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January 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

January 12, 2015

Creator dedicates show's award to late trans teen Leelah Alcorn

The Amazon series Transparent won a the Golden Globe Award for best TV comedy on Sunday and its star, Jeffrey Tambor, won for best actor.

Tambor, who plays a father of three transitioning at the age of 70, said the role has helped him get to know 'more of Jeffrey that I've ever known in my entire life.''

'I'd like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community,' he said in his speech. 'Thank you for your courage, I thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience, thank you for letting us be part of the change.'

January 10, 2015

The production is a revival of a 2005 musical originally produced by Oprah Winfrey

Award winning performer Jennifer Hudson will make her Broadway debut in the musical The Color Purple.

According to Brodway.com, the LGBT ally will portray Shug Avery, the play's bisexual blues singer.

January 9, 2015

Broadway legend accuses retired figure skater of 'horrible behavior'

Don't expect Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir to be hanging out any time soon - or ever.

The force behind such musicals as Kinky Boots and Torch Song Trilogy had some harsh words when discussing Weir in an interview this week regarding his behavior during a very public break-up with Victor Voronov.

Referring to Weir as 'that asshole,' Fierstein tells PrideSource that last year he was 'called out for being so angry at that stupid ass-wipe figure skater.'

January 1, 2015

The cult director is staging a video installation of one of his most famous works but this time featuring children reading the character roles

A new cinematic work from cult director John Waters will receive its world premiere next week… but before you get too excited, it will be screening for a strictly limited period in a New York gallery only.

Waters, who has often been described as ‘the Pope of trash’, earned notoriety for a series of low-budget films in the late 1960s and 70s, many starring his friend, Glenn Milstead; better known by his drag alter ego, Divine.

December 31, 2014

'If we conjured Kim Kardashian out of nothing can't we do the same with a gay badass who fights crime?'

Tuc Watkins, best known for playing straight on the daytime soap One Life to Live and gay on the primetime soap Desperate Housewives, wants to see Hollywood create a wider array of gay characters.

'Yes, different gay characters are trickling in,' Watkins writes in a Facebook post Tuesday (30 December). 'But Hollywood is the gatekeeper of the cultural lexicon. We set the pace. Let's step it up. America can handle it.

December 23, 2014

Sony decides on small Christmas Day release for film that was target of North Korean cyber hacking attack

James Franco and Seth Rogen are so happy about their film The Interview being released after all that they started making out.

But not just with each other.

After it was announced by Sony Pictures that their beleaguered movie would hitting theaters on Christmas Day, Franco posted a photo of a three-way kiss between himself, Rogen and actor Nick Kroll who is not in the film.

There were tongues everywhere.

December 19, 2014

Actress reunites with Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep in the musical Into the Woods

It's not lost on Emily Blunt that she has many gay fans.

'I know that’s my demographic. That’s been made clear to me by my fans,' the Into the Woods star tells The Advocate.

Blunt, whose other film credits include The Devil Wears Prada and Edge of Tomorrow, doesn't mind being recognized by her gay fans while she's out and about.

'I love it,' she says. 'I think it’s so cool, because one day I hope to be a gay icon.'

December 17, 2014

Director Mark Christopher will present his original vision for 54 starring Ryan Phillippe at Berlin Film Festival

When the 1998 film 54 was released, writer-director Mark Christopher could not have been happy with what was on the screen.

In the film he originally delivered chronicling the rise and fall of Studio 54 - the famed NYC hotspot of the 1970s - Ryan Phillippe’s character was bisexual and Breckin Meyer's character also seemed ready to dabble in some man-on-man action.

Miramax, the studio that released the film, ordered 20-plus minutes of additional scenes to beef up a relationship between Phillippe’s character and a soap actress played by Neve Campbell.

December 10, 2014

Scott Rudin is first producer to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy

Don't expect to see producer Scott Rudin and movie queen Angelina Jolie working together anytime soon.

A scathing email Rudin sent to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal about Jolie is part of the fallout from a cyber-attack on the studio and was leaked on Tuesday (9 December).

An ongoing email exchange between Rudin and Pascal over much of 2014 included Rudin's fury over Jolie's alleged objection over David Fincher directing a Steve Jobs biopic instead of her remake of Cleopatra.

December 8, 2014

'If Taylor Lautner was coming out, I would have taken him home Thursday night'

Openly gay model Murray Swanby is now trying to diffuse a new wave of speculation over Taylor Lautner after posting a photo of himself and the Twilight star taken last week at a gay West Hollywood hotspot.

November 13, 2014

Openly gay Gypsy Boy author shares his experiences on the road

He's the handsome, enigmatic author of the best-selling and often heartbreaking memoirs Gypsy Boy and Gypsy Boy on the Run.

Here, born traveller Mikey Walsh – voted number 70 on the recent Independent On Sunday Rainbow List – shares his experiences on the road: from Christmas at London's Borough Market to the 'patchwork quilt' view of a dream-like, mountain-top Italian village he's forgotten the name of...

October 29, 2014

Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me SICK!

Hocus Pocus is undeniably the campest Halloween film ever made.

Bette Midler wanting a child - on toast! Sarah Jessica Parker singing pretty well. Kathy Najimy being...Kathy Najimy.

It's not a surprise that the film has become a favorite for many this time of year.

But three guys have taken it one step further, creating what could be the best drag queen versions of the Sanderson sisters.

October 26, 2014

Boulevard, one of the actor's final films prior to his death, has not been picked up by a mainstream distributor

Boulevard, which stars Academy Award winner Robin Williams as a man struggling to come to terms with being gay late in life, may never be shown in cinemas as it has not been picked up by a mainstream distributor.

The UK Mirror on Sunday quoted an unnamed source as saying that 'it's really sad but it is looking impossible that Boulevard will ever see the light of day.'

'It has proved to be a struggle for it to find the support it needs to be released.

'The cast have tried, as have the crew. But for many reasons it is looking very unlikely.

October 22, 2014

A Catholic high school in New York has reversed its decision for a fact-based drama about a lesbian couple, starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, to shoot scenes on its premises

A Catholic boy’s school that had previously granted permission for a film shoot to take place within its walls has now reversed its decision – allegedly after finding out that the film featured Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple.

Director Peter Sollett’s film, Freeheld, is currently filming in New York State, and will also star Steve Carrell.

The civil rights drama is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name, and has been adapted by Philadelphia screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.

October 21, 2014

'Most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names'

The South Carolina Republican Party is no longer supporting a candidate who describes LGBTI couples as 'Gremlins.'

State GOP Chairman Matt Moore announced that while candidate Anthony Culler won the primary, his Facebook comments do not represent the state.

October 12, 2014

Trans lives and depictions of younger and older LGBTI people win audiences’ hearts at film festival

The most important festival for LGBTI short filmmakers has been boosted with extra financial support today as its juries announced its 2014 winners.

The LGBTI Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff, Wales already gives £25,000 ($40,100 €31,670) for the best short film from nominations around the world.

The money – to help the filmmaker with their next project – is the largest cash prize for short films anywhere in the world, gay or straight.

October 2, 2014

School officials cite size of rainbow flags on fliers among other quibbles

A planned screening of the 2008 film Milk starring Sean Penn as slain San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk has been canceled by Catholic University of America under a cloud of controversy.

The university claimed this week that the event tp be presented by College Democrats violated its policy because of the size of rainbow flags on fliers which also described it as a way to 'Kick Off LGBT Awareness Month!'

Such pro-LGBT statements apparently indicate advocating a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

September 9, 2014

‘From a refugee camp to the world’s biggest runways, from androgyny to womanhood,’ trans model and high fashion darling Andreja Pejic has a story she wants you to hear

Andreja Pejic, muse to fashion giants like Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs, is seeking public help to fund a film about her life.

The 6-foot-1 model, known across campaigns and headlines for her androgynous look (she was previously named by New York Magazine as ‘the prettiest boy in the world) came out this summer as a trans woman.

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 18, 2014

Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes said ‘I believe they are’ when asked if action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li play a gay couple in his movie

Did Arnie just play his first gay character? That’s what the director of the action blockbuster The Expendables 3 is saying.

August 15, 2014

Romance began at the office for Shona and Sharon, but when they wed they made sure it didn’t leave them in debt. Read their top tips for a magical wedding at a price you can afford

Our relationship started back in 2007 when Shona caught my eye in the office. We didn’t say a word to anyone back then about the blossoming romance. Shona hadn’t come out to her parents and we didn’t think it was anyone else’s business!

It was only when we emigrated to Sydney we decided we didn’t want to live as ‘friends’ anymore and were a lot more open about our relationship. We had a great three years out there and when we returned to Britain we decided that we didn’t want to go back to hiding our relationship.

August 13, 2014

Widow of Humphrey Bogart won two Tonys and an honorary Academy Award

There are not many people – any people perhaps – who could claim to be an A-List star for the past 70 years.

Lauren Bacall, who died of a stroke on Tuesday (12 August), certainly could.

She was 89 at the time of her death and had continued to work in films until her final years.

July 31, 2014

The 1988 favorite with gay audiences had comedy, tragedy and some music

Of all of Bette Midler's movies, the 1988 comedy-drama Beaches is probably the one gay men have committed to memory the most.

Starring Midler and Barbara Hershey, it tells the story of two friends from different backgrounds whose friendship spans more than 30 years.

There's comedy, drama, some music and in the end, tragedy.

In a hilarious new video, Micah McCain shows just how well he knows each and every line reading of the film which he reenacts in less than four minutes.