28th January 2011
US store censors Elton’s magazine cover with new baby 37
11:11 AM — A US chain store deemed a magazine cover featuring Elton John's family so offensive, it was covered to "protect" young shoppers.
Men charged with anti-gay hatred over execution leaflets
10:50 AM — Two men in Derby are the first to be charged under new laws against stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, were accused of handing out leaflets called 'The Death Penalty?' outside a Derby mosque.
27th January 2011
Glee creator calls Kings of Leon drummer ‘homophobic’ 26
2:16 PM — Glee creator Ryan Murphy has called Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill a “homophobe” for comments he made about the show. The row started after the band refused permission for their song 'Use Somebody' to be included in the gay-friendly comedy.
Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46
11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.
26th January 2011
Tom Ford on why gay men are ‘better fashion designers’ 16
3:40 PM — Tom Ford says gay men make better designers because they can "detach the physical from the spiritual". Speaking to artist John Currin for Interview magazine, the designer said that gay men's lack of sexual desire for women allows them to combine physical beauty with "soul and personality".
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.
25th January 2011
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.
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.