14th December 2009
Author Jeanette Winterson attacks ‘anti-gay’ tabloids 12
3:36 PM — Lesbian author Jeanette Winterson has attacked the 'negative' use of the word lesbian in newspapers. Writing on her blog, the Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit author complained that tabloids tended to emphasise the sexual orientation of gay or lesbian criminals.
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton arrested on drug charges 24
2:12 PM — The Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is in custody pending charges of drug offences. The singer, who has been condemned for lyrics calling for gays to be killed, was arrested in Miami on Thursday.
EastEnders’ Syed to be outed on New Year’s Day 10
1:39 PM — Gay EastEnders character Syed Masood will be outed hours before his wedding on New Year's Day. The character is due to marry Amira Shah.
11th December 2009
Elton John opens his closet 2
11:51 AM — Elton John is clearing out his closet this weekend for charity. The star and his civil partner David Furnish are selling some of their designer clothes to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
10th December 2009
Elton John and Judy Garland ranked top gay icons 10
11:48 AM — Elton John and Judy Garland have been ranked as the top male and female celebrity gay icons respectively. The poll of 5,000 gay men and lesbians found that the majority of male gay icons were gay themselves, although those on the female list tended to be straight singers such as Kylie and Madonna.
9th December 2009
Pepsi ‘regrets’ sponsoring homophobic Beenie Man concert 19
3:16 PM — Drinks giant Pepsi has said it was not aware of homophobic lyrics sung by a reggae artist whose concert it supported. Beenie Man, real name Anthony Moses Davis, played a gig in Uganda last weekend.
Bruce Springsteen supports gay marriage 11
2:36 PM — Bruce Springsteen, who was born in New Jersey, has released a message in support of gay marriage in the state. He said he had been following the progress of a bill which would allow the right.
8th December 2009
Colin Firth says Hollywood ‘constrains’ gay actors 12
4:56 PM — Colin Firth has agreed that it is difficult for gay actors to be open about their sexuality. Similar comments were made by Rupert Everett last week, who warned that stars could see their careers curtailed for coming out the closet.
George Michael defends gay cruising 36
10:59 AM — Gay singer George Michael has defended cruising for sex on Hampstead Heath, saying it is "nicer" than trying to pull in a bar. He said he visited the cruising hotspot in the summer.
7th December 2009
Bollywood’s first gay love scene 6
5:27 PM — An upcoming Bollywood film will feature what is thought to be the industry's first gay love scene. I Am Omar, one of four short stories which make up the film I Am, focuses on male sex workers and homophobic police officers.
X-Factor contestant Danyl Johnson sent home 6
3:06 PM — Danyl Johnson was voted off the X-Factor last night. The 27-year-old bisexual singer lost out on a place in the final, leaving the three would-be winners Olly Murs, Joe McElderry and Stacey Solomon.
Actor sues over Wikipedia ‘gay’ edits 23
3:04 PM — An American actor has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop an unknown hacker calling him gay on Wikipedia. Ron Livingston, the Stand-Off actor who married his co-star Rosemarie De Witt last month, has been plagued by a user of the site who keeps changing his personal information.
‘Homophobic’ Buju Banton receives fourth Grammy nomination 14
12:12 PM — Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star who has been accused of inciting hatred towards gays, has been nominated for a Grammy award. The singer had a string of gigs in the US cancelled this autumn after protests from gay groups.
6th December 2009
Feature: Bromance of “new” straight men like Scrub’s JD and Turk 20
5:07 PM — The term 'Bromance' refers to a close, but non-sexual, friendship between two heterosexual men, often labeled as a 'man-crush'. Bromances are often the central, but more subtle embodiment of television and film. The television programme Scrubs came to my mind when reading about self-disclosure in the relationships lecture.
4th December 2009
More Adam Lambert shows cancelled over AMA gay antics 30
11:21 AM — Gay singer Adam Lambert, who provoked controversy at the American Music Awards by kissing a man, has had more TV shows cancelled. More than 1,500 US viewers complained over a gay kiss and simulated oral sex in his performance last month.
3rd December 2009
Emmerdale could see new gay storyline 10
8:03 PM — A new gay storyline may be in the pipeline for Emmerdale character Aaron Livesy, played by Danny Miller. The bad boy character begins to question his sexuality next week after trying to kiss his friend Adam Barton.
Paul O’Grady welcomes second grandchild 1
5:54 PM — Gay TV presenter Paul O'Grady is celebrating becoming a grandfather for the second time. His daughter Sharyn Mousley gave birth to 9lb 8oz baby girl in Liverpool this week.
2nd December 2009
US actress Meredith Baxter comes out as a lesbian 6
5:22 PM — Meredith Baxter, best known for her role in 80s sitcom Family Ties, has revealed she has been in a relationship with a woman for four years. The 62-year-old said she had not been "living a lie".
Rupert Everett says gay actors should stay in the closet 33
2:10 PM — Actor Rupert Everett has advised gay actors to keep their sexual orientation secret if they want to succeed. Everett, who is gay, enjoyed a host of high-profile roles in films such as My Best Friend's Wedding. But since coming out in 1989, his success has dwindled.
1st December 2009
Stephen Gately is hottest topic on Google’s search list 2
2:44 PM — Stephen Gately, the Boyzone star who died last month, was the hottest topic on Google's UK site this year. Google released its annual top search lists yesterday and Gately's death also featured ninth in the web company's top ten news search.