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April 8, 2015

'We must do more to end the culture of violence and discrimination surrounding gender identity and expression'

Sir Elton John and REM frontman Michael Stipe have called on Georgia's department of corrections to provide hormone therapy and safety to transgender women housed in male prisons.

The openly gay singer and the bisexual Georgia native issued a joint statement Sunday (7 April), a few days after the US Justice Department called the state’s denial of hormone therapy to trans inmates a 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 

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 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.

March 31, 2015

'It was 1961 and nobody had done that'

It's been 54 years since Shirley MacLaine starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the heart-wrenching drama The Children's Hour about two young women running a girls school who are accused of being lovers.

Director William Wyler 'had trepidations about the subject matter - it was 1961 and nobody had done that,' MacLaine said Sunday at a screening of the film during the TCM Classic Movie Festival in Hollywood which was attended by Gay Star News.

MacLaine, 80, believes the film was not as powerful as it could have been because of Wyler's trepidation.

March 27, 2015

Southpaw will be released in the US at the end of July

It's here. The trailer all of us Jake Gyllenhaal fans have been waiting for.

The star of Brokeback Mountain is the feature player in the upcoming summer film Southpaw.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the movie tells the story of Junior Middleweight Champion Billy 'The Great' Hope.

March 26, 2015

In Mr Holmes, the famous detective takes on his final case

Move over Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr and Jonny Lee Miller, Sir Ian McKellen is about to star in a new Sherlock Holmes film.

The gay actor is about to star in Mr Holmes, an adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel A Slight Trick of the Mind that follows the detective now 93 trying to finish one last case.

Having exchanged his deerstalker, pipe and flat in Baker Street for a straw hat, bees and seaside home, he goes on a trip to Japan to try to solve the murder that has tortured him for years.

March 25, 2015

We talk with Mark Christopher about the director's cut of 54 – the movie that takes us back to the New York City club that showed the world how to party.

Nothing epitomised 80s glamor and excess like Studio 54 – the New York City club where the world came to party.

In 1998 the Miramax studio released 54 – a film directed by Mark Christopher that chronicled the allure and excess of the iconic club.

54 was a critical and commercial disappointment, but industry insider accounts revealed that the studio had demanded substantial cuts and rewrites in order to make the release as appealing as possible to the movie-going audience of the time.

March 21, 2015

Justin Kelly, the director of I Am Michael movie that stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto, argues anti-gay activist Michael Glatze should not be vilified

The story of Michael Glatze electrified and horrified the LGBTI world when he converted from celebrated gay activist and journalist to homophobic preacher.

Now US director Justin Kelly has chosen this most controversial of gay subjects for his feature film debut, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It attempts to get into Glatze's head, charting his progress from running a popular gay youth mag and being in both a loving couple and three-way relationship to his conversion to Christianity.

March 15, 2015

A tough, edgy film about a tough and edgy part of London

Invariably, British gangster movies are set in London's east end. Throughout the centuries, the east end of London has been a tough, gritty area of the city. The borough of Hackney is right in the heart of the east end action.

Hackney's Finest is a story about the heroin scene in Hackney in the late 1990s. Written by Thorin Seex and directed by Chris Bouchard, this is a movie that has all the hallmarks of some of Britian's best gangster movie - drugs, corruption, violence, and a dark sense of humor.

March 13, 2015

In 2012 James Franco recut the film My Own Private Idaho using a large amount of never seen before footage of River Phoenix and it has only ever been screened at festivals

A petition campaign has been launched to pressure film studio New Line Cinema to release James Franco’s film My Own Private River – his tribute to actor River Phoenix who died tragically of a drug overdose in 1993.

My Own Private River is a re-imagining of the Gus Van Sant film My Own Private Idaho using a large quantity of footage that was never used in the final cut of the film and tells more of the story of Phoenix’s character Mike Waters.

March 13, 2015

Presented as part of the BFI's Flare Festival, 54 has been vastly improved in this restored version

Studio 54 remains culturally iconic as a symbol of 80s glamor and decadence. This was the club in New York City where the world came to party.

It's a period of time that is rich with stories to be told, and it is easy to see why writer/director Mark Christopher was drawn to this era. Christopher conducted extensive research over a number of years, producing two short films before securing funding from Miramax to produce a full-length feature that was released in 1998.

March 6, 2015

Dirk Shafer made the movie Man of the Year about his experience

Dirk Shafer, who gained fame as a Playgirl Man of the Year in the early 1990s and soon after came out publicly, was found dead in West Hollywood Thursday.

Shafer, 52, was found in his car. The cause of death is not yet known.

He gained his greatest fame by directing and starring in the 1995 mockumentary Man Of The Year about his experiences as a centerfold for the magazine. He was pressured to present himself s straight during his reign.

March 3, 2015

But it's all in fun in parody video celebrating 70th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine

No one could blame Neil Patrick Harris if he was feeling a little cranky following those mixed reviews he got for hosting the Oscar last week.

But really, yelling at a bunch of 6 year olds?

Well, it's all in fun for a new Funny or Die video celebrating the 75th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine.

The kids have the nerve to describe Thomas as being blue.

February 18, 2015

'We did something that was relatively bold for two young male actors, and we took pride in the places that the original story went'

Ryan Phillippe is speaking out for the first time about 54, the film he made about the famed Studio 54 club that is getting a second life with a new director's cut.

This version is far different than what audiences saw in 1998.

Writer-director Mark Christopher's original - and far gayer - vision for the film has been restored and made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this month. It will have a video on demand release later this year.

February 14, 2015

Warm yourself up this Valentine's Day with GSN reader suggestions of the best male/male romances

It's a time for love (it's 14 February, after all, a day that has no significance whatsoever if you'd prefer to think of it that way) so what better time to sit down and watch your favorite gay film?

We asked GSN readers on Twitter and Facebook to come up with their favorite gay kisses, and they did not disappoint.

From groundbreaking first kisses to passionate cowboys, these kisses all have something in common: freeing yourself from repression and letting yourself be who you are.

February 2, 2015

'He is just excellent at everything, and he is totally who he is'

Neil Patrick Harris isn't just an inspiration to younger gay people struggling with coming out or accepting themselves.

It turns out he was also an inspiration to an 82-year-old Oscar winner who last week decided to publicly declare that he is gay.

January 29, 2015

Oscar winning pair used scene to help them decide who to make the film with

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won a screenwriting Oscar back in 1998 for Good Will Hunting - a movie that did not contain a gay sex scene.

But the original script they sent to prospective film studios did.

Harvey Weinstein, head of Miramax at that time, beat out the competition for the highly-coveted script because he took exception to it with the young writers.

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.