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October 16, 2014

Stars of The Fosters and other TV series are showing their support for LGBTI youth by wearing purple

Today (16 October) is Spirit Day – an awareness-raising initiative that invites people to make a stand against bullying and show support for LGBTI youth.

Several celebrities have become involved with this year's event, which invites people to wear purple to show their backing for the campaign.

October 15, 2014

'Men In Shorts' will follow the life of an openly gay soccer player

Robbie Rogers may be one of the most famous openly gay men in sports, but he is also now inspiring what will be making us laugh next year.

ABC has confirmed 'Men In Shorts', a single-camera comedy inspired by the soccer player, will air in 2015.

The show will follow a young professional soccer player who takes 'one small step out of the closet and one giant leap into the spotlight'.

On Twitter, Rogers said he was 'really excited to be part of this'.

October 14, 2014

One viewer called transgender panelist Cate McGregor a 'he/she'

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has defended transphobic tweets it aired on last night's Q&A panel show.

Group Captain Cate McGregor was the first transgender panellist on Q&A and the highest ranking transgender military officer in the world.

Tweets were displayed back the bottom as speakers were talking and while most were positive, two tweets upset viewers:

October 10, 2014

Reflecting on ABC’s latest comedy show, Rev. Irene Monroe thinks there’s a fine line to tread between reflecting reality and causing offence…

The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy Black-ish, aired last week, left its LGBTQ viewership ‘black and blue.’

‘It looks a little gay,’ Pop (the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne) casually told his son Dre – short for Andre – while he was stretching to prepare for his talk with his son about the ‘birds and the bees.’

October 8, 2014

Josh Thomas tells Bob Katter he's 'kooky but adorable' on Australia's Q&A

Gay comic Josh Thomas has utterly destroyed a homophobic politician live on Australian TV.

The creator and star of Please Like Me appeared alongside member of parliament Bob Katter, who once denied the existence of gay people in North Queensland, on ABC show Q&A.

He also described homosexuality as 'evil'.

When an audience member asked about the mental health issues that young LGBTI people face because of homophobic people like Katter, and he responded by saying he was 'happy' to help any member of his electorate.

October 8, 2014

'I remember Jesus had a lot of different kinds of friends. Jesus never turned anybody away'

With so much news on the gay marriage front this week, it's no surprise that it ended up being one of the hot topics on ABC's The View.

While lesbian co-host Rosie O'Donnell was joyous over the US Supreme Court letting the overturning of gay marriage bans in five states stand, it was the show's moderator Whoopi Goldberg who had the strongest words for opponents.

'You cannot stem this tide,' Goldberg said. 'It is coming whether you're comfortable with it or not.'

October 3, 2014

Fraternity brother and girlfriend stop having sex and ask for photos with the Modern Family stars

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet sound like they are even more fun off screen than they are on as Mitch and Cam on ABC's Modern Family.

The on-screen couple paid a visit to Stonestreet's alma mater, Kansas State, recently where they did a talk with students.

After the official event, the friends went bar hopping then ended up at the fraternity house where Stonestreet lived during his student days.

October 1, 2014

LGBTI media advocacy group announces networks must include transgender characters to receive an 'Excellent' grade from next year

GLAAD has issued a record 'Excellent' grade to three TV networks this year.

With shows such as Modern Family, The Fosters and Looking huge hits, the US LGBT media advocacy organization has looked backwards at the previous season and rated the networks on their LGBT-inclusive content between June 2013 and May 2014.

They have also released the Where We Are On TV report, analyzing the scripted characters in the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

ABC Family, HBO and MTV have earned 'Excellent' this year.

September 26, 2014

Saying gay sex is 'part of life,' How to Get Away With Murder creator Peter Nowalk promises lots more

Viewers of last night's series premiere of ABC's legal drama How to Get Away With Murder saw gay law student Connor Walsh seduce a man to get information on a case.

Their flirtation in a bar later moved to the bedroom where clothes came off, breathing gets heavy, and Connor (played by Jack Falahee) tells the guy to 'turn over' and presumably begins rimming him.

The scene aired on the same broadcast network that 25 years ago lost advertisers because two gay men were simply shown in bed together on the drama Thirtysomething.

September 23, 2014

District Attorney Seth Williams: 'An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia'

Three people will be charged in a mob attack on a gay couple in Philadelphia, law enforcement authorities said Tuesday  (23 August).

But they will not be charged with a hate crime.

Bucks County residents Philip Williams, 24, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Katherine Knott, 24 will be charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal conspiracy, according to the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.

September 18, 2014

'Everyone assumes that obese people would just be jumping for joy that they were healthier and thinner'

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View this week weighing more than 50 pounds less than she did the last time she co-hosted the show back in 2007.

But it's been an emotional adjustment for the star.

She suffered a heart attack in 2012 then earlier this year, underwent a vertical gastric sleeve procedure that helped her reach a healthier weight.

September 16, 2014

O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace join Whoopi Goldberg and draw 3.9 million viewers

ABC's daytime chat show The View returned to the air with new episodes on Monday (15 September) with a new line-up of co-hosts and scored its highest ratings in eight years.

Whoopi Goldberg is the only holdover in an overhaul for the show's 18th season that includes new co-hosts, a new set in a new studio and a new executive producer.

Goldberg was joined by former co-host Rosie O'Donnell who had left the show after one fiery season back in 2006-07 as well as actress Rosie Perez and conservative author and commentator Nicolle Wallace.

September 11, 2014

'I’ve come to expect nothing from her, even though I feel I continually make the effort to break through'

When Rosie O'Donnell returns to ABC's The View on Monday (15 September), she will join a revamped show that has her co-hosting with a returning Whoopi Goldberg and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.

