22nd September 2011
Dancer sacked from Chinese talent show because she’s transgender 18
12:13 PM — A famous Chinese dancer says she was dropped as a judge on a TV talent show because she is transgender. Jin Xing, 44, had sex reassignment surgery in 1996. She was booked to appear for eight weeks on Feitong Fanxiang, a show for professional singers.
15th September 2011
Interview: Don Lemon, CNN’s openly gay anchorman 6
3:19 PM — Don Lemon is an Edward R Murrow Award-winning reporter and news anchor for CNN. As the weekend face of CNN Newsroom he can be seen each week in more than 100m US households. He publicly came out in his recent book, Transparent. Laurence Watts caught up with him to find out more.
Channel 4 documentary follows transgender men and women 22
3:03 PM — A Channel 4 documentary to be screened this autumn follows seven transgender men and women. The programme, Girls Will Be Boys and Boys Will Be Girls, will show the group at different stages of the transition process.
13th September 2011
Gay Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson joins Gaydio 3
2:33 PM — Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson has been given a weekly show at gay radio station Gaydio. The star, who came out as gay last year, will host a two-hour Sunday show at 4pm with fellow cast member Bronagh Waugh.
Jane Lynch: ‘I can’t tell anyone else how to come out as gay’ 9
1:58 PM — Glee star Jane says she would never give anyone advice on how to come out as gay. The actress, 51, appears on the cover of this month's Advocate magazine and is one of Hollywood's most high-profile LGBT people.
7th September 2011
Actors’ union to ask gay members about homophobia 13
2:17 PM — Equity, the union for actors and performers, is to ask its LGBT members whether they feel safe being out and if they have suffered prejudice. According to The Stage, an online survey asks members about harassment, discrimination, safety and whether they were advised to stay in the closet.
2nd September 2011
Tory voters turned off by gay TV kisses 87
12:59 PM — Conservative voters are more likely to oppose same-sex kisses on TV soaps, although they prefer lesbian clinches to gay male ones, a poll says. YouGov surveyed 2,206 people about their views on same-kisses and their voting habits.
1st September 2011
Cher says Dancing With the Stars viewers will ‘love’ transgender son Chaz 5
1:54 PM — Cher says that viewers of Dancing With the Stars will love her transgender son Chaz Bono. Bono will be the first transgender celebrity to appear on the primetime US show and has said he hopes to educate viewers about transgender people.
31st August 2011
Chaz Bono to appear on Dancing With the Stars 13
3:44 PM — Chaz Bono is to take part in the new series of Dancing With the Stars. The 42-year-old, who completed his transition earlier this year, says he hopes to educate viewers about transgender people.
30th August 2011
Jedward ‘not gay’, says tour manager 81
5:46 PM — Jedward's tour manager has denied that the Irish twins are gay. Liam McKenna told New magazine that despite speculation, the excitable duo like girls but won't discuss sex on Celebrity Big Brother in case their grandmother finds out.
Hundreds of complaints over Torchwood gay sex scenes 177
10:16 AM — The BBC has received hundreds of complaints over gay sex scenes in an episode of sci-fi drama Torchwood. More than 500 viewers contacted the broadcaster over the scenes involving 'omnisexual' character Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman.
24th August 2011
Lady Gaga set for lesbian kiss in new Simpsons episode 12
11:42 AM — Lady Gaga will roll into fictional Springfield on a private train, and end up in an embrace with family matriarch, Marge.
16th August 2011
EastEnders’ Pam St Clement to write ‘tell all’ book 5
1:56 PM — EastEnders actress Pam St Clement is reportedly planning to write a book about her quarter of a century with the soap. The bisexual star, who plays Pat Evans, announced last month she will soon leave the programme.
15th August 2011
Kieron Richardson: ‘Other gay actors warned me not to come out’ 35
5:55 PM — Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson has revealed that before he came out last year, other actors warned him that it could stop him from getting roles.
10th August 2011
Petition wants gay marriage for Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie 29
2:52 PM — An online petition signed by more than 900 people is calling for Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie to have gay wedding. The petition, at change.com, says a wedding could give hope to bullied gay children.
BBC receives complaints that Torchwood is ‘too gay’ 91
2:07 PM — The BBC says it has received complaints that Torchwood: Miracle Day is "too gay". The series, starring gay actor John Barrowman, features bisexual hero Captain Jack Harkness.
8th August 2011
Interview: RuPaul, America’s first drag superstar 14
6:09 PM — Laurence Watts meets America's first drag superstar, RuPaul.
BBC pilots gay sitcom 50
2:03 PM — The BBC is piloting a new sitcom revolving around a middle-aged gay couple. The show, titled George And Bernard Shaw, will star My Family actor Robert Linsday and Richard Griffiths, if commissioned.
29th July 2011
John Barrowman: ‘Torchwood’s Jack isn’t a gay stereotype’ 34
1:37 PM — Torchwood star John Barrowman says his character Captain Jack Harkness is not a gay stereotype. The gay actor said he doesn't see the character's "omnisexuality" as an issue.
New lesbian couple for Emmerdale 19
10:15 AM — Emmerdale is to have a new lesbian couple. Kelli Hollis, who has appeared in Shameless, and Bad Girls actress Alicya Eyo will arrive in October.