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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.

September 3, 2014

If you can’t meet the smoking hot models at the Red Hot exhibit’s New York premiere today, at least you can drool over their photos right now

Hearts will be melting in New York City today as the Red Hot exhibit kicks off stateside.

Thomas Knights, photographer and creator of the Red Hot campaign, has confessed he ‘despised’ his own ginger hair growing up, and many of the red head models he's photographed for this series share a similar story of being made fun of for their red locks.

August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

August 25, 2014

Fiance David Burtka does pouring (and the laughing) as twins try to stay out of way

Neil Patrick Harris is all wet.

And he can thank David Burtka who did the honors and dumped a bucket of ice water (with ice cubes still visible) on top of his Tony Award-winning fiance's head.

Their adorable kids Harper and Gideon make cameos as they laugh and scramble to get out of the way before daddy gets doused.

It all takes place on the front stoop of their New York City home.

Among those who challenged Harris to do the ALS challenge that is sweeping the US was Ben Affleck.

August 18, 2014

Tony winner takes to Twitter to shoot down National Enquirer story

Neil Patrick Harris took to Twitter over the weekend to make one thing clear: he is a happy family man.

'I couldn’t be more in love with my family,' he tweeted. 'Any reports to the contrary are woefully mistaken.'

August 15, 2014

National Enquirer story completey debunked by Harris spokesman as 'complete and utter nonsense'

David Burtka has been with Neil Patrick Harris for more than a decade and they are the parents of twins.

But since they are not married, the National Enquirer tabloid is referring to Burtka as the Tony winner's 'gay lover' in a story about an alleged fiery split.

In the left top corner of the tabloid is the headline: Neil Patrick Harris: Storm Out on Gay Lover.'

The proof?

Harris, set to wrap up his run as Broadway's Hedwig this weekend, was spotted leaving the couple’s New York City brownstone at least four times since June all by himself.

July 23, 2014

Award winning openly gay actor Nathan Lane has told a TV critics meeting that he thinks the idea that only gay actors should take on gay roles is ‘madness’

Birdcage and The Producers actor Nathan Lane has hit out at the notion that straight actors shouldn’t be allowed to take on gay roles, praising Mark Ruffalo’s performance in The Normal Heart as an example where a heterosexual actor has shined in a gay role.

Lane made the comments at a meeting of TV critics on Tuesday, noting that he wouldn’t have been able to take on some of his iconic roles if he wasn’t allowed to play straight characters as a gay man.

July 19, 2014

As protests by the public and boycotts by writers escalate, minister who earlier defended the decision now orders two children's books to be moved to adult section of library

After a vigorous 2-week public debate following the Singapore National Library Board's (NLB) decision to withdraw and destroy three children's books which depict same-sex parents and non-nuclear families, two of the titles will be placed in the adult section instead.

July 14, 2014

The country legend teased her gay fans by saying she has a dance song called ‘Just A Wee Bit Gay’

US country music legend Dolly Parton has revealed she loves her gay fans so much that she has made a song just for them.

Parton was speaking to reporters at a press conference last week, promoting her current world tour, which is coming to a close tonight (14 July).

The ‘Jolene’ singer said she has a special song for her gays fans.

‘At some point I would like to do a dance record and I have several songs that are very positive towards the gay community,’ said Parton.

July 7, 2014

'Monumental in scale’ and ‘tantalizingly clear', the carvings include a boast from an ancient Greek couple about their active sex lives

The world’s oldest erotic graffiti has been found, and it is a carving of two penises and a boast from an ancient Greek gay couple.

Dr Andreas Vlachopoulos, a specialist in prehistoric archaeology, stumbled upon the artwork in the ruins of Astypalaia.

The inscriptions are reportedly ‘monumental in scale’ and ‘tantalizingly clear’.

Found on the Vathy peninsula, the graffiti dates back to the fifth and sixth centuries B.C.

July 6, 2014

Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born 107 years ago today, a feisty free spirit who blazed her own trail and inspired everyone around her

Frida Kahlo is one of the most revered artists to come from 20th century Mexico. Her distinctive look and style are instantly recognizable and she has been called a diva, a muse and a feminist icon.

