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Television

  • 25th October 2011

    Interview: Jonathan Harvey on writing, Corrie and Beautiful Thing 10

    Jonathan Harvey wrote Beautiful Thing

    4:00 PM — After early success as a playwright, Jonathan Harvey's career now spans theatre, film and television. He wrote Gimme, Gimme, Gimme for his pal, Kathy Burke, collaborated with The Pet Shop Boys on the musical Closer To Heaven and since 2004 has written 136 episodes of Coronation Street. With Beautiful Thing about to open at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Laurence Watts meets him.

  • 6th October 2011

    Evan Rachel Wood: ‘My bisexuality is real’ 29

    Evan Rachel Wood came out last year (Photo: David Shankbone)

    7:00 PM — Evan Rachel Wood says her bisexuality is "for real". The True Blood actress, who has dealt firmly with suggestions that her orientation is a phase, told GQ she had been attracted to men and women since she could remember.

  • 5th October 2011

    90210 to feature gay wedding 15

    The Las Vegas wedding will be shown in November

    12:26 PM — US TV series 90210 is to have a gay wedding. Teddy (Trevor Donovan) will marry boyfriend Shane (Ryan Rottman) in an episode to be screened in November.

  • 3rd October 2011

    Gay EastEnders star John Partridge ties the knot 12

    John Partridge had a civil partnership

    1:19 PM — EastEnders actor John Partridge has had a civil partnership. The star, 40, tied the knot with long-term boyfriend Jon Tsouras at the Trafalgar Tavern pub in Greenwich on Friday.

  • 22nd September 2011

    Dancer sacked from Chinese talent show because she’s transgender 18

    Jin Xing says culture officials said she would have 'negative effects on society'

    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

    Don Lemon says he was already out to family, friends and colleagues

    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

    Max Zachs is one of the programme's subjects

    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

    Kieron Richardson plays Ste Hays in Hollyoaks

    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

    Jane Lynch plays Sue Sylvester in Glee

    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

    Rupert Everett has suggested that coming out harmed his career

    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

    EastEnders' Christian Clarke (John Partridge) and Lee Thompson (Carl Ferguson) lock lips

    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

    Cher says viewers will love her son

    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

    Chaz Bono will appear on Dancing With the Stars

    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

    Jedward like girls, their tour manager says

    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

    John Barrowman's sex scenes upset hundreds of viewers

    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

    Lady Gaga called the characters "sincere, wild and funny"

    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

    Pam St Clement is to write her autobiography

    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

    Kieron Richardson says he's getting involved in gay rights causes

    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

    Bert and Ernie are not gay, producers say

    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

    Torchwood is apparently 'too gay' for some viewers

    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.

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