21st January 2011
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.
Gay couple are first to be recognised as civil partners in Ireland 26
4:07 PM — A gay couple are celebrating after becoming the first recognised civil partners in Ireland. Glenn Cunningham and Adriano Vilar had a civil partnership in Northern Ireland last year but are now recognised as a couple in Ireland due to new laws.
Updated: Tory gay group attacks MEP for gay therapy Tweet 49
1:47 PM — The Conservative Party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory, has criticised a Tory MEP for remarks about so-called 'ex-gay' therapy.
Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais makes ‘famous gay Scientologist’ jibe
11:34 AM — Hosting the Golden Globes in California last night, Ricky Gervais delighted in making a series of risque jokes about famous faces in the audience, including one about "famous Scientologists" pretending to be straight.
Christian therapist may be struck off for trying to turn gay man straight 73
10:49 AM — A Christian 'conversion therapist' may be struck off this week after telling a gay undercover reporter that she could turn him straight. Lesley Pilkington, 60, told gay journalist Patrick Strudwick that his homosexuality was a "mental illness" and she could help him overcome it.
14th January 2011
Woman accused of pretending to be a man to trick women into sex
4:11 PM — A Scottish woman has been accused of tricking two women into sex by pretending to be a man. Samantha Brooks, 26, of Perthshire, is said to have posed as a man called Lee Brooks for nine years and hidden her genitals by claiming she had testicular cancer.
NY teachers sue after being sacked for ‘naked lesbian romp’ 5
3:52 PM — Two female teachers sacked from a New York school after a janitor claimed to have seen them having sex are to sue. Alini Brito, 30, and Cindy Mauro, 34, were allegedly caught naked in a classroom last November while the rest of the James Madison High School in Brooklyn, new York, was watching a performance.
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.