26th March 2012
Californian Pop band The Morning Benders change their name through fear of offending gay fans 21
4:59 PM — Californian power-pop band The Morning Benders have changed their name to the somewhat blander Pop ETC. after belatedly discovering that ‘bender’ is a UK slang term used to describe gay men.
23rd March 2012
Video: Stephen Schwartz’s It Gets Better anthem released 28
12:08 PM — Written and performed by the 275 members, the piece was set to music by Stephen Schwartz and begins with an unflinching look at the desperation felt by many young people coming to terms with their sexuality but features the positive message that the experiences awaiting adults mean it gets 'more than better'.
19th March 2012
Reggae artist Sizzla’s Swedish concert cancelled over anti-gay lyrics 28
11:14 AM — Reggae musician Sizzla has had the Swedish leg of his European tour cancelled on account of the anti-gay lyrics which feature in his music.
24th February 2012
Interview: Darren Hayes on marriage, children and the mid-life crisis that shaped his new album 8
10:05 AM — Laurence Watts talks to Darren Hayes about music, Star Wars auditions and marrying his high school girlfriend before the realisation he was gay changed his life.
20th February 2012
Audio: Media regulator to assess why Jazz FM aired ‘five minutes of gay porn’ 46
4:06 PM — Jazz FM has apologised after listeners were subjected to several "highly regrettable" minutes of the soundtrack to a gay porn film on Saturday night. The broadcasting regulator Ofcom told PinkNews.co.uk it is assessing whether the broadcast broke regulations.
Video: Anti-homophobic bullying song in No 11 chart success 11
11:42 AM — A charity single raising money to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying has hit number 11 on the official UK Independent Singles Chart.
13th February 2012
Whitney Houston was ‘at her happiest in lesbian relationship’, Peter Tatchell claims 124
5:08 PM — The late singer Whitney Houston was at her happiest in the 1980s when she was with a "female partner", human rights activist Peter Tatchell said today.
Video: Anti-homophobic bullying single an overnight hit 69
1:08 PM — A charity single raising money to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying has become a sensation over the weekend.
10th February 2012
Elton John and David Furnish fear gay dad ‘stigma’ for son 50
5:04 PM — Elton John and David Furnish have spoken of fears their son will suffer stigma for having famous gay parents.
26th January 2012
Video: Youtube pulls ‘non family safe’ gay music ad 33
12:14 PM — A record label in the US has expressed surprise at Youtube's decision to pull an advert showing two shirtless men embracing after the video-hosting site said it violated their adult image policy.
4th January 2012
Justin Timberlake considering Elton John biopic role “very seriously” 5
5:04 PM — Justin Timberlake is said to be taking the suggestion that he reprise his role as Elton John in the latter's planned biopic "very seriously". A source told E!Online the singer turned actor was "working with his people to figure out exactly how to respond".
George Michael slams “twisted” prayer for his death 78
10:35 AM — Recovering from pneumonia, George Michael has slammed a fundamentalist organisation which told people to pray for his death, but praised the "admirable, generous and loving" Christians in his life.
3rd January 2012
Elton John confirms plans for “surreal” biopic 6
10:56 AM — Elton John has said a film telling the story of his life is "very much in the works", and Justin Timberlake would be his top choice for leading man. The singer told the LA Times he would co-produce a "surreal look at my life [...] in the manner of a Moulin Rouge".
30th December 2011
Kelly Clarkson defends Ron Paul backing amid newsletter controversy 40
4:15 PM — American singer Kelly Clarkson defended her decision to back Ron Paul's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination today as the controversy over his newsletters resurfaced. Voicing her support for the 76-year-old Congressman, she had said on Twitter: "I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. "
UK trans artist offers to play any pride event in 2012 for free 29
2:52 PM — Trans singer and DJ Chrisie Edkins is offering to play any pride event in the world in 2012 for free.
23rd December 2011
George Michael says doctors were “keeping him alive” during pneumonia 25
4:31 PM — George Michael has returned to the UK after being treated in an Austrian hospital for pneumonia. Outside his London home this afternoon, he told press it had been the "worst month" of his life.
19th December 2011
Interview: Joe McElderry on The X Factor, coming out and winning Popstar to Operastar 20
9:30 AM — 2009's X Factor winner talks to Laurence Watts about life after the competition, the publicity around his coming out and plans for a fourth studio album.
16th December 2011
Twitter reacts angrily to Will Young receiving gay slur tweet 109
2:10 PM — User who insulted singer's sexuality later complained that it was impossible to "say anything to famous people these days, it's only twitter [...] All their fans on you like a ton of bricks."
12th December 2011
Interview: Boy George, King of Queens 26
10:23 AM — He’s one of the world’s most instantly recognisable people. He’s sold more than 50 million albums. He’s the lead singer of Culture Club, a singer-songwriter, a world-famous DJ, an author, a fashion designer, a gay man, a former drug-addict and now an ex-con. A new coffee table book called King of Queens documents his life to date. Laurence Watts interviews Boy George.
8th December 2011
Rufus Wainwright speaks of “manly” album, having “certainly enough gay records” 32
1:31 PM — Musician Rufus Wainwright has described a "very manly" tone to his seventh studio album, after always putting on "a lavish spectacle". Wainwright became a father earlier this year, after having a baby with Leonard Cohen's daughter.