31st January 2011
Gay people were sexually abused, says senior advisor of New York Muslim centre 58
4:40 PM — A senior advisor of the proposed Muslim centre near Ground Zero says that homosexuality is mainly caused by emotional or sexual abuse. Abdallah Adhami, 44, said in a lecture that being gay was a "painful trial" which results from past trauma.
28th January 2011
Star Trek writer wishes he’d included gay roles 29
3:33 PM — Star Trek writer and producer Brannon Braga says he regrets not including gay characters in the TV series and films. Speaking to After Elton, he said it was "a shame" that gay characters had not been included in the late 80s and early 90s.
US store censors Elton’s magazine cover with new baby 37
11:11 AM — A US chain store deemed a magazine cover featuring Elton John's family so offensive, it was covered to "protect" young shoppers.
27th January 2011
Glee creator calls Kings of Leon drummer ‘homophobic’ 26
2:16 PM — Glee creator Ryan Murphy has called Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill a “homophobe” for comments he made about the show. The row started after the band refused permission for their song 'Use Somebody' to be included in the gay-friendly comedy.
26th January 2011
Gay marriage bill gains support in Maryland 9
5:32 PM — A bill to give gay and straight couples equal marriage rights has been introduced in Maryland's House of Delegates.
Tom Ford on why gay men are ‘better fashion designers’ 16
3:40 PM — Tom Ford says gay men make better designers because they can "detach the physical from the spiritual". Speaking to artist John Currin for Interview magazine, the designer said that gay men's lack of sexual desire for women allows them to combine physical beauty with "soul and personality".
Obama: Gays will serve openly in the military this year 3
2:25 PM — US President Barack Obama mentioned the military gay ban in his State of the Union address yesterday. In the annual address, he called for more support for troops, veterans and their families and acknowledged that some are gay.
25th January 2011
90s star Tiffany apologises for outing Jonathan Knight 13
4:37 PM — New Kids on the Block singer Jonathan Knight was accidentally outed by 90s popstar Tiffany. She was being interviewed on Bravo's late night chat show Watch What Happens Live and told host Andy Cohen that Knight was gay.
Chaz Bono says he’s ‘complete’ after gender reassignment 10
10:53 AM — Cher's son Chaz Bono says he feels complete for the first time in his life since having gender reassignment surgery. The 41-year-old has now completed transition, having had surgery in 2009. He legally changed his name last year.
24th January 2011
‘God hates fags’ church furious at film about anti-gay murderer 48
5:49 PM — The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church picketed the Sundance Film Festival yesterday over a film about a homophobic preacher who begins murdering people he thinks are gay.
Elton says he loves the smell of nappies 8
3:56 PM — Elton John says he loves the smell of nappies and that fatherhood so far has been "very relaxing". The star was criticised by some who said he would be a hands-off parent and leave the messier aspects of childcare to nannies.
21st January 2011
Ricky Martin says he wants a daughter 12
4:03 PM — Ricky Martin says his twin sons are a handful but he'd love to have a "daddy's girl". The gay star had sons Matteo and Valentino by a surrogate mother in 2008.
New Apple boss Tim Cook described as most “powerful gay man in Silicon Valley” 11
3:54 PM — The acting chief operating officer of Apple, Tim Cook, has been deemed the most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley. Cook, who takes over while Steve Jobs takes two years' medical leave, has not spoken publicly about his sexual orientation.
Dilemma director Ron Howard on why he kept ‘gay’ joke 26
2:06 PM — Ron Howard, the director of The Dilemma, has explained why he kept a controversial gay joke in the film. The film's trailer was cut when gay groups and public figures complained about the inclusion of the joke.
20th January 2011
Survey says LGBT people are more worried about the environment 9
4:59 PM — A US study suggests that LGBT people are more concerned about the environment than their straight counterparts.
Elton gig raises $3 million for California gay marriage 14
3:06 PM — Elton John raised $3 million for the campaign to bring gay marriage back to California last night. The new father played a private concert in the Hollywood Hills, which benefited the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
GLAAD nominates most gay-friendly shows and films 4
2:30 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has nominated the most LGBT-friendly films, performers and TV shows of the last year.
19th January 2011
Report finds huge levels of discrimination against gay and trans people in Utah 19
9:20 PM — A report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) has found significant homophobia and discrimination in the state of Utah, home to the Mormon Church. The study of 939 LGBT Utahans found that sixty seven per cent of transgendered and forty four percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual Utahans say they have either been sacked or have been denied a job or promotion as a result of their LGBT status.
Facebook co-founder seeks gay marriage for New York 17
5:19 PM — Politicians signal move towards gay marriage legislation in the state as entrepreneur and campaign funder announces intention to marry.
Federal court to decide whether gay fathers’ names will appear on birth certificate 2
4:13 PM — Louisiana state officials are asking the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn previous ruling forcing them to accept another state’s rules.