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December 15, 2014

GSN talks to Craig Pomranz, author of the enchanting children’s book, Made by Raffi – about a young boy who enjoys knitting and sewing

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a young child? Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz is a charming book about a young boy who enjoys knitting and sewing.

A shy boy, Raffi doesn’t enjoy noisy, rough-and-tumble games but takes to needlework when he hits upon the idea of knitting a scarf for his dad – prompting teasing from other children.

The story skillfully demonstrates that different people enjoy different things, and that sometimes boys like to do things normally associated with girls, and vice versa.

December 14, 2014

The perfect Soho location for a quintessential London weekend

My friend Andreas from Copenhagen was in town so I booked us into the Z Hotel in Soho to ensure that we were in the heart of the action for the fairly frenetic itinerary that we had planned – shop; drink; party; sleep; repeat.

Soho in London is the city’s recognised gay village, a dense network of small streets, awash with cafes, restaurants, bars, theatres, independent stores and sex shops.

December 13, 2014

'I can't breathe'

The cast of the highly regarded drama Orange Is The New Black joined thousands others in New York City to take a stand against police brutality.

According to Mediaite Vicky Jeudy, who plays Janae Watson, posted photos of her fellow actors on Twitter.

December 10, 2014

Scott Rudin is first producer to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy

Don't expect to see producer Scott Rudin and movie queen Angelina Jolie working together anytime soon.

A scathing email Rudin sent to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal about Jolie is part of the fallout from a cyber-attack on the studio and was leaked on Tuesday (9 December).

An ongoing email exchange between Rudin and Pascal over much of 2014 included Rudin's fury over Jolie's alleged objection over David Fincher directing a Steve Jobs biopic instead of her remake of Cleopatra.

December 4, 2014

'I wanted to be acknowledged for my work. I didn’t want to be that gay person who does comedy'

Lily Tomlin wants to make this much clear: 'I never did not come out.'

But she did turn down a Time Magazine cover in 1975 to announce she was gay - a step Ellen DeGeneres would take with the same magazine 22 years later.

It wasn't known publicly until recent years is that Tomlin, 75, and her frequent professional collaborator Jane Wagner have been a solid couple for more than four decades.

The couple got married last New Year's Eve.

November 21, 2014

'I still get enraged when I think about him talking about being in love with that woman on 60 Minutes'

A US talk show host has called for actor Kevin Spacey to come out as gay in his new memoir, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.

In an entry dated 9 September 2013, Cohen recalled running into the two-time Oscar winner at the US Open finals.

'Kevin Spacey was in front of us with a face full of makeup and three male companions who were definitely NOT raising any questions,' he wrote.

In another entry, Cohen recounted a conversation he had with gay actor Neil Patrick Harris on the set of his talk show Watch What Happens Live:

November 21, 2014

To follow Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall in current Broadway production

Move over bitches, John Cameron Mitchell is stepping into the platform shoes of Hedwig again.

Mitchell is set to step into the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway after Michael C. Hall completes his run on 18 January.

He co-created the role of a transgender punk rocker, debuted it Off-Broadway in 1998 and later starred in a 2001 feature film.

The current Broadway production has been a smash since it opened in the spring with Neil Patrick Harris in the role.

November 20, 2014

After reaching stardom, singer went on personal and professional slide

After years of struggle, country music singer Ty Herndon has come out publicly as a gay man at the age of 51.

Herndon made the revelation to People Magazine this week: 'My mother probably knew I was gay before I did. I remember sitting down with her and having the conversation.'

Country music has not been seen as welcoming to openly gay artists and Herndon kept his secret when he first hit the charts in 1995 with the single What Mattered Most.

November 13, 2014

Openly gay Gypsy Boy author shares his experiences on the road

He's the handsome, enigmatic author of the best-selling and often heartbreaking memoirs Gypsy Boy and Gypsy Boy on the Run.

Here, born traveller Mikey Walsh – voted number 70 on the recent Independent On Sunday Rainbow List – shares his experiences on the road: from Christmas at London's Borough Market to the 'patchwork quilt' view of a dream-like, mountain-top Italian village he's forgotten the name of...

November 7, 2014

Partners becomes singer's 52nd gold record -  more than any other female artist in history

At the age of 72, Barbra Streisand is proving to be as big a draw as she ever was.

The Recording Industry Association of America announced on Friday (7 November) that Streisand's latest album, Partners, has been certified gold meaning it has sold more than 500,000 copies.

This marks the 52nd gold record for Streisand whose first album was released 50 years ago last month.

No other female artist has achieved as many gold records as Streisand.

October 29, 2014

Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me SICK!

Hocus Pocus is undeniably the campest Halloween film ever made.

Bette Midler wanting a child - on toast! Sarah Jessica Parker singing pretty well. Kathy Najimy being...Kathy Najimy.

It's not a surprise that the film has become a favorite for many this time of year.

But three guys have taken it one step further, creating what could be the best drag queen versions of the Sanderson sisters.

October 7, 2014

' I want to be labeled a human who loves humans'

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey that ran over the weekend, Raven-Symoné makes clear that she does not like labels.

Two of the biggest labels that have gone with the former Disney star: being a lesbian or bisexual and being an African-American.

The one-time Cosby Show and That's so Raven star acknowledges that she is 'in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner - a woman. I am proud to be what I am and who I am.'

