover the tomb of a neolithic man who was buried according to the burial costumes his tribe used for women.
April 7 3,8% of americans describe themselves as LGBT while 8% have had at least one homosexual experience in their lifetime according to research published by the University of California.
April 13 The NBA forces Kobe Bryant to pay an $100ths fine for a homophobic slur he uttered at a referee.
May 5 Brazil’s Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples should enjoy the same rights as married heterosexuals.
May 5 Androgynous model Andrej Pejic is voted among the world’s 100 hottest women by the readers of british men’s magazine FHM, provoking a trans-phobic editorial by the magazine’s editors.
May 28 In what has become an annual ritual for the Putin regime, gay demonstrators who try to march in Moscow are swiftly arrested by the police…
June 12 It is revealed that Amina Araf, a lesbian blogger who was supposedly kidnapped by syrian authorities sparking an online campaign for her release, was in fact a fictional personality created by an american academic…
June 14 “We don’t support them, we don’t defend them, we don’t condemn them”: Greece’s deputy minister of Culture responds to a parliamentary question on whether public funds for the promotion of tourism in Athens supported LGBT festivities…
June 17 At the initiative of South Africa, the majority of the U.N. Human Rights Council votes for the first time to condemn discrimination and violence against LGBTs around the world.
August 4 The last known “pink triangle” dies at the age of 98. Rudolf Brazda was among the 15 thousand gay men who were sent to nazi concentration camps.
August 23 Greece is not included in the top ten list of countries preferred by gay and lesbian travellers due to the prevailing homophobia and prejudice, according to a report by a dutch consultancy firm.
September 19 Cher’s transgender son Chaz Bono makes his debut in the american version of Dancing with the stars.
October 3 The European Commission condemns the serbian government’s decision to ban the Belgrade Pride in order to avoid a repetition of last year’s attacks by right-wing extremists.
October 17 A couple of lesbian inmates go on hunger strike after greek prison authorities decide to put them in different wards in order to “punish” them…
October 30 A court in Poland allows a far-right party to register a homophobic graphic as their official symbol…
November 1 Audiences in Athens are treated to a retrospective of legendary american photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
November 17 A greek-cypriot former minister who was arrested for breaking the law that bans gay sex in turkish-occupied northern Cyprus does not appear in court. He had been released on bail.
November 21 Fifteen hijras or “eunuchs” are killed during a fire in India. They had gathered to celebrate a traditional religious festival.
November 23 In Cameroon, three men are sentenced to five years in prison for having gay sex.
December 1 “The Christmas Tango”, the movie version of a celebrated greek novel recounting the suggestively homoerotic story of a soldier who teaches his captain to dance, becomes the surprise box-office hit of the holidays.
December 6 Belgium’s 60-year-old Elio di Rupo is sworn-in as prime-minister of Belgium. He becomes the first openly gay man to hold that post anywhere in the world.
December 6 During a historic speech to the UN, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launches a new diplomatic drive regarding LGBT rights around the world, calling them “one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time.”
December 16 The health statistics of gay men have greatly improved in the states that have recognized same-sex marriage according to a report published in the american Journal of Public Health.
December 26 Former spanish prime-minister José Zapatero calls the passing of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage “his proudest achievement”.
12 months, 58 events from 27 different countries. It was the year that the UK and US governments took global initiatives regarding the respect of LGBT rtights around the world, while the European Union’s human rights advocacy was paralysed by the euro crisis. For LGBTs in Greece it was the year they had to fend for themselves amid the economic meltdown, receiving indifference and cynicism instead of solidarity from both officials and the public.
I hope that 2012 will be the year that the darkness surrounding public life in this country will start to recede. I wish you all a very happy, optimistic and productive new year!
translated to english from the gay super hero blog