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November 16, 2014

The English actor shows us how to deal with an anti-gay troll on social media with one of the sharpest responses to a homophobe we’ve ever seen

English actor Paul Bettany kept his cool when an anti-gay Twitter troll attacked him.

The 43-year-old actor, who is married to US actress Jennifer Connelly with whom he has three children, is the star of several Hollywood blockbusters.

Bizarrely enough, a Twitter troll seemed convinced he is gay and threatened to beat him up for being a ‘faggot’.

However, the esteemed actor seemed to call upon his years of acting experience to handle the troll with one of the most eloquent responses to a homophobe we’ve seen.

November 15, 2014

'And I feel so sorry to say such things. You're so gay it hurts my feelings.'

Actress Amanda Bynes is caught on an audiotape rambling about killing her parents and making bigoted comments about a gay friend.

According to the Daily Mail, the tape was recorded by one of the actress' roommates as they drove around Los Angeles.

After making  threats against her family, Bynes attacks the sexuality of a friend.

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 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 6, 2014

Actress is honored for her transgender advocacy

Transgender actress Laverne Cox has been named a woman of the year by Glamour magazine for her role in TV series Orange Is the New Black and her advocacy work.

It has already been a whirlwind year Cox, who became the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award in an acting category.

November 6, 2014

Read our review of new film Margarita, With A Straw and our interview with the star Kalki Koechin

Margarita, With A Straw is about a bisexual Indian girl with cerebral palsy who moves to America.

While this might sound like someone accidentally checked all the boxes on a diversity form, it is a wonderfully intimate film about identity and finding yourself.

Writer-director Shonali Bose focuses on the character of Laila, who is determined to not let her disability define her.

She writes lyrics for a rock band, she crops her wheelchair out of her Facebook pictures and masturbates freely to audio pornography.

November 6, 2014

Actress stands by her point that gay men do not fight for women's rights

Rose McGowan has taken to Twitter to apologize for saying that gay men are more misogynistic than straight men.

However, she said she stood by her point that the gay community did not 'pay it forward' by fighting for the human rights of others, specifically women.

The Charmed actress made the comments in a recent podcast with gay writer Bret Easton Ellis.

November 4, 2014

'You're part of the reason America's in trouble. Religious fanatics are the reason America's in trouble'

Big Boo was not in the mood.

Lea DeLaria, one of the stars of the popular drama Orange Is The New Black, was taking the M train, a line in the New York City subway system.

November 3, 2014

Susan Sarandon will play her lesbian grandmother

Elle Fanning has been announced as the lead in drama Three Generations.

The Maleficent actress will take the role of Ray, a New York City teen transitioning from female to male. Naomi Watts will play her mother and Susan Sarandom is down to play her lesbian grandmother.

The indie film was written by Nikole Beckwith and will be directed by Gaby Dellal, and has a budget of US$5 million.

October 23, 2014

Clunie: 'We are very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family'

X-Men director Bryan Singer is going to be a father.

The mother of the child is actress Michelle Clunie, his ex-girlfriend.

Clunie, who played Melanie for five seasons on Showtime's Queer as Folk is seven-and-a-half months pregnant and wrote on Facebook Wednesday (22 October): 'We dated. We broke up. He came out to me. We still loved each other and so made a pact we would start a family together some day. We are now 7 1/2 months pregnant and very excited about co-parenting and starting our little 21st century, progressive, American family.

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 17, 2014

Annual Spirit Day campaign had Laverne Cox, Demi Lovato, Billie Jean King and others in purple attire

To mark Spirit Day on Thursday (16 October), a number of celebrities wore purple and millions of other people decided to 'go purple' online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth.

Emmy nominated actress Laverne Cox took things a step further when she took part in lighting New York City's famed Empire State Building purple for the night.

October 10, 2014

From Michael Sam to Ellen Page, celebrate Coming Out Day with a reminder of some of the most notable coming outs this year

Thousands of people have come out since the last National Coming Out Day. Some bad, some amazing, and some so heartwarming you will cry.

We'd might like to live in a world where coming out doesn't make the news. But as long as anyone alive has a bad coming out, disowned by their families or thrown out onto the streets, then celebrities coming out can still change lives.

It's all about breaking barriers and being who you are, and all 18 people on this list epitomise this.

October 10, 2014

Léa Seydoux, who recently thrilled audiences with as a blue-haired lesbian, will be in Bond 24

Blue Is The Warmest Color star Léa Seydoux will reportedly star in the next James Bond movie.

