30th August 2011
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.
27th July 2011
Video: True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård films ‘It Gets Better’ clip 5
3:07 PM — True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård has filmed an 'It Gets Better' video for LGBT young people. In the sombre clip, the Swedish actor, 34, urges parents to teach their children that homophobic bullying and discrimination are unacceptable.
26th July 2011
Interview: Reichen Lehmkuhl on life, love and reality TV 12
1:51 PM — Since winning The Amazing Race in 2003, Reichen Lehmkuhl has forged a successful career in television and print. Laurence Watts caught up with the US Air Force veteran as he finished filming the second season of The A-List: New York.
21st July 2011
John Barrowman says Torchwood gay sex scene ‘vital to story’ 67
12:13 PM — Torchwood star John Barrowman says a gay sex scene banned by the BBC is vital to the storyline. Although US audiences will see the raunchy scenes with Barrowman's bisexual character Captain Jack Harkness, BBC bosses decided they would be too explicit for a UK audience, even after the watershed.
20th July 2011
Jane Lynch says she knew she was a lesbian at age 12 8
3:50 PM — Glee star Jane Lynch says that although she was 21 when she came out, she knew she was gay from a much earlier age. Speaking to Vogue, the actress said she knew by the age of 12.
19th July 2011
George Michael calls Jeremy Clarkson ‘a pig-ugly homophobic twat’ 74
5:33 PM — George Michael has hit out at Top Gear host Jeremey Clarkson after the latter made a joke suggesting he was sexually promiscuous. Earlier this month, Michael tweeted a video of a man driving a pink Bentley and joked: "I swear this is real. And I sound like Jeremy Clarkson with someone's finger up his arse ... its a camp classic all round."
Gay Corrie star Charlie Condou to be a father again 2
2:05 PM — Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou is to be a dad again. The gay star, whose character Marcus Dent is also gay, is to have another baby with a friend, Catherine Kanter, who is the mother of his two-year-old daughter Georgia Mae.
BBC cuts Torchwood gay sex scene 142
12:21 PM — British Torchwood viewers won't see a raunchy gay sex scene because BBC bosses thought it was too explicit. The scene, with gay star John Barrowman's character Captain Jack Harkness and a barman, has already been broadcast in the US on cable channel Starz.
14th July 2011
Glee’s best-known stars to leave 8
12:30 PM — Three of Glee's main characters are to leave the show after the third series. Rachel, played by Lea Michele, Finn, played by Cory Monteith and gay character Kurt, played by Chris Colfer, will graduate from the school.
11th July 2011
Coronation Street stars complain about gay characters 83
9:36 AM — Past and present Coronation Street stars have reportedly complained about the "disproportionate" number of gay characters in the soap. Last week, art critic Brian Sewell suggested that Corrie's cast implies Manchester is the "Sodom of the North".
6th July 2011
Art critic Brian Sewell complains ‘there’s too many gays on television’ 170
2:12 PM — Art critic Brian Sewell has complained that there are too many gay characters in British soaps and accused the BBC of spreading "sexual propaganda" to children. Writing in today's Daily Mail, Sewell, who has said he is bisexual, contended that the wide range of LGBT characters in soaps make "sane" viewers feel their noses are being "rubbed in it".