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January 28, 2015

LGBTI activist will also co-produce the show

ABC is making a pilot a new sitcom based on the life of It Get's Better founder Dan Savage.

The as yet untitled show will be 'a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist's life,' according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'It centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet.

January 22, 2015

Ellen tweets later: 'I can’t stop thinking about this father. I wish all parents could be like this'

In just one week, the YouTube video of gay twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes coming out to their dad has been viewed more than 14 million times.

Their courage got the attention of Ellen DeGeneres who welcomed the twins onto her daytime talk show this week along with their dad who, although caught by surprise, managed to say all the right things.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 16, 2015

Says it is 'only fair to have the same rights as everybody else, then it’s a wonderful world'

Ellen DeGeneres was appearing before TV critics in Pasadena Friday when news broke that that US Supreme Court was taking on four gay marriage cases this term.

'It’s about time,' DeGeneres said from a stage in Pasadena where she was talking up the NBC sitcom One Big Happy during the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

DeGeneres, who married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 added: 'The thing that changed the civil rights movement was when white people got involved and started marching. We need everyone on our side.

January 14, 2015

'The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another'

'The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another,' this is the response Ellen DeGeneres gave to the pastor who accused her of turning kids gay.

The gay TV host was responding to Larry Tomczak who wrote an article for the Christian Post that claimed Hollywood has a 'gay agenda'.

January 12, 2015

Gay talk show host and Queen of All Media play a hilarious game of Heads Up

Gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey just spooned while playing Heads Up.

Enlisting the help of actors David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo who were on the show to talk about their new movie Selma, the pair played a round of the chart-topping phone app game to the delight of the audience.

During the game, DeGeneres and Winfrey acted out a number of actions including getting waxed, waltzing and finally spooning while Oyelowo and Ejogo did the guessing.

January 8, 2015

'I get to do exactly what I want to do, I get to be who I am'

Ellen DeGeneres has proven, once again, that she is definitely the people's choice.

She was presented with the Favorite Talk Show prize at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (7 January) in Los Angeles - her 14th win since 2005.

January 1, 2015

Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Raven-Symonè and Adam Lambert among those sharing messages on social media

Ellen DeGeneres has kicked off the new year by taking to Twitter and making a bold prediction: 'Happy 2015! If 2014 was the year of the selfie, 2015 is gonna be the year of baby goats on Instagram. I’m calling it early.'

DeGeneres, who caused Twitter to crash on Oscar night with her all-star selfie, was among the LGBTI celebrities who posted messages on social media on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Here is a sampling compiled by Gay Star News:

December 25, 2014

Sam Smith: 'I hope you’re already stuffed & drunk'

Ellen DeGeneres is among the gay and lesbian celebrities wishing their followers a Merry Christmas on Thursday (25 December).

But the popular talk show host delivered her greetings with a mini-lecture: 'Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope your day is filled with warmth and love. Now stop reading tweets in the pantry and go be with your family.'

Here are other holiday messages via Twitter:

Matt Bomer: Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy holiday with the ones you love. XO

December 2, 2014

Singer previously said being an LGBTI role model would be 'awful'

Sam Smith yesterday said he does want to be a spokesperson for the gay community, a role he previously said would be 'awful.'

'People say, he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone,' he said on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

'Ya know straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited.'

November 20, 2014

'I think we have a lot in common. We’re both from Louisiana, we’re both hosts...'

Who knew that Robin Roberts and Ellen DeGeneres were so alike?

Today (20 November) the host of the ABC morning show Good Morning America sat across from Ellen on her own program.

The comic listed all the things the two shared.

November 18, 2014

Actor-model-singer also started a non-profit after his brother was killed by an impaired driver

Ellen DeGeneres has found someone to temporarily mow her lawn and trim her bushes.

He's model/actor/singer Derek Yates who submitted an audition video featuring him doing yard wearing only a pair of sexy underwear. It has amassed more than 45,000 views on YouTube so far.

Derek will be announced as the winner of the Ellen's well-publicized search on today's show which was taped on Monday (17 November).

So why does Ellen need a temporary new gardener?

November 13, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

November 13, 2014

Singer drives talk show host's audience wild

Nick Jonas has got it and he's going to flaunt it.

