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January 28, 2015

LGBTI activist will also co-produce the show

ABC is making a pilot a new sitcom based on the life of It Get's Better founder Dan Savage.

The as yet untitled show will be 'a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist's life,' according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'It centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet.

January 27, 2015

Out broadway star lands a recurring role in ABC's country music drama

Openly gay broadway star Kyle Dean Massey has joined the cast of ABC's country music drama Nashville in a recurring role.

Massey, 33, will play Kevin Bicks, 'one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Nashville who also happens to be openly gay.'

January 26, 2015

She recently wore a dress on The View and says 'I still have trauma, remembering it'

Rosie O’Donnell says her 60 pound weight loss since undergoing vertical gastric sleeve surgery in July 2013 has been a major psychological hurdle.

O'Donnell, 52, showed off her trimmer body earlier this month when she wore a dress for the first time on ABC's The View.

'It was very weird for me,' she told viewers last week. 'I still have trauma, remembering it.'

O'Donnell admitted that she sometimes feels 'vulnerable' about how she looks and that after she appeared in her dress, she 'had therapy and the whole two hours was about the dress.'

January 20, 2015

Transparent dominates TV awards - The Normal Heart and Neil Patrick Harris also win

Oscar front-runners Boyhood, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore are among the winners of Dorian Awards announced Tuesday by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA).

Also among the winners was non-Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay who was voted best director for Selma.

The film Pride, the true-life story of how a group of gays and lesbians championed striking blue-collar miners in Thatcher-era England, earned LGBTQ Film of the Year as well as Unsung Film of the Year honors.

January 12, 2015

Matt Bomer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jodie Foster also get Dorian Award nods - George Takei to get 'Timeless' award

The morning after the Golden Globe Awards were held, many of the night's winners and nominees nabbed Dorian Award nods.

The Gay and Lesbian Critics Association gave a leading five nominations to the film Birdman which was a surprising loser to The Grand Budapest Hotel at the Globes.

Also earning five nominations was the Amazon series Transparent which won Globes for TV comedy and best actor in a comedy (Jeffrey Tambor).

January 8, 2015

'If he’s a Democrat, he’s gay.  If he’s a Republican, he’s in the closet'

Gay comic Mario Cantone is full of opinions this week.

One day he says Bruce Jenner is morphing into a 'lumberjack lesbian' and now he's calling out Republican Congressman Aaron Schock as gay because of his buff body.

December 24, 2014

'It’s gotta be someone funny, someone who doesn’t care and someone very masculine; someone you wanna grab a beer with'

Until the stupendous box office success of Guardians of the Galaxy this year, Chris Pratt starring in a comedy series based on the life of gay soccer pro Robbie Rogers might have been a real possibility.

Rogers thinks the Parks & Recreation star would have been ideal casting for the lead in Men in Shorts which has been picked up by ABC.

December 22, 2014

Tuc Watkins, who played gay on Desperate Housewives, believes Modern Family couple is 80s stereotype

Openly gay actor Tuc Watkins has gotten Jesse Tyler Ferguson's attention with his Facebook post ripping on Modern Family's Cam and Mitch.

Watkins wrote that while he finds the ABC show ‘clever, hilarious, even terrifically subtle,’ he also has ‘a hard time laughing at the gay guys. In fact, I kinda cringe. It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.”'

He added: 'It doesn’t feel “modern” at all. Sure, people come in all shapes, sizes, etc. So why are we fed such 80s stereotypes every week?'

December 18, 2014

'Listen, you are a white lady telling me what is racist to you'

The Hot Topics segment of ABC's The View should have been called Hot Under the Collar Topics on Thursday's show.

Co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell, who have clashed several times in recent months, got into a heated exchange during a discussion about racism.

December 15, 2014

Series centers on teen who learns his parents are getting a divorce and his dad is becoming a woman

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest became a behind-the-scenes television force with the success of the much-maligned reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Seacrest's latest effort as a producer will most likely earn a bit more respect.

It's My Transparent Life, a groundbreaking docu-series that follows a teen named Ben who is not only dealing with his parents getting a divorce but also with the fact that his father is transitioning to female.

November 28, 2014

'I've learned not to engage with them via media'

The last time Rosie O'Donnell made fun of Donald Trump on ABC's The View eight years ago, it ignited a bitter public feud.

Did O'Donnell kick open the door to round to on Friday's episode of The View which she returned to this fall?

During a discussion about rude people with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace O'Donnell alluded to her infamous feud with Trump during which he called her a 'loser,' a 'slob' and took jabs at her weight.

November 21, 2014

'I am glad that people are talking about it and that it's sparked the conversation'

ABC's How to Get Away With Murder wrapped up the first half of its season this week - a dizzying period during which Jack Falahee has become a star.

As an openly gay law student named Connor Walsh, Falahee has repeatedly heated up the screen with some of the most explicit gay sex scenes ever seen on US network television.

November 20, 2014

'I think we have a lot in common. We’re both from Louisiana, we’re both hosts...'

Who knew that Robin Roberts and Ellen DeGeneres were so alike?

Today (20 November) the host of the ABC morning show Good Morning America sat across from Ellen on her own program.

The comic listed all the things the two shared.

November 13, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

November 7, 2014

Michael Adam Hamilton appeared in this week's episode of ABC legal drama

Michael Adam Hamilton found himself in very tight quarters with Jack Falahee in this week's episode of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder.

Hamilton was cast as a gay young lawyer named Julian who the gay character of Connor (Falahee) runs into at the courthouse.

It seems the two had hooked up in the past but Julian did not remember the encounter right away.

November 5, 2014

'Connor is at times driven by his sexual appetite, like many people in this world. He just happens to be gay'

The character of Connor Walsh on ABC's How to Get Away With Murder is just horny like everyone else.

And the hit legal drama has not shied away from giving equal time to his man-on-man sex scenes.

'I think that all of the sex scenes in the show are plot driven and/or character based,' Jack Falahee, the actor who plays Connor tells Attitude.

'Connor is at times driven by his sexual appetite, like many people in this world. He just happens to be gay.'

October 29, 2014

Shepherd appears on Good Morning America and makes fun of O'Donnell's various ailments - predicts she will be on the show just one year

Sherri Shepherd, a former co-host of ABC's The View, relentlessly made fun of current co-host Rosie O'Donnell during a television interview this week.

Shepherd appeared in Good Morning America to promote her role in the Broadway musical Cinderella and said she still watches the show she co-hosted for seven years before departing in the summer.

Shepherd kicked off her Rosie ribbing by lifting up her leg which O'Donnell did during her first show this season. O'Donnell returned to the show after quitting in 2007 after one stormy year.

October 22, 2014

'People notice my eye looks different, I had my eyelid done because it was drooping'

Rosie O'Donnell told the audience of ABC's The View of Wednesday (22 October) that she had plastic surgery to take care of a droopy eyelid.

She made the disclosure during a discussion about Oscar winning actress Renee Zellweger who appeared at a red carpet event this week looking very different than she has in the past.

The has led to widespread speculation about what Zellweger may or may not have had done to her face.

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.'