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August 28, 2014

David LeCours was a suicidal closeted gay teen, but it was Britney's music that gave him the strength to be who he is

Britney Spears has written a touching response to a young fan who told her that her music gave him the strength to come out as gay.

You better werk bitch!

David LeCours met his idol backstage at her Piece of Me show in Vegas, handing her a letter thanking her for giving him the courage to be who he is.

On Instagram, he said: 'She is the sweetest and nicest person alive.

'The letter explained how she helped me get through a real tough period in my life these past couple of months, and how I wanted to end it all but she made me be strong.'

August 28, 2014

Cardiff, Wales’ 8th annual Iris Prize Film Festival will showcase the very best of LGBTI themed cinema from around the world in October of 2014

17 of the world’s best LGBTI themed films will be competing for a coveted Iris Prize in October this year at Cardiff’s 8th annual LGBTI film festival.

In contention will be Der Samurai, by former Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert, about a young man in a woman’s dress wielding a Samurai’s sword who is being hotly pursued by a young police man who is clearly out of his depth.

Another contender will be The Way He Looks by another Iris Prize winner, Daniel Ribiero from Brazil, who will be attending the screening in Cardiff.

August 28, 2014

Comic now in stable but critical condition at a New York hospital

Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a throat operation on Thursday (28 August).

The 81-year-old was being operated on at an outpatient clinic and was rushed to a New York hospital where she is reported to be in stable but critical condition.

'This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to,' said hospital rep Sid Dinsay.

August 28, 2014

Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old in Hawaii in 1999

The man who accused gay film director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was 14 was forced to drop the lawsuit yesterday (27 August).

Michael Egan III, 31, voluntarily dropped the lawsuit due to lack of legal counsel. US district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted the motion.

Singer's attorney has said the X Men: Days of Future Past director is 'looking forward to moving on'.

But as the case was dismissed without prejudice, it means Egan can refile the claim at a later date.

August 28, 2014

Daniel Franzese joins Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey in the cast of the hit HBO show

Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese has joined the cast of Looking.

The actor, best known for being too gay to function as Damian, will appear in the second season of the hit HBO show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will appear in a multi-episode arc as Eddie, a new love interest for one of the show's main characters.

Gay British actor Russell Tovey, who plays Kevin in the series, posted a picture on Instagram of the season two cast enjoying some free time in San Francisco.

August 27, 2014

Antony Cotton and Kym Marsh also seen on show's float at Manchester pride with GSN's Jean Paul Gaultier tote bags

The cast and crew of Coronation Street, the longest running soap on British TV, are showing their Manchester Pride in a lively new music video.

They can be seen busting moves all around the indoor and outdoor sets and even in the dressing rooms of the popular show about the lives of people who live on a street in Manchester.

The video has the message of 'Love is Love No Matter Who You Love and has been shared on Facebook with the tags ‪#‎ImAlive‬ ‪#‎ManchesterPride‬ ‪#‎CorriePride2014‬ ‪#‎feelthelove‬.

August 27, 2014

'We collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports'

ESPN says it is sorry.

The cable sports network received resounding criticism this week for a story that aired about where openly gay St. Louis Rams player Michael Sam takes his showers.

'ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report,' the network said in a statement Wednesday (27 August).

'Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.'

August 27, 2014

'... He seems to think that Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower, as not to make his teammates feel uncomfortable'

The sports network ESPN broke a big story about Michael Sam. The gay National Football League rookie takes showers.

This shattering news was released today, 26 August. The reporter who uncovered such a dramatic twist (see the clip below) was answering a question how the out football player was fitting in.

August 27, 2014

Singer is telling you that she is not going to get bothered about rumors surrounding her sexuality

Jennifer Hudson has said rumors surrounding her sexuality do not bother her in the slightest.

The 32-year-old singer has said she would not have a career if it was not for the LGBTI community, so she doesn't care if people think she's gay.

Speaking to PrideSource, she said she had been looking at old pictures of herself when she was performing in gay clubs.

'I saw a picture of me performing in a gay club and a picture of being dressed,' Hudson said.

August 27, 2014

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline which I didn't always have'

Meredith Baxter thought she had a lot of lines to learn during her seven seasons playing Elyse Keaton on the classic NBC sitcom Family Ties.

Now that she has begun a role on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless, she realizes she had it easy back then.

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline, which I didn't always have,' she tells TV Guide magazine.

