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July 30, 2014

Straight-talking judge talks to Gay Star News about the 'T' word debate, raising the bar for equality and Drag Race in the UK

Infighting in the LGBTI community makes us look ‘weak and pathetic’, according to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage.

Speaking to Gay Star News shortly before season six airs on Netflix UK, the straight-talking judge has reflected on the controversy.

Earlier this year, some were outraged by the use of the term ‘shemale’ in the ‘Female or She-male’ mini challenge of episode four.

Logo removed the challenge from the episode in later airings and the ‘You’ve got she-mail’ intro heard in all episodes was also taken out.

July 23, 2014

Award winning openly gay actor Nathan Lane has told a TV critics meeting that he thinks the idea that only gay actors should take on gay roles is ‘madness’

Birdcage and The Producers actor Nathan Lane has hit out at the notion that straight actors shouldn’t be allowed to take on gay roles, praising Mark Ruffalo’s performance in The Normal Heart as an example where a heterosexual actor has shined in a gay role.

Lane made the comments at a meeting of TV critics on Tuesday, noting that he wouldn’t have been able to take on some of his iconic roles if he wasn’t allowed to play straight characters as a gay man.

July 18, 2014

See an exclusive clip from the documentary uncovering the rise to fame of one of the world’s most famous drag queens, Divine

If drag is all about creating yourself, then Harris Glenn Milstead from Baltimore, US made one of the most imitable and long-lasting drag creations popular culture has ever seen.

Known as Divine, and instantly recognizable in those grainy film stills she is often seen in.

Revered by drag queen fans and avidly consumed by those just discovering her for the first time, Divine is the subject of a documentary I Am Divine.

July 4, 2014

'All through my career it (being gay) was a huge issue'

Rupert Everett is, once again, saying that his being openly gay limited his career in Hollywood films.

The 55-year-old actor, who appears next on the London stage in Amadeus, had major roles in My Best Friend's Wedding, An Ideal Husband, Inspector Gadget and The Next Best Thing and also voiced the Shrek sequels.

July 2, 2014

Greg Rikaart: 'It certainly would be interesting … in my opinion'

While rival US soaps such as Days of Our Lives and General Hospital currently have ongoing gay storylines, the top-rated The Young and the Restless remains quite heterosexual.

Out actor Greg Rikaart, who has played Kevin Fisher on the show for the past decade, thinks it would be interesting if an established character - such as his - were to come out.

July 2, 2014

RuPaul is eager to have it happen: 'Let’s do it! I’m ready for it'

Drag legend RuPaul is interested in hosting a UK version of RuPaul's Drag Race.

According to DragOfficial.com, RuPaul confirms that English television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has bought rights to do a version of the popular US show in the UK.

Says RuPaul: 'Let’s do it! I’m ready for it. I’m ready for it… so, what’s the next step? He’s got to pitch it to a network?'

June 17, 2014

'After August, I'll be all up in waffles'

For his Broadway role as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris is thinner than at any time in his adult life.

The sacrifice has paid off for the star who has been a commercial and critical smash and last week won a Tony Award for his performance.

So what does he want to do when he ends his run as Hedwig in August and Andrew Rannells takes over the role?

June 16, 2014

'This is probably one of the proudest days of my life'

John Barrowman was recognized with a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) over the weekend and the honor has left the Torchwood and Arrow star 'chuffed.'

'It’s been the hardest thing for me to keep this a secret, but I’m glad it’s out now, because this is probably one of the proudest days of my life,' Barrowman said in a video posted online.

The openly-gay Barrowman, 47, was listed on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to entertainment as well as his contribution to charity.

June 15, 2014

The US drag trio, famous for their tongue in cheek parodies of famous pop songs, confirm their break up via frosty exchanges on social media

US drag trio DWV have confirmed they have split up, through a series of frosty Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr posts, the three drag queens are going their separate ways.

The group made up of drag queens Willam Belli, Detox Icunt and Vicky Vox, formed in 2012.

After becoming arguably the most recognizable drag pop group for two years, they have split up. However, many suspect the split may be slightly acrimonious because of some of their comments on social media.

June 11, 2014

'I went home, and I was like, "Oh my God, I have glitter between my teeth!"'

During Sunday night's Tony Awards, Neil Patrick Harris kissed fiance David Burtka on the mouth during his electrifying performance of Sugar Daddy from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

But during his rehearsal of the number earlier in the day, those lips belonged to Looking star Jonathan Groff.

June 3, 2014

Out star already has crowded trophy shelf with four Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris has been the toast of the Tony Awards in the past as the singing and dancing host of Broadway's biggest night.

But on Sunday (8 June), it will be Hugh Jackman hosting and Harris will be in the audience as a nominee.

The consensus among pundits is that he can look forward to becoming a first-time Tony winner for his performance as a transsexual punk rock singer in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

May 26, 2014

San Francisco-based club Trannyshack will remove ‘tranny’ from the name, founder cites recent debate about the use of the word as the reason for the change

The founder of a US club called Trannyshack is to drop the word ‘tranny’ from the name, due to the recent debate surrounding use of the word ‘tranny’.

Heklina, founder of the San Francisco-based club, said in a Facebook post the word has become politically charged of late, and felt she had to change the name of the club.

‘I generally loathe to be political, but whether I like it or not the very name of my legendary nightclub has become political,’ she wrote.

May 22, 2014

US Drag Race host says if he was Jonathan Ross, the producer of the UK version, he would hire a British host

RuPaul has offered to host the UK version of Drag Race.

The most famous drag queen in the world has confirmed British chat show host Jonathan Ross has bought the rights to make the competition show in the UK.

RuPaul’s Drag Race has just finished airing its sixth season in the US on Logo and has become a huge LGBTI pop culture phenomenon.

Speaking on their new podcast, Ru said he and Michelle Visage were wondering whether Ross was going to hire them for the show across the pond.

May 21, 2014

Interactive book Choose Your Own Autobiography to be released in October

You wouldn't expect a memoir by Neil Patrick Harris to be your standard Hollywood tell-all would you?

Not a chance.

The four-time Emmy winner and 2014 Tony Award nominee will be releasing Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography in October and it will be an interactive experience for readers.

The book is described as a 'revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light. Celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life.'

May 14, 2014

Halleloo! Check out these no teeth, no shade fans of one of the most heteronormative sports gagging over Drag Race eleganza!

Gentlemen start your engines, and may the best reading win!

NASCAR driver Eric Hollenbach is joined by his sister and parents, who recite the most sickening quotes from RuPaul herself and her legendary children.

Hollenbach, who himself is quite the racing hottie (I nominate him for next season's pit crew!), took a break from ripping it up on his mustang to throw some shade via YouTube.

Since this was uploaded to the Youtube page of Shawn Hollenbach (Eric's brother), we assume it's the openly gay comedian who's asking his family to recite the lines.

May 7, 2014

'Once all the cards were on the table, I got more opportunities than ever'

Neil Patrick Harris, currently the toast of Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, has taken it all off for the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

Harris is wearing nothing but a bow tie but a strategically-place top hat covers his most private bits.

The photo reveals an already slim actor who has lost even more weight for his Tony nominated role as a transsexual German glam rocker.

May 6, 2014

Athlete is 25 years younger than actor who is currently filming the movie Daddy

It was just last month that 22-year-old Derrick Gordon made history by becoming the first openly gay NCAA Division 1 men's college basketball player.

Over the weekend, the University of Massachusetts athlete caused a splash of a different sort when he arrived at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City with 47-year-old actor Gerald McCullouch.

Photos, including one of the two giving each other a kiss on the red carpet, have surfaced including some posted by the pair themselves who clearly had a good time at the high-profile event.

April 25, 2014

Star creating Tony buzz for performance as trans punk rock singer

Will Neil Patrick Harris be placing a Tony Award next to his four Emmys?

It certainly seems possible judging from the stupendous reviews he has been getting during opening week of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

As a transgender East German punk rock singer, Harris is getting the kind of raves performers - and producers of a show - dream about.

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 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 14, 2014

Producers of the hit TV show apologize for using the ‘transphobic slur’ and will remove it from all programming

RuPaul’s Drag Race has announced it will remove what has been called transphobic language from its programming.

Trans activists have criticized the show’s producers in the past weeks for a segment titled ‘Female or She-male’ where drag queen contestants were asked to identify whether cropped photos were former drag queen contestants or women.

April 10, 2014

'My younger siblings aren't married so (my mom) was so excited to buy a son-in-law card'

In the time since Jesse Tyler Ferguson got married to lawyer Justin Mikita last summer, the Modern Family star has been constantly surprised by the things that make him feel like a husband.

'It doesn't make a difference on the day to day but it's the little things like going into the doctor's office and getting to check "married" in the box and all those little things I never thought about,' he told Gay Star News in a recent interview.

Ferguson and Mitka had been together for two years before tying the knot in New York City last July.

April 7, 2014

Stephen Fry's documentary Out There, that saw him look at the world in LGBTI rights, was not nominated for the British television awards

Gay Irish comic and presenter Graham Norton leads the BAFTA nominations, it was revealed today (7 April).

The funny man who will also be hosting the ceremony on 18 May, his seventh time presenting the British television awards.

Norton is nominated for Entertainment Performance, while BBC1 chat show is in the running for Comedy Entertainment Programme this year. Last year, Norton took home the first award.

Gay illusionist Derren Brown is nominated for his show Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery.

April 4, 2014

Will the straight chat show host have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to make a British version werk?

Chat show host Jonathan Ross is producing a British version of hit US show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

While the straight presenter is unlikely to slip into the heels of the most famous drag queen on the planet, he said he was still up for finding Britain’s next drag superstar.

British drag queen and DJ Jodie Harsh will join him in the nationwide hunt for the campest, chicest cross-dresser in the country.

‘I’ve been working with Jodie on a UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ Ross told the Daily Star.