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April 17, 2015

'It was such a happy time ...  I think it would've been really great to do it a few more years'

It turns out eight seasons of Will & Grace was not quite enough for Debra Messing.

The actress, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Grace Adler on the classic sitcom, told HuffPost Live on Thursday that the ideal stopping point would have been 10 seasons.

April 16, 2015

'Women incorrectly wearing the hijab leads to homosexuality among men'

A prominent Iranian cleric is teaching that men who fantasize about other women while impregnating their wives will cause their children to be gay.

Ayatollah Hossein Dehnavi is a celebrity in Iran, where he regularly offers advice on family and sexual matters on state television.

'When fantasizing about another woman while impregnating your wife, the child will be homosexual,' he said.

According to Dehnavi, women who wear Islamic dress wrongly also turn men gay.

April 16, 2015

Lorna Luft: 'She was incredibly warm and amazingly funny. She was smart and so gifted'

Lorna Luft, now 62, was still a teenager when her legendary mother died in 1969 of an accidental drug overdose.

But she doesn't want anyone to think of Judy Garland as a tragic figure.

April 16, 2015

Bill Scott's second feature uses innovative techniques and a micro-budget to translate a stage production to the screen.

Tin is an intriguing project – the second feature from writer/director Bill Scott.

Filmed over a 15-day period in a pop-up green-screen studio in Cornwall, with the use of model backgrounds to create the scenery, this is a film that strongly reflects its original theatrical development.

April 16, 2015

'Homosexuality is wrong. If you want to argue this fact then I'll put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works'

The owner of an auto shop in Grandville, Michigan has said he will give discounts to customers who bring guns into his store but will not hestitate to refuse service to LGBTI people.

Brian Klawiter made the comments Tuesday (14 April) on Dieseltec's Facebook page, which has since been deleted.

'I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business,' he wrote.

April 16, 2015

#SorryNotSorry

Netflix has renewed Orange Is The New Black for season four, months before season three has even aired.

The Emmy-nominated women's prison drama will be continue its successful run into 2016.

It will follow the release of season three on 12 June this year.

If you've been behind bars for the past few years, OITNB stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, a bisexual upper-middle class woman sent to jail for a drug running crime she committed a decade ago. Alex (Laura Prepon) plays her former (and now current) lover and inmate who helped send her to prison.

April 15, 2015

Rounding out top five are Rachel Maddow, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Anderson Cooper

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has become increasingly vocal on LGBTI issues in the past year, tops this years' Annual Power 50 list unveiled Wednesday by Out Magazine.

The list ranks the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture and looks at how the on the list have power, how they wield it, and who it affects.

Cook, second last year, is the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500. He knocked Ellen DeGeneres down one space after the talk show host headed last year's list.

April 15, 2015

Guam may have just become the first of the US’ five overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after the island’s Attorney General issued a directive to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians

The United States Pacific territory of Guam may be about to become the first of its overseas territories to allow same-sex couples to marry after Guam’s Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson issued a directive to the island’s Department of Public Health and Social Services instructing it to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians.

However the department is pushing back so far, saying it will not be accepting any applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples ‘until further notice.’

April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 15, 2015

And why celibacy is not the answer either

I wish Leelah Alcorn was alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000 plus signatures calling for the enactment of ‘Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy’ not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how the petition was also swiftly supported by Obama and his administration.

April 14, 2015

Gay mathematician's hidden notebook dates from the time he cracked the Nazi's Enigma code

Alan Turing's hidden wartime manuscript Monday (13 April) sold for more than $1 million at Bonhams auction house in New York.

An anonymous buyer paid $1,025,000 for the 56-page notebook, part of which will be donated to charity.

The handwritten notes date from 1942 when the gay mathematician was working at the UK government code and cypher school in Bletchley Park, where he led the team that cracked the code used by the Nazi Enigma machines.

April 14, 2015

Following the passing of its controversial religious freedom law, Indiana is spending $2million+ with a PR firm in an attempt to repair its image

The state of Indiana has hired a global PR firm to help repair its image after the passing of its controversial religious freedom bill.

The message of the campaign? Indiana is a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.

The PR firm tasked with promoting the message is Porter Novelli. It has been hired by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

April 12, 2015

'Are you for real? If so, life truly is stranger than fiction.'

Meeting your girlfriend’s parents is hard enough as it is but this guy’s first encounter with his potential in-laws, and an agony aunt’s reply, went viral.

The anonymous man contacted Mariella Frostrup, the Observer’s dilemma expert, asking whether he should tell his fiancée about his bisexuality – and if he should also tell her he slept with her father a while ago.