The French actress, who won the Palme d'Or for her role in the lesbian romantic drama film, will be a 'femme fatale' alongside Daniel Craig's 007.

She will apparently be meeting with the stars of the new film for a script read through next month.

The film's plot is expected to be, as per interviews with returning director Sam Mendes, to be a continuation of what happened in Skyfall.

October 6, 2014

Former X Files star, now in a long term relationship with a man, says she wants to honor her lesbian experience

US actress Gillian Anderson has said he wants to be pay tribute to her high school girlfriend who recently died from a brain tumor.

The former X Files star, now known for Hannibal and The Fall, said she wants to honor her instead of hiding their experience together.

'She had died of a brain tumour a year earlier and I had never really spoken about her,' Anderson told the Mail On Sunday's Even magazine.

'She was a beautiful person who was very meaningful in my life and I wanted to honor her instead of hiding my experience.

October 4, 2014

The transgender actress says her new documentary on transgender youth and the issues they face

The first trailer for a new transgender documentary by actress Laverne Cox has been released.

The documentary called Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word will air on MTV and LogoTV on October 17.

The show will focus on transgender youth and the issues they face.

‘We live in a world where people are often judged for being different,’ says Cox.

‘But this is a celebration of these differences, as well as how we’re the same. We’ll follow the courageous lives of young tans people.

October 2, 2014

'It's unnecessary to go to the most popular restaurant in the world when you have a scandal on your head'

Getting her start at the age of 3 on The Cosby Show, Raven-Symoné has been famous for a quarter of a century.

Now 28, the actress came out publicly as a lesbian last year and did so on her terms in a simple Twitter message in support of gay marriage.

The former star of Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven and the popular Cheetah Girls movies credits her mom and dad for giving her the tools to be able to navigate the pitfalls of fame.

October 1, 2014

'You are alone with a man who is not your husband, who also has a husband'

Gone Girl's leading lady Rosamund Pike has a sex scene with Neil Patrick Harris in the highly-anticipated thriller opening in the US on Friday (3 October).

While the actual shooting of the scene was 'remarkably normal' the actress says things got a bit awkward before that.

Director David Fincher instructed Harris and Pike to spend two hours rehearsing their scene on an empty soundstage.

September 29, 2014

Linda Hunt has been married to retired therapist Karen Klein since 2008

When one thinks of an Oscar winner actress who is an out lesbian and married to a woman, Jodie Foster is probably the first name the comes out mind.

But Linda Hunt, who received the best supporting actress Oscar in 1983 for The Year of Living Dangerously, also fits that description.

September 23, 2014

'He is an angel, he's not a terrestrial mortal'

Dax Shepard appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and lamented the fact that Brad Pitt is now married to Angelina Jolie.

'He's really off the market now,' the actor told DeGeneres.

Shepard, married to actress Kristen Bell, still seemed to holding on to some hope that the two could get together.

'We're both married, we both have a lot to lose. He may be a great secret keeper if I had to step outside the confines of my marital bond. He would probably be the best guy to do it with because he has a lot to lose.'

September 18, 2014

Daniéle Watts claimed she was harassed and racially profiled by the LAPD because she is black and her boyfriend is white

The cops who arrested a Django Unchained actress because they allegedly thought she was a prositute have denied they are racist. They argue they can't be because one of them is gay.

Daniéle Watts claimed she was harassed and racially profiled by the LAPD because she is black and her boyfriend is white.

September 17, 2014

Faking It will include an intersex character, one of the only ones in TV history

MTV's Faking It is about to make history by featuring one of the very few intersex characters on television.

Lauren, a character played by the endosex (opposite of intersex) actress Bailey De Young, had a question mark over head at the end of the series' last season due to her taking 'mysterious pills'.

In the show's second season premiere, it will be revealed Lauren is intersex and the pills are hormones.

September 8, 2014

In an exclusive piece for Gay Star News, UK Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan explains why the commitment to equality cannot end at Britain’s shores

It’s a source of great pride to me that the UK has been recognized by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) as being a European leader in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for the fourth year running.

It’s thanks to the heroic work and unrelenting passion of campaigners and activists that LGBT young people growing up in Britain today can be confident that society is on their side.

September 5, 2014

Six-time Emmy winner says: 'Kissing has become my thing'

Now that she's won her fifth and sixth career Emmys for Masters of Sex and Moms, respectively, Allison Janney is revealing that she is quite the big smoocher.

The actress, who won four previous Emmys during her years on The West Wing, appeared on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show this week and shared some of her lip-locking escapades.

She told the host that kissing has 'become my thing.'