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February 4, 2015

Character revealed last month that he is transgender male

Viewers of TV's Glee learned last month that William McKinley High School's football coach Shannon Beiste is transitioning from female to male.

On the 13 February episode of the show - now in its sixth and final season - Beiste will unveil his new look.

Emmy nominated Dot-Marie Jones, who portrays Beiste, admits she initially had some reservations about the character's transition.

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.'

January 17, 2015

Dot Marie Jones' character explains: 'I never felt like my body matched who I was in the inside'

Viewers of the Fox series Glee learned on Friday's episode that William McKinley High School's football coach Shannon Beiste is transitioning from female to male.

Beiste, portrayed by Emmy nominee Dot Marie Jones, shared with school principal Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and assistant football coach Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) that he has gender dysphoria - the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who identify as transgender.

January 7, 2015

'I’m more improvisational and I don’t know what I’m going to say and neither does anyone else on the panel'

Next week, the day after Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, Kathy Griffin will make her debut as host of E! network's Fashion Police.

It will be the first episode of the show since its Emmy recap in September which was taped just days before Joan Rivers had a minor medical procedure that resulted in her death at the age of 81.

So it will be a bittersweet occasion for her successor and close friend Griffin.

The comic told The Today Show this week that she will be similar to her mentor with her outspoken nature but will also have her own style.

December 22, 2014

Tuc Watkins, who played gay on Desperate Housewives, believes Modern Family couple is 80s stereotype

Openly gay actor Tuc Watkins has gotten Jesse Tyler Ferguson's attention with his Facebook post ripping on Modern Family's Cam and Mitch.

Watkins wrote that while he finds the ABC show ‘clever, hilarious, even terrifically subtle,’ he also has ‘a hard time laughing at the gay guys. In fact, I kinda cringe. It feels a little bit like the gay equivalent of “blackface.”'

He added: 'It doesn’t feel “modern” at all. Sure, people come in all shapes, sizes, etc. So why are we fed such 80s stereotypes every week?'

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

November 14, 2014

'If your panties fall down all around your feet, step out of them and keep on singing'

For more than four decades now, drag queens have been dressing up like Bette Midler.

So it comes as no surprise that the Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner has some tips on how to be the most divine.

'A good pair of shoes - a really good pair of shoes - because you'll really hurt yourself. You'll hurt your joints,' Midler tells PrideSource.

In addition to the proper shoes, Midler recommends 'a serious undergarment.'

November 6, 2014

Actress is honored for her transgender advocacy

Transgender actress Laverne Cox has been named a woman of the year by Glamour magazine for her role in TV series Orange Is the New Black and her advocacy work.

It has already been a whirlwind year Cox, who became the first transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine and the first to be nominated for an Emmy Award in an acting category.

October 29, 2014

David Burtka had wanted to be on the first season of show but Harris nixed offer

Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka are going to guest star on the smash FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show.

TVLine reports that Harris will appear in the final two episodes of the season as a chameleon salesman. Burtka will be in the season finale in part of the storyline involving a batty chanteuse played by Emmy winner Jessica Lange.

October 28, 2014

Ex-wife Lara Embry gets lump sum of $1.2 million, half of Glee and other TV royalties and more

Jane Lynch is now officially divorced from Dr. Lara Embry and it was a costly split for the two-time Emmy winner.

Embry will receive a lump sum of $1.2 million, spaced over over a 2-year period, half of several bank and trust accounts, totaling $847,485, half of a 401K totaling $315,079 and half of all royalties from Lynch's TV appearances, including Glee, according to legal documements obtained by TMZ.

October 17, 2014

Annual Spirit Day campaign had Laverne Cox, Demi Lovato, Billie Jean King and others in purple attire

To mark Spirit Day on Thursday (16 October), a number of celebrities wore purple and millions of other people decided to 'go purple' online in a united stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth.

Emmy nominated actress Laverne Cox took things a step further when she took part in lighting New York City's famed Empire State Building purple for the night.

October 16, 2014

'It’s usually me getting it — I’m biting Watson’s dog tags'

Benedict Cumberbatch won an Emmy last month for his performance as the title character in Sherlock, a contemporary adaptation the Sherlock Holmes detective stories.

The show, which has aired for three seasons, has attracted a rabid fan base and some of those fans have a creative imagination when it comes to Cumberbatch's Holmes and Martin Freeman's Doctor John Watson.

September 27, 2014

Cast and show's creator hope groundbreaking TV series will help public acceptance of trans people

Jeffrey Tambor feels like he's landed the part of a lifetime.

The actor, best known for his roles on Arrested Development and The Larry Sanders Show, is now starring in Transparent as a father with three grown children who is transitioning from male to female.

