20th January 2011
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.
US Gay teen Lance Lundsten’s death was not suicide says his father 11
1:15 AM — The death of a gay teenager in Minnesota at the weekend was not caused by suicide, the boy's father has told a local TV station after the media reported that his son took his own life as a result of homophobic bullying.
18th January 2011
Virginia judge U-turns on lesbian couple’s name change 8
5:52 PM — A judge in the US state of Virginia has allowed a lesbian couple to change their names - shortly after ruling that they couldn't.
17th January 2011
Brazilian gay group says 250 LGBT people killed in a year 8
5:23 PM — A Brazilian gay group claims that 250 LGBT people were killed in hate crimes in 2010. Grupo Gay da Bahia is part-way through compiling a report on the issue but says that the latest figures show that an LGBT person is being killed at a rate of one every day and a half.
Anne Hathaway takes lesbian Glee role 20
3:35 PM — Anne Hathaway is to play a lesbian in Glee. The actress will play the lesbian aunt of gay character Kurt (Chris Colfer).
Chicago ministers say Martin Luther King would not have supported gay rights 33
2:45 PM — A group of Chicago ministers are holding a press conference today to claim that civil rights leader Martin Luther King would not have supported gay rights.
Golden Globe host Ricky Gervais makes ‘famous gay Scientologist’ jibe
11:34 AM — Hosting the Golden Globes in California last night, Ricky Gervais delighted in making a series of risque jokes about famous faces in the audience, including one about "famous Scientologists" pretending to be straight.
14th January 2011
NY teachers sue after being sacked for ‘naked lesbian romp’ 5
3:52 PM — Two female teachers sacked from a New York school after a janitor claimed to have seen them having sex are to sue. Alini Brito, 30, and Cindy Mauro, 34, were allegedly caught naked in a classroom last November while the rest of the James Madison High School in Brooklyn, new York, was watching a performance.
Jane Lynch says gay actors will never get the straight leading roles 49
2:42 PM — Glee star Jane Lynch says that while she does not think Hollywood is homophobic, gay actors will never get to play straight leads. The lesbian actress, who married her partner in 2010, told AfterElton.com that mainly straight audiences want to pin their "hopes and dreams" on straight actors.
Canadian radio bans ‘anti-gay’ Dire Straits song 75
11:04 AM — The Dire Straits song Money For Nothing has been banned from Canadian airwaves because it is deemed homophobic. The song, written almost 30 years ago, repeatedly uses the word 'faggot'.
13th January 2011
US politician says HIV funding should be cut for ‘perverted’ people 48
5:04 PM — A politician in North Carolina has said that HIV treatment should not be funded by the taxpayer for people who live "perverted lifestyles". Republican representative Larry Brown made his remarks in an email to a newspaper.
America’s first gay museum opens in San Francisco 7
4:27 PM — The first gay museum in America opened yesterday in San Francisco. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender History Museum occupies a 1,600ft space in the Castro district.
Maryland edges towards gay marriage 5
3:44 PM — The governor of the US state of Maryland says he will sign a gay marriage bill into law. The bill is currently progressing through the state Legislature and it is thought to have enough support to pass.
Obama calls gay Giffords intern a ‘hero’ 18
2:30 PM — The openly gay intern credited with saving the life of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been hailed a hero by President Obama. Daniel Hernandez Jr had only been working for the politician for five days when a gunman opened fire at a meeting.
12th January 2011
Police chief of ‘America’s gayest city’ resigns after claims of homophobia 10
5:11 PM — The police chief of Palm Springs has resigned after targeting gay tourists in an undercover sex sting. David Dominguez was also recorded apparently using the word 'faggot' and one of his detectives used the word 'c*******er' about a suspect.
Arizona prevents anti-gay church picketing killed 9-year-old’s funeral 34
3:58 PM — The US state of Arizona has quickly pushed through legislation to ban the picketing of funerals. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church had planned to picket the funeral of a nine-year-old girl to gain publicity but now says it will not disrupt the event in exchange for air time on radio stations.
Shot pro-gay congresswoman given ‘101%’ chance of survival 6
11:28 AM — A pro-gay US congresswoman shot in the head by a gunman is expected to survive. Gabrielle Giffords, of Tucson, Arizona, was shot on Saturday as she held a meeting in a shopping centre.