28th January 2011
Men charged with anti-gay hatred over execution leaflets
10:50 AM — Two men in Derby are the first to be charged under new laws against stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, were accused of handing out leaflets called 'The Death Penalty?' outside a Derby mosque.
27th January 2011
Tributes to ‘brave’ gay rights campaigner David Kato 12
6:08 PM — Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was brave, inspiring and stubborn, his friends and supporters say. The primary school teacher joined the fight for equal rights in Uganda in 1998, when he returned to Africa after the end of apartheid.
Don’t send gays and lesbians back to Uganda, asylum group warns 26
5:34 PM — An LGBT asylum group says the murder of Ugandan gay campaigner David Kato is evidence of the threat gays and lesbians face in the country.
Ian Baynham’s family: ‘His only crime was to stand up for who he was’ 19
3:29 PM — The family of a gay man killed in a homophobic attack say his only crime was to stand up for who he was. Ian Baynham, 62, died in hospital two weeks after he was attacked on a night out in Trafalgar Square in 2009 by teenagers who shouted homophobic abuse at him.
Glee creator calls Kings of Leon drummer ‘homophobic’ 26
2:16 PM — Glee creator Ryan Murphy has called Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill a “homophobe” for comments he made about the show. The row started after the band refused permission for their song 'Use Somebody' to be included in the gay-friendly comedy.
Ken Livingstone accused of hypocrisy for earning money from anti-gay Iran 23
1:51 PM — London mayor candidate Ken Livingstone has been criticised for earning thousands of pounds for his work as a presenter for an Iranian TV channel.
Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46
11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.
Ugandan gay rights activist beaten to death 79
10:40 AM — A Ugandan gay rights campaigner who sued a newspaper for publishing the names and photos of gay people has been beaten to death. David Kato's death is being investigated by police and activists say he was attacked in his home near Kampala yesterday afternoon.
26th January 2011
Gay marriage bill gains support in Maryland 9
5:32 PM — A bill to give gay and straight couples equal marriage rights has been introduced in Maryland's House of Delegates.
G-A-Y founder has HIV test to raise awareness 17
5:07 PM — G-A-Y founder Jeremy Joseph is shown having an HIV test and discovering the results in a photo diary for Boyz magazine. The promoter said he took the test publicly to raise awareness of safer sex information for gay men.
Teenage girl jailed for seven years for killing of gay man Ian Baynham 117
3:49 PM — A teenage girl who kicked and punched a gay man in a homophobic attack has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Tom Ford on why gay men are ‘better fashion designers’ 16
3:40 PM — Tom Ford says gay men make better designers because they can "detach the physical from the spiritual". Speaking to artist John Currin for Interview magazine, the designer said that gay men's lack of sexual desire for women allows them to combine physical beauty with "soul and personality".
Obama: Gays will serve openly in the military this year 3
2:25 PM — US President Barack Obama mentioned the military gay ban in his State of the Union address yesterday. In the annual address, he called for more support for troops, veterans and their families and acknowledged that some are gay.
Scans show difference in transgender brains 54
1:52 PM — A team of scientists has discovered differences in the brains of transgender people. The researchers, at the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, Spain, believe their technique could help doctors identify transgender people at an early age, giving them more options for treatment, such as delaying the onset of puberty.
Kele Okereke writing ‘erotic memoir’ 1
11:59 AM — Kele Okereke is understood to be writing a book, possibly an "erotic memoir". After revealing last year that he would pen a "sexually charged" collection of short stories, the Bloc Party star told NME this week he was close to finishing a book.
Alan Cumming says it’s ‘irresponsible’ to urge gay actors stay in the closet 10
11:14 AM — Alan Cumming has criticised stars who advise gay actors to stay in the closet. He hit out at Rupert Everett and Richard Chamberlain, who are both gay, after they said that actors who come out lose roles.
Tory MP removes blog comments about ‘gay lessons’ 17
10:35 AM — A Conservative MP who attacked gay-inclusive lessons as “ludicrous” has removed his blog post. Richard Drax, who represents South Dorset, had claimed that the lessons would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
25th January 2011
Christian hotel owners to appeal ruling 324
6:14 PM — The Christian hotel owners who refused to let a gay couple share a room are appealing against the ruling. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel near Penzance, were found to have acted unlawfully when denying civil partners Martin Hall and Steven Preddy a room.
Tory MP says schools are imposing ‘questionable sexual standards’ on pupils 20
5:37 PM — Another Conservative MP has attacked plans to encourage schools to include references to gay people in maths, science and geography. South Dorset MP Richard Drax said the voluntary lesson plans were "ludicrous" and would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
90s star Tiffany apologises for outing Jonathan Knight 13
4:37 PM — New Kids on the Block singer Jonathan Knight was accidentally outed by 90s popstar Tiffany. She was being interviewed on Bravo's late night chat show Watch What Happens Live and told host Andy Cohen that Knight was gay.