14th January 2011
Jane Lynch says gay actors will never get the straight leading roles 49
2:42 PM — Glee star Jane Lynch says that while she does not think Hollywood is homophobic, gay actors will never get to play straight leads. The lesbian actress, who married her partner in 2010, told AfterElton.com that mainly straight audiences want to pin their "hopes and dreams" on straight actors.
Gay and straight students marry in the name of art 25
1:40 PM — A gay man and a straight woman have married for an art project. University of Worcester art students Paul Cartwright, 20, and Nora Battenberg-Cartwright, 21, see their union as a piece of art and co-ordinate their outfits every day.
Canadian radio bans ‘anti-gay’ Dire Straits song 75
11:04 AM — The Dire Straits song Money For Nothing has been banned from Canadian airwaves because it is deemed homophobic. The song, written almost 30 years ago, repeatedly uses the word 'faggot'.
13th January 2011
America’s first gay museum opens in San Francisco 7
4:27 PM — The first gay museum in America opened yesterday in San Francisco. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Museum occupies a 1,600ft space in the Castro district.
Gay man wins constructive dismissal case against ‘London’s oldest gay pub’ 14
4:09 PM — A gay man who accused London's oldest gay pub of discrimination has also won his case for constructive dismissal.
Transgender drug dealer spared prison 17
10:53 AM — A transgender drug dealer was spared prison after a judge said placing her in a men's facility would prolong her "sexual nightmare". Jean Morris, 41, was convicted of possessing Class C drug ketamine with intent to supply.
12th January 2011
Police chief of ‘America’s gayest city’ resigns after claims of homophobia 10
5:11 PM — The police chief of Palm Springs has resigned after targeting gay tourists in an undercover sex sting. David Dominguez was also recorded apparently using the word 'faggot' and one of his detectives used the word 'c*******er' about a suspect.
Ghanaian reggae star calls homosexuality a ‘disorder’ 141
4:30 PM — A Ghanaian reggae artist has been criticised after he called homosexuality a "disorder" in an interview. Blakk Rasta told GhanaMusic.com: "It is not the normal concept of life. Every man must sex a woman and not otherwise. Homosexuality is a mental/genetically disorder, in my opinion."
Arizona prevents anti-gay church picketing killed 9-year-old’s funeral 34
3:58 PM — The US state of Arizona has quickly pushed through legislation to ban the picketing of funerals. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church had planned to picket the funeral of a nine-year-old girl to gain publicity but now says it will not disrupt the event in exchange for air time on radio stations.
Gay and lesbian news archive moves to London 3
3:08 PM — The UK's only national independent LGBT news archive is moving to London. The Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (LAGNA) is currently housed at Middlesex University's Cat Hill campus but will move to the Bishopsgate Institute this month before the Cat Hill campus closes.
Stonewall names the Home Office as UK’s most gay-friendly employer 15
2:14 PM — Gay lobbying group Stonewall has named the Home Office as the best place for gay, lesbian and bisexual people to work in the UK. The group released its annual list of the 100 top employers today. Lloyds Banking Group and Ernst & Young were in second and third place respectively.
Shot pro-gay congresswoman given ’101%’ chance of survival 6
11:28 AM — A pro-gay US congresswoman shot in the head by a gunman is expected to survive. Gabrielle Giffords, of Tucson, Arizona, was shot on Saturday as she held a meeting in a shopping centre.
11th January 2011
Hillary Clinton pushes for gay rights but won’t support equal marriage 20
5:02 PM — Hillary Clinton says she's tried to put LGBT rights "near the top" of the Obama administration's foreign agenda. In an interview with US gay magazine The Advocate, Ms Clinton said there was a "rising global tide of violence" against LGBT people around the world and said America was "taking the lead" in making changes.
Ugandan opposition leader says he won’t prosecute gays 6
4:38 PM — The Ugandan opposition leader has reportedly suggested that homosexuality should be decriminalised. Kizza Besigye, who leads a four-party opposition group, is to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in a vote next month.
Poll puts gay senator David Norris ahead for Irish presidency 18
2:48 PM — Irish independent senator David Norris is ahead in the race for the Irish presidency, an opinion poll predicts. The gay politician was favoured by 27 per cent of the 1,001 people surveyed by Red C for Paddy Power.
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.
10th January 2011
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.