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December 22, 2014

But only Congress can legalize gay marriage

The Philippine presidential palace yesterday (21 December) said it 'respects' the rights of gay couples to marry but any plans to legalize same-sex marriage had to come from Congress.

During a radio interview, Malacañang Palace communications secretary Herminio Coloma Jr was asked to comment on the recent marriage of transgender singer Aiza Seguerra to his actress girlfriend, Liza Dino, in California.

December 21, 2014

'So when I opened this holiday card a few days ago and read Love @beyonce I literally fell to the floor'

Laverne Cox has a gift more precious than gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Last week the Orange Is The New Black actress opened a Christmas card from Beyonce. Included was a sweatshirt with the phrase 'Cake By The Pound.'

December 20, 2014

'Playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill on Broadway was one of the most challenging and artistically rewarding experiences of my career...'

Singer, actress, and LGBTI ally Audra McDonald will soon appear on HBO in a portrayal of jazz great Billie Holiday.

The six-time Tony winner will reprise her role in the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill  for the premium cable and satellite television network

December 18, 2014

Actress Michelle Clunie and Singer were once a couple and plan to raise the child together

Actress Michelle Clunie, best known for her role of Melanie on Showtime's Queer as Folk, is pregnant with director Bryan Singer's baby.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (18 December), Clunie makes clear that she and the X-Men director (pictured with Mick Fleetwood at a recent Fleetwood Mac concert) plan to co-parent the baby.

Clunie is not serving as a surrogate and hopes her Facebook message will put an end to the inaccurate descriptions of the situation.

December 17, 2014

Director Mark Christopher will present his original vision for 54 starring Ryan Phillippe at Berlin Film Festival

When the 1998 film 54 was released, writer-director Mark Christopher could not have been happy with what was on the screen.

In the film he originally delivered chronicling the rise and fall of Studio 54 - the famed NYC hotspot of the 1970s - Ryan Phillippe’s character was bisexual and Breckin Meyer's character also seemed ready to dabble in some man-on-man action.

Miramax, the studio that released the film, ordered 20-plus minutes of additional scenes to beef up a relationship between Phillippe’s character and a soap actress played by Neve Campbell.

December 16, 2014

Kiss took an hour to shoot

The Taiwanese queen of pop Jolin Tsai locks lips with actress Ruby Lin in the music video for her new song, We're All Different, Yet The Same.

The clip is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years.

However, when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner could not sign the consent form because she was not a legal spouse or family member.

When medical staff asked, 'What is your relationship with the patient?' she could only answer, 'A good friend.'

December 16, 2014

This happened in February, and the effects are still being felt today

The Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 will go down in history as the event that made gay rights not just an issue to discuss, but the center of a civil rights firestorm.

Even though it happened in February, the reverberations of the protests are still being felt as we reach the end of the year.

December 10, 2014

Trans actress Laverne Cox also nominated for Orange is the New Black

The Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game picked up three Screen Actors Guild nominations on Wednesday (10 December).

The nominations are seen as providing crucial boosts for films hoping to score Oscar nods next month.

Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his performance as Turing and co-star Keira Knightly earned a supporting actress nod for her work as Joan Clarke in the film.

December 9, 2014

Celebrity couple wed in San Francisco

Filipino transgender actor and singer Aiza Seguerra yesterday married actress Liza Diño in a private ceremony in San Francisco.

About 50 guests attended the outdoor wedding, including Seguerra's co-star in TV drama Be Careful with My Heart, Sylvia Sanchez.

Seguerra, 31, originally came out as a lesbian in 2007, but in August said he identified as a transgender man.

He proposed to former beauty queen Diño, 33, during a stage play, in which they both acted, in Manila in February.

November 26, 2014

High school sweethearts Santana and Brittany will tie the knot

Same-sex marriage will be in the air when Glee returns to the air for its sixth and final season in January.

Actress Naya Rivera, who plays the lesbian character of Santana, recently tweeted a photo of a bride's veil on social media with the caption: 'Exciting day on the set of Glee.'

Santana will be one of the brides and she will presumably be marrying her high school sweetheart Brittany (Heather Morris), according  to TV Line.

November 25, 2014

Actress calls him her 'favorite person in the world'

Amanda Bynes has said her rumored boyfriend is not gay as they've had sex.

The 28-year-old actress said she was engaged to a 19-year-old called Caleb Pusey in October, a teen she met in rehab. It is believed they lived together for a short while in California.

When he denied the suggestion on his social media, Bynes then accused him of being gay.

She has now retracted this, saying on Twitter: 'Caleb is not gay we had sex (sic).

'He did talk about being gay but we had sex so he obviously is not.'

November 16, 2014

Since the Charmed actress voiced her opinions on ‘misogynistic’ gay people, one YouTuber decided to hit back with a tutorial on how to be gay according to the US actress 

‘Gay men are more misogynistic than straight men,’ said Rose McGowan.

The US TV actress, most famous for appearing in the series Charmed and dating rocker Marilyn Manson, sparked the fury of the LGBTI community when she made those comments during a podcast with Bret Easton Ellis earlier this month.

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.