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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.'

October 10, 2014

'I was cuddling with a gay guy, giving him a massage . . . you know, let’s be real—guys give other guys massages'

The most recent season of Big Brother on CBS ended last month but the high-profile bromance between gay contestant Frankie Grande and straight contestant Zach Rance continues.

Rance said this week that the two had a reunion at a Starbucks last weekend and that there are no hard feelings over Grande's role in getting him voted out of the house.

He knows many people find it hard to believe that after a summer of cuddling together, giving massages and proclaiming their love for each other that this can possible be just a gay-straight bromance.

October 9, 2014

Actor details the years of physical and emotional abuse his family endured at the hands of his late father

Alan Cumming has, for the first time, gone public about growing up with a physically and emotionally abusive father who left him living in fear and shame.

'When he was abusing me, it was the only time he really noticed me,' Cumming tells dot429. 'So there’s that whole weirdness that was going on. My whole life has been imbued with the fact that my father didn’t love me. It’s a huge thing in my life.'

October 8, 2014

CBS This Morning co-host explains she was stuttering after joking exchange with Charlie Rose

The rumors about Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey being more than best friends have persisted for years but both women have denied anything romantic between them.

Then King appeared to have said on Wednesday's (8 October) episode of CBS This Morning: 'I'm gay.'

But did she?

King was asked about it as she left the CBS studio in Manhattan where the show is taped.

'This is the thing: I didn't say that,' she tells TMZ.

September 29, 2014

Linda Hunt has been married to retired therapist Karen Klein since 2008

When one thinks of an Oscar winner actress who is an out lesbian and married to a woman, Jodie Foster is probably the first name the comes out mind.

But Linda Hunt, who received the best supporting actress Oscar in 1983 for The Year of Living Dangerously, also fits that description.

September 20, 2014

'It been really great to hear the response of the entire community. It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition'

A friend of the gay couple recently attacked in Philadelphia is now working to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws.

Caryn Kunkle is a longtime friend of the pair and put up a petition, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, on change.org.

September 17, 2014

Flirty older brother of Ariana Grande tells cuddle buddy Cody Calafiore: 'I've had better'

Frankie Grande may not be the winner of this year's edition of Big Brother on CBS but he certainly succeeded in showing the world the inner-workings of a gay-straight bromance.

The older brother of singer Ariana Grande was evicted on Tuesday (16 September) and finishes the season just outside the final four.

The openly gay contestant forged high-profile bromances with presumed to be straight contestants Zach Rance and Cody Calafiore which included close physical contact such as cuddling and massages.

September 13, 2014

'With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus'

A California high school principal prohibited a booster club from selling Chik-fil-A sandwiches  because of the company's stance on gay marriage.

According to CBS 2 Los Angeles Val Wyatt, principal of Ventura High School, argued the food could not be sold at a back to school program because some parents and students might be offended.

September 11, 2014

The gay and presumably straight houseguests bond in bed as they reflect on their summer of competition

Frankie Grande has proven to be quite the cuddler on the current season of the US version of Big Brother on CBS.

Since Frankie is the only openly gay contestant in the house this summer, he's had to cuddle with the presumably straight guys and he has had no shortage of hunky cuddle buddies.

Frankie, who is among the final five contestants left in the house, was initially in a full-on bromance with fellow houseguest Zach Rance.

August 29, 2014

Four-time Emmy winner had been largely focusing on Broadway stage since end of classic sitcom

David Hyde Pierce is joining the red-hot CBS drama The Good Wife in a recurring role for its sixth season.

The Frasier alum will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to effect change, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Pierce, 55, won four Emmys during his nine seasons as Niles Crane on Frasier.

August 27, 2014

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline which I didn't always have'

Meredith Baxter thought she had a lot of lines to learn during her seven seasons playing Elyse Keaton on the classic NBC sitcom Family Ties.

Now that she has begun a role on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless, she realizes she had it easy back then.

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline, which I didn't always have,' she tells TV Guide magazine.

August 26, 2014

Openly gay actor thanks his late father for always encouraging him

Jim Parsons won his fourth Emmy on Monday (25 August) for his performance on the smash CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory.

'Wow, oh my God I don't believe this,' a surprised Parsons said after prevailing over the field that included Louis C.K., Don Cheadle, Ricky Gervais, Matt LeBlanc, and William H. Macy.

'To say that I watch your work and I feel inspired is a bit of an understatement,' Parsons said to his competitors.

He said of his win: 'There's no accounting for taste. Through a lot of good fortune, I stand up here tonight.'

August 19, 2014

Gay contestant with famous sister gets humped and spanked by Caleb Reynolds

Frankie Grande not only is managing to survive on the CBS reality competition Big Brother, he's also still getting plenty of faux gay action from the other guys in the house.

Most recently, houseguest Caleb Reynolds can be seen spanking then humping Grande as the game's openly gay contestant jumps into a playful fracas between Reynolds and Cody Calafiore.

A shirtless Reynolds jumps on Calafiore after being called a clown by the hunky houseguest. Grande, wanting part of this action, also begins to call Reynolds a clown so he too can be punished.