A force of nature perhaps best summed up by an art critic who saw one of her very first exhibitions and said: ‘It is impossible to separate the life and work of this extraordinary person. Her paintings are her biography.’

June 20, 2014

Jim Parsons also wins for The Big Bang Theory

HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited movie version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play, was a big winner at the Critics' Choice TV Awards on Thursday (19 June).

The film about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City won the award for Best Movie over An Adventure in Space and Time, Burton and Taylor, Killing Kennedy, Sherlock: His Last Vow, and The Trip to Bountiful.

Matt Bomer, who played a New York Times reporter dying of the disease, took the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie.

June 16, 2014

'I think he changed me for the better. I grew from getting to play him'

The Normal Heart had its premiere on HBO last month but the film is still being talked about because it is expected to be nominated for multiple Emmy Awards.

Matt Bomer, considered a shoo-in for a supporting actor nod, admitted to the Los Angeles Times' awards section The Envelope why has been unable to let his character of Felix Turner go.

June 12, 2014

Comedy legend jokes: 'They’ll send Solange after me. I’ll be in the elevator and they’ll beat the hell out of me'

At 74, comedy legend Lily Tomlin is at a place where she speaks her mind.

But she doesn't want to get beat up for it.

When she was asked by Pride Source about Beyonce and the influence she has on young girls, Tomlin said: 'She is a pretty popular woman and she's married to a very powerful man, but she's still selling sex. She's selling a lot of sex to teeny-boppers.'

May 28, 2014

'I would ask every man and every woman who’s had the blessing of having children, "Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?"'

Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.

One of America's leading voices on the civil rights movement, she was confirmed dead this morning (28 May).

Famous for works such as her memoir, 'I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings', she has performed in front of presidents, kings and queens, and the world.

She had recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor, where she would have been given the 'Beacon of Life' Award at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on 30 May in Houston.

May 27, 2014

Center will more than double number of beds for homeless LGBT youth and build 100 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors and young adults

The Los Angeles LGBT Center launched a $25 million campaign today to develop a revolutionary campus with affordable housing for youth and seniors.

Longtime supporter Lily Tomlin joined center CEO Lorri L. Jean at a press conference announcing the plans.

'The Center has always risen to the occasion for our community - relentlessly finding ways to build the health and strength of LGBT people when few others had the interest or ability to do so,' Jean said.

May 21, 2014

Gay icon was opposed to the idea of showing two men making love on camera, according to the playwright of The Normal Heart

Gay icon Barbra Streisand finds gay sex ‘distasteful’, according to legendary gay activist Larry Kramer.

In a rare interview, the writer has explained why it has taken almost 30 years for his work The Normal Heart to be adapted into a movie.

Streisand held the rights for years, and had a draft of a screenplay in 1995.

‘The problems with her is she didn’t know what to do with it,’ Kramer said, ‘and she also was really uncomfortable with the subject of gay sex.’

May 1, 2014

Film based on novel about Danish painter who was one of the first persons to undergo sex-change surgery

Eddie Redmayne has landed the lead role in the film version of the novel The Danish Girl, the story of an acclaimed transgender painter.

The film, inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff, is about the Danish painter born Einar Wegener who was one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

Such surgery was still experimental when Wegener had the first of five operations beginning in 1930 - something that caused a sensation in newspapers of Denmark and Germany.

April 29, 2014

The Very Best of Adam Lambert will include three performances from American Idol

Adam Lambert has been plenty busy in 2014 filming episodes of Glee and preparing a tour with the surviving members of Queen.

One thing he has not done lately is release a new album.

But Sony Legacy is taking care of that - sort of.

The parent company of the singer's former label, RCA, is releasing a 14-track collection of Lambert's greatest hits and more on 27 May titled The Very Best of Adam Lambert.

April 29, 2014

'How do you get attention when the mayor doesn't care? When the president doesn't care? ... When the gay world doesn't care?'

The premiere of HBO's movie version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart on 25 May will come nearly 3o years after the play was first staged at the Public Theatre in New York City.

Kramer, now 78 and in frail health, says of the landmark 1985 play: 'Writers are given one great story to tell: their story. I'm telling my story as a political document.'

The Normal Heart is set in New York City in the early 1980s and tells the story of the American government's indifference to the growing AIDS plague and the denial of the gay community itself.