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April 16, 2014

Actor lost 20 pounds and also undergoes nearly two hours of make-up to become transgender punk rock singer in Broadway show

Neil Patrick Harris was so serious about transforming into a transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch that he went way beyond wearing make-up, miniskirts and fishnet stockings.

'I've lost 20 pounds almost for the role to try and be more feminine which sort of changed my whole posture,' Harris said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America which aired today.

Harris, his cheekbones sunken in, described himself as 'Jared Leto manorexic.'

April 15, 2014

The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono opens up on RuPaul's Drag Race in appearance with his maternal grandmother

Transgender activist and actor Chaz Bono dropped by RuPaul's Drag Race to help contestants learn to conduct a celebrity interview and in the process, opened up a bit about himself.

'You know, there was a number of years where I knew I was transgender but was afraid to do anything about it,' Bono told one of the contestants.

But once Bono, 45, did decide to transition, he shared his story by writing a book called Becoming Chaz and being the focus of a documentary of the same name.

April 15, 2014

'Sometimes there's a stigma attached to how people view you if you're living a certain way. But I don't care - you gotta live your life'

Robin Roberts has been on ABC's Good Morning America since 1995 and shared with viewers her battles with breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome.

But it was not until last December that she shared with the world that she is a lesbian and in a long-term relationship.

Roberts was widely applauded for her decision to finally go public but there were also those critics who felt she had waited much too long given her high-profile and the battle for LGBTI equal rights on the front burner.

She has no apologies.

April 13, 2014

JLo is honored along with ABC Family's The Fosters which she produces

Jennifer Lopez paid emotional tribute to her 'way cool' lesbian aunt as she accepted the Vanguard Award on Saturday at the star-studded GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills.

'Her struggles were mostly kept to herself,' Lopez said of her late aunt. 'Tonight, I know she's proud of me and everybody here.'

The Vanguard Award is presented to a media professional, who - through their work - has made a significant difference in support of LGBT equality.

April 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

April 4, 2014

'We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time'

Danny Pintauro, who from 1984-92 co-starred on the tremendously popular ABC sitcom Who's the Boss,. became a married man on Thursday (3 April).

Now 38, Pintauro married boyfriend Wil Tabares in a ceremony held in the beach community of Dana Point about an hour south of Los Angeles.

'Everything went off without a hitch,' Pintauro tells Us Weekly. 'The wedding was terrific and everyone was so happy to be there. We had fun!'

April 3, 2014

Watch this amazing dance performance by one of the co-creators of ABC Family's The Fosters

One gay man has just given his best friend an amazing gift on her wedding day.

Bradley Bredeweg, the co-creator of ABC Family’s The Fosters, surprised friend Stephanie Huntington as part of his speech.

‘There has been someone else with us on our journey together - her name is Britney Spears. In a way, she’s kind of been the soundtrack of our lives,’ Bredeweg said.

In the description on the video, it says the two of them have been secretly obsessed with Britney Spears their entire friendship, so of course Britney had to be a part of the ceremony.

March 31, 2014

Long-awaited historic gay wedding between two men to take place on US daytime soap - see preview

US daytime soap history is about to be made this week on NBC's Days of Our Lives with the wedding of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis.

Beginning Tuesday (1 April), the couple's wedding will begin to play out in the fictional town of Salem - a Midwestern US city in a state that has never been specified.

It will be the first wedding between two male characters. The now-canceled All My Children on ABC had the very first same-sex nuptials between two lesbian characters in 2009.

March 28, 2014

'The portrait there that's being presented is designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful, they're loving, this is paradise, this is the optimum nurturing environment for children...'

Bryan Fischer thinks the audience watching Modern Family doesn't realize the severe damage the show does to culture and family life.

The spokesperson for the anti-gay American Family Association was a guest on Kevin Miller's radio show. The host maintains Christians are troubled by ABC's Modern Family, which has one same-sex couple raising a daughter.

March 24, 2014

Global superstar will recieve the Vanguard award, joining past winners Cher, Whoopi Goldberg and Jennifer Aniston

Singing and acting superstar Jennifer Lopez is to record a top gay honor from GLAAD.

The Vanguard award is presented to artists who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBTI community.

Past recipients include Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Antonio Banderes and Drew Barrymore.

It is being awarded to Lopez as she is one of the executive producers of ABC Family’s The Fosters.

March 19, 2014

Former Good Morning America weather anchor now heads daily three-hour Weather Channel show

Sam Champion showed just how driven he is when he announced late last year that he was leaving his plum job as weather anchor of the top-rated Good Morning America on ABC.

Champion, who came out publicly as gay in 2o12, headed over to Weather Channel to be anchor and head boss of his own three-hour weekday show America's Morning Headquarters With Sam Champion.

March 7, 2014

To appear in season finale to help wrap story of a departing Sandra Oh

Isaiah Washington will appear in the season finale of ABC's Grey's Anatomy - his first appearance since being fired from the medical drama in 2007.

Washington is reprising his role of Dr. Preston Burke in an episode that will serve as the swan song for Sandra Oh's character of Cristina Yang who was romantically involved with Burke in earlier seasons.

Creator Shonda Rhimes, who fired Washington after he used homophobic slurs, said Washington's character is 'vital' to wrapping up Yang's storyline.

March 6, 2014

Brian May says Lambert 'the only singer' who can deliver as lead singer of their classic songs

Adam Lambert announced today that he will be performing with the two surviving members of the classic rock band Queen in a 19-date North American tour this summer.

