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April 23, 2014

The man dubbed the most bankable wrestler in the history of professional wrestling says that anyone who is in love should be allowed to marry and that he’s ‘absolutely for same-sex marriage’

90’s World Wrestling Federation pro-star ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin has backed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, questioning who gave churches the right to decide who is allowed to marry or not.

‘There has been a lot of f***ing stuff in the news lately about same-sex marriage - everybody’s going crazy about this and some of the churches say “oh no can do, you can’t do that,”’ the man nicknamed the Texas Rattlesnake said in a recent profanity-laden podcast.

April 22, 2014

Bachelor Boy singer said speculation over his sexuality has 'hurt' his family, especially when he was younger

British singer and lifelong bachelor Cliff Richard has spoken out about his sexuality for the first time.

The 73-year-old, who was once hailed as the UK’s answer to Elvis Presley, has long been the subject of speculation about whether or not he’s gay.

‘It did [hurt] when I was young,’ the singer said on Australian TV show A Current Affair.

‘It hurt my family a lot, of course. But who cares? It doesn’t really matter to me any more. I have got gay friends.

April 22, 2014

Bring your passport and don’t forget your toothbrush on 9 May – you could be flying to Copenhagen for Eurovision after our Gay Star News and Visit Denmark party at G-A-Y Camp Attack at Heaven

Instead of a night bus home following a G-A-Y night out, you could be flying straight to Eurovision in Denmark.

Gay Star News has teamed up with Visit Denmark and G-A-Y for the ultimate Eurovision party at London’s Heaven club on Friday 9 May.

Rule one: Bring your passports and overnight bag. You can’t enter without them.

Rule two: Get on to the main dancefloor to become finalists and you could be invited on stage.

From there two lucky winners will be put into a taxi and to the airport for the next flight to the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

April 22, 2014

Star Trek icon has worked for marriage equality, LGBT employment protections and anti-LGBTI bullying

George Takei will go where Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell have gone before.

The Star Trek icon, LGBTI activist and social media powerhouse will be presented with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award next month at the organization's New York media awards gala.

'Few voices have been as outspoken in support of equality as George Takei,'GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

April 22, 2014

'I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering'

Mark Ruffalo's character of Ned Weeks is central to HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited film adaptation of Larry Kramer's play premiering next month.

The Oscar-nominated actor may not be gay, but the early days of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s are something he well remembers.

'I have a lot of compassion for the struggle of people and I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering,' he said this week on HuffPost Live.

April 22, 2014

Daniel Franzese writes open letter to his movie alter ego:  'I’m not afraid anymore'

Actors and athletes are finding all kinds of interesting ways to come out these days from Twitter to a casual quote in an interview.

Daniel Franzese, who played openly gay Damian in Mean Girls, has found one of the most unique ways yet: he's written an open letter to his character in the 2004 film which is marking its 10th anniversary this month.

April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

April 21, 2014

But director Ryan Murphy convinced the playwright that Bomer 'felt the ghosts' depicted in AIDS drama

Director Ryan Murphy felt right away that Matt Bomer was the perfect choice to portray Felix Turner in the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

But he had to convince Kramer.

April 21, 2014

Trans actress is enjoying support from her fans who are determined to get her to the top of the online poll ahead of Time magazine’s 100 issue

Trans actress Laverne Cox is nearing the top of the Time reader’s poll, currently ahead of celebrity heavyweights Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber (21 April).

Due to the support of her fans spreading the word on social media, the Orange Is The New Black star may reach the top spot if she manages to fight off the competition.

The 100 list, compiled by Time magazine’s editors, includes the most influential and powerful celebrities, politicians and sport stars in the world.

April 21, 2014

Was TV personality was mocking gay coming out process by tweeting: 'I'm hereby proclaiming my heterosexuality!'

Pat Sajak, who has been presenting contestants with puzzles on TV's Wheel of Fortune since the early 80s, has posted a puzzling tweet on his Twitter page.

The game show host tweeted: 'Damn the career consequences! I'm hereby proclaiming my heterosexuality!'

Sajak, 67, did not follow up with any kind of explanation but the timing of the tweet comes at a time when an increasing number of people in entertainment and sports are getting a lot of attention for coming out publicly.

The tweet has gotten plenty of reaction from followers including some who were not amused.

April 21, 2014

The gay US actor clarifies he was in character when he swore at a heckler during his Broadway performance 

Gay US actor Neil Patrick Harris swore at fan who interrupted him during his Broadway show, but later clarified it was his character and not him.

The How I Met Your Mother actor is appearing on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and found his die-hard fans cannot separate him from his character.

During a performance of the show, about a trans German punk rocker, Harris was interrupted by a fan who couldn't stop themselves from broadcasting their love for the star.

‘We love you Neil!’ shouted the fan.

April 21, 2014

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, coming off hugely successful 2014 show, will produce for third consecutive year

It's not yet known if Ellen DeGeneres will return as host but the producers behind this year's hugely successful Academy Awards telecast will be back for the 2015 show.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce for the third consecutive year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

Last month's Oscars garnered 45.4 million total viewers - the highest ratings in 14 years.

