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July 25, 2014

Stonestreet's TV character recently married his male spouse on ABC hit

Eric Stonestreet plays one of the most high-profile gay characters on television while Rick Santorum is one of the most high-profile opponents of gay marriage.

So when the two men encountered each other at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year, Stonestreet was surprised to have the former US Senator from Pennsylvania ask to be in a photo with him.

The two-time Emmy winning actor just could not do it.

July 17, 2014

 I wouldn't want anyone to rush into things because they see two characters like them get married.

As Glee prepares to begin shooting its sixth and final season, gay high school sweethearts Kurt and Blaine are engaged and pursuing showbiz careers in New York City.

Blaine (Darren Criss) had proposed to Kurt (Chris Colfer) last fall in an elaborate production set to The Beatles All You Need is Love (see video below).

Colfer, who has won a Golden Globe Award and been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Kurt, said this week he hopes the couple takes things slow.

July 13, 2014

The music video and accompany documentary aims to raise awareness in the #OperationGirl Charity Challenge which is focused on empowering, educating and protecting the rights of women and girls

The Orange is the New Black star, who recently became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, can be seen in John Legend's new 'You and I (Nobody In the World)' clip.

July 10, 2014

Out stars Matt Bomer, Kate McKinnon, Jim Parsons, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, and Jane Lynch among the nominees

When the 66th annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, those keeping an LGBTI scorecard had plenty to keep track of.

In addition to Laverne Cox making history as the first trans actress to receive a nomination for her role on Orange is the New Black, there are numerous out gay, lesbian and bisexual nominees.

July 10, 2014

Gets supporting actress nod for performance in Orange is the New Black

Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category.

When nominations were ann0unced in Los Angeles this morning, Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black.

Her competition will include two OITNB co-stars (Natasha Lyonne ans Uzo Aduba) and a trio of established veterans: Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live) and Joan Cusack (Shameless).

June 30, 2014

Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless blasts Perry for comparing homosexualty to alcoholism

Emmy-winning actor Greg Rikaart ripped into Texas Governor Rick Perry while accepting the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

At an awards dinner in New Orleans recently, Rikaart reflected on being a closeted gay kid and even bullying other kids in an effort to fit in and not be found out.

He remarked on the progress that still needs to be made: 'LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics.’

June 23, 2014

Former Days of Our Lives star has left show - footage of his successor in the role is mistakenly played when announcing his name as nominee

Chandler Massey has won his third consecutive Emmy Sunday for his acclaimed performance as gay college student and young father Will Horton on NBC’s Days of Our Lives.

The actor, who left the show last fall, used humor to diffuse what could have been an awkward moment after producers of the show showed a clip of his successor in the role, Guy Wilson, when announcing his name as a nominee.

'Did you see my reel? That was great!' Massey quipped as he took the stage to accept the trophy.

June 13, 2014

Talk show host airs hilarious compilation video of Eric Stonestreet, Miley Cyrus and others jumping in their seats

Ellen DeGeneres has earned many titles over the years.

Groundbreaker. Emmy winner. Oscar host. LGBTI activist.

But while doing all of that and becoming one of the most famous lesbians on the planet, DeGeneres has quietly been earning another title: Scariest woman on daytime TV.

On her daytime talk show this week, DeGeneres aired a compilation video of the various ways she has scared various celebrities including her own wife, Portia de Rossi.

May 22, 2014

Creator Steve Levitan: 'I think its got an abundance of heart but I also think that it's a really funny episode'

The characters of Mitch and Cam become legally married tonight in the second of a two-part episode focusing on their wedding.

The episode airs on the same week that same-sex marriage became legal in the US states of Oregon and Pennsylvania and the marriage equality debate rages on in courtrooms, on cable television and online message boards.

But the creators and cast members of the multiple-Emmy winning ABC comedy have stuck to their unofficial motto of ‘comedy first’ when it comes to their same-sex nuptials.

May 21, 2014

Interactive book Choose Your Own Autobiography to be released in October

You wouldn't expect a memoir by Neil Patrick Harris to be your standard Hollywood tell-all would you?

Not a chance.

The four-time Emmy winner and 2014 Tony Award nominee will be releasing Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography in October and it will be an interactive experience for readers.

The book is described as a 'revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light. Celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life.'

May 20, 2014

The longtime gay icon is still going strong as she closes in on 70

As she turns 68 today, Cher isn't slowing down - she's still revving up.

The Oscar, Emmy and Grammy award-winning legend who has had at least one number one single in each of the last six decades is currently touring the US with her Dressed to Kill Tour.

Last week she announced additional dates and fans are hoping this current show will stretch on and on as her previous 'farewell tour' did before finally ending after three years in 2005.

As a tribute to this icon with legions of gay fans, GSN has come up with 68 reasons why we love Cher.

May 15, 2014

‘I don’t have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night'

When Stephen Colbert was hired to replace David Letterman on The Late Show, it seemed like he was the first and only choice of CBS brass.

But it turns out Neil Patrick Harris was very much a part of the conversation and could have become the first openly gay host in the history of late night network television.

May 9, 2014

The Big Bang Theory star had been bringing partner to public events for years but was never asked about him

Three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons was four years into his relationship with Todd Spiewak when fame hit.

His CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory was a break-out hit and he was thrust into the limelight.

Parsons, one of the stars of the upcoming HBO film The Normal Heart, never thought about hiding the fact that he is gay.

May 1, 2014

Chandler Massey going for third win in a row for his portrayal of Will Horton on NBC's Days of Our Lives - earns fourth nod overall

Chandler Massey isn't on NBC's Days of Our Lives anymore but his performance as a gay young man facing a series of dramatic ups and downs was not forgotten by Daytime Emmy voters.

In nominations announced earlier today, Massey made the cut in the competitive category of Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Will Horton.

It's the fourth consecutive nomination for Massey and gives him a perfect record of a nod for every year he was on the show.

April 30, 2014

When show debuted in 1998, Messing says such cluelessness 'was considered a good thing for the show'

The landmark NBC sitcom Will & Grace didn't want to be in your face when it premiered back in 1998 - a year after Ellen DeGeneres came out and more than a decade before the premiere of Modern Family.

Debra Messing, the actress who won an Emmy for her performance as the best friend of a gay man (played by Eric McCormack), remembers that the subject of Will's sexuality had to be introduced delicately.

April 24, 2014

'I don’t care whom you sleep with. It’s "What kind of a human being are you?"'

Betty White says she doesn't understand why there are homophobes in this world.

'I don’t care whom you sleep with,' the 92-year-old TV legend tells Larry King.

'It’s "What kind of a human being are you?" I don’t understand (why people are anti-gay). It’s such a personal private business and it’s none of mine.'

White, who won an Emmy for her first television series Life With Elizabeth in 1951, is currently starring in the hit sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

March 24, 2014

HRC honoree Paris Barclay jokes that during Roberts' nomination hearing 'you did not see one, single picture of (him) in that wig. But I have them.'

When Paris Barclay accepted the Visibility Award over the weekend at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, he shared with the sold out crowd a high school memory that US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts would probably want forgotten.

It seems the two were classmates at an all boys high school long before their paths went in separate directions. Roberts ended up heading the highest court in the US and Barclay an Emmy winning director who is the first black and first gay president of the Directors Guild of America.

January 8, 2014

Guy Wilson on two-time Emmy winner Chandler Massey: 'He’s made my job easier, because he has established such an amazing character'

On Wednesday (8 January), viewers of the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives will  notice a dramatic change in the appearance of the gay character of Will Horton.

Yeah, Will is still gay and he's still be with first love Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith). But he will be played by actor Guy Wilson who will make his debut in the episode.

December 27, 2013

'We’re still telling a great story and shedding light on what’s happening'

On 2 January, viewers of the popular NBC soap Days of Our Lives will see Chandler Massey in the role of Will Horton for the last time.

The two-time Emmy winner played for the role for nearly four years - through Will's denial of being gay, his coming out to himself then to the whole town then falling in love with his friend Sonny Kiriakis.

Will also was charged with murder along the way, got shot and also got his ex-girlfriend pregnant.

December 10, 2013

Leslie Jordan says stage musical was to focus on Megan Mullally's lushy Karen Walker character

The verbal sparring matches between Will & Grace's pill popping lush Karen Walker and her bitchy nemesis Beverly Leslie made for some of the most delicious moments of the show's eight year run.

It was the character of Beverly, after all, who delivered this classic put down when he came face-to-face with Megan Mullally's Karen: 'Well, well, well. Karen Walker. I thought I smelled gin and regret.'

December 6, 2013

Emmy winner is flanked by hunky models in spot he wants to see go viral

He won an Emmy for his role as Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace, starred in Sordid Lives on stage and screen, and now has a recurring role on American Horror Story: Coven.

But openly gay actor Leslie Jordan has another dream: He wants to be in a Super Bowl commercial for Doritos.

In a spot written and produced by twins Gary and Larry Lane of Hollywood to Dollywood fame, Jordan goes up against some hunky models at a Doritos commercial audition and emerges with the job.

November 26, 2013

Game of Thrones actor wins the International Emmy for his performance as a gay transvestite in BBC drama Accused

British actor Sean Bean has won an International Emmy for playing a trans character.

The 54-year-old, known for playing butch roles in Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, strapped on heels and donned dresses in BBC One drama series Accused.

In the series shown on British television in August last year, Bean played a shy teacher with a transvestite alter ego. He then gets involved in an affair with a married man that leads to a brutal crime of passion.

November 21, 2013

Portrayed by Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra, Thorson arrested for violating probation and failure to appear in court

Scott Thorson, the one-time romantic partner of the late Liberace, is back in jail.

Thorton was arrested by deputies in Washoe County in Nevada for allegedly violating his probation and for failing to appear in court, according to TMZ.com.

November 15, 2013

Emmy winning Scandal star tells GSN there's much more to do

Dan Bucatinsky may only play a journalist on ABC's Scandal but the out actor is quite informed about the big news stories of the day - especially those that effect the LGBTI community.

The actor and writer, who won an Emmy in September for his performance on Scandal, chatted last weekend with Gay Star News about a recent string of LGBTI victories.

In the span of five days, the House of Representatives in both Hawaii and Illinois approved gay marriage bills bringing the total of US states with marriage equality to 16.