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April 24, 2015

The ultimate gay icons from Hollywood’s Golden Age

Greta Garbo, and Monroe, Deitrich and DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean on the cover of a magazine...

It’s 25 years since Madonna gave us the ultimate line-up of style icons in her hit song Vogue.

To mark the anniversary, openly gay artist Jody Little’s new exhibition ‘Vague’ is a collection of portraits that celebrate the Hollywood legends from the song.
‘From Bette Davis to Marlene Dietrich the stars are the ultimate gay icons,’ he says.

So strike a pose.

April 23, 2015

Late actor portrays gay man coming to terms with his sexuality late in life

One of Robin Williams' last roles was that of a gay man finally coming to terms with his sexuality in the film Boulevard.

That independent movie, which had so far only been seen on the film festival circuit, will be released into theaters in North America in July by Starz Digital.

April 22, 2015

But Sandra Bullock gets the cover of the annual issue dedicated to female beauties

Sandra Bullock may have been given the cover but Laverne Cox is still getting plenty of attention for being included in People Magazine's annual World's Most Beautiful Woman issue.

The trans actress, who was showcased on the cover of Time Magazine last year, was also nominated for an Emmy for her breakout role on the Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black.

April 21, 2015

'We kissed goodbye and he gave me a big hug and he held onto me. I was in tears'

Doris Day first met Rock Hudson in 1959 on the set of Pillow Talk, their first movie together.

But it is the last time they saw each other that makes the now 91-year-old retired movie legend the most emotional now.

'He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said "Am I glad to see you,"' she tells People Magazine.

April 21, 2015

The lady's not for vogueing

Madonna has built a career of being an ally to the LGBTI community, so it was perhaps not the greatest idea to say she is inspired by Margaret Thatcher.

The late British Prime Minister, the only female political leader Britain has ever had, was an unapologetic homophobe who brought in Section 28 - the law that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

It apparently started when the Queen of Pop was attending a performance of Tony award-winning Broadway play Hamilton on Saturday night (18 April).

April 19, 2015

Iconic movie takes three Hollywood stars on a trans road-trip through middle America

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar is more than just an unusually long movie title.

Released in 1995, this was really the first Hollywood movie since 1959's Some Like It Hot that had its stars cross-dressing. While Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon jumped into women's clothes out of necessity, the stars of To Wong Foo were depicting something else completely.

April 16, 2015

Lorna Luft: 'She was incredibly warm and amazingly funny. She was smart and so gifted'

Lorna Luft, now 62, was still a teenager when her legendary mother died in 1969 of an accidental drug overdose.

But she doesn't want anyone to think of Judy Garland as a tragic figure.

April 14, 2015

Glee alum latest big name set to play transgender punk rocker in hit musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss was tweeted out the first photo of his transformed into a transgender punk rocker for his upcoming role in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The transformation involved taming Criss' famously thick eyebrows.

He's not telling how this was accomplished.

April 9, 2015

'Let people love people and let's focus on what truly needs looked at and help homeless people, homeless pets, sick people'

Hilary Swank knows there has been progress since she won her first Oscar for her portrayal of a transgender male in 1999's Boys Don't Cry.

But the actress said on the Meredith Vieira Show on Thursday (9 April) that far too much energy is still being spent in the US on fighting equality for LGBTI people.

'Let people love people and let's focus on what truly needs looked at and help homeless people, homeless pets, sick people,' Swank said. 'Look at the rest of the world, let's focus on those things.'

April 8, 2015

A guide to the films that help define what it means to be a gay man.

In the early days of cinema, there was plenty of gay subtext in movies but very few overtly gay characters. Reflecting the changing nature of society, we now have movies that portray the rull range of gay men and the lives that we lead.

There is something special about watching a movie that somehow relfects your experience or your aspirations – to see characters embarking on a journey that mirrors some aspect of your life, or to watch a love story that you can emotionally connect with.

April 8, 2015

Cole Fox leaves remarkable two-page coming out letter in dad's pocket who later texts son: 'You are still a great son and I am proud of you'

Cole Fox isn't a wrestler on just any high school team.

He's wrestles at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Iowa for a team that has won 18 state wrestling titles. It is also a team for which Fox's father is the assistant coach.

So the stakes were high when Fox decided to inform his dad, who had been known to make homophobic comments, that he is gay.

April 6, 2015

Michael Musto writes: 'You haven’t said a word in public about him'

Trans activist Stephen Ira Beatty publicly defended his famous parents on Monday after a columnist published an open letter to Warren Beatty and Annette Bening suggesting they are not supportive of their child.

