In 2012, gay people and their rights have made international headlines like never before.
From Obama becoming the first US president to back marriage equality to Pope Benedict XVI saying gays are not fully developed humans, gay rights issues have come to the forefront.
We have had a look at the year and found the most important, shocking, hilarious and weird stories, and this is the best of the best from the first third of the year.
Where best to begin? Let’s start with…