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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.

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.