'I appreciate your kind words about me, but please leave my family alone,' the younger Beatty tweeted to columnist Michael Musto.

'We like our privacy. My parents and I are doing great.'

March 31, 2015

'I support gay marriage and the whole bit. I think everybody should be able to be with who they want to be with'

Plenty of gay men have taken notice of actor Scott Eastwood's good genes.

So how does the hunky 29-year-old son of Clint Eastwood feel about this growing fan base?

'I love it. I don't discriminate against any fans. Fans are fans, and gay men are great,' Eastwood tells PrideSource.

March 31, 2015

'It was 1961 and nobody had done that'

It's been 54 years since Shirley MacLaine starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the heart-wrenching drama The Children's Hour about two young women running a girls school who are accused of being lovers.

Director William Wyler 'had trepidations about the subject matter - it was 1961 and nobody had done that,' MacLaine said Sunday at a screening of the film during the TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood which was attended by Gay Star News.

MacLaine, 80, believes the film was not as powerful as it could have been because of Wyler's trepidation.

March 27, 2015

Southpaw will be released in the US at the end of July

It's here. The trailer all of us Jake Gyllenhaal fans have been waiting for.

The star of Brokeback Mountain is the feature player in the upcoming summer film Southpaw.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the movie tells the story of Junior Middleweight Champion Billy 'The Great' Hope.

March 26, 2015

Pair reveals for first time that they had been signed to three-year contract

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are leaving the Academy Awards behind after three consecutive years as the show's producers.

'Frankly before the Oscars this year were even broadcast, we were questioning whether or not, if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again, and we had long talked about it,' Meron tells Deadline Hollywood.

March 25, 2015

Critics have panned the prison comedy, claiming the 'gay panic' jokes are offensive

Will Ferrell has defended the homophobic jokes in his new comedy Get Hard.

The film features hedge fund manager, played by Ferrell, using his law-abiding acquaintance, played by Kevin Hart, to prepare him for maximum security prison.

Critics have panned the film, with Variety saying it uses 'some of the ugliest gay-panic humor to befoul a studio release in recent memory'.

March 24, 2015

Material Girl joins talk show host for Bathroom Concert Series

Madonna guested all last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the Material Girl and funny lady had all kinds of fun together. They even sang together in the bathroom wearing white robes - with monograms.

Ellen brought back her Bathroom Concert Series in honor of her special guest with a reworked version of the Madonna classic Dress You Up.

The series had previously featured the host singing duets with the likes of Katy Perry and Pink.

March 22, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich also honored with special award

There was no shortage of star power at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday led by honoree Kerry Washington and presenters Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum.

DeGeneres took the stage to a standing ovation and quipped: 'This is the largest gathering of gay people in one room since yesterday. So congratulations to us!'

The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 21, 2015

Respectful documentary enables the man who became Todd Tomorrow to share his memories of being a closeted gay star during Hollywood's golden years.

Tab Hunter was one of the major stars of the Hollywood studio system in the 1950s. By any standard he was incredibly attractive. He was also gay.

With the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, director Jeffrey Schwarz has delivered a respectful, insightful tribute to Tab Hunter and his career.

We spoke with Schwarz while he was in London presenting the documentary at the BFI Flare festival.

March 21, 2015

Heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story about growing up in small-town Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi is a part of the world that writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk knows well. It's his home town, it's where he went to college, and it is where he has set his latest movie Blackbird.

Polk (together with co-writer Rikki Beadle-Blair) have taken the novel by Larry Duplechan and transferred the action from 1970s California to the conservative and religious heartland of present-day Mississippi.

March 17, 2015

Prosecutor says the murder was a 'vigilante attack' to rid the area of gay men

A gay man was brutally beaten to death with a metal pole after he was caught having sex in a park toilet in Perth, a murder trial has heard.

Daniel Jones and Mark Taylor are accused of killing Warren Batchelor, 48, at a cruising site in Middle Swan Reserve, Caversham in November 2013.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim when two attackers burst in testified in court on Tuesday (17 March).

March 17, 2015

Scandal producer receives HRC award for her portrayal of LGBTI people

Shonda Rhimes has said she is not diversifying TV, she is 'normalizing' it.

The producer was honored with an Ally for Equality award at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner on Saturday (14 March) for her 'groundbreaking portrayals of LGBTI people' in Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

'I really hate the word "diversity,"' she told the crowd. 'It suggests something other. As if it is something special. Or rare.