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September 9, 2014

'I desperately wanted to because I loved her - but I couldn't go because I can't walk'

Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (7 September) in New York City was a star-studded affair but one star who was surprisingly not in attendance was Liza Minnelli.

The two showbiz icons, both huge favorites of the gay community, had been longtime friends and only a broken back could keep Minnelli from the service.

September 7, 2014

In her 2012 book, Rivers wanted a funeral with 'a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's'

It was the type of ceremony Joan Rivers would have loved. Or made fun of.

The 81-year-old comic's funeral was held today, September 7, at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.

The New York City Gay Men's Chorus performed Broadway tunes. Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald sang Smile and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played New York, New York.

September 4, 2014

From Oscar Wilde’s ‘bitting’ wit to praising ‘trangendered’ pioneer Christine Jorgensen, the new Rainbow Honor Walk has a few typos

A Hollywood Walk of Fame-style tribute to LGBT icons in San Francisco is making headlines, but not necessarily for the best reasons.

The new Rainbow Honor Walk, 20 plaques placed on the sidewalk near Harvey Milk Plaza, was created to honor LGBTI heroines and heroes.

July 25, 2014

The editor of extreme music magazine Terrorizer is speaking out against homophobia among fans of heavy metal, arguing that the genre is already totally gay so fans should just accept it

UK based extreme music magazine Terrorizer has published a call to end homophobia among heavy metal fans, arguing that the genre is totally gay already.

July 18, 2014

The enduring star of stasge and screen has died at the age of 89

The late Elaine Stritch, who died Thursday (17 July) at the age of 89, had legions of gay fans.

But it was only in the last year of her life that the Broadway legend began to realize the depth of that popularity.

She did several gay press interviews earlier this year in connection with the release of a documentary about her life called Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me and found them to be educational as far as learning of her exalted standing among gays.

July 14, 2014

The country legend teased her gay fans by saying she has a dance song called ‘Just A Wee Bit Gay’

US country music legend Dolly Parton has revealed she loves her gay fans so much that she has made a song just for them.

Parton was speaking to reporters at a press conference last week, promoting her current world tour, which is coming to a close tonight (14 July).

The ‘Jolene’ singer said she has a special song for her gays fans.

‘At some point I would like to do a dance record and I have several songs that are very positive towards the gay community,’ said Parton.

July 4, 2014

The gay social network Moovz announced a challenging ‘gay selfie’ project, which will prove the unity of the global LGBT community

The new global gay social network Moovz, which launched only a few months ago and has taken the market by storm, wanted to create and launch a unique 'Gay Selfie' campaign, in order to demonstrate its vision of a united LGBT world.

Moovz is a new social content web platform and mobile app for gay individuals, available worldwide.

Since its official launch in January 2014, Moovz has grown to host over 50 million interactions between users, over 1 million posts shared on the first ever gay feed, and thousands of new users joining every day.

May 29, 2014

'It was the gay community that loved me first. It feels good to come full circle and get back into that'

Oscar and Grammy award winning performer Jennifer Hudson has decided to really embrace her gay fan base during Gay Pride Month.

The Dreamgirls star will headline at the LA Pride festival in West Hollywood on 7 June and at Chicago Pride Fest on 21 June.

So what do her gay fans mean to her?

'Oh, my God! I would have to say everything,' Hudson tells GoPride.com.

May 21, 2014

Gay icon was opposed to the idea of showing two men making love on camera, according to the playwright of The Normal Heart

Gay icon Barbra Streisand finds gay sex ‘distasteful’, according to legendary gay activist Larry Kramer.

In a rare interview, the writer has explained why it has taken almost 30 years for his work The Normal Heart to be adapted into a movie.

Streisand held the rights for years, and had a draft of a screenplay in 1995.

‘The problems with her is she didn’t know what to do with it,’ Kramer said, ‘and she also was really uncomfortable with the subject of gay sex.’

May 12, 2014

At concert, singer invites Rosie O'Donnell and Liza Minnelli onstage to sing back-up Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Cyndi Lauper, opening up for Cher on the current Dressed to Kill tour, decided to share the spotlight over the weekend while performing her classic hit Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

She was joined on state at the Barclays Center in New Jersey first by Rosie O'Donnell who she toured with several years ago on the True Colors tour benefiting LGBTI youth.

Then O'Donnell pointed out that there was another gay icon in the audience - a woman whose mother (Judy Garland) was the original gay icon - Miss Liza Minnelli.

April 13, 2014

Cox praises the organization for making 'sure that the "T" is not silent in the LGBT community"

Ellen Page, who came out publicly on Valentine's Day, presented Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox with GLAAD's highest honor at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday (12 April) night.

Page called trans actress an 'LGBT icon' is presenting Cox with The Stephen F. Kolzak Award which is given to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in moving equality forward.

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.'