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June 19, 2014

In Grace and Frankie, Lily Tomlin and Fonda play women whose husbands leave them - for each other

Martin Sheen, who for many years played the president of the US in NBC's The West Wing, is returning to series television as a gay man.

Sheen will play the husband of Jane Fonda in the upcoming Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie which also stars Lily Tomlin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fonda and Tomlin play women who are each others nemesis but find their lives intertwined when their law partner husbands each leaves them - for each other.

May 14, 2014

She tells GSN: 'It didn't matter if my marriages failed because I have my fans, I felt loved - a different kind of love. Lasting love'

Debbie Reynolds has always felt a special connection with gays.

The enduring star of such films as The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Singin’ in the Rain and How the West Was Won recently spoke with Gay Star News about that bond which grew even more through her recurring role of Bobbi Adler on Will & Grace.

'I have always since 1948 hired dancers and creative people who were gay,' says the 82-year-old icon. 'They are like my children.'

April 9, 2014

Girls star says she is so thankful she has a gay sister so 'someone in this family can truly represent my beliefs and passions'

Creator and star of TV hit Girls Lena Dunham has said it was a ‘huge disappointment’ to her when she realised she was straight.

The actress and writer spoke out about her difficulties at the Point Honors Gala in New York, an event that helps LGBTI teens with questions about their sexuality and gender identity.

Her speech also addressed her younger sister Grace, who recently came out as gay.

May 16, 2013

Homophobia’s cruel Mothers’ Day: why one young lesbian took her life and sent her mom into such a spiral of depression that she also killed herself

March 19, 2013

Zimbabwe's president Mugabe, who says gays are worse than dogs and pigs, has attended Pope's inauguration despite EU travel ban

Zimbabwe’s outspokenly anti-gay president Robert Mugabe has slipped into Italy  for the inauguration of Pope Francis despite a European Union (EU) travel ban due to his abuse of human rights.

Mugabe, banned since 2002 due to allegations of vote rigging and human rights abuses, was whisked today (19 March) directly from his plane at Rome international airport to the Vatican.

A priest greeted the 89-year-old president, his wife and son at the airport saying: ‘On behalf of Pope Francis, welcome to the Vatican, welcome to the Holy See’.

February 7, 2013

Two women have apologized for the pain they have caused while they were part of the 'God Hates Fags' church

Two key members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church have left the fold and apologized for their past.

Megan Phelps-Roper and her sister Grace, the daughters of lead group figure Shirley Phelps, have left the church known for their ‘God Hates Fags’ signs and the picketing of soldiers’ funerals.

The two sisters pioneered social media in the ‘God Hates Fags’ group, with Phelps-Roper posting parody videos of Lady Gaga’s music videos.

In the past, Phelps-Roper has said:

January 13, 2013

Tens of thousands turned up to support an anti-gay rally in Hong Kong, to show they do not support a government consultation on an gay discrimination law

Campaigners opposed to gay rights rallied today (13 January) in Tamar Park, near government buildings in Hong Kong, against government consultation on a law to protect gays from discrimination.

In the next few days, the HK Chief Executive, Chun-Ying (CY) Leung is due to give his annual policy address. Two sets of rumors are circulating, one that he will – and the other that he won't –  include a consultation on a sexual orientation discrimination ordinance for Hong Kong. Vocal parties for and against the consultation have been trying to persuade CY.

May 7, 2012

US Vice President said sitcom had 'probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything'

US Vice President Joe Biden has made headlines by saying on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday (6 May) that he supports gay marriage.

What hasn't gotten as much attention is that Biden gave credit to the sitcom Will & Grace for the shifting views of an increasing number of Americans who now favor same-sex unions.