26th January 2011
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.
New Tory MP: ‘There can’t be widespread discrimination if gays earn more than straights’ 50
3:57 PM — A new Tory MP who made headlines with his attack on "feminist bigots" has also questioned how the country can be "riddled with discrimination" if gay people earn more than their straight counterparts. Dominic Raab, the 37-year-old MP for Esher and Walton in Surrey, claimed that men should start "burning their briefs" in protest at the "raw deal" they get compared to women.
Chaz Bono says he’s ‘complete’ after gender reassignment 10
10:53 AM — Cher's son Chaz Bono says he feels complete for the first time in his life since having gender reassignment surgery. The 41-year-old has now completed transition, having had surgery in 2009. He legally changed his name last year.
Melanie Phillips defends ‘gay brainwashing’ Daily Mail article 83
10:49 AM — Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips has defended an article which suggested that gay people were becoming the "new McCarthyites". Her column, published yesterday, implied that homosexuality would become “mandatory” and accused gay activists of trying to "brainwash" children.
24th January 2011
‘God hates fags’ church furious at film about anti-gay murderer 48
5:49 PM — The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church picketed the Sundance Film Festival yesterday over a film about a homophobic preacher who begins murdering people he thinks are gay.
Daily Mail columnist says ‘ruthless gay lobby’ is brainwashing children 94
5:29 PM — Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips has provoked the wrath of Twitter by claiming that the government is backing efforts to "brainwash" children about homosexuality.
Elton says he loves the smell of nappies 8
3:56 PM — Elton John says he loves the smell of nappies and that fatherhood so far has been "very relaxing". The star was criticised by some who said he would be a hands-off parent and leave the messier aspects of childcare to nannies.
Jeff Brazier accused of homophobia for Dancing on Ice joke 38
3:31 PM — TV presenter Jess Brazier has been criticised for making a joke about gay Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner. Brazier, a contestant on the show, got a score of 11 out of 30 for his performance last night.
Gay-inclusive maths and science lessons under fire 34
2:08 PM — Plans by gay education campaigners to encourage schools to make maths and other lessons more gay-inclusive have been attacked by critics. LGBT charity Schools Out has published guidance for teachers on how they can make more references to LGBT people during lessons.
Gay bar owner defends ‘straights only’ job advert 48
12:08 PM — The owner of a Manchester gay bar has defended a job advert asking for straight staff. AXM Group, which owns gay venue AXM Bar on Canal Street, sent out an alert last week for flyering staff for another of its clubs, Downtown, which is a student venue.
New government drug advisor linked ‘destructive gay lifestyle’ to paedophilia 104
11:01 AM — A Christian doctor appointed to advise the government on illegal drug use has strong views against homosexuality, it has been revealed.
21st January 2011
Ricky Martin says he wants a daughter 12
4:03 PM — Ricky Martin says his twin sons are a handful but he'd love to have a "daddy's girl". The gay star had sons Matteo and Valentino by a surrogate mother in 2008.
New Apple boss Tim Cook described as most “powerful gay man in Silicon Valley” 11
3:54 PM — The acting chief operating officer of Apple, Tim Cook, has been deemed the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley. Cook, who takes over while Steve Jobs takes two years' medical leave, has not spoken publicly about his sexual orientation.