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August 22, 2014

Could Rebecca Root become Britain's answer to Laverne Cox?

A transgender actress is to star in Britain’s first sitcom featuring a transgender character.

Rebecca Root has already filmed Boy Meets Girl's pilot, a romantic comedy that follows the developing relationship between 26-year-old Leo and 40-year-old Judy.

And Judy, like Root, will be transgender.

Created by Elliott Kerrigan, the script was discovered through the Trans Comedy Award.

The 2013 BBC talent search offered comedy writers up to £5000 ($8300, €6200) for the best script that promoted a positive portrayal of transgender characters.

August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

August 21, 2014

Voice actress Olivia Olson has revealed that Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward told her that her character Marceline the vampire used to date Princess Bubblegum in her back story, but that plot twist will not be appearing on the show

Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward has reportedly revealed that his characters Marceline and Princess Bubblegum once dated, explaining their rivalry on the show, but that history will not be revealed to viewers of the cartoon.

Voice actress Olivia Olson, who voices Marceline the vampire told an audience at a recent book signing event that Ward had asked her ‘You know they dated, right?’ during a discussion of her characters motivations ahead of recording a scene between her character and Princess Bubble Gum.

August 21, 2014

' I love her, I love her sort of diva-ness – it comes out'

Transgender actress Alexis Arquette got a lot of attention this week for claiming that before 'presenting' herself as female, she once had sex with Jared Leto.

August 21, 2014

'The bottom line is that regardless of how you were made or who you love, you should be able to get married if you want to get married'

Kristin Chenoweth makes no attempt to downplay her Christianity or her support of gay marriage in a video released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Emmy and Tony award winning actress describes herself as 'an American and marriage equality supporter - yup, I'm also a Christian.'

She then lists other things about herself that reflect 'how I was made' including being 'a shorty,' 'an Okie,' a lover of gospel, and a dog lover.

August 19, 2014

Trans actress, part of famous acting family, would also love to sleep with Jon Hamm

Drag queen Jackie Beat asked trans actress Alexis Arquette to tell her a secret.

The secret turned out to be quite a whopper.

'I had sex with Jared Leto back when I was presenting as a male,' Arquette says in a Q&A published in Frontiers Magazine.

Then she added a comment about Leto's manhood: 'And, yes, it’s not only massive; it’s like a Praetorian Guard’s helmet.'

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 19, 2014

Talk show host tweets selfie of herself, her wife, and special message

It was six years ago that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi tied the knot in an elaborate ceremony in California that made the cover of People magazine.

To mark their sixth anniversary, actress de Rossi (Arrested Development) hired an airplane to write a simple three-letter message in the sky for her wife: 'SIX.'

August 17, 2014

With Glee winding down its run, star has a second steady gig to fall back on

Jane Lynch is now a two-time Emmy winner.

The actress, who won her first Emmy for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee, picked up the second trophy Saturday (16 August) night for hosting NBC's Hollywood Game Night.

While the Primetime Emmys will be handed out next Sunday (24 August), many categories were presented at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lynch won in the category of Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program.

August 14, 2014

The CNN anchor confirms the incident but not a report that it left him in tears

It's well known that the late Lauren Bacall did not suffer fools.

Or, it seems, teenagers who express a political opinion different from her own - even of that teenager happened to be future CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

The year was 1982 and Cooper's mom, heiress and businesswoman Gloria Vanderbilt, had invited Bacall to a dinner at her Southampton house for actress Claudette Colbert.

August 14, 2014

Late actress regarded the show as her greatest professional high

The late Lauren Bacall, who died this week at 89, took the greatest pride in her stage career where she received the roles and acclaim that often alluded her in films.

The stage role of her lifetime was that of Margo Channing in Applause, a musical version of the classic Bette Davis film All About Eve.

Bacall played the older actress who takes young and ambitious newcomer Eve Harrington under her wing only to later be betrayed.

August 14, 2014

Photos: Oscar-winner thanks couple 'for the reminder that love and its declaration can be simple'

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o attended a friend’s same-sex wedding yesterday (13 August).

Posting on her Facebook page, the 12 Years A Slave actress thanked and congratulated the loving couple, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson and partner Jason Backe.

‘I witnessed the man who adds so much beauty to my life legalize his beautiful marriage,’ she said.

‘Thank you for the reminder that love and its declaration can be simple. Congratulations @tedgibsonbeauty.’

Gibson and Backe said their vows at Pier 46, Hudson River Park in New York City.

