22nd December 2013
Feature: The top 17 stories that changed LGBT life in the UK in 2013 12
10:16 AM — As 2013 draws to a close, PinkNews looks back at the stories which have had the biggest impact on the life of LGBT people in the UK in the last year (and some which just raised a lot of eyebrows).
20th December 2013
X Factor finalist Sam Callahan: Nobody should be discriminated against for who they are 4
2:56 PM — X Factor finalist Sam Callahan has spoken out in an interview to condemn bullying and to say that he think James Arthur made a mistake with homophobic lyrics.
16th December 2013
James Arthur: I have felt ‘deep, deep shame’ for using homophobic lyrics 39
7:23 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur has spoken out about to say that he has suffered from depression, and since being involved in a controversy surrounding homophobic lyrics, he has lost a lot of confidence.
13th December 2013
X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger defends James Arthur following homophobia controversy 19
7:30 PM — X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger has come to the defence of James Arthur after he was embroiled in controversy surrounding the use of homophobic slurs in a rap diss.
29th November 2013
Lucy Spraggan clarifies to say she thinks James Arthur ‘isn’t a homophobe’ 24
4:08 PM — Lucy Spraggan has said she wants to clarify her position on James Arthur after a Twitter spat last week, saying she does not think he is homophobic.
James Arthur ‘not in a good place’ after backlash over homophobic lyrics 63
12:38 PM — James Arthur is battling a breakdown following the death of his grandmother, which a source close to the singer attributed his homophobic outbursts to.
28th November 2013
Petition calls for X Factor to drop James Arthur performance following homophobic rap 14
4:02 PM — Following a storm of controversy over a feud rap he recorded which included homophobic slurs, and time off for "acute exhaustion", James Arthur is now facing calls for ITV's the X Factor to drop him from a performance this weekend.
26th November 2013
Olly Murs gives James Arthur ‘benefit of the doubt’ over use of anti-gay slurs 19
12:00 PM — Singer Olly Murs has defended James Arthur following his use of homophobic slurs against another artist in a “rap feud”.
22nd November 2013
X Factor winner James Arthur diagnosed with ‘acute exhaustion’ following row over homophobia 27
6:34 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur has cancelled all of a week's engagements after being diagnosed with "acute exhaustion". This comes at the end of a week of controversy surrounding homophobic lyrics in a rap diss he recorded.
Apple deems offence caused by homophobia an ‘appropriate’ reason to refund James Arthur track 5
2:43 PM — Controversy surrounding James Arthur's Twitter spats around his use of homophobic lyrics on a track has escalated, as iTunes has approved a refund to a customer complained that they were offended.
20th November 2013
X Factor’s James Arthur in spat with Lucy Spraggan over his use of the word ‘queer’ 14
9:03 PM — James Arthur has found himself amid a new Twitter drama, despite quitting the microblogging site this week, as fellow X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan tweeted a text conversation between the two containing a heated disagreement over his use of the word "queer".
19th November 2013
X Factor winner James Arthur quits Twitter after homophobic row 8
1:09 PM — X Factor star James Arthur has left Twitter following criticism for using homophobic language against another artist in a “rap feud”.
16th November 2013
X Factor winner James Arthur apologises for homophobic slur in diss song: ‘I’m disappointed in myself’ 14
4:57 PM — X Factor winner James Arthur has said he is 'extremely disappointed' in himself for a rap he recorded in retaliation against another artist, which included homophobic slurs, but said 'in rap... words I used have a different intent'.