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.
Gay couple are first to be recognised as civil partners in Ireland 26
4:07 PM — A gay couple are celebrating after becoming the first recognised civil partners in Ireland. Glenn Cunningham and Adriano Vilar had a civil partnership in Northern Ireland last year but are now recognised as a couple in Ireland due to new laws.
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.
Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships 25
11:56 AM — Gay couples living in Ireland who have married or had a civil partnership abroad will be recognised as civil partners from today. The change is part of Ireland's new civil partnership laws, which give gay couples almost all the rights of marriage.
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.
Ghanaian reggae star calls homosexuality a ‘disorder’ 141
4:30 PM — A Ghanaian reggae artist has been criticised after he called homosexuality a "disorder" in an interview. Blakk Rasta told GhanaMusic.com: "It is not the normal concept of life. Every man must sex a woman and not otherwise. Homosexuality is a mental/genetically disorder, in my opinion."
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.
11th January 2011
Hillary Clinton pushes for gay rights but won’t support equal marriage 20
5:02 PM — Hillary Clinton says she's tried to put LGBT rights "near the top" of the Obama administration's foreign agenda. In an interview with US gay magazine The Advocate, Ms Clinton said there was a "rising global tide of violence" against LGBT people around the world and said America was "taking the lead" in making changes.
Ugandan opposition leader says he won’t prosecute gays 6
4:38 PM — The Ugandan opposition leader has reportedly suggested that homosexuality should be decriminalised. Kizza Besigye, who leads a four-party opposition group, is to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in a vote next month.
Poll puts gay senator David Norris ahead for Irish presidency 18
2:48 PM — Irish independent senator David Norris is ahead in the race for the Irish presidency, an opinion poll predicts. The gay politician was favoured by 27 per cent of the 1,001 people surveyed by Red C for Paddy Power.