August 11, 2014

Lea DeLaria, aka Big Boo, is excited to come back to Manchester. ‘The girls there are really hot!’

Manchester Pride has announced a celebrity Grand Marshal for 2014: Lea DeLaria from the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Most recently known for her role as Big Boo in the prison drama, DeLaria said: ‘It’s an honor to be invited to marshal the Manchester Pride parade. I can’t wait to return to Manchester. The girls there are really hot!’

Prior to Orange is the New Glack, DeLaria became the first openly gay comic to perform on television in America in 1993.

August 10, 2014

Charlie Condou will take lead role in Southwark Playhouse production of Next Fall

Former Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou has been confirmed as one of the lead roles in the London production of Next Fall. The Tony-nominated Broadway comedy, which premiered in 2009, is about a gay couple with opposing religious views; one is a devout Christian and the other is an atheist.

August 8, 2014

The young stars play sisters fighting to survive in Into the Forest

With more and more Hollywood stars coming out publicly, it is inevitable that some of them would end up working together on a project.

That has happened with Oscar-nominee Ellen Page, who came out as a lesbian on Valentine's Day, and bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood.

The two stars are playing sisters in the new film Into the Forest which is based in the novel by Jean Hedland.

Their characters live in a remote ancient forest and they fight for survival as they discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse.

August 7, 2014

Lesbian actress's scene with on-screen husband required her to have an albino snake named Butter wrapped around her body

Sarah Paulson, nominated for an Emmy for her performance in the FX series American Horror Story: Coven, certainly earned her paycheck doing the part.

The actress was in a scene where her character of Coredelia had sex with her husband inside a ring of fire with snakes slithering around them. It was all part of a magical fertility spell.

Paulson confessed to talk show host Seth Meyers this week that she needed some liquid courage to get through the scene during which an albino snake named Butter was wrapped around her.

August 6, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress praises Conan O'Brien for his bravery of being 'the first transgender talk show host'

Laverne Cox has revealed her identical twin brother gets mistaken for her while he is out in public.

The transgender actress was appearing on Conan’s special Orange Is The New Black themed episode.

Her brother, a musician named M Lamar, played her character pre-transition in one of the episodes of the first season.

Cox said: ‘[My brother] was on a radio show and he was doing an interview and he was telling this story about when he was on a subway and someone came up to him and asked, “Are you Laverne Cox from Orange Is The New Black?”

August 5, 2014

'I was assigned male at birth but I always felt like I was a girl'

First she took on Katie Couric and now Gayle King.

Actress Laverne Cox, nominated for an Emmy for her role on Orange is the New Black, once again found herself in the position of educating a TV host about how to interview transgender people.

Cox recently appeared on CBS This Morning where co-host Gayle King - also known as Oprah Winfrey's BFF - was stopped cold when she began the conversation this way: 'Let's let people know about you, Laverne, because you were born a boy but ... '

July 29, 2014

Money Monster will be fourth feature film directed by the two-time Oscar winner

Jodie Foster, up for an Emmy for directing an episode of TV's Orange is the New Black this year, has her next directing job lined up.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress will direct the thriller Money Monster starring George Clooney.

July 23, 2014

Emily Rios: 'This is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family'

It was already public knowledge that the character Emily Rios plays on the FX drama The Bridge is a lesbian.

But it was not until this week that the 25-year-old actress has acknowledged that she is also a lesbian off screen.

Rios plays a young reporter in the series that follows two police detectives - one Mexican, one American - who have joined together to investigate a serial killer menacing both the US and Mexico along the Texas-Chihuahua border.

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 19, 2014

The comedian will be playing a love interest in new drama 'Cucumber'

Actor and comedian Rufus Hound has joined the cast of Russel T Davies’ latest gay drama series, Cucumber.

 

July 10, 2014

Out stars Matt Bomer, Kate McKinnon, Jim Parsons, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, and Jane Lynch among the nominees

When the 66th annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, those keeping an LGBTI scorecard had plenty to keep track of.

In addition to Laverne Cox making history as the first trans actress to receive a nomination for her role on Orange is the New Black, there are numerous out gay, lesbian and bisexual nominees.

July 10, 2014

Gets supporting actress nod for performance in Orange is the New Black

Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category.

When nominations were ann0unced in Los Angeles this morning, Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black.

Her competition will include two OITNB co-stars (Natasha Lyonne ans Uzo Aduba) and a trio of established veterans: Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live) and Joan Cusack (Shameless).