One person who won't be there will be Elisabeth Hasselbeck whose on-air clash with O'Donnell in 2007 was so traumatic (see video below) that O'Donnell left the show nearly a month before her one-year contract had expired.

September 3, 2014

A&E reality TV show star compared homosexuality to bestiality, prostitutes and adulterers

Duck Dynasty's dad Phil Robertson has claimed he has the same views on gay people as Jesus.

The A&E reality TV show personality has appeared on ABC to defend his homophobic views, comparing gay people to liars, thieves, prostitutes, adulterers and people who have sex with animals.

'I'm as much of a homophobie as Jesus was,' he said. 'People who are participating in homosexual behavior, they need to know that I love them.'

When Robertson revealed his homophobic views last year, the 68-year-old was briefly suspended from his reality TV show.

August 26, 2014

Fifth season of popular sitcom culminated in wedding of gay couple Mitch and Cam

ABC's Modern Family made it five for five at the Emmys on Monday (25 August).

The popular comedy won a record-tying fifth Emmy for best comedy series meaning it has won for each year it has been on the air.

C0-creator Steve Levitan accepted the award and was flanked on the stage by the cast including Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet who play gay couple Mitch and Cam on the show.

The engagement and planning of Mitch and Cam's wedding was one of the season's main storylines with the two-part season finale culminating in their tying the knot.

August 19, 2014

Orange Is The New Black star opens up about how she tried to commit suicide in the sixth grade

Trans star, advocate and actress Laverne Cox has said she is so thankful she survived her suicide attempt in the sixth grade.

The Orange Is The New Black actress opened up about when she was being heavily bullied at school.

She speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to discuss the state of trans rights in America, and the impact discrimination had on her childhood.

‘I was bullied and I internalized a lot of shame about who I was as a child,’ Cox said.

August 13, 2014

The two were able to reconcile before his dad's death in 2012

Weather Channel anchor Sam Champion insists he was never really in the closet but it wasn’t until his final year on ABC’s Good Morning America that he shared the news with viewers.

Champion, who turns 53 today, had good reason for wanting to be more open: He had become engaged to marry husband Rubem Robierb.

August 7, 2014

Adam Joseph is popular with viewers of ABC affilate in Philadelphia and has appeared on Good Morning America

Adam Joseph, a weatherman for the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia since 2005, shared some big news on his Facebook page Wednesday (6 August): He's a new father - and he's gay.

He wrote: 'The action news team has grown again! I am ecstatic to introduce Jacob, the newest love of our lives. My partner Karl and I welcomed him into our world on August 5th at 1:41am.

'He tipped the scales at 9lbs 1oz and was over 21 inches long! He was a bit stubborn to arrive, but once he did he's been mellow, attentive, and constantly looking around.

July 24, 2014

Modern Family star says fans are 'generally disappointed' when they meet him because he's 'not as fun' as Cam

Eric Stonestreet describes his TV alter-ego on Modern Family as ‘bossy, fussy bottom.’

The actor, who is straight in real life, says people are so used to seeing him as the flamboyant gay character of Cam on the ABC comedy that they become concerned when they encounter Stonestreet in public.

'I get a lot of questions like, "Are you not feeling well?"' the actor tells HuffPost Live.

July 23, 2014

Says her wife will be part of 'top secret' story arc on political drama

Portia de Rossi has landed a role on the hit political drama Scandal.

The news was broken not by ABC or by a publicist but by the famous wife of the actress.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her nearly 30 million followers: 'So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on Scandal. Oops.'

The show's writers later confirmed the news with their own tweet saying: 'We are so excited to have Portia de Rossi joining us this coming season.'

July 22, 2014

Outgoing co-host of The Vew says: 'Well, maybe ... she has her girlfriends. You never know'

Jenny McCarthy is suggesting that presumptive Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is a lesbian.

On Tuesday's episode of ABC's The View, McCarthy was part of a panel discussion about a new book about the 'hidden lives of presidents' which includes an allegation that former President Bill Clinton currently has a mistress.

Said McCarthy: 'Well, maybe he has his girlfriends and she has her girlfriends. You never know. Maybe they have an arrangement.'

July 21, 2014

'I was like, "Maybe I shouldn't have done what I did"' and come out

Michael Sam, one of the final picks during this year's NFL draft, began to doubt whether or not he'd make the pros.

He also began to doubt whether or not he should have come out publicly as a gay man before the draft.

'I was second guessing myself that maybe football would turn its back on me,' Sam said in an interview that aired today on ABC's Good Morning America.

July 16, 2014

Remembers being told: 'This is really going to hurt your career. You have a chance to be a movie star, and you can’t do that'

Even decades before he began portraying scandalous US President Fitzgerald Grant III on ABC's Scandal, Tony Goldwyn was determined to call the shots in his career.

Back in 1990, the same year he had a lead role in the box office smash Ghost, Goldwyn said he was advised not to keep the role of a gay man in the play The Sum of Us when it moved off-Broadway.

July 15, 2014

‘Even though I was playing an openly gay character, we thought we might want to keep the mystery of what I do behind closed doors'

Michael Urie, currently on a national tour of his smash Off-Broadway play Buyer and Cellar, has had no shortage of work since coming out publicly as a gay man towards the end of the four-year run of ABC’s Ugly Betty.

The openly gay actor played conniving Marc St. James, the assistant to diva magazine editor Wilhelmina Slater played by Vanessa Williams.

But back in 2006, when he began on the show, the actor says he was encouraged to stay in the closet.