To play transgender female Maura Pfefferman in the dramedy, which premieres tonight on Amazon Prime, Tambor did his homework.

September 18, 2014

'I wasn't a crying mess ... but they're important words that need to be heard by the person that you're speaking them to'

Neil Patrick Harris didn't think he was the kind of guy who would get emotional saying his wedding vows.

So the Tony and Emmy winning star says he was surprised when it happened to him during his recent wedding to David Burtka in Italy.

'It was so crazy,' he told Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg during an interview this week on The View.

'When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, "Come on, pull it together." Then when you're standing there and it's you, you can't help but get super duper choked up.'

September 9, 2014

The Sherlock actor talks about Alan Turing, gay ‘cures’ and why he believes the US should elect a gay president

September 6, 2014

'Bullying works on a level. You get to be part of the group. The catch is, you’re never really equal. People are afraid of you'

Two-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch knows a thing or two about the main character in her new children's book Marlene, Marlene, Queen of Mean.

In the book, to be released later this month, Marlene is a bully.

There were times when Lynch was too as a kid.

The Glee star and host of Hollywood Game Night says she realized this while working on the book with her then wife, Dr. Lara Embry, a psychologist who was a consultant on the book.

September 5, 2014

Six-time Emmy winner says: 'Kissing has become my thing'

Now that she's won her fifth and sixth career Emmys for Masters of Sex and Moms, respectively, Allison Janney is revealing that she is quite the big smoocher.

The actress, who won four previous Emmys during her years on The West Wing, appeared on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show this week and shared some of her lip-locking escapades.

She told the host that kissing has 'become my thing.'

September 1, 2014

Evicted houseguest describes the gig as 'Pure hell. Absolute torture. Mayhem' 

Actor Leslie Jordan has been evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother UK house but doesn't seem too broken up about it.

In a new Facebook post, the openly gay actor describes the experience as 'PURE HELL. ABSOLUTE TORTURE. MAYHEM. ... I was voted out of the house a few days ago. THANK THE GOOD LORD ABOVE. I really do not think I could have stood another night of farts, snores and drunken revelry.'

And it did not bring out the best in him.

'I consider myself a kindly and well behaved human being. I turned into a screaming harridan!' Jordan writes.

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 26, 2014

Fifth season of popular sitcom culminated in wedding of gay couple Mitch and Cam

ABC's Modern Family made it five for five at the Emmys on Monday (25 August).

The popular comedy won a record-tying fifth Emmy for best comedy series meaning it has won for each year it has been on the air.

C0-creator Steve Levitan accepted the award and was flanked on the stage by the cast including Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet who play gay couple Mitch and Cam on the show.

The engagement and planning of Mitch and Cam's wedding was one of the season's main storylines with the two-part season finale culminating in their tying the knot.

August 26, 2014

Writer Larry Kramer, wearing ACT UP cap, is escorted to stage by director Ryan Murphy and accompanied by cast members

The AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which took 30 years to reach the screen, won the Emmy Award on Monday (25 August) for Best TV Movie.

Director Ryan Murphy slowly escorted a frail Larry Kramer - the activist and author wrote the movie and the Tony Award winning play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City - to the stage.

They were accompanied to the stage by cast members Mark Ruffalo, Mark Bomer, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,. Jim Parsons, and Joe Mantello - all who had lost in the acting categories.

August 25, 2014

In demand actor will squeeze in guest spot with filming of Magic Mike 2

Matt Bomer, up for an Emmy tonight for his performance in The Normal Heart, has landed a role on the new season of FX's American Horror Story which is titled Freak Show.

Creator Ryan Murphy, who directed Bomer in The Normal Heart, had been keen to have the red-hot actor appear in the series now that Bomer has completed his final season of White Collar.

'I try to get him to do everything for me,' Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly.

August 22, 2014

Orange Is The New Black actress speaks to Gay Star News about everything from the rise of Laverne Cox to the worst thing about the English

Lea DeLaria has been breaking barriers for some time. Not only is she a gay, butch woman, she is doing a damned good job playing one on TV.

Celebrated for her role as Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black, this 56-year-old has had a long and incredible career.

And now, she is the grand marshal of Manchester Pride today (23 August).

I spoke to her on the phone yesterday, and she was in an incredibly upbeat mood – definitely in the Pride spirit.

I hear girls have been trying to hunt you down, is that true?

August 17, 2014

With Glee winding down its run, star has a second steady gig to fall back on

Jane Lynch is now a two-time Emmy winner.

The actress, who won her first Emmy for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee, picked up the second trophy Saturday (16 August) night for hosting NBC's Hollywood Game Night.

While the Primetime Emmys will be handed out next Sunday (24 August), many categories were presented at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Lynch won in the category of Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program.