April 19, 2014

The 27 April performance was scheduled for an 11,000-seat arena in Springfield, Missouri

The planned musical extravaganza from the stars of reality show Duck Dynasty has been canceled because of low ticket sales.

The Robertson family was to bring a concert, called Faith, Family & Ducks, to Springfield, Missouri (a midwestern US state).

The presentation was to be a mixture of songs, and speeches, on how the family lives the American dream and keeps 'family values.'

April 18, 2014

Oscar winner says he and co-star did not exchange a single word during photo shoot for 1984 film's poster

Oscar winner Colin Firth took a trip down memory lane in the current issue of People magazine by looking at photos taken during his career and commenting on them.

He had good things to say about photos with such co-stars as Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones Diary), Nicole Kidman (The Railway Man) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Out of the Blue).

April 18, 2014

Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer are featured in biggest look yet inside movie adaptation of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play

HBO today released the first full trailer of its upcoming film The Normal Heart which shows stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer in dramatic and emotional scenes.

The film, which premieres on 25 May, is based on Larry Kramer's acclaimed play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

Roberts, who plays a doctor in the film, says in the film: 'I've never seen or heard of anything like this - it seems to be only happening to gay men.'

April 18, 2014

Star tweets before and after photos showing off nearly 50 pound weight loss

It will be a much smaller Rosie O'Donnell who returns to ABC's The View next month when a reunion of former co-hosts takes place to pay tribute to a departing Barbara Walters.

O'Donnell took to Twitter this week to update her more than 740,000 followers in her weight loss effort which has reached nearly 50 pounds.

Posting before and after photos, O'Donnell commented: 'Almost 50 lbs off – I can see it now.'

She had reached a high of 230 pounds and turned to weight loss surgery to help take off the pounds.

April 18, 2014

Popular TV personality B Scott lost the $2.5 million lawsuit against TV network that forced him to remove his make-up and heels, but plans to appeal the case.

Popular transgender TV host, style expert and blogger B Scott has reportedly lost his discrimination lawsuit against the US Black Entertainment Television (BET) network.

Gay Star News reported in August 2013 that Scott attempted to sue the network for $2.5 million for discrimination based on gender and sexual identity when he was forced to change his feminine appearance for a more masculine one for a television appearance.

April 17, 2014

A group of international fashion icons and celebrities are protesting the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia by donning Pussy Riot style balaclavas in a new campaign in support of Amnesty International

Celebrities including Lily Allen, Kate Moss, Colton Haynes and Courtney Love have joined forces with a group of models and fashion designers in a new campaign in solidarity with Amnesty International and its campaign to protect LGBTI people in Russia.

The Proud To Protest project was the brainchild of English fashion designer Gareth Pugh and SHOWstudio photographer Nick Knight.

The first of the two videos was launched on 14 February to mark the start of London Fashion Week and the Sochi Winter Olympics and a second was released on 21 March.

April 17, 2014

In new allegation, Victor Voronov blames it all on Weir's 'meddling' mother

A day after TMZ reported a reconciliation between Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov, the figure skater's estranged husband is saying they are still split up.

'The divorce is 100 percent still happening,' Voronov tells US Weekly.

Then he adds an allegation that had not previously been hurled: 'Johnny's meddling mother was definitely the source of the breakdown of our marriage.'

April 17, 2014

Sources say the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets are considering the defensive lineman

Michael Sam, the gay National Football League draft prospect, is getting attention from six teams.

April 17, 2014

Good Morning America anchor recalls her late mom saying to her: 'You are my child, and you're a child of God, and I love you'

After spending decades on television not discussing her sexuality, Robin Roberts is now an open book - literally.

The Good Morning America anchor has penned a memoir called Everybody's Got Something about her harrowing fight against a blood and bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome.

To promote the book, Roberts has landed on the covers of several US magazines this week including People in which she talks about her coming out to her tight-knit family decades ago.

April 16, 2014

British camp comic has spoken out on the outrage following his new PETA campaign, with some accusing it of being 'homophobic'

British comic Alan Carr has spoken out on the homophobia he has faced from gay people today (16 April). 

The gay Chatty Man host was announced as the face of a new PETA campaign urging people to ‘fix’ the dog and cat overpopulation crisis.

Wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and brandishing a star-shaped magic wand, the ad’s tagline is: ‘Be a Little Fairy for Animals!’

April 16, 2014

Actress can appreciate the beauty of another woman but that doesn't mean she wants to get involved with one

Yes, Cameron Diaz thinks some women are hot. But no, that doesn't mean she wants to sleep with them.

The actress was asked by PrideSource in an interview published today if she could see herself involved with another woman: 'That's not at all what I said. That's not what I was saying. That's what people are (saying). What I'm saying is that I can appreciate the beauty of another woman.'

April 16, 2014

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay

Along with Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts, Steve Kornacki is one of three openly gay journalists to host programs on the MSNBC cable news channel.

The lesser-known among the three, Kornacki has also been out a far shorter time than his colleagues.