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March 2, 2015

Police entrap the alleged transsexuals on social media

Egyptian police Thursday (26 February) arrested seven young people for 'debauchery,' a charge routinely used to harass gay men.

The seven detainees were identified as 'transsexuals' by tabloid Al-Youm el-Saba.

Major General Magdy Moussa of the morality police said the seven 'perverts' had formed a 'network for practicing debauchery' on social media.

He said police made fake webpages to entrap them and had proof they published naked photos.

March 2, 2015

Queen of Pop will visit Australia for the first time in over 20 years

Pop superstar Madonna is to promote her new album ‘Rebel Heart’ with a tour stretching around the world from Miami to Manchester.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker has planned to be on the road from August to December this year, with plenty of room for more dates to be added.

Her 2012 ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour grossed over $400 million (€356 million) and remains the biggest selling tour by a solo artist.

The highly anticipated tour follows the recent success of her Brit and Grammy appearances.

March 2, 2015

See Material Girl having some fun on a bed with a sock puppet

Madonna is everywhere these days - including on a bed feeding cookies to a sock puppet as she talks world tour dates.

The pop icon shared a silly video on Monday that has her looking glam as she picks over a box of cookies.

She's soon joined by SockBitch who wants to talk Rebel Heart world tour and asks what cities Madonna will be doing shows in.

The Material Girl asks the sock what cities he'd lke her to go to?

SockBitch replies: 'London City! New York City! Alaska City!'

February 27, 2015

'What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination?'

Madonna has fired back at people who make degrading remarks about her age. 

The 56-year-old has been subject to intense media scrutiny since since she fell during her BRIT Awards performance of her new single Living For Love on Wednesday. 

Within minutes, the internet was inundated with cruel jokes and memes that poked fun at the Queen of Pop's age, some of which suggested that her tumble was a sign that she should retire. 

February 25, 2015

Material Girl managed to complete her set despite what appeared to be painful mishap

It was not meant to be a part of her choreography.

Madonna took the stage to perform at the Brit Awards Wednesday evening and ended up taking a hard fall during her performance - on live television.

The gay icon was unable to undo her long cape and when some of her dancers pulled it backwards, the Material Girl ended up on the ground.

But ever the trouper, Madonna quickly collected herself and got on with her performance.

February 23, 2015

Celebrities including John Barrowman and Lance Bass have tweeted their confusion over Rivers' absence

A number of LGBT stars have taken to Twitter to criticize Oscar bosses for omitting Joan Rivers from the award ceremony's In Memoriam segment.

Last night (February 22), the academy paid tribute to the likes of late industry figureheads including Richard Attenborough and Robin Williams, but Rivers - who died on September 4 last year - was nowhere to be seen. 

February 23, 2015

'I'm glad that it's done and I'm sorry that I read Twitter'

Neil Patrick Harris didn't bother to go to sleep after hosting Sunday's Academy Awards.

He returned to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood early today to appear on pal Kelly Ripa's morning show Live With Kelly and Michael where he was greeted with a standing ovation.

But reviews of the first-time Oscar host's performance were mixed following a very successful opening musical number.

'I'm glad that it's done and I'm sorry that I read Twitter,' said Harris.

February 22, 2015

Neil Meron: 'A person’s sexuality has nothing to do with how good a host they are, and that's the truth'

In two of the three years that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have produced the Academy Awards, they have chosen an openly gay person as host: Ellen DeGeneres last year and Neil Patrick Harris this year.

 

Zadan and Meron, longtime professional partners, are gay as well.

Is there a connection?

They say no way.

'It never informed our decision,' Meron tells The Advocate.

February 19, 2015

Canadian actress gets coy when asked about dating

Ellen Page has said coming out is the best decision she has ever made.

The Juno actress, who came out on Valentine's Day last year, has spoken out about what it has been like to be open to the world.

'I decided [to come out] because I was sad, I felt uninspired, I felt uncomfortable, it hurt relationships, I felt guilty for not being out, and it was time,' she said during an interview in Rio De Janeiro for Carnival.

'It's been the best decision I've ever made. I was immediately felt like a new person.'

February 18, 2015

The next project of the German-born director of Independence Day and Stargate will be a drama on the 1969 Stonewall riots

Writer-director Roland Emmerich is to be honored at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. He will be presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actor Channing Tatum.

Openly gay, German-born Emmerich has helmed some of Hollywood’s biggest hits in recent years.

Relocating to the US in the early 90s, his credits include Stargate, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. He directed Tatum – who is soon to wow audiences in the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Magic Mike – in 2013's White House Down.

February 18, 2015

'We did something that was relatively bold for two young male actors, and we took pride in the places that the original story went'

Ryan Phillippe is speaking out for the first time about 54, the film he made about the famed Studio 54 club that is getting a second life with a new director's cut.

This version is far different than what audiences saw in 1998.

Writer-director Mark Christopher's original - and far gayer - vision for the film has been restored and made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this month. It will have a video on demand release later this year.

