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May 1, 2015

This time it will be based on a true story

The writers behind the film that made us all sob into our denim shirts are returning with a new gay-themed, fact-based drama.

Diana Ossana and Larry McNurty, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Brokeback Mountain, are getting back together for another tear-jerker.

And this time, unlike Brokeback Mountain which was based on an Annie Proulx short story, it will be based on a true story.

The project is based on the true, tragic story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell.

April 29, 2015

Shade comes from reading. Reading came first. Gay Star News reviews the landmark documentary about the New York City ballroom scene in the 1980s.

It was an excited, sold-out crowd that assembled in London's Cinema Museum for a screening and discussion of Paris Is Burning – a 1990 documentary from Jennie Livingston.

Documenting the ball culture in New York in the 1980s, this is a revealing observation of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the United States at that time.

April 28, 2015

'I think gay people are able to play straight roles; straight people are able to play gay roles. The whole point of being an actor is to transform'

Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon thinks people need to 'lighten up' if they aren't cool with straights playing gay roles and vice versa.

'I think gay people are able to play straight roles; straight people are able to play gay roles,' the actress tells PrideSource in an interview posted Tuesday (28 April).

'The whole point of being an actor is to transform. If people don't understand that we need to be malleable in our sexuality, then I think they need to lighten up.'

April 27, 2015

Todrick Hall has done it again

Todrick Hall has made over Disney in a way that only he can.

Teaming up with Shoshana Bean, he has created the ultimate mashup of classic Disney reinvented to sound like 90s R&B.

Aladdin's A Whole New World gets transformed with a little help from Montell Jordan's This Is How We Do It, and The Little Mermaid's Poor Unfortunate Souls gets mixed with Ginuwine's Pony.

You might remember Hall from other Disney mashups including Cinderoncé and the Spell Block Tango, but the former American Idol finalist has topped himself once again.

April 22, 2015

'This song covers the journey of any individual's struggle to understand his or her sexuality conditioned by society's norms'

India's Censor Board of Film Certification has approved an LGBTI music video for the first time — and without seeking any edits.

The video, posted online on 13 March, can now be aired on Indian TV, though it was given a parental guidance rating for children under the age of 12.

The song Head Held High is performed by Friends of Linger, 'a band of professional musicians with amateur singers, all friends freed by the equations of gender, sexuality and the emotions of music.'

April 21, 2015

'We kissed goodbye and he gave me a big hug and he held onto me. I was in tears'

Doris Day first met Rock Hudson in 1959 on the set of Pillow Talk, their first movie together.

But it is the last time they saw each other that makes the now 91-year-old retired movie legend the most emotional now.

'He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said "Am I glad to see you,"' she tells People Magazine.

April 19, 2015

Iconic movie takes three Hollywood stars on a trans road-trip through middle America

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar is more than just an unusually long movie title.

Released in 1995, this was really the first Hollywood movie since 1959's Some Like It Hot that had its stars cross-dressing. While Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon jumped into women's clothes out of necessity, the stars of To Wong Foo were depicting something else completely.

April 16, 2015

Lorna Luft: 'She was incredibly warm and amazingly funny. She was smart and so gifted'

Lorna Luft, now 62, was still a teenager when her legendary mother died in 1969 of an accidental drug overdose.

But she doesn't want anyone to think of Judy Garland as a tragic figure.

April 16, 2015

Bill Scott's second feature uses innovative techniques and a micro-budget to translate a stage production to the screen.

Tin is an intriguing project – the second feature from writer/director Bill Scott.

Filmed over a 15-day period in a pop-up green-screen studio in Cornwall, with the use of model backgrounds to create the scenery, this is a film that strongly reflects its original theatrical development.

April 16, 2015

#SorryNotSorry

Netflix has renewed Orange Is The New Black for season four, months before season three has even aired.

The Emmy-nominated women's prison drama will be continue its successful run into 2016.

It will follow the release of season three on 12 June this year.

If you've been behind bars for the past few years, OITNB stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, a bisexual upper-middle class woman sent to jail for a drug running crime she committed a decade ago. Alex (Laura Prepon) plays her former (and now current) lover and inmate who helped send her to prison.

April 15, 2015

Olympian turned reality show star reveals a bit more in new promo for ABC interview with Diane Sawyer

Another brief promo for Bruce Jenner's chat with Diane Sawyer was released on Tuesday (14 April) as ABC continues to ratchet up interest highly-anticipated interview.

'My whole life has been getting me ready for this,' Jenner tells Sawyer in the interview which will air on a special two-hour edition of 20/20 on 24 April.

A voice-over then teases: 'Bruce Jenner. The interview. The journey. The decisions. The future.'

April 15, 2015

'Most history is written by straight people, and they don’t have gaydar'

Gay author Larry Kramer has claimed that Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon all had affairs with men in his controversial new history of the United States.

His 775-page The American People: Volume 1: A Search for My Heart took nearly 40 years to write and is billed as a novel – so the lawyers will leave him alone – but the author says it is all based on fact.

