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January 2011

  • 10th January 2011

    UUP leader Tom Elliott will meet gay community 4

    The UUP leader said he would meet a gay rights group

    3:35 PM — The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Tom Elliott, is to meet a gay rights organisation. He said in September that he would refuse to attend gay rights parades or GAA matches if elected leader of the party.

  • Mary Portas says she can’t explain her sexuality 34

    Mary Portas said female sexuality was hard to define

    12:05 PM — Retail guru Mary Portas says female sexuality isn't black and white. The presenter of the BBC's Mary, Queen of Shops said she could not explain how women who had been married could fall in love with other women.

  • Elton’s son’s welfare is at risk, former bishop claims 44

    The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali suggested that Elton's baby could be damaged by having two fathers

    11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, has claimed that Elton John and David Furnish's new baby psychological welfare is at risk. The cleric said he was concerned that baby Zachary had been born by surrogate mother to two fathers and suggested that John was too old to be a dad at the age of 64.

  • Former Tory candidate to sue party after being sacked for views on homosexuality 40

    Philip Lardner says he will sue the Tory party

    10:38 AM — A teacher is to sue the Conservative Party after he was sacked as a general election candidate. Philip Lardner, who was selected to fight the North Ayrshire and Arran seat, was suspended from his job and dumped by the party after PinkNews.co.uk revealed he said that homosexuality is wrong and children should not be taught about it in schools.

  • McDonalds blocks access to gay support websites in New Zealand 18

    McDonalds blocks gay websites in New Zealand

    6:25 AM — Fast food chain McDonalds has been accused of censoring gay news and support websites in New Zealand from its free wifi service. The hamburger giant blocks access to GayNZ, a New Zealand equivialent of PinkNews.co.uk as well as a number of LGBT support groups.

  • 7th January 2011

    Lesbians’ children ‘not hurt by meeting sperm donors’ 2

    The studies looked at sperm donors and their children

    4:49 PM — There is no evidence that lesbians' children are hurt or damaged by meeting their sperm donor fathers, a small study says.

  • US gay group urges CNN not to use guests from the ‘anti-gay industry’ 20

    GLAAD says CNN uses anti-gay guests just because they are anti-gay

    4:19 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has urged TV network CNN not to use guests from the "anti-gay industry". It said figures were being invited on air purely because they are homophobic, rather than having any expertise in subjects.

  • Ofcom won’t intervene over BBC interview with gay execution supporter 75

    Ofcom said the issue falls outside its remit

    2:43 PM — Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom will not intervene over complaints at a BBC News interview with an anti-gay extremist who has supported the execution of HIV-positive gay men.

  • Did you complain to the BBC about Stephen Green interview? 26

    The BBC has refused to say how many complaints it received

    2:20 PM — Did you complain to the BBC over a News interview broadcast last week with anti-gay extremist Stephen Green? While broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has received 95 complaints, the BBC says it will not release the number it received because there was "evidence of a lobby".

  • Figure skater Johnny Weir announces he’s gay 28

    Johnny Weir said he was "not ashamed" about who he is (Photo: David W Carmichael)

    11:45 AM — The US figure skater Johnny Weir has announced he is gay. The three-time US champion has refused to clarify his sexual orientation until now and previously said he did not want to label himself.

  • Miss America contestant runs on gay rights ticket 7

    Claire Buffie is a straight ally (Photo: Claire Buffie)

    10:44 AM — A Miss America contestant is competing for the crown on a gay rights platform. Claire Buffie, 24, who is currently Miss New York, is straight but has a lesbian sister.

  • Video: BBC Newsnight guest calls Australian cricket team ‘poofters’ 103

    Carmen Callil said the Australian team had a "poofter side"

    9:42 AM — A guest on last night's BBC Newsnight called the Australian cricket team "poofters" for having dyed hair. The incident comes after almost 100 people complained to Ofcom over a BBC News broadcast which interviewed the Christian fundamentalist and gay execution supporter Stephen Green over Elton John's surrogate baby.

  • 6th January 2011

    EastEnders ‘to have gay surrogacy plotline’ 18

    Gay characters Christian Clarke and Syed Masood will reportedly have a baby

    5:43 PM — EastEnders producers are planning a gay surrogacy storyline, it has been reported. According to the Daily Mirror, gay characters Christian Clarke and Syed Masood will ask Glenda Mitchell to carry a baby for them.

  • Lesbian priests wed in Massachusetts 9

    The couple married on New Year's Day

    5:32 PM — Two high-level female Episcopal priests married in Massachusetts on New Year's Day. The wedding of Rev Mally Lloyd and Rev Katherine Ragsdale is thought to be a first for the US.

  • Rhode Island gay marriage bill re-introduced 7

    Rhode Island is expected to return to the issue of gay marriage

    4:45 PM — A bill to allow gay couples to marry is to be re-introduced today. Democrat representative Arthur Handy told The Providence Journal he has secured the support of 27 so-sponsors and expects to sign up more.

  • James Franco: ‘Maybe I’m just gay’ 17

    James Franco said he had lots of reasons to play gay characters (Photo: David Shankbone)

    4:18 PM — James Franco has a history of taking on gay film roles, which has inevitably stoked curiosity about his sexuality. He told the Advocate last year that he was straight, but was more nuanced in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

  • US Navy Capt fired for lewd videos 1

    The Navy fired Capt Owen Honors from his role

    3:46 PM — US Navy Captain Owen Honors has been fired from his role over the obscene comedy videos he produced for his crew. He lost command of the USS Enterprise over the raunchy films, which one gay group described as "frat house behaviour".

  • Turkish LGBT group shut down by court 35

    Another Turkish gay group has been ordered to close

    2:36 PM — Another Turkish LGBT organisation has been ordered to close. A criminal court in Bursa, north-west Turkey, ruled that the Rainbow Association must shut down after claims its members had engaged in prostitution. The group denies the allegations.

  • Door staff attacked with knuckle-duster at Belfast gay club

    Police have not yet established a motive for the attack

    1:37 PM — Three door staff at a Belfast gay club were taken to hospital yesterday after being attacked with a weapon believed to be a knuckle-duster. The staff - two women and one man - were treated for non-life-threatening head or facial injuries.

  • Former chair says Brighton Pride is failing the gay community 23

    Brighton Pride is failing, former chair David Harvey said

    11:50 AM — The former chair of Brighton Pride has said that the festival needs a "radical" overhaul. David Harvey, who ran the event between 2003 and 2006, said Brighton Pride was too straight, that LGBT people did not feel safe there and and that trustees could be breaching Charity Commission rules by "running a party disguised as a charity".

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