3rd April 2013
EastEnders’ actor David Witts: People think I’m gay because I’m nicer than the character I play 11
7:00 PM — EastEnders star David Witts has posed for Attitude and says that he would be happy if his character Joey Branning turned out to be gay.
20th March 2013
John Partridge: I will never return to Eastenders and I’m happy enough with my civil partnership 34
6:08 PM — Former EastEnders star John Partridge has ruled out returning to the BBC 1 soap and says he doesn’t like being asked if he intends to change his civil partnership into a marriage.
6th March 2013
Gary Lucy to reprise gay banker role in Eastenders 13
1:35 PM — Actor Gary Lucy is to return to the cast of Eastenders later this year, after impressing bosses with his performance as gay banker Danny Pennant in September. He will be the soap's only gay character.
21st January 2013
Outrage as Rylan Clark secretly left Big Brother house for X Factor rehearsals 6
4:08 PM — Rylan Clark, has been secretly leaving the Celebrity Big Brother House to rehearse for an X-Factor tour, a former fellow housemate has claimed.
2nd January 2013
Former EastEnders actor John Partridge wants ‘hot new gays’ in the soap 20
2:35 PM — Former EastEnders actor John Partridge is appealing for the soap to feature “hot new gays” now that he has left Albert Square.
29th December 2012
The Queen honours Michael Cashman MEP with award for fighting for LGBT equality 60
12:00 AM — Michael Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands has been named a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in recognition for his tireless fight for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality.
12th December 2012
Eastenders character, Nick Cotton, was supposed to have gay relationship in the 1980s 5
5:11 PM — Nick Cotton, a long-time character from the popular soap, Eastenders, was meant to have a gay relationship in the 1980s, until the actor playing him protested, and the character was written out.
14th November 2012
Video: Trailer of gay parenting series The Vessel 8
8:17 PM — The realities of same-sex parenting are being explored in a new Peep Show-style online TV series.
16th October 2012
Eastenders star feared being typecast as ‘the gay Muslim’ 56
11:55 AM — Actor Marc Elliott says his decision to quit Eastenders was motivated through the fear of becoming typecast as “the gay Muslim”.
4th October 2012
Labour MEP Michael Cashman to stand down in 2014 13
4:28 PM — Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has confirmed that he will quit as a member of the European Parliament at the next European Election in 2014.
7th September 2012
Gay couple Syed and Christian to leave EastEnders 32
4:45 PM — EastEnders cast members Marc Elliott and John Partridge, who play gay couple Syed Masood and Christian Clarke, are to be written out of the BBC One soap.
23rd December 2011
The weirdest and most unexpected LGBT stories of 2011 6
10:19 AM — In our annual rundown of the year's events, we look at the strangest stories of the year: the news in 2011 which took us completely by surprise.
11th November 2011
George Michael: Eastenders gay storyline “scaring children” 99
9:32 AM — Musician's tweets say the soap opera should portray characters who do not "have a reason to live in fear".
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.
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.
21st July 2011
EastEnders’ Ben Mitchell to come out as gay 26
11:57 AM — Another EastEnders character is to come out as gay. Hardman Phil Mitchell's son Ben will reportedly come out after kissing another boy.
8th July 2011
EastEnders’ Pat Butcher hangs up her earrings 17
11:37 AM — EastEnders star Pam St Clement, who plays Pat Butcher, is to leave the programme. The 69-year-old actress, who has described herself as bisexual, made her debut in the soap in 1986.
14th June 2011
125 complaints over EastEnders gay bed scene 126
1:40 PM — At least 125 people have complained over an EastEnders scene which showed a gay couple lying in bed. Viewers complained that the episode, broadcast before the watershed, was inappropriate and could "confuse" children.
11th January 2011
99 PinkNews.co.uk readers say they complained over BBC interview 45
5:42 PM — Ninety-nine PinkNews.co.uk readers said they complained directly to the BBC over an interview with a homophobic preacher who supports the death penalty for gays. The corporation has refused to release the number of complaints.
6th January 2011
EastEnders ‘to have gay surrogacy plotline’ 18
5:43 PM — EastEnders producers are planning a gay surrogacy storyline, it has been reported. According to the Daily Mirror, gay characters Christian Clarke and Syed Masood will ask Glenda Mitchell to carry a baby for them.