25th January 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18th January 2011
Jonathan Ross reveals his daughter is a lesbian 71
4:46 PM — Jonathan Ross has revealed that his eldest daughter Betty Kitten is a lesbian. The TV presenter said that he just wanted his three children to be "good and happy".
Elton John introduces new baby Zachary 18
11:24 AM — Elton John and David Furnish have posed for their first pictures with new son Zachary. The baby was born to a surrogate mother on Christmas Day and appears with the couple on the cover of OK! magazine.
17th January 2011
Brazilian gay group says 250 LGBT people killed in a year 8
5:23 PM — A Brazilian gay group claims that 250 LGBT people were killed in hate crimes in 2010. Grupo Gay da Bahia is part-way through compiling a report on the issue but says that the latest figures show that an LGBT person is being killed at a rate of one every day and a half.
Ruling expected on gay hotel ban 22
5:09 PM — A judge is expected to rule tomorrow (Tuesday) on whether a hotel can lawfully bar gay couples. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, are being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation by a gay couple.