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.
19th January 2010
Honour and secrecy for families of gay Muslims 26
5:25 PM — Last week, a charity warned it was seeing an increase in the numbers of young gay Muslims fleeing violent homes. But one gay Muslim writer warns that emotional manipulation from families and the pressures of social standing can also be devastating.
14th December 2009
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.