August 27, 2014

Freeheld will tell the true story of one couple's fight for pension benefits after one of them becomes terminally ill

Steve Carell is joining Julianne Moore and Ellen Page to star in a film based on a landmark gay rights case.

Freeheld, directed by Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist's Petter Sollet, will tell the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree.

The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees.

The couple were determined to make a change, after Ardeen (played by Page) was denied pension benefits of her Hester (Moore) when the latter became terminally ill.

August 27, 2014

Pair just completed filming Michael in which they play former lovers

The day after wrapping his three-week shoot on the film Michael, Zachary Quinto says he found his leading man James Franco to be 'inspiring.'

Quinto plays the former lover of Franco's character who went from gay magazine publisher to 'ex-gay' pastor.

'I had a great time working with James,' Quinto told The Backlot on Wednesday (27 August). 

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

Gay Radio 1 DJ is confirmed for the British reality dancing competition show

Scott Mills will be joining Strictly Come Dancing.

The gay Radio 1 DJ is the latest celebrity to sign up for this year's series of the British reality TV competition dancing show.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood made the announcement live on Mills' show this morning (26 August).

The DJ said: 'I've kept this a secret for months and months.

'It's been so hard!'

August 26, 2014

Bisexual Australian singer donated all of her earnings from their previous collaboration to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center

Sia has worked with Eminem on a new song even after she donated all of her earnings from their previous collaboration over his use of anti-gay slurs.

Guts Over Fear is the pair's second duet following Beautiful Pain, which appeared on the rapper's 2013 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

This song will feature on the soundtrack to Denzel Washington's upcoming movie The Equalizer.

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 26, 2014

Think Cucumber will be another UK show ripe for the remaking in the US like Queer As Folk? According to the producers, it might be too hot for US tastes.. 

Channel 4 are preparing to bring back gay drama to the UK 15 years after Queer As Folk.

Cucumber, created by Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies, will be broadcast next year and is promised to be 'too hot for US tastes'.

Described by Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt as 'channel-defining', the show will be one of three programmes telling the story of life across the generations. Cucumber will be the main show, with Banana the spin-off featuring younger characters. The other, Tofu, will tell the stories of ordinary people.

August 25, 2014

Holding hands, rapper Haze and model Baldwin were described by MTV as 'the cutest VMA couple of the night’

US gay couple Angel Haze and Ireland Baldwin held hands as they posed for the cameras on the red carpet of the Video Music Awards yesterday (24 August).

The pair, who confirmed their relationship in June of this year, posed proudly together as an openly gay couple.

Baldwin, model and daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, held hands with rapper girlfriend Angel Haze as they posed for photographs on the red carpet at the ceremony in California.

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 24, 2014

Arrow’s John Barrowman took the ice bucket challenge with his husband Scott Gill wearing only a jock strap, and he then challenged hunky co-star Colton Haynes who accepted

Openly gay actor John Barrowman and Arrow co-star Colton Haynes are the latest celebrities to take the ice bucket challenge sweeping the internet, aimed at raising awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Barrowman posted a video of him taking the challenge on 16 August, sitting on a deck chair wearing a Deathstroke t-shirt in Vancouver, getting his jock strap clad husband Scott Gill to dumb a bucket full of ice and water over him – though it took two attempts to empty the bucket.

August 24, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, tells Gay Star News he isn't sure he wants to try and return to the league for another season.

'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be,' Collins said at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Chicago on Saturday (23 August).

Collins, 35, said he will decide by late September whether or not he wants to resume training.

Not that he is letting himself get out of shape.

'I still run,' he said. 'I don't want to turn into Charles Barkley.'

August 24, 2014

'It was fun getting to play against Manziel in an NFL game'

Two of the National Football League's most talked about rookies met in a game last night (23 August).

Michael Sam, the out St. Louis Rams defensive end, sacked Cleveland Brown's quarterback Johnny Manziel twice, helping the Rams win 33-14.

Sam celebrated the first sack by copying Manziel's 'money' sign.

August 23, 2014

Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint locked lips in a climactic scene in the first episode of the eighth season of British science fiction series

Doctor Who’s first episode of the new season featured a show-stopping lesbian kiss.

In the opener called Deep Breath, the Time Lord reunited with lesbian Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).

Late in the episode as the couple, the Sontaran Strax and companion Clara are under threat, the couple locked lips.

While it has always been made clear the two are together (and married), this is the first time we have seen the characters kiss.

The moment received a lot of praise on social media: