26th November 2013
United Nations announces Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as its ‘equality champions’ 7
6:42 PM — The United Nations announced today that hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will be joining its Free & Equal campaign as "equality champions."
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 September 2013
Rapper Mykki Blanco accuses Britney Spears of exploiting gay fans 19
7:05 PM — Following the release of her latest single, Work B**ch, rapper Mykki Blanco has accused Britney Spears of exploiting her gay fans with her music.
28th August 2013
Gay rapper to Macklemore: ‘Gay people don’t care about your video about gay people’ 24
4:47 PM — An openly gay rapper and producer from New York City went on a tirade denouncing straight rap star Macklemore after his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) at the weekend, of a hit which carries a strong message of support for equal marriage.
26th August 2013
Rap star Macklemore: ‘Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation’ 10
3:54 PM — Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their pro-equal marriage track “Same Love” alongside Jennifer Hudson and Mary Lambert at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
16th July 2013
Germany: Berlin Mayor files legal complaint against rapper for anti-gay lyrics 19
6:24 PM — A German rapper is the subject of a legal complaint filed by Berlin's mayor, who has accused him of releasing a video containing anti-gay lyrics, and which incites violence.
24th June 2013
Rapper Macklemore joins support for gay student expelled from university for proposing to her girlfriend 1
1:17 PM — US rap star Macklemore has showed his support for a Nebraska student who was expelled from her university after she proposed to her girlfriend at one of his concerts.
7th June 2013
Rap star Eve: Frank Ocean was ‘ridiculously brave’ to come out as bisexual
5:24 PM — Rap star Eve has commented on hip hop artist Frank Ocean's 2012 decision to come out as bisexual, saying he was "ridiculously brave" to do so, and that she thought more hip hop stars should come out.
6th June 2013
Lauryn Hill defends song accused of ‘homophobic’ lyrics 24
4:20 PM — US singer Lauryn HIll defended her latest track, which was slammed by critics, as some said it contains “homophobic” lyrics, and portrays drag queens, as a negative aspect of modern society.
29th May 2013
Lauryn Hill condemned for ‘homophobic’ lyrics on new track 42
2:54 PM — US singer Lauryn HIll has been slammed by critics for her latest song, which some said contains "homophobic" lyrics, and portrays drag queens, as a negative aspect of modern society.
1st May 2013
Rapper A$AP Rocky: ‘I have respect for gay men who come out of the closet’
6:28 PM — Rap star A$AP Rocky has commented on gay men coming out, saying that he has "more respect" for artists such as Frank Ocean, and sportsmen like Jason Collins, who come out as gay.
30th April 2013
Snoop Lion: There will be an openly gay rap star ‘in the near future’ 2
12:45 AM — Snoop Lion, rap-turned-reggae artist, who has been vocal in supporting gay rights, but who has in the past noted the difficulty faced by a gay rap artist wanting to come out, has said that he thinks "in the near future" it will be much easier.
19th April 2013
T-Pain slams ‘homophobic idiots’ on Twitter 8
1:31 PM — Rapper and music producer T-Pain slammed "homophobic idiots" on his Twitter account earlier this week, condemning people for misjudging his gay assistant.
11th April 2013
Frank Ocean named most powerful LGBT figure in US music 10
5:10 PM — Frank Ocean has been named the most powerful LGBT figure in America’s music industry.
5th April 2013
Rapper Daddy Yankee denies that he is gay after circulation of fake gay kiss photo 5
1:11 PM — Rapper Daddy Yankee has dismissed rumours that he is gay, blaming social media for the rumours, as a photograph which sites claimed was of him kissing another man, circulated earlier this week.
4th April 2013
Busta Rhymes launches anti-gay tirade in Miami burger restaurant 21
6:04 PM — Rapper Busta Rhymes has been accused of shouting anti-gay slurs at an employee at a Miami restaurant and calling the lesbian owner a "bitch".
1st April 2013
Snoop Lion on equal marriage: ‘People can do as they please’ 3
4:42 PM — Rapper turned reggae artist Snoop Lion has confirmed that he supports equal marriage, and said that he has "no issues with nobody."
25th March 2013
Rapper A$AP Rocky: ‘It’s crazy’ that homosexuality is even an issue in hip-hop 13
11:33 PM — Rapper A$AP Rocky has spoken out about homosexuality in the music industry, and said that "it's crazy" that it is still an issue.
19th February 2013
Rapper Azealia Banks attacks GLAAD for criticism over calling Perez Hilton a ‘faggot’ 44
2:49 PM — American rapper Azealia Banks, has turned her attention to gay rights groups after receiving heavy criticism for an argument with blogger Perez Hilton, during which she called him a "faggot" for a second time.
22nd January 2013
Azealia Banks suggests British journalists should kill themselves 40
4:27 PM — Amid her recent homophobic tirade at US celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, rapper Azealia Banks also took the trouble to suggest that two British journalists should kill themselves.