Lambert appeared on ABC's Good Morning America with Brian May and Roger Taylor for the announcement.

The American Idol alum called May and Taylor 'rock royalty' and described Queen as 'one of the quintessential rock bands of all time - they have formed music no one's ever heard before.'

'They've influenced bands for years to come,' he added.

March 5, 2014

Becomes one of the few LGBTI celebrity contestants to take part over 18 seasons

Diana Nyad is trading in her swimsuit for a ball gown.

The champion swimmer, who inspired many when she completed her historic swim from Cuba to Florida last summer, was introduced Tuesday (4 March) as one of the celebrity contestants on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

The show begins its 18th season - there are two seasons each year - on 17 March.

It was the age of 64 and on her fifth attempt that Nyad swam 103 miles in 53 hours from Cuba to Florida.

She did so without a shark cage, flippers or a wetsuit which had never been done before.

March 4, 2014

Late night host cozies up with couple and even brings his own fondue pot

Who could blame Ellen DeGeneres for wanting to get cozy in bed with gorgeous wife Portia de Rossi after hosting the Academy Awards last night?

At least that was the scene in this hilarious opening sequence to Jimmy Kimmel's annual post-Oscars special on ABC.

The couple soon realizes they are not alone - there is a man in their bed.

That man is Jimmy Kimmel and not only do his pajamas match theirs, he has brought along his own fondue pot for late night snacking.

February 28, 2014

Openly gay GMA host has relaxed and candid interview with openly gay Oscar host

Two of television's most successful lesbian personalities got together for a relaxed chat a few days before one of them hosts the Academy Awards for the second time.

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who came out publicly last December, got Ellen DeGeneres to open up in an interview that aired Thursday (27 February) on the ABC show.

February 19, 2014

When her character kissed another woman she was thinking' the Internet was going to explode ... I think Twitter is just going to like invert itself!'

ABC's Super Fun Night may or may not see a second season but it's first season certainly ends this week on a gay note.

Last week, the character of Marika, played by Lauren Ash, has discovered that she is a lesbian after a kiss from a straight girl named Kendall (Kate Jenkinson).

In the season finale tonight, she struggles to tell her close-knit group of equally socially awkward friends which includes series star Rebel Wilson of Bridesmaids fame in her first US series.

February 12, 2014

'It's a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy'

Josh Elliott, news anchor for ABC's Good Morning America, got personal while guest hosting on The View this week.

Elliott told viewers about how his father's coming out as gay when the journalist was 13 immediately made him wonder about his own sexuality.

'My first feeling when my father told me was loyalty - thinking "I guess I have to be gay too. Maybe I'm gay,"' Elliott said. 'It's a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy.'

Since his father died just two years after coming out to his son, Elliott will be forever grateful for his honesty.

February 11, 2014

Annual event in LA has become one of hottest tickets on the LGBTI calendar and Gay Star News was there

Melissa Etheridge spent so much time on the arrivals line she didn't get into the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios until Darren Criss was almost done performing the opening number.

The singer was one of the last stars to arrive at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday (7 February) - an event that in just a few short years has become one of hottest LGBTI events on the calendar.

February 7, 2014

Former co-host appears on ABC daytime show for first time since stormy 2007 exit after blow-up with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View on Friday and the first thing she wanted to know was this: 'Is Hasselbeck here?'

The former co-host knew, of course, that the conservative Hasselbeck had left the show lasrt year to join Fox News Channel. But she couldn't help but joke about the mother of all on-air battles that resulted in O'Donnell leaving the show and never returning.

'We had some good times, we had some bad times, but they were never boring,' co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters said as she introduced O'Donnell.

February 5, 2014

'I wish, of course, it had not come about the way it did, but I'm glad that this situation can be an opportunity to help people accept and respect the LGBT community'

Juan Pablo Galavis, ABC's current star of The Bachelor, is speaking out after meeting with some LGBTI families during his apology tour.

The single father suffered massive backlash last month when he told a reporter that he did not think there should ever be a gay version of The Bachelor and that such a show would not set a good example for kids.

February 3, 2014

Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman leads Shawn Pyfrom to go public about his own struggle with drugs and alcohol and newfound sobriety

For eight years, Shawn Pyfrom played the gay character of Andrew Van de Kamp on the ABC hit Desperate Housewives.

He played rebellious teen in the show's early seasons then in the final season, dealt with a drinking problem.

Pyfrom, 27, is now revealing that off-screen he has battled an addiction to drugs and alcohol as well.

'I can’t stay quiet anymore about this,' the actor wrote in a blog post. 'I am an alcoholic and a drug addict.'

January 30, 2014

One Big Happy will try to make network's schedule and succeed where Sean Saves the World and The New Normal did not

It was back in 1997 that the character Ellen DeGeneres played on her self-titled ABC sitcom came out as a lesbian.

DeGeneres, now one of television's top talk show hosts, is returning to her sitcom roots but behind the scenes this time.

DeGeneres is one of the executive producers of One Big Happy, a comedy pilot ordered by NBC this week.

The comedy is about a lesbian and her straight male best friend who decide to have a baby together. But things get a bit complicated when during this process, one of them meets the love of their life.

January 29, 2014

'But you have to respect his freedom to say or do whatever he wants'

It's been more than a week since Juan Pablo Galavis, the current star of the ABC reality series, The Bachelor, infuriated some with his comments about gay people.

While the network was quick to condemn Galavis for saying a gay version of the show would not be good for kids, host Chris Harrison remained mum on the controversy.

But Harrison is finally speaking up.