11th January 2011
Former Labour candidate avoids jail over anti-gay abuse 18
1:52 PM — A former Labour Party candidate has avoided jail after admitting sending homophobic text messages to a gay rival. David Bradley, 29, of Bristol, received an eight-month suspended sentence.
Johnny Weir: ‘I don’t celebrate being white so why should I celebrate being gay?’ 68
1:40 PM — Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir says he was surprised by the press reaction to his coming out as gay. Speaking to NBC's Today show, he said he saw no reason to "celebrate" his sexual orientation.
New Zealand McDonald’s lifts ban on some gay websites 1
10:52 AM — McDonald's says it has begun lifting the blocks on some gay websites in its New Zealand restaurants. The fast food giant was criticised by gay website GayNZ.com for blocking non-sexually explicit gay websites on its customer wifi network.
Gay Soho priest sacked after propositioning gay men 76
10:33 AM — A gay priest has been sacked for "inappropriate" conduct after he sexually propositioned a gay couple who were staying with him. The Rev David Gilmore, rector of St Anne's Anglican Church in Soho, was barred from working as a priest for two years.
10th January 2011
Pro-gay US congresswoman shot, six killed 29
5:30 PM — A pro-gay US congresswoman is in a critical condition and six people were killed after a gunman opened fire at her public meeting in Arizona. Gabrielle Giffords, of Tucson, remains gravely ill in hospital after being shot in the head at close range.
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for progress on gay marriage 46
4:20 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for progress on gay marriage by the end of this year. Speaking on Saturday on the tenth anniversary of the equal age of consent, he said that there was more to do on marriage equality.
UUP leader Tom Elliott will meet gay community 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.