April 14, 2015

'Many have a phallic appearance to push teenagers to enjoy this shape'

Pokemon 'perverted' the sexuality of many teenagers from 1985 into the 1990s, according to a study by the Credo Dollar Ministry.

The Atlanta mega church said the first clue to the cartoon's homosexual agenda was the relationship between hero Ash and his companion Brock.

April 13, 2015

'What is it, honey? Are you drunk? Are you menopausal?'

Patti LuPone fans should know better than to misbehave during one of the diva's shows.

The Broadway legend once stopped in the middle of a performance of Gypsy to loudly scold an audience member for taking pictures. Her tirade was audio recorded and went viral.

But not everyone has learned their lesson.

The two-time Tony winner was in the middle of a show at 54 Below last week when a woman in the crowd would not stop talking.

The woman was shushed several times by others in the audience to no avail.

April 13, 2015

'And Tango Makes Three' is ruffling feathers in the US, as one of the most complained about books in schools and public libraries in the past year

A picture book featuring two male penguins raising their baby is one of the most complained about books in US libraries, according to a report released yesterday by the American Library Association.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell tells the true story of Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins who got together and raised a chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo.

April 13, 2015

The amazing work of Russia’s Orphan Bear Rescue Centre

A one-and-a-half hour drive from Moscow across a vast frozen tundra takes you to one of Russia’s most needed animal care facilities.

The Orphan Bear Rescue Centre (OBRC), run by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), is truly an incredible place.

The bear cubs it houses are all orphaned refugees from the cold Russian winters, often the survivors of hunters who have killed their mothers.

April 11, 2015

Fans see McKellen turned into a wooden clock as he takes on the role of Cogsworth

Sir Ian McKellen is the latest star to join Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

He joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens playing the Beast and Emma Thompson who is taking over the role of Mrs. Potts, to name just a few.

McKellen will take on the role of charming Cogsworth, the Beast’s loyal butler who was transformed into a clock by the curse overtaking the castle.

April 9, 2015

'Let people love people and let's focus on what truly needs looked at and help homeless people, homeless pets, sick people'

Hilary Swank knows there has been progress since she won her first Oscar for her portrayal of a transgender male in 1999's Boys Don't Cry.

But the actress said on the Meredith Vieira Show on Thursday (9 April) that far too much energy is still being spent in the US on fighting equality for LGBTI people.

'Let people love people and let's focus on what truly needs looked at and help homeless people, homeless pets, sick people,' Swank said. 'Look at the rest of the world, let's focus on those things.'

April 8, 2015

A guide to the films that help define what it means to be a gay man.

In the early days of cinema, there was plenty of gay subtext in movies but very few overtly gay characters. Reflecting the changing nature of society, we now have movies that portray the rull range of gay men and the lives that we lead.

There is something special about watching a movie that somehow relfects your experience or your aspirations – to see characters embarking on a journey that mirrors some aspect of your life, or to watch a love story that you can emotionally connect with.

April 8, 2015

Cole Fox leaves remarkable two-page coming out letter in dad's pocket who later texts son: 'You are still a great son and I am proud of you'

Cole Fox isn't a wrestler on just any high school team.

He's wrestles at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Iowa for a team that has won 18 state wrestling titles. It is also a team for which Fox's father is the assistant coach.

So the stakes were high when Fox decided to inform his dad, who had been known to make homophobic comments, that he is gay.

April 7, 2015

This talented musical family are sharing their love with the world - with a little help from a fabulous Broadway-style show

A San Francisco family are taking on the critics of same-sex marriage with a personal cabaret about their lives.

Sonny Vukic, Frank Silletti, and their 11-year-old daughter Ava have produced a new cabaret show, titled 'The Book of Ava', to celebrate the modern family.

The show, which stars both Frank and Ava, features popular songs from Broadway musicals and the Great American Songbook that reflect how Frank and Sonny met and decided to adopt their daughter.

April 6, 2015

Michael Musto writes: 'You haven’t said a word in public about him'

Trans activist Stephen Ira Beatty publicly defended his famous parents on Monday after a columnist published an open letter to Warren Beatty and Annette Bening suggesting they are not supportive of their child.

'I appreciate your kind words about me, but please leave my family alone,' the younger Beatty tweeted to columnist Michael Musto.

'We like our privacy. My parents and I are doing great.'

April 2, 2015

Show follow George and Brad Takei as they navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life

At 77 years young, George Takei remains cutting edge.

Takei took to Facebook on Thursday (2 April) to share with his 8.4 million followers that he and his husband, Brad Takei, have a new comedy web series about to debut.

It's cleverly titled It Takeis Two and the Star Trek icon writes that 'it follows our lives as we navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life.'

A preview of the show, which premieres on 7 April, has animated opening credits harkening back to such classics 1960s sitcoms as Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.

March 31, 2015

'I support gay marriage and the whole bit. I think everybody should be able to be with who they want to be with'

Plenty of gay men have taken notice of actor Scott Eastwood's good genes.

So how does the hunky 29-year-old son of Clint Eastwood feel about this growing fan base?

'I love it. I don't discriminate against any fans. Fans are fans, and gay men are great,' Eastwood tells PrideSource.