February 17, 2015

Follows Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell in current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss will next play the title character in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

It was announced today that the Glee star will replace John Cameron Mitchell beginning 29 April for a limited 12-week run at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.

Criss will be the latest in a growing list of high-profile performers to tackle the role of a transgender punk rock singer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation.

February 14, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best male/male romances

It's a time for love (it's 14 February, after all, a day that has no significance whatsoever if you'd prefer to think of it that way) so what better time to sit down and watch your favorite gay film?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite gay kisses, and they did not disappoint.

From groundbreaking first kisses to passionate cowboys, these kisses all have something in common: freeing yourself from repression and letting yourself be who you are.

February 12, 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 11, 2015

Oscar nominated actress, whose sister Alexis is transgender, praises Jenner for being 'brave to live this truth'

Patricia Arquette, widely expected to win the Oscar for her performance in Boyhood, spoke out in support of Bruce Jenner's decision to transition to female and slammed the tabloid press for the way they have covered it.

'These newspapers, these magazines, that are being so disrespectful,' Arquette said during a Wednesday appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show.

'They should be ashamed because they really are on the unforgivable side of history and what they are doing is pathetic and immature and repulsive.'

February 11, 2015

Writer/director Ira Sachs talks exclusively with Gay Star News about his inspirations and influences that shaped this delicate story.

With his latest movie, Love Is Strange, about to open across the UK, we spoke by telephone with writer/director Ira Sachs to get beneath the skin of this delicate exploration of love, relationships, and family.

February 8, 2015

His Hedwig cast album loses to the musical Beautiful and NPH jokes: 'I hate Carole King'

Neil Patrick Harris, already the winner of a Tony Award and four Emmys, missed out on adding a Grammy to his major showbiz honors on Sunday.

Nominated in the Best Cast Recording category for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris lost to the cast album for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Doing red carpet interviews with husband David Burtka, Harris broke news of the loss on live TV while chatting with Entertainment Tonight: 'We just found out we didn't win. The amazing musical Beautiful did. So I hate Carole King.'

February 4, 2015

'Look, but you can't touch'

Channing Tatum has revealed the poster for Magic Mike XXL on Instagram.

'Look, but you can't touch...until tomorrow. Tune in to @theellenshow! #MagicMikeXXL,' he wrote.

The actor shows off his chiseled abs and towards toward the word 'coming' splashed across his crotch.

Channing will appear on Ellen Degeneres Wednesday to promote the sequel, in which reprises his role as Mike and attends a strippers' convention with the other guys.

February 2, 2015

Screenwriter of Milk will speak at the end of LGBT History Month in the UK

Dustin Lance Black will share his insights and experience when he talks at Student Pride 2015 on 27 February.

The gay American director, producer and screenwriter will be part of the Attitude Question Time panel at the University of Westminster and join BBC Newsnight and Dragons Den presenter Evan Davis in a discussion on LGBTI representation in film and TV.

Black is best known as the screenwriter of award-winning film Milk and for dating British Olympic diver Tom Daley.

February 2, 2015

Actor had been advised against the part of closeted TV reporter in movie In & Out because of tabloid stories that he was gay himself

Tom Selleck didn't let tabloid stories saying he was gay stop him from taking on the role of a gay man in the 1997 film In & Out.

But there were plenty of people who advised the Magnum PI and Blue Bloods star against it.

'I was playing a closeted gay television reporter and a tabloid had said I was gay just a few years earlier,' Selleck says in the current issue of TV Guide.

But after starring in the box office hit Three Men and a Baby and its sequel, Selleck was keen to do another good comedy and In & Out fit the bill.

February 2, 2015

'He is just excellent at everything, and he is totally who he is'

Neil Patrick Harris isn't just an inspiration to younger gay people struggling with coming out or accepting themselves.

It turns out he was also an inspiration to an 82-year-old Oscar winner who last week decided to publicly declare that he is gay.

February 2, 2015

On the road with the RuPaul's Drag Race alumni, from Texas to Puerto Rico

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, entertainer Alexis Mateo's big break came in 2011 as a cast member of season three of RuPaul's Drag Race. One of the final three competitors in that season, Alexis also returned to Drag Race for the All Stars season in 2012.

Now living in Florida, Alexis is constantly on the road performing across the United States and around the world. We recently caught up with the hard-working drag queen to hear her traveller's tales...

January 30, 2015

Comedy legend was last above title in 1988's Big Business opposite Bette Midler  in 1988

The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook.

But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

In her first leading role since 1988's Big Business with Bette Midler, Tomlin plays a feminist poet who is breaking up with her far younger girlfriend and still dealing with the death of her longtime partner.

January 30, 2015

Four-time Emmy winner returns to Broadway to star in play An Act of God

Jim Parsons, who plays a theoretical physicist at Caltech on TV each week, is getting a promotion.

He will be playing God.

The four-time Emmy winner is set to return to Broadway in An Act of God based on the 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God written by David Javerbaum of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Javerbaum runs the popular satirical Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod and sent out a statement released from 'God.'