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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.

April 28, 2014

Jars of Clay singer Dan Haseltine says a recent trip to Australia and the movie 12 Years A Slave lead him to re-examine his position on the right of same-sex couples to enter into legal marriages

Christian rocker Dan Haseltine has likened Christians who use the Bible to condemn same-sex marriage to those who once used religion to condone slavery in a blog post to clear up where he stands on the issue after he ignited a firestorm on Twitter posting about his support for the civil right of gay couples to marry.

April 24, 2014

'That's what I signed up for ... and it's the least I could do for (playwright) Larry Kramer'

Viewers will see a much different Matt Bomer when the AIDS drama The Normal Heart premieres on HBO next month.

Bomer will initially appear to be his trim, athletic self that viewers of his TV series White Collar are used to seeing. But his character of Felix Turner, a gay New York Times character, then begins to waste away after having contracted AIDS.

There's no CGI involved to give Bomer a skeletal figure - the actor worked hard to dramatically lose weight during a three-month break in filming.

April 22, 2014

'I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering'

Mark Ruffalo's character of Ned Weeks is central to HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited film adaptation of Larry Kramer's play premiering next month.

The Oscar-nominated actor may not be gay, but the early days of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s are something he well remembers.

'I have a lot of compassion for the struggle of people and I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering,' he said this week on HuffPost Live.

April 21, 2014

But director Ryan Murphy convinced the playwright that Bomer 'felt the ghosts' depicted in AIDS drama

Director Ryan Murphy felt right away that Matt Bomer was the perfect choice to portray Felix Turner in the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

But he had to convince Kramer.

April 18, 2014

Oscar winner says he and co-star did not exchange a single word during photo shoot for 1984 film's poster

Oscar winner Colin Firth took a trip down memory lane in the current issue of People magazine by looking at photos taken during his career and commenting on them.

He had good things to say about photos with such co-stars as Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones Diary), Nicole Kidman (The Railway Man) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Out of the Blue).

April 15, 2014

She rejects author Larry Kramer's claim that she lacked the burning passion to get the heavy-hitting AIDS drama made

The long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed AIDS play The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO on 25 May with Glee creator Ryan Murphy listed as the director.

Nowhere on the film's credits will the name Barbra Streisand who held an option on Kramer's play for a decade and says she worked long after that to try and get the movie made.

But in recent years, Kramer has accused Streisand of lacking 'the burning passion' to make the film.

April 14, 2014

Joe Orton’s sexually loaded comedy was censored by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for being too controversial for the ‘Swinging Sixties'

A 'psychopathic' murderer character in a play had his age raised by censors as gay sex was considered too shocking at the time, new research reveals.

Gay British playwright Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane, which first premiered in 1964, was forcibly changed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Emma Parker, a professor from the University of Leicester, came across several letters when she was researching for the 50th anniversary edition of the play.

April 4, 2014

'There was Playgirl, but that was kinda boring' so Lauper sought out a copy of Blueboy which she thought was womens magazine

To mark the 30th anniversary of her classic 1984 album She's So Unusual, pop icon Cyndi Lauper is revealing the surprise inspiration behind her hit song She Bop.

As she prepared to write a song about masturbation, she went down to a newsstand to grab a racy magazine for inspiration.

'There was Playgirl, but that was kinda boring,' Lauper recalled. 'And there was, like, Blueboy, which at that time - in my ignorance - I thought it was a women's magazine. It was not.'

April 4, 2014

'Let's let people live their lives and do it the way they want to do it'

With the enormous success of the Netflix series House of Cards, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has never been a bigger star.

But he remains one of the most private when it comes to his life off-screen.

In a new Hollywood Reporter cover story, it is reported that Spacey so fiercely guards his private life that 'his affable demeanor shuts off the moment he is asked about it.'

March 24, 2014

New superhero film will be the first major release after Page came out as lesbian in a heartfelt Valentine's Day speech

X-Men: Days of Future Past has premiered a new trailer.

Starring gay actors Ian McKellen and Ellen Page, the superhero film is a follow up to 2011’s prequel X-Men: First Class.

It will unite the cast of the original trilogy with the newer stars like James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Nicholas Hoult are also among the other returning cast members.

March 19, 2014

Audience member captures first time star peforming numbers from upcoming Broadway show in public

Neil Patrick Harris sure surprised audience members at the Mercury Lounge in New York City's Lower East Side over the weekend.

The How I Met Your Mother star showed up at the club to perform - for the first time in public - some numbers from his upcoming Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

Audience member Jeff Walsh reports that Harris performed a set consisting of Tear Me Down, Midnight Radio, Angry Inch and Sugar Daddy.