April 11, 2015

Driver faces charges because one of the men was injured while trying to get out of the car

Shadi Ramini and Seth Day were on their way to meet friends for dinner and drinks in the Margate Park neighborhood of Chicago on 1 April.

What happened next was no April Fool's Day joke.

The men, both gay, were in the back of a taxi they had ordered through the Uber app when the ride came to an abrupt halt when the two friends shared a quick peck on the lips.

The driver, Mahdi Hared, kicked the pair out of his cab on busy Lakeshore Drive. Day initially refused to get out of the car. Then when he tried to exit the vehicle, he says the driver drove off.

April 10, 2015

'I feel at the end of the day, if you come from a place of love you can’t go wrong'

This weekend's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade will have as its grand marshal a Catholic guy with great abs named Mario Lopez.

The host of TV's Extra says he has no trouble reconciling his Catholic faith with his support of the LGBTI community and for its equality.

'Like the pope said, "Who am I to judge?"' Lopez tells The Miami Herald.

April 10, 2015

New professional network will help industry improve the experience of gay and trans holidaymakers

Britain’s first network for LGBTI travel professionals has launched – promising to improve all our holidays.

The group has already scheduled its first industry summit on 13 July offering ‘insight, information and discussion about the growing LGBT market and how your business can tap into this lucrative sector’.

Called TTG LGBT, it is named after Travel Trade Gazette, the industry magazine that has founded it.

April 9, 2015

'Let people love people and let's focus on what truly needs looked at and help homeless people, homeless pets, sick people'

Hilary Swank knows there has been progress since she won her first Oscar for her portrayal of a transgender male in 1999's Boys Don't Cry.

But the actress said on the Meredith Vieira Show on Thursday (9 April) that far too much energy is still being spent in the US on fighting equality for LGBTI people.

'Let people love people and let's focus on what truly needs looked at and help homeless people, homeless pets, sick people,' Swank said. 'Look at the rest of the world, let's focus on those things.'

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 8, 2015

Cole Fox leaves remarkable two-page coming out letter in dad's pocket who later texts son: 'You are still a great son and I am proud of you'

Cole Fox isn't a wrestler on just any high school team.

He's wrestles at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Iowa for a team that has won 18 state wrestling titles. It is also a team for which Fox's father is the assistant coach.

So the stakes were high when Fox decided to inform his dad, who had been known to make homophobic comments, that he is gay.

April 7, 2015

The Runner-Up chronicles his losing bid to become a US congressman

Clay Aiken's squeaky clean image from his long ago American Idol days is nowhere to be seen in The Runner-Up, the four-part documentary series premiering on Tuesday (7 April) about his run for congress.

'The truth is, cutting out the stuff where he doesn’t swear wasn’t an option–he swears all the time,' producer Jonathan Chinn tells Reality Blurred. 'In the case of his potty mouth, that is who he is, and sanitizing it would be disingenuous.'

April 7, 2015

In two weeks nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition asking HBO to reverse its decision to cancel its popular drama about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco

The gay internet is not happy with HBO’s plans to cancel popular gay drama Looking without a third season, with a petition being launched by fans in the time since the 25 March announcement the show would not be renewed.

In the two weeks since then nearly 60,000 people have signed the petition on ThePetitionSite.com that was created by show fan Ian Grady.

April 6, 2015

Olympic champion turned reality TV star expected to discuss changing appearance and recent fatal car crash

ABC News confirmed today that Bruce Jenner will be the subject of a two-hour interview special by Diane Sawyer that will air on 24 April.

The interview is expected to cover the 1976 Olympic gold medalist's changing appearance and reported gender transitioning as well as a recent car accident that resulted in a woman's death.

Titled Bruce Jenner - The Interview, the network descries the special as a 'far-ranging, exclusive interview.'

April 6, 2015

Michael Musto writes: 'You haven’t said a word in public about him'

Trans activist Stephen Ira Beatty publicly defended his famous parents on Monday after a columnist published an open letter to Warren Beatty and Annette Bening suggesting they are not supportive of their child.

'I appreciate your kind words about me, but please leave my family alone,' the younger Beatty tweeted to columnist Michael Musto.

'We like our privacy. My parents and I are doing great.'

April 5, 2015

Louis Theroux’s documentary starring children and their families as they transition can teach us all a thing or two about self-acceptance

As she pours pretend tea into plastic cups and saucers, 5-year-old Camille sums up how she feels about being transgender: 'I was always a girl. I will always be a girl forever.’

Born Sebastian, Camille is one of the children from San Francisco who starred in Louis Theroux’s most recent documentary, Transgender Kids, which aired in the UK on Sunday night - sparking a range reactions on social media.