The singer, doing a publicity blitz for his new self-titled album, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and pulled down his pants for her screaming audience.

DeGeneres set the mood when she began to show the audience photos of a shirtless Jonas from a shoot he did for Flaunt magazine.

When the talk show host remarked that Jonas had put on a lot of muscle weight for his role on the TV series Kingdom and that she wanted to ask him to take his shirt off, Jonas drew the line.

November 3, 2014

Talk show host receiving audition videos from guys who want to fill in for regular gardener who landed a role in sequel to Magic Mike

The last guy who worked as a gardener for Ellen DeGeneres ended up landing a role in the sequel to Magic Mike with a little help from his famous boss.

So it comes as no surprise that there are scores of other hunky young guys who are eagerly vying to be the next guy chosen to water her plants and trim her bushes.

'I hold a doctorate in shirtless landscaping from the University of Abercrombie & Fitch,' Max Emerson says in a video he submitted to DeGeneres.

November 3, 2014

What did he actually mean to go dressed as?

A man has won a costume contest as he looked like Ellen DeGeneres - but that wasn't exactly his intention.

Reddit user StuTOTHEart posted a picture of his last-minute Halloween outfit, which was essentially a shirt, wig and blush.

So when people assumed he was dressed as the gay TV host, he ran with it.

And it was enough to win him $50 at the karaoke bar.

October 31, 2014

'It’s the one time of year you can dress up however you want, and pretend you’re someone you’d never be in real life'

Ellen DeGeneres didn't even wear a gown for her wedding to Portia de Rossi in 2008.

But for Halloween this year, the talk show show host donned a white dress and veil as the bride of George Clooney.

With her short blond locks covered by a long, dark wig, the talk show host transformed herself into Amal Alamuddin.

'I like Halloween because it’s the one time of year you can dress up however you want, and pretend you’re someone you’d never be in real life. For me, that’s married to a man,' she told her audience.

October 28, 2014

Sitcom star has been with  Scott Icenogle for eight years

Sean Hayes is getting hitched.

The Emmy winning actor, best known for his role on Will & Grace, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and on The Talk in recent days wearing a ring.

He didn't mention the engagement on the air but upon spotting it, the site RumorFix contacted the actor's representatives and confirmed it is an engagement ring.

October 14, 2014

If ever a baby was going to dance, you know it would happen in that family

On nearly every single tabloid magazine out there, there are reports that Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia De Rossi will be having a baby.

De Rossi appeared on her partner's daytime talk show to clear up the rumors once and for all.

'It would be so fun for everybody if we were,' de Rossi said of a pregnancy, but she insisted they were not.

'Everyone assumes that we really are having a baby, and we're just not sharing it,' DeGeneres told de Rossi. 'So we might be having a baby and we're just not sharing it.'

October 14, 2014

Nick the gardener has impressed during shirtless appearances on boss' show

Channing Tatum called The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday (13 October) with big news about the Magic Mike sequel - but he wasn't calling for Ellen.

The actor was calling for Ellen's hunky gardener, Nick, who just happened to be on the set picking apples while shirtless.

'After careful inspection of your ab region, we have deducted that we need you in Magic Mike XXL,' Tatum told a disbelieving gardener whose real name is Bill Reilich.

The talk show host had floated the idea during one of the gardener's previous appearances on her show.

October 7, 2014

Talk show host gets mock vp to recite such names as Angela Mansbury, Lucille Balls, Tess Tosterone and Wilma Fingerdoo

Ellen DeGeneres told the audience of her daytime talk show on Tuesday (7 October) that she had asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to appear in order to make an apology.

The apology was for the social media giant's 'Real Names' policy which had the drag community in an uproar before it was reversed last week.

Drag queens and others can now continue to use their professional names on their Facebook pages.

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 1, 2014

LGBTI media advocacy group announces networks must include transgender characters to receive an 'Excellent' grade from next year

GLAAD has issued a record 'Excellent' grade to three TV networks this year.

With shows such as Modern Family, The Fosters and Looking huge hits, the US LGBT media advocacy organization has looked backwards at the previous season and rated the networks on their LGBT-inclusive content between June 2013 and May 2014.

They have also released the Where We Are On TV report, analyzing the scripted characters in the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

ABC Family, HBO and MTV have earned 'Excellent' this year.