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May 20, 2015

'He certainly is a different kind of Republican, isn't he?'

David Letterman is certainly not shying away from political hot topics during his final days as host of CBS's The Late Show.

During his monologue on Tuesday (19 May), Letterman took presumed contender for the Republican nomination for president Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

May 19, 2015

He tells her: 'I just know that I love you and I want to spend my life with you'

The character of Maya on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful was recently revealed to viewers to be a transgender woman.

On Monday's episode of the show, her boyfriend found out too.

The setting was a mountain cabin where Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) had taken Maya (Karla Mosley) to propose marriage.

Although Rick had been in the dark, several people had already found out about Maya after her sister confided the news to the wrong person.

April 30, 2015

Emmy winner tells GSN:  'I think his relationships with women have been difficult at best'

Greg Rikaart has a wish for his character on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless.

'I want him to come out,' the actor told Gay Star News on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Rikaart, who came out publicly as gay in 2013, has played the role of Kevin for 11 years and won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal in 2005.

April 28, 2015

'I will never know, so many of us will never know, what it's like to go through such a thing - the life that he's been trapped in'

While some television personalities have made jokes about Bruce Jenner's very public transition to female, James Corden found himself deeply moved by the Olympic legend's story.

During his monologue on CBS's The Late Late Show on Monday (27 April), Corden shared with his audience what he thought of Jenner's highly-rated interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that has had many people buzzing since it aired last week.

'I thought it was one of the most incredible pieces of television that I have seen in years. It was amazing,' he said.

April 20, 2015

'I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with'

US Senator Marco Rubio doesn't believe people choose to be gay but that doesn't mean he thinks they should be able to marry each other.

The Floridian Republican, who announced last week that he is running for president, said on CBS's Face the Nation: 'I ... don't believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for the vast and enormous majority of people.

'In fact, the bottom line is I believe sexual preference is something that people are born with.'

April 6, 2015

Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says compelling a Christian baker to make a gay wedding cake against their will would be the equivalent of forcing a gay owned print shop to print signs for the Westboro Baptist Church

Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has expressed his disappointment that so-called ‘religious liberties’ laws have either been amended to leave less room for discrimination against LGBTI people or have failed to become law in Indiana and Arkansas – saying discrimination because of one’s religious beliefs is a different category of discrimination compared to simple prejudice.

March 30, 2015

Their lines of skivvies is 'available in no stores - ever!'

It begins much like a typical David Beckham underwear commercial with the sexy soccer legend in nothing but his skivvies giving a smoldering look into the camera.

Then James Corden shows up.

The new host of The Late Late Show on CBS is also wearing nothing but underwear when he joins Beckham for a series of matching moody poses from very different body types for their fictional line of D&J Briefs.

Corden then goes rogue as he leaps into the air and makes other wild and suggestive moves then later admits he feels 'sexually aroused.'

March 19, 2015

Reign Edwards' character tells her sibling: 'You’re not my sister, Maya ... You’re Myron, my brother'

Emmy winning CBS daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful revealed on Wednesday (18 March) that one of its characters is transgender.

It was a twist that the most loyal of viewers did not see coming.

The big reveal came during a confrontation between sisters Maya (Karla Mosley) and Nicole (Reign Edwards).

'You’re not my sister, Maya. You’re not Maya at all,' Nicole said to her sibling. 'You’re Myron, my brother.'

Maya is a model who's dating Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) and transitioned from a male to a female at a young age.

February 17, 2015

'I think he gave and gave and gave a lot of his soul energy away'

If Scott Bakula looks a bit tired in his scenes on HBO's Looking this season, he's got a good reason.

The 60-year-old actor juggled the shooting of his scenes with the filming of his new CBS hit series NCIS: New Orleans.

February 13, 2015

One-time Superman hopes all 13 episodes of Partners will be made available for fans

Since he burst on to the movie scene in the title role of Superman Returns in 2006, hunky Brandon Routh has had the attention of gay fans.

But his connection to that fan base has only grown since then as he has played gay characters on an episode of Will & Grace, in the movie Zack and Miri Make a Porno and on the short-lived CBS sitcom Partners.

February 12, 2015

Emmy nominated actress will shift from comedy of Orange is the New Black

Laverne Cox is continuing her showbiz hot streak.

The transgender actress, nominated for an Emmy for her performance in the comedy series Orange is the New Black, has landed a dramatic role on Doubt, a legal pilot for CBS.

'I am so grateful for the universe's plan for me and the amazing people in my life who support me and that plan. Thank you so much,' Cox tweeted on Wednesday (11 February).

January 23, 2015

Grande still enjoying bromances with Cody Calafiore and Zach Rance

Frankie Grande, Cody Calafiore and Zach Rance were often shirtless last summer when they competed in the CBS reality comptition Big Brother.

Apparently, not much has changed.

The trio were reunited this week after Grande performed his one-man show of pop hits and Broadway show tunes at 54 Below in New York City.

The brother of pop star Ariana Grande recently completed a run in the Broadway production of Rock of Ages.

January 23, 2015

Kurt Belcher and Bergen Olson one of five teams on CBS reality competition who have just met

There are two gay couples competing on the new season of The Amazing Race.

One has been together for seven years (Jonathan Knight and boyfriend Harley Rodriguez) while the other had never met.

Kurt Belcher and Bergen Olson are one of five teams on CBS reality competition who are essentially going on an epic blind date around the world. The other six teams are established couples.

January 23, 2015

Kurt Belcher and Bergen Olson one of five teams on CBS reality competition who have just met

There are two gay couples competing on the new season of The Amazing Race.

One has been together for seven years (Jonathan Knight and boyfriend Harley Rodriguez) while the other had never met.

Kurt Belcher and Bergen Olson are one of five teams on CBS reality competition who are essentially going on an epic blind date around the world. The other six teams are established couples.

January 21, 2015

Says Knight: 'Going through this whole process with him has been really surreal'

During the height of his fame as a member of the band New Kids on the Block, Jonathan Knight was not open with the public about his being gay.

But he sure is now.

Knight is competing in the new season of the CBS reality competition The Amazing Race with his partner of seven years, Harley Rodriguez.

'Going through this whole process with him has been really surreal,' Knight, 46, says in a video introducing the new teams to viewers.

January 20, 2015

Transparent dominates TV awards - The Normal Heart and Neil Patrick Harris also win

Oscar front-runners Boyhood, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore are among the winners of Dorian Awards announced Tuesday by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA).

Also among the winners was non-Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay who was voted best director for Selma.

The film Pride, the true-life story of how a group of gays and lesbians championed striking blue-collar miners in Thatcher-era England, earned LGBTQ Film of the Year as well as Unsung Film of the Year honors.

January 7, 2015

The Talk star reacts to TLC's My Husband's Not Gay

Gay actress and co-host of The Talk Sara Gilbert has said gay people should be allowed to try to live a 'straight lifestyle'.

Speaking on the daytime CBS talk show, she and the rest of her co-hosts were reacting to GLAAD's damning statement on the TLC show My Husband's Not Gay.

The show follows four men, all of whom live in Salt Lake City, are life-long members of the Church of Latter Day Saints and have 'same-sex attraction' – but none of them identify as gay.

'This show is downright irresponsible,' said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

December 6, 2014

Some of the attitudes about the LGBTI community expressed in this documentary might shock you, or perhaps more worryingly, they may seem all too familiar

In 1967, US TV network CBS aired an episode of their CBS Reports program entitled ‘The Homosexuals.’

The program aimed to decipher and discover more about homosexual lifestyles, what people knew about them and how people felt towards them.

The documentary opens with the results of a survey into what the average American thought about gay people.

‘Homosexuality is an enigma,’ says presenter Mike Wallace.

‘We discovered that Americans consider homosexuality more harmful to society than adultery, abortion or prostitution.’

November 23, 2014

The Los Angeles couple and their kids will feature on the annual show that raises awareness around fostering and adoption

CBS show Home for the Holidays is an annual TV institution that aims to highlight the fact that there are some 400,000 kids in foster care in the US who could benefit from finding adoptive families.

Now in its 16th year, the 2014 show – which will air on 19 December – will again look at several families that include adopted children. For the first time in the show’s history, a same-sex couple will head one of those families.

The couple in question are partners Rich Valenza, aged 55 and Jared Gee, 39, along with their kids, Zack and Emmary.

November 12, 2014

'There's certainly been interest from some teams (but) not enough to get him on a practice squad'

Approximately six National Football League teams have recently called Michael Sam, the league's first out player.

The rookie has been unsigned since being cut from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad on 21 October. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, there is some interest in the seventh-round draft pick.

November 10, 2014

Star of new sitcom The McCarthys spent years trying to avoid the family business

Now that a few episodes of the CBS sitcom The McCarthys have aired, it's clear that lead Tyler Ritter is a chip off the old block.

The young actor not only looks very much like his late father, Three's Company star John Ritter, he also seems to have inherited some of his comic timing and onscreen charisma.

But the younger Ritter told Gay Star News Monday (10 October) that he fought for years against following in the footsteps of his dad and his older brother, Jason Ritter, who has starred in several TV series.

October 31, 2014

Tyler Ritter has followed his dad, grandfather and older brother into acting

It was just four years ago that Tyler Ritter decided to join the family business.

Now he finds himself as one of the leads on a network sitcom, the McCarthys, playing a single gay man navigating life with a sometimes overbearing but very loyal sports-loving family.

'The show starts out with him already having come out a few years before, and the family is totally OK and accepting of him,’ Ritter tells The Wrap.

October 31, 2014

Two and a Half Men star describes self as an 'effeminate heterosexual dork'

Jon Cryer's character on Two and a Half Men isn't gay and yet on next week's episode of the CBS sitcom, he's getting married to a man.

In real life, Cryer has been married to second wife Lisa Joyner since 2009 and yet he has often been mistaken for being gay.

October 30, 2014

Michael Bolton will serenade 'couple' with When a Man Loves a Man

The characters Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer play on Two and a Half Men aren't gay but they are getting married in next week's episode of the CBS sitcom.

So why would two straight men be tying the knot and sealing it with a kiss?

It seems they want to adopt a kid who otherwise would remain in the foster system.

Singer Michael Bolton will guest star in the episode airing on 6 November and serenade the 'couple' with his hit When a Man Loves a Woman only the lyrics will be 'When a man loves a man.'