6th January 2011
Rhode Island gay marriage bill re-introduced 7
4:45 PM — A bill to allow gay couples to marry is to be re-introduced today. Democrat representative Arthur Handy told The Providence Journal he has secured the support of 27 so-sponsors and expects to sign up more.
James Franco: ‘Maybe I’m just gay’ 17
4:18 PM — James Franco has a history of taking on gay film roles, which has inevitably stoked curiosity about his sexuality. He told the Advocate last year that he was straight, but was more nuanced in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
US Navy Capt fired for lewd videos 1
3:46 PM — US Navy Captain Owen Honors has been fired from his role over the obscene comedy videos he produced for his crew. He lost command of the USS Enterprise over the raunchy films, which one gay group described as "frat house behaviour".
Turkish LGBT group shut down by court 35
2:36 PM — Another Turkish LGBT organisation has been ordered to close. A criminal court in Bursa, north-west Turkey, ruled that the Rainbow Association must shut down after claims its members had engaged in prostitution. The group denies the allegations.
First US transgender trial judge is sworn in 8
11:23 AM — Victoria Kolakowski made history this week when she became the first trans person to be sworn in as a trial judge in the US.
5th January 2011
New Rhode Island governor calls for gay marriage 12
2:28 PM — The newly-elected governor of US state Rhode Island has used his first speech to urge for legal gay marriage. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned independent, was sworn in yesterday and took the oath of office on the front steps of the Legislature.
‘Princess boy’, 5, inspires book about tolerance 21
10:16 AM — An American mother has published a cartoon picture book about her five-year-old son's love of wearing pink dresses. Dyson Kilodavis, who calls himself a "princess boy", loves wearing pink and purple frothy dresses befitting a fairy or a ballerina.
Video: Gareth Thomas tells Ellen he ‘prayed to be straight’ 27
10:01 AM — Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed he prayed to become straight before he married his wife. He appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show last night and told the lesbian presenter the lengths he went to in order to avoid his homosexuality.
Californian appeals court passes on gay marriage case to state Supreme Court 6
12:42 AM — The federal appeals court due to decide if California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional has said it can not make a decision until the state's Supreme Court rules if the sponsors of Proposition 8 have the authority to defend the measure.
4th January 2011
US Navy captain accused of making anti-gay videos 8
5:18 PM — A US Navy captain is expected to be temporarily relieved of his duties while the Navy investigates anti-gay and obscene comedy videos he produced for his crew.
Sarah Palin’s retweet hints at gay support 25
4:10 PM — Sarah Palin has given a hint of support for gay rights after retweeting a Twitter message by a lesbian conservative commentator.
Facebook-style site launched for gay US soldiers 5
3:45 PM — A social networking site has been launched for LGBT troops and their supporters. Out Military, which looks similar to Facebook, hopes to grow as the US comes closer to repealing the ban on out gay servicemembers.
Hollywood studios accused of ‘shutting out’ gay actors 14
2:47 PM — Hollywood studios have been accused of "shutting out" openly gay actors. US commentator Ramin Setoodeh has reignited the row by saying that Hollywood "doesn’t even allow gay actors to play gay".
Irish civil partnerships come into law 27
11:39 AM — Ireland's civil partnership law came into force at the weekend, although gay couples must wait until early April to hold their ceremonies. The law was welcomed by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network as a "new dawn" for gay and lesbian couples but other groups said it was not good enough.
Judge bans Ugandan media from outing gays and lesbians 10
9:53 AM — A high court judge in Uganda has banned all media from outing gays and lesbians. Judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuke said lives were being put at risk by newspapers identifying people known or thought to be gay.
30th December 2010
R&B star Chris Brown’s homophobic Twitter duel with Raz-B 17
3:51 PM — R&B star Chris Brown, who had been attempting to rebuild his reputation after beating his ex-girlfriend, the singer Rihanna, yesterday engaged in a Twitter duel which saw use homophobic abuse against rapper Raz-B who accused his former manager of rape.
Rupert Everett: Hollywood homophobia denies gays leading roles 18
1:37 PM — Rupert Everett, the openly gay star of 'My Best Friend's Wedding' has once again hit out at Hollywood, claiming that the lack of roles for gay actors is caused by homophobia.
Video: Taiwan TV animates Sir Elton and David’s baby’s birth, complete with bondage gear 27
11:39 AM — Cult Taiwanese news programme, Next Media Animation (NMA), has given its own slant on the news that Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish are celebrating the birth of their son, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John. The animation features the couple in what appears to be some sort of bondage outfit playing with their child.
Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears pride at being a gay teen role model 4
10:43 AM — Jake Shears, the lead signer of the Scissor Sisters has spoken out against homophobic bullying but also his pride at being a role model for gay teens.
29th December 2010
New York Post mocks David Furnish as Sir Elton John’s ‘wife’ 23
8:27 PM — If the BBC's decision to ask a fundamentalist Christian who advocates the execution of gays to comment on Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish celebrating the birth of their son was not bad enough, the Murdoch owned New York Post has published its take on the story with a derogatory headline.