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”.
16th November 2013
X Factor winner James Arthur apologises for homophobic slur in diss song: ‘I’m disappointed in myself’ 14
4:57 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur has said he is 'extremely disappointed' in himself for a rap he recorded in retaliation against another artist, which included homophobic slurs, but said 'in rap... words I used have a different intent'.
15th November 2013
Russian court fines Lady Gaga’s concert organiser for ‘promoting’ homosexuality to children 17
5:57 PM — Lady Gaga's promoters in Russia have been fined 20,000 rubles (£380 or $615) for violating the country's controversial anti-gay laws.
Robbie Williams: ‘I’m a straight person pretending to be gay’ 19
4:09 PM — Robbie Williams says he’s a straight person “pretending to be gay” as it helps “balance the sides.”
11th November 2013
Annie Lennox: Stigma is preventing people in Scotland from testing for HIV 4
2:24 PM — Singer Annie Lennox has commented on new research in Scotland showing nearly a quarter of people are unaware that a person living with HIV can live for more than 20 years.
7th November 2013
Britney Spears’s favourite author believes equal marriage will lead to legalised polygamy and incest 18
12:50 PM — Britney Spears has named her favourite author as a preacher who believes equal marriage is one step from legalised polygamy, incest and bestiality.
5th November 2013
London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’ 25
4:06 PM — Peter Tatchell is organising a public demonstration to be held this Thursday outside the Barbican against conductor Valery Gergiev, a friend of Vladimir Putin who supports the country’s anti-gay laws.
4th November 2013
Eminem denies homophobic intent behind lyrics: ‘I never equated those kinds of words’ with homophobia 35
6:31 PM — Rapper Eminem has defended his latest single “Rap God” which has been heavily criticised because it contains violently homophobic lyrics.
Paul Gambaccini pulls out of hosting Annie Lennox event following arrest
6:02 PM — Paul Gambaccini, the gay radio and television presenter, has pulled out from hosting the 22nd Music Industry Trusts (MITs) Award dinner in London following his arrest last week on suspicion of sexual offences.
Elton John: My manhood got stuck in a zip and my grandmother had to release it 10
2:16 PM — Sir Elton John has revealed he once got his manhood stuck in a zip, requiring his grandmother to rescue him.
2nd November 2013
Rappers accuse Frank Ocean and Macklemore of using ‘gay agenda’ for fame 22
5:45 PM — Two rappers have accused stars Macklemore and Frank Ocean of exploiting gay culture in order to get ahead in the music industry.