21st January 2011
Dilemma director Ron Howard on why he kept ‘gay’ joke 26
2:06 PM — Ron Howard, the director of The Dilemma, has explained why he kept a controversial gay joke in the film. The film's trailer was cut when gay groups and public figures complained about the inclusion of the joke.
Man jailed for raping lesbian at wedding reception 26
1:14 PM — A man was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of raping a lesbian at a wedding reception. Michael Hughes, 23, invited the victim to see how luxurious his hotel room was but attacked her, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.
Gay journalist accuses Christian therapist of smearing his name over ‘intimidation claims’ 72
10:53 AM — The professional trial of a Christian therapist who tried to 'convert' a gay man has been halted after a witness was allegedly intimidated, Christian campaigners say. However, the gay journalist who brought about the trial says that the claims are a "smear campaign" and that the therapist does not have any witnesses.
Comment: Daily Mail ‘neo-Nazi’ gay cartoon incites hatred based on sexuality 81
1:27 AM — PinkNews.co.uk reader Nick Lowe argues that the publication by the Daily Mail of a cartoon which depicts a gay couple checking in to a Christian run hotel as 'neo-Nazis' incites hatred of homosexuals.
20th January 2011
Survey says LGBT people are more worried about the environment 9
4:59 PM — A US study suggests that LGBT people are more concerned about the environment than their straight counterparts.
Husband of murdered honeymooner ‘suffering acute stress’
4:34 PM — The husband of murdered bride Anni Dewani is suffering from "acute stress", his lawyer says. Shrien Dewani was set to appear before an extradition hearing but failed to turn up.
Man jailed for sexually assaulting lesbian 13
3:54 PM — A Cardiff man has been jailed for two years for climbing into bed next to a sleeping woman and sexually assaulting her. Darren Hogan, 25, said he was unaware that the woman was a lesbian and Cardiff crown court heard that his unwanted attention had been particularly distressing for her.
Elton gig raises $3 million for California gay marriage 14
3:06 PM — Elton John raised $3 million for the campaign to bring gay marriage back to California last night. The new father played a private concert in the Hollywood Hills, which benefited the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
GLAAD nominates most gay-friendly shows and films 4
2:30 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has nominated the most LGBT-friendly films, performers and TV shows of the last year.
Tory peer who said schools ‘promote homosexuality’ says Islamophobia is seen as socially acceptable 87
1:43 PM — Tory minister Baroness Warsi says Islamophobia is "socially acceptable" and has passed the "dinner party test". In a speech she is to give today at the University of Leicester, the peer will also warn against describing Muslims as "moderate" or "extremist".
Daily Mail cartoon ‘depicts gay couple as neo-Nazis’ 89
11:57 AM — A Daily Mail cartoon appears to depict a gay couple as neo-Nazis. One of the men in the scene has a swastika tattooed on his arm.
Coming out was hard, says Betty Kitten Ross 15
10:37 AM — Jonathan Ross' daughter Betty Kitten Ross says that coming out as a lesbian was hard but her family were "totally cool" with it.
19th January 2011
Report finds huge levels of discrimination against gay and trans people in Utah 19
9:20 PM — A report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) has found significant homophobia and discrimination in the state of Utah, home to the Mormon Church. The study of 939 LGBT Utahans found that sixty seven per cent of transgendered and forty four percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual Utahans say they have either been sacked or have been denied a job or promotion as a result of their LGBT status.
Facebook co-founder seeks gay marriage for New York 17
5:19 PM — Politicians signal move towards gay marriage legislation in the state as entrepreneur and campaign funder announces intention to marry.
Federal court to decide whether gay fathers’ names will appear on birth certificate 2
4:13 PM — Louisiana state officials are asking the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn previous ruling forcing them to accept another state’s rules.
European Parliament calls on Lithuania to shelve anti-gay law 9
2:15 PM — The "public promotion of homosexual relations" would be punishable by a fine of up to €2900 if new legislation is adopted.
Gay marriage to be debated in French Constitutional Council 21
1:33 PM — A lesbian couple from rural France will challenge the Civil Code ban on gay marriages.
Four defendants stand trial for attack on gay man in Paris 5
12:19 PM — Bruno Wiel was left comatose for a fortnight after the attack in the French capital.
US Gay teen Lance Lundsten’s death was not suicide says his father 11
1:15 AM — The death of a gay teenager in Minnesota at the weekend was not caused by suicide, the boy's father has told a local TV station after the media reported that his son took his own life as a result of homophobic bullying.
18th January 2011
Virginia judge U-turns on lesbian couple’s name change 8
5:52 PM — A judge in the US state of Virginia has allowed a lesbian couple to change their names - shortly after ruling that they couldn't.