20th December 2013
X Factor finalist Sam Callahan: Nobody should be discriminated against for who they are 4
2:56 PM — X Factor finalist Sam Callahan has spoken out in an interview to condemn bullying and to say that he think James Arthur made a mistake with homophobic lyrics.
11th December 2013
Elton John: I fear that Russian law blocks access to HIV information and pushes people away from Russia 7
4:48 PM — Elton John reflects on his recent trip to Russia where he performed two concerts, and met with grantees of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, saying that people in Russia had found it harder to get information about HIV since new Russian legislation, and reiterating why he thinks it is important for celebrities not to boycott the country.
6th December 2013
Lady Gaga tells Tom Daley ‘We shouldn’t be going to Sochi at all’ because of anti-gay law 28
7:40 PM — Lady Gaga has urged Tom Daley to decline to compete in countries which have anti-gay laws, in order to boycott them.
Will Young becomes patron of LGBT mental health charity PACE 3
7:34 PM — Singer Will Young has been announced as a patron for an LGBT mental health charity.
5th December 2013
Elton John to address Russian anti-gay laws in Moscow concert Friday 12
8:20 PM — Sir Elton John is to perform a concert in Moscow on Friday, at which he has vowed to raise the issue of Russia's anti-gay law.
US version of Morrissey’s autobiography edits account of same-sex relationship 11
1:14 PM — The US release of Morrissey's autobiography has reportedly omitted details about a two-year same-sex relationship and contains other edits.
29th November 2013
Lucy Spraggan clarifies to say she thinks James Arthur ‘isn’t a homophobe’ 24
4:08 PM — Lucy Spraggan has said she wants to clarify her position on James Arthur after a Twitter spat last week, saying she does not think he is homophobic.
James Arthur ‘not in a good place’ after backlash over homophobic lyrics 63
12:38 PM — James Arthur is battling a breakdown following the death of his grandmother, which a source close to the singer attributed his homophobic outbursts to.
28th November 2013
Petition calls for X Factor to drop James Arthur performance following homophobic rap 14
4:02 PM — Following a storm of controversy over a feud rap he recorded which included homophobic slurs, and time off for "acute exhaustion", James Arthur is now facing calls for ITV's the X Factor to drop him from a performance this weekend.
Robbie Williams: ‘I am 49% gay because I love musical theatre’, but not sex with men 45
12:01 PM — Robbie Williams has spoken out about his sexuality, to say that he thinks he is "49% homosexual" because he loves musicals and "other things that are often associated with gays," but that he doesn't like having sex with men.
26th November 2013
United Nations announces Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as its ‘equality champions’ 7
6:42 PM — The United Nations announced today that hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be joining its Free & Equal campaign as "equality champions."
Olly Murs gives James Arthur ‘benefit of the doubt’ over use of anti-gay slurs 19
12:00 PM — Singer Olly Murs has defended James Arthur following his use of homophobic slurs against another artist in a “rap feud”.
Sarah Kate Ellis appointed new president of GLAAD
10:56 AM — Sarah Kate Ellis has been appointed as GLAAD's new president and CEO.
25th November 2013
Eastenders star June Brown: I was glad when Dot Cotton lost her anti-gay views
6:13 PM — Actress June Brown says it felt like a challenge playing her alter ego, Dot Cotton, in Eastenders during the late 1980s, when Dot had difficulty in accepting homosexuality.
Sir Elton John: I have to get married in order to ‘set an example’ 22
12:36 PM — Sir Elton John says he has to get married to his current civil partner, David Furnish, in order to “set an example” for society.
22nd November 2013
X Factor winner James Arthur diagnosed with ‘acute exhaustion’ following row over homophobia 27
6:34 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur has cancelled all of a week's engagements after being diagnosed with "acute exhaustion". This comes at the end of a week of controversy surrounding homophobic lyrics in a rap diss he recorded.
Apple deems offence caused by homophobia an ‘appropriate’ reason to refund James Arthur track 5
2:43 PM — Controversy surrounding James Arthur's Twitter spats around his use of homophobic lyrics on a track has escalated, as iTunes has approved a refund to a customer complained that they were offended.
21st November 2013
Boyzone: We have learnt to cope from losing our close friend Stephen Gately 3
7:05 PM — This month marked four years since the death of the gay singer Stephen Gately, his Boyzone band mates say they have found ways to cope from losing a dear friend.
20th November 2013
X Factor’s James Arthur in spat with Lucy Spraggan over his use of the word ‘queer’ 14
9:03 PM — James Arthur has found himself amid a new Twitter drama, despite quitting the microblogging site this week, as fellow X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan tweeted a text conversation between the two containing a heated disagreement over his use of the word "queer".
19th November 2013
X Factor winner James Arthur quits Twitter after homophobic row 8
1:09 PM — X Factor star James Arthur has left Twitter following criticism for using homophobic language against another artist in a “rap feud”.