4th January 2011
US Navy captain accused of making anti-gay videos 8
5:18 PM — A US Navy captain is expected to be temporarily relieved of his duties while the Navy investigates anti-gay and obscene comedy videos he produced for his crew.
Sarah Palin’s retweet hints at gay support 25
4:10 PM — Sarah Palin has given a hint of support for gay rights after retweeting a Twitter message by a lesbian conservative commentator.
Facebook-style site launched for gay US soldiers 5
3:45 PM — A social networking site has been launched for LGBT troops and their supporters. Out Military, which looks similar to Facebook, hopes to grow as the US comes closer to repealing the ban on out gay servicemembers.
Gay dads Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow to open surrogacy centre 22
3:06 PM — The UK's first gay dads to have surrogate children have announced plans to open a surrogacy centre. Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow made history in 1999 when they travelled to the US to conceive twins Saffron and Aspen, now 11, through a surrogate mother.
Hollywood studios accused of ‘shutting out’ gay actors 14
2:47 PM — Hollywood studios have been accused of "shutting out" openly gay actors. US commentator Ramin Setoodeh has reignited the row by saying that Hollywood "doesn’t even allow gay actors to play gay".
Irish civil partnerships come into law 27
11:39 AM — Ireland's civil partnership law came into force at the weekend, although gay couples must wait until early April to hold their ceremonies. The law was welcomed by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network as a "new dawn" for gay and lesbian couples but other groups said it was not good enough.
Founder of gay football team honoured with MBE 4
10:25 AM — A founder of one of the UK's first gay football teams has been awarded an MBE in the New Year honours list. Aslie Pitter, 50, helped found London-based Stonewall FC almost 20 years ago. It is now the world's most successful gay football club.
Judge bans Ugandan media from outing gays and lesbians 10
9:53 AM — A high court judge in Uganda has banned all media from outing gays and lesbians. Judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuke said lives were being put at risk by newspapers identifying people known or thought to be gay.
Clare Balding says she’s beaten cancer 3
9:35 AM — Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding has announced that she does not require further treatment for thyroid cancer. The broadcaster, speaking on BBC Radio 2's French and Saunders programme yesterday, said her doctor gave her the news last month.