Just don't call it gay.

October 6, 2014

Talk show host finds out couple has been together only a year and jokes: 'That's fast!'

For the second time this year, a Florida couple traveled to the Los Angeles area to be in the audience for a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

What one of the men did not know was that his boyfriend of one year was going to propose marriage to him in front of Ellen's studio audience with the talk show host in on the plan.

After her show was through taping for the day, Ellen - seemingly at random - called a couple named Benjamin and Justin down to the stage just to see if they had anything to say.

Benjamin had plenty.

October 3, 2014

Circus Rainbow is aiming to offer family-friendly entertainment to children and adults alike when it makes its debut in Florida later this month

Roll up, roll up… for the US’s first touring LGBTI circus.

Circus Rainbow will launch on 22 October 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida – with shows running twice daily until 2 November. These will include an afternoon performance aimed at kids and families, and an evening dinner show aimed at adults.

The concept was created by show business veteran, Philip Anthony, a Florida- based producer, promoter and entertainment manager whose career in the circus world stretches back over four decades.

September 25, 2014

Barbra Streisand makes music industry history with sales of latest album

Barbra Streisand is number one again.

The legendary singer's latest album, Partners, has debuted at the top of the Billboard sales chart. This makes Streisand the first artist in history to have a number one album in six consecutive decades.

Streisand's first number one album, People, came out 50 years ago next month. Her other chart toppers include The Way We Were, A Star is Born, The Broadway Album, and Love is the Answer, among others.

September 23, 2014

Singer's music had bonded The View co-host to the mother who died when she was 10

Rosie O'Donnell's affection for Barbra Streisand runs deep because the singer's music had bonded her with the mother she lost to cancer when she was only 10.

O'Donnell, whose latest interview with Streisand aired last week on The View, channels the legendary singer in the documentary American Masters: The Boomer List airing Tuesday ( 23 September) on PBS.

The talk show host and actress sings a bit of Marty the Martian and Second Hand Rose as she talks about her mother's love of Streisand's records.

September 22, 2014

The event's poster was inspired by the jihadist group's beheading videos

Israeli gay party organizer Dreck has drawn sharp criticism online for using imagery inspired by the Islamic State jihadist group to promote an event.

The group, also known as ISIS, has beheaded three Westerners in the last month and branded gay people as the 'worst of creatures.'

September 22, 2014

Tony winner to direct David Burtka in solo New York City cabaret show

When he won the Drama Desk Award in June for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris hinted that it would soon be husband David Burtka’s turn to shine.

‘Thank you so much for your love and for your patience and your sacrifice in all that you do,’ Harris said that night. ‘And I can’t wait for the opportunity soon when these roles get to be reversed and I get to cheer you on up here doing what you do so well.’

September 16, 2014

Gay icon makes her first appearance on NBC's late night show in more than 50 years

Even after more than 50 years of stardom, Barbra Streisand remains kind of a really big deal.

And so was her first appearance on The Tonight Show in more than five decades on Monday (15 August).

Jimmy Fallon, host of the show since February, broke with tradition and insisted that the great star sit behind the host’s desk.

‘This is the first time in over fifty years you’re here, I think you should sit behind the desk,’ Fallon said. ‘Let’s be honest, you’re never coming back here.’

September 12, 2014

Jason Gould: 'My mother's such an icon. I thought, "I can't open my mouth, people would compare" and I just didn't think I'd ever want to go there'

Barbra Streisand sings duets with famous singers like Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Michael Buble on her new album, Partners, out next week.

Then there is a guy named Jason Gould.

He is her only child (his father is actor Elliot Gould) but waited until his mid-40s to begin pursuing music.

'I started exploring singing and music late in life,' the openly gay Gould says in a promo video released Friday (12 September).

September 12, 2014

Joan Rivers was a champion for women and gay rights but her comedy recognized no no-go subjects

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor –insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles – was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers – unfiltered and uninhibited – stated the following:

‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.’

Yes, you read that correctly.

September 12, 2014

Fellow comic reflects on her friend's sendoff which she says 'put the fun back in funeral'

Margret Cho was among the guests at Joan Rivers' funeral in New York City last Sunday (7 September) and she says it was unlike any sendoff she had ever attended.

'I’ve never been to a funeral like that,' Cho said this week on Larry King Now. 'I think Joan Rivers really put the fun in funeral.

“It was also the best place to be if you were a good-looking gay man, because there was the richest gay men in the world all coming together. If I was a gay man, I would have definitely kept my Grindr turned on.'

September 11, 2014

Singer is promoting her latest album, Partners, to be released next week

The last time Barbra Streisand appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show, John F. Kennedy was president of the US, The Beatles hadn't yet come to America and albums were only being released on vinyl.

Now, more than 50 years later, Streisand will return to the show which has been hosted by Jimmy Fallon since February.

The 72-year-old music legend and gay icon has an ulterior motive: she is promoting the release of her latest album, Partners, which comes out a day after her appearance on 15 September.

September 9, 2014

Prestigious honor recognizes living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts

Comedy icon Lily Tomlin has become the first out lesbian to be selected for a prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

It was announced Tuesday (9 September) that Tomlin will be honored in December alongside singer Al Green, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, and singer-songwriter Sting.

Given annually since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have grown to become one of the most prestigious honors for any performer. They recognize living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.