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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.

July 10, 2014

Former co-host Joy Behar defends O'Donnell against blistering attack by nemesis Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Seven years after her fiery exit from The View, ABC officially confirmed today that Rosie O'Donnell is returning to the show - and the fireworks have already begun.

'ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18,' the network tweeted without further comment.

O'Donnell also has not yet commented on the news but two of her former co-hosts, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar are engaged in a war of words over her return.

July 9, 2014

'Here in comes to The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck may no longer be on ABC's The View but that didn't stop her today from slamming the prospect of Rosie O'Donnell returning to the morning chatfest.

July 8, 2014

Former co-host is reportedly in talks to rejoin ABC talk show seven years after her very fiery exit

ABC's The View is reportedly in talks with Rosie O'Donnell, the most controversial host in the show's history, to return to the fold.

According to TMZ, O’Donnell is in 'active negotiations' to rejoin. She is the only lesbian to have been a permanent host on the show since its debut in 1997.

July 2, 2014

The out actor enjoys working with 'very handsome' straight co-star Brendan Fehr who plays his semi-closeted boyfriend

Luke Macfarlane, who came to fame as Scotty on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, is back on US network television.

He is again playing a gay character but this time he is a military man on NBC's new hospital drama The Night Shift.

His character of Rick is involved with a semi-closeted doctor named Drew - a former military man - who is played by Brendan Fehr.

June 23, 2014

Comic made joke on ABC's The View because Rove has insinuated Hillary Clinton might have brain damage

Bill Maher shocked the audience of ABC's talk show The View today with a joke about conservative political strategist Karl Rove.

During a discussion about Hillary Clinton, the host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, the commentator and comedian said the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate has long been the target of innuendo by political opponents.

June 11, 2014

Sherri Shepherd takes exception when Will Cain makes statement while co-hosting ABC's The View

While co-hosting ABC's The View on Wednesday (11 June), conservative pundit Will Cain was asked point-blank by co-host Sherri Shepherd: 'Are you bisexual?'

Shepherd asked the question after Cain agreed with co-host Jenny McCarthy that everybody is a little bit bi.

'I am not,' Cain replied. 'That's fine, that's the risk I run when I say that. A guy that wears boots like this, you're either gay or extremely confident straight.'

June 4, 2014

A gay couple enters into a Mexican eatery in Mississippi and you will not believe what happens next

A gay couple enters into a restaurant, they kiss, and then they get harassed.

It’s a familiar story, if it wasn’t for it being filmed for ABC’s hidden camera show What Would You Do?

In the segment, it shows how Mississippi locals react to blatant homophobic discrimination at a Mexican eatery.

The two actors enter, and then an actress playing a customer becomes angry by the pair’s public displays of affection.

The cameras then watch as the legitimate customers react, and it is at times disappointing and then inspiring.

May 30, 2014

'If you call me ugly, you have only yourself to blame. I am beautiful in every way'

Anyone who has seen Margaret Cho's concert film I'm the One That I Want knows about the torment the bisexual actress and comic endured over her appearance while doing the ABC sitcom All-American Girl.

She famously starved herself for weeks - network executives thought her face was too round - and suffered kidney failure.

But that was 20 years ago and Cho has come a long way since then when it comes to her self-esteem and self-image.

This week on Facebook, Cho had this very direct message to any detractors when it comes to her physical appearance: