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March 25, 2014

'It sounds like I've lost my mind, but I feel like I'm becoming aware of it'

Elaine Stritch has legions of gay fans but it is only recently that this Broadway legend is realizing the depth of that popularity.

Stritch, semi-retired at 89, is doing gay press interviews in connection with the release of a new documentary about her life called Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and finding them to be educational as far as learning of her exalted standing among gays.

'I'm just becoming aware of it - by articles such as this one,' she admits to PrideSource magazine.

March 4, 2014

An open-air jeep takes you to the Palm Spring domiciles of your favorite gay icons, from the steps of Liberace’s estates to Cher’s former getaway palace

Unless you’re comedian Kathy Griffin, chances are slim Cher’s going to invite to into her house to raid her wig closet.

However, Palm Springs tour guides are giving travelers the ultimate tease with the Gay Icons Tour, a historical journey on an open-air Jeep where you are led to the desert homes of you favorite gay idols.

Old Hollywood glamour had a strong hand in shaping Palms Springs thanks to Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland and more Tinsel-Town divas who made their home in the desert city.

February 25, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft to appear as part of 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

The three children of gay icon Judy Garland will make a rare joint public appearance together on Sunday (2 March) during an Oscar tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

Liza Minnelli, herself an Oscar winner, will appear with her younger siblings Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

January 20, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'Just because of the political nature of the question I'd rather not answer'

Marriage is very much on Sean Lowe's mind these days - but not gay marriage.

Gay Star News encountered the star of the previous season of ABC's The Bachelor at a network cocktail party over the weekend to ask about his 26 January wedding on live television to Catherine Guidici.

Lowe selected Guidici to be his wife from among more than two dozen contestants on the reality series.

Since he was able to find a wife on television, does Lowe think gays should be able to get married on TV or anywhere else?

January 18, 2014

The Material Girl describes her 13-year-old son as a 'nigga' under a picture of him training in a boxing ring

Gay icon and ally Madonna faces criticism for the use of a racial slur on her Instagram account.

The Material Girl originally posted a picture of her 13-year-old son Rocco training in a boxing ring.

'No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #Disnigga.'

January 5, 2014

Soccer star David Beckham is proud of his 2002 Attitude magazine spread

David Beckham is more than ready to shed some clothes for a gay magazine if asked.

The 38-year-old retired soccer star was reminiscing about his semi-naked cover shot for Attitude magazine, a gay publication, in 2002.

‘I know that some people thought it was controversial, but I was just being myself...', he said to The Times Magazine, according to Now Daily.

December 26, 2013

After former rugby star and gay pin-up Ben Cohen poses in ‘Gay Icon’ apron, newly out bisexual Olympic diver Tom Daley goes one better

Newly out Olympic diver Tom Daley has posted a Christmas picture wearing a rainbow ‘Gay Icon’ apron, rainbow socks and nothing else.

He posed alongside his best friend and former schoolmate, Sophie Lee – they very first person he came out to – who also stripped off to be pictured in an apron decorated with the British flag.

December 26, 2013

After former rugby star and gay pin-up Ben Cohen poses in ‘Gay Icon’ apron, newly out bisexual Olympic diver Tom Daley goes one better

Newly out Olympic diver Tom Daley has posted a Christmas picture wearing a rainbow ‘Gay Icon’ apron, rainbow socks and nothing else.

He posed alongside his best friend and former schoolmate, Sophie Lee – they very first person he came out to – who also stripped off to be pictured in an apron decorated with the British flag.

December 25, 2013

Straight ally and former rugby star Cohen posts picture on Twitter as he prepares his festive feast

Former rugby star and anti-gay bullying champion Ben Cohen has been showing a bit of gay pride while cooking his Christmas dinner.

The 35-year-old pin-up, while straight, has become an LGBTI activist, founding the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation in 2011 to fight bullying.

He tweeted this picture this afternoon (25 December) with the caption: ‘Wearing my apron with Pride whilst cooking Christmas dinner!’

The apron declares his ‘Gay Icon’ status.

December 23, 2013

The country singer is reportedly performing for the Glastonbury Legends slot on the Sunday of the June festival

67-year-old Dolly Parton is expected to grace the Glastonbury stage next year.

The open-air festival launched in the 1970s welcomes emerging and chart-topping artists to play a weekend in Somerset, England.

Last year’s headline acts included U2, Coldplay and Beyoncé. Additional acts confirmed for next year’s festival include Lily Allen.

According to a source who spoke to The Sun newspaper: ‘Dolly is perfect for the Sunday Legends slot. It didn't take any convincing - she's always wanted to play Glastonbury.’

December 12, 2013

Hand-made dolls of Elton John, Stephen Fry, George Michael, Graham Norton and Tom Daley are going on auction to raise money for the Russian LGBTI community

In Russia, you can get arrested for raising awareness of the LGBTI community.

That’s not stopping The Kaleidoscope Trust, international gay rights group, from launching a new campaign to help gays in Russia.

‘The Russian gay community needs help. So, this Christmas, send something To Russia with Love.’

Working with Mother London, Kaleidoscope is auctioning seven sets of Russian dolls fashioned after some of Britain’s most loved gay icons.

December 10, 2013

Movie starring The Divine Miss M will be based on West's book Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It

Bette Midler, who came to fame performing in a gay bath house in Manhattan, has decided on her next movie role and it's a doozy: Mae West.

The Divine Miss M will portray the legendary and sometimes scandalous movie sex symbol in an HBO film from the producer of the recent Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.

December 2, 2013

Singer makes comment while opening up about how each of her records has music inspired by gays

Britney Spears says in a new interview that her gay fans are 'somewhat girls.'

Spears, whose latest album Britney Jean is out Tuesday (3 December), talked to the LGBTI publication PrideSource about how gays inspire her music.

'I get inspiration from them on almost all of my songs,' Spears says. 'They're somewhat girls, so it's so inspiring to do stuff that they like to hear, like the cool "in" stuff. Whatever I do for each record is definitely inspired by them.'

December 1, 2013

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has announced the first events in its arts and entertainment program, with a range of cabaret shows, art exhibitions and community events

Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will feature a diverse performing arts line up, art exhibitions and a range of other community events in 2014.

Aussie international drag star Courtney Act will bring her hit cabaret show, Boys Like Me to Sydney for one night only on 25 February on the back of sold out seasons in New York and Los Angeles.

November 4, 2013

Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984, says the British show appealed to LGBTI people at a time when being gay was not accepted

Doctor Who actor Peter Davison believes playing the starring role made him a gay icon.

The British actor, who played the Fifth Doctor in the 1980s, said the science fiction family show appeals a lot to the LGBTI community.

When asked whether Doctor Who made him a sex symbol, Davison said it made him more of a ‘gay icon, actually.’

October 21, 2013

A special event this week, The Rainbow Intersection, will open up discussions on race, culture and sexuality

Gay BBC reporter Evan Davis, in recounting his coming out story earlier this year in The Independent, quipped his brothers’ wry reaction was ‘Thank God you’re not black!’ It was this comment, admittedly satirical rather than racist in any way, that led to the creation of The Rainbow Intersection event.

October 1, 2013

But the diva now says 'besides saying "WTF is MDNA," I'm fine with it'

Cher really meant it when she agreed to participate in a Reddit Ask Me Anything Q&A over weekend.

The legendary diva, 67, was asked bluntly by a participant: 'Do you still hate Madonna?'

Cher, long known for answering questions honestly, replied: 'Madge, no. Actually I don't. I never hated her, I just thought she was a bitch.'

September 13, 2013

'I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there'

Gay icon Cher perform at the Sochi Olympics?

Not going to happen.

The singer tells Canada’s Maclean’s magazine that she turned down an opportunity to perform in the country with a controversial anti-gay propaganda law.

Cher, whose first album of new material in more than a decade comes out this month, said she was asked to participate in opening ceremonies.

August 10, 2013

Art cinema pairs with gay magazine to host two-month-long LGBT film festival on TV and bring homosexual issues to the public eye

“When was the last time a movie channel in Hong Kong devoted time to showing specialized programs for gay and lesbian audiences?” asks the maverick Movie Movie channel, tongue in cheek.

It’s a rhetorical question of course.

Though the special administrative region has its own gay pride, gay bars and gay icons, no movie channel would consider exclusively airing LGBT films, no matter how popular they are.

July 17, 2013

YouTube user has created a video combining two of the most well loved gay icons

Cher combining with The Golden Girls may well be one of the best videos the internet has ever produced.

Well, that might be a slight overstatement.

But still, this video mashes up nearly every single dance scene in the show with the gay icon’s new single ‘Woman’s World’.

The end result is a pretty amazing musical anthem for female empowerment, or at least, for decent late 80s television.

Check out the video below:

July 1, 2013

'Born This Way' singer made a surprise comeback at New York City gay equality rally

Lady Gaga made her comeback at New York City Gay Pride following her hip surgery and canceled world tour.

On Friday (28 June), the ‘Born This Way’ singer performed an updated national anthem at a rally.

In her speech before the song, she gave her support to fellow gay icon Cher, after rumors the two clashed over an unreleased duet.

‘It’s my LGBT friends and fans who always said to me, I knew Lady Gaga when,’ the singer said.

June 19, 2013

'There are lots of people who are more talented or whatever, but somehow this has been my path'

Cher's live performance - and her unusual choice of wigs - on NBC's The Voice last night (18 June) has a lot of people buzzing.

At 67, Cher has been buzzed about for nearly 50 years now with her first hit record coming in 1964 when she and then-husband Sonny Bono hit number one with I Got You Babe.

June 11, 2013

Tony win for Kinky Boots comes after her past Grammy and Emmy victories

Cyndi Lauper made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday (9 June): She became the first solo woman to win the best score Tony for the 15 songs she wrote for the musical Kinky Boots.

Lauper, founder of the LGBT charity True Colors Fund, said she was surprised but added: 'OK, … I can’t say I wasn’t practicing in front of the shower curtain for a couple of days for this speech.'

The Tony puts Lauper in the exclusive 'G.E.T.' club of performers who have a Grammy, Emmy and Tony. She will need to win an Oscar to become a part of the even more exclusive 'E.G.O.T.' club.

April 23, 2013

LGBT ally is excited over the release of her brand new record, scheduled for September

American singer-songwriter Cher is soon to release her 26th album.

On Sunday (21 April), the 66-year-old took to Twitter to report on her album’s progress, tweeting ‘I JUST FINISHED MY CD!’

The as yet untitled album was originally scheduled for release in March, but Warner Bros. Records say it will now be released in September.

It is the popular gay icon’s latest studio album since the release of Living Proof in 2001. 

A teaser track for the album, called ‘Woman’s World’, was released last November.