22nd January 2010
Gay celebrities Tim Gunn and Ellen DeGeneres praised by PETA 3
5:53 PM — Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn and X Factor judge Ellen DeGeneres have been praised for being animal-friendly. The pair, who are both gay, were named Man and Woman of the Year by charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Spanish judge closes case on death of Stephen Gately 4
5:50 PM — A Spanish court ruled yesterday that gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately died from natural causes, rather than drugs or alcohol.
Dolly Parton says gay rights are a ‘human’ issue 25
4:27 PM — Dolly Parton has said she believes gay rights are "human rights", rather than being a political issue. But she said she was not a "poster child" for gay issues.
Prop 8 supporter tells trial gays are ’12 times more likely’ to be paedophiles 59
4:20 PM — A supporter of Proposition 8 called as a hostile witness told a trial on gay marriage yesterday that gays are more likely to molest children. William Tam's name appeared on Prop 8 papers as an official proponent against gay marriage.
21st January 2010
Anti-gay marriage group sues over logo spoof 9
6:31 PM — A California group campaigning to "protect marriage" is suing a gay rights organisation for parodying its logo. ProtectMarriage.com has launched a lawsuit against Courage Campaign for trademark infringement and unfair competition.
Ugandan MP says he may amend anti-gay bill 6
5:52 PM — The MP who tabled Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill has said he may amend parts of it. David Bahati had previously refused to change provisions which would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment on gays, saying they would protect the "traditional family".
Ex-gay therapy survivor testifies at gay marriage trial 8
5:01 PM — A gay man who was forced to undergo 'reparative therapy' to make him straight has given evidence before a trial on California's gay marriage ban. Ryan Kendall said he knew at age 13 he would not stop being gay.
Video: India awaits final ruling on gay sex 4
4:25 PM — The Indian Supreme Court is expected to give a final ruling on repealing the ban on gay sex next month. A news report has suggested that along with legislative change, attitudes to homosexuality in the capital are slowly becoming more positive, with gay Bollywood storylines and even a gay pride shop.
John McCain’s wife appears in pro-gay marriage campaign 10
1:11 PM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, has posed for an advert endorsing gay marriage rights. Mrs McCain is shown in the NOH8 adverts with duct tape across her mouth and 'NOH8' written on her cheek.
20th January 2010
Playgirl vies for Iris Robinson’s toyboy lover 5
6:11 PM — The toyboy lover of homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson is being pursued by Playgirl magazine. The US publication, which famously featured Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandchild, has said it wants Kirk McCambley to agree to a racy photoshoot.
Ugandan MP David Bahati will not attend Obama prayer breakfast 11
5:41 PM — David Bahati, the Ugandan MP who authored an anti-gay bill currently passing through the country, has reportedly been disinvited from a prayer breakfast with US president Barack Obama.
Lesbian UKIP MEP barred from standing for re-election 18
5:04 PM — A lesbian UKIP MEP who left the party's European grouping has been told she cannot stand for election under her party. Nikki Sinclaire, an MEP for the West Midlands, was told she had broken party rules.
Opponents begin campaign to repeal gay marriage in New Hampshire 5
4:46 PM — Three weeks after New Hampshire gay marriage law came into force, opponents are fighting to get it repealed. The House Judiciary committee is holding hearings on two Republican-sponsored measures today.
Kylie announces she’s ‘attracted to women’ 20
3:39 PM — Gay icon Kylie Minogue has said she is attracted to women, although she admitted she had never been in a relationship with one.
Adam Lambert says AMAs gay kiss ‘went too far’ 17
1:12 PM — Adam Lambert has said he should have included a kiss with a man at the American Music Awards in his rehearsal. The singer had several television appearances cancelled after more than 1,500 US viewers complained about unscripted parts of his performance.
Nepal to court gay tourism 5
12:38 PM — Nepal is set to legalise gay marriage later this year and will celebrate the change by promoting the country as the gay tourism capital of Asia.
San Diego mayor tells gay marriage trial he was ‘prejudiced’ 6
11:44 AM — The mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, testified yesterday before a federal trial on gay marriage how he came to change his mind on the issue. Sanders, a Republican, was opposed to gay marriage but changed his mind after his daughter Lisa revealed she was a lesbian.
19th January 2010
Same-sex hand holding day goes worldwide 5
6:54 PM — The organiser of an initiative to help gay people feel confident holding hands in public is celebrating the spread of the movement across the world.
Mainstream holiday operator to cater for gay couples 17
4:15 PM — Holiday company Thomson has announced it is launching a new holiday brochure aimed at gay couples. The operator said its seven destinations are gay-friendly.
Gay romance expected for Glee 14
3:45 PM — US comedy Glee will reportedly feature a gay romance in its second season. Producers of the comedy, which is currently being aired on UK screens, are casting for three more characters, one of whom will be a love interest for gay student Kurt.