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September 2, 2014

Gay singer reflects on his unrequited love for his friend, the inspiration for his hit debut album In The Lonely Hour

Sam Smith has opened up about the love he had for a straight friend, the inspiration for his critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut album.

The Stay With Me singer, who came out earlier this year, has revealed more about the man who inspired In The Lonely Hour.

He said: 'It's really tough to explain. But no, he's not gay. Nothing ever happened between us. I know he loved me too, but not in that way."

September 1, 2014

Evicted houseguest describes the gig as 'Pure hell. Absolute torture. Mayhem' 

Actor Leslie Jordan has been evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother UK house but doesn't seem too broken up about it.

In a new Facebook post, the openly gay actor describes the experience as 'PURE HELL. ABSOLUTE TORTURE. MAYHEM. ... I was voted out of the house a few days ago. THANK THE GOOD LORD ABOVE. I really do not think I could have stood another night of farts, snores and drunken revelry.'

And it did not bring out the best in him.

'I consider myself a kindly and well behaved human being. I turned into a screaming harridan!' Jordan writes.

September 1, 2014

He takes his clothes off and jumps in to Lake Superior after a show

Steve Grand, who gained fame last year with his viral hit All-American Boy, has made a lot of fans happy without singing a note.

He simply took all of his clothes off.

Grand decided to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - but he did it his way.

'I don’t always get naked, but when I do, it’s for a good cause,' he explained to his Facebook followers over the weekend.

'I didn’t want to waste fresh water (since there are so many without) so naturally, I jumped into Lake Superior, naked, after my performance here in Duluth, MN. '

August 31, 2014

Hospital officials have no new information on Rivers condition; unconfirmed reports say the comic is on life support

Today (31 August) Melissa Rivers, daughter of comic Joan Rivers, released a statement about her mother's condition.

The announcement came from New York City's Mt. Sinai Hospital, where the 81-year-old has been hospitalized since 28 August.

August 29, 2014

Family relationship settings can now be changed so, if one of your relatives is gender neutral, you can realistically describe them in that way

When Facebook expanded their gender options available for trans and gender-nonconforming users earlier this year, they ran into some problems.

While it is better to have more than 50 choices rather than two, others wondered why your relationships to family members had to be still defined as one of the two binary genders.

But now, the social networking site has built on their success and quietly rolled out the ability to designate family members using nonbinary and gender-neutral terms.

August 29, 2014

Four-time Emmy winner had been largely focusing on Broadway stage since end of classic sitcom

David Hyde Pierce is joining the red-hot CBS drama The Good Wife in a recurring role for its sixth season.

The Frasier alum will play a highly respected cable news legal commentator who is so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office in order to effect change, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Pierce, 55, won four Emmys during his nine seasons as Niles Crane on Frasier.

August 29, 2014

American born opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked by Ottawa’s Opera Lyra company after he took a photo of a gay man on public transport and then mocked him on Facebook

American opera singer Valerian Ruminski has been sacked from Ottawa’s Opera Lyra production of Tosca after he turned to Facebook to mock a fellow passenger’s diamond studded nails.

‘Look at the stupid nails this moron had on while taking a bus in Ottawa,’ Ruminski wrote, ‘I guess he needs diamond studded nails to make up for his face.’

What Ruminski didn’t know was that the person he was mocking was Samnang Tep, who performs under the drag identity of Miss Jade London – recently crowned Queen of Ottawa’s Capital Pride Festival.

August 29, 2014

You can be amongst the first to see the acclaimed new British movie Pride at special preview screenings on 9 September

A new, gay-themed movie is shaping up to be one of this autumn’s most eagerly anticipated film releases in the UK. Nationwide cinema chain Vue has just announced that it will be offering film-goers the first opportunity to catch the movie at a number of exclusive preview screenings on 9 September, ahead of the film’s general release on 12 September 2014.

Based on a true story, Pride is set during the summer of 1984. Margaret Thatcher is Prime Minister and her government is at loggerheads with the National Union of Mineworkers over proposed coal pit closures.

August 28, 2014

In filmed comedy bit, she wonders if she was never invited onto Chelsea Lately because she's a lesbian

In the seven years that the late night show Chelsea Lately was on the air, Ellen DeGeneres never appeared as a guest.

That is until the show's finale on Tuesday (26 August) during which DeGeneres barges into a shower and confronts host Chelsea Handler who has given up her cable show on E! to do a future show with Netflix.

In the filmed comedy bit, Handler is nude (with private parts blurred out) and DeGeneres is wearing a pantsuit and shower cap.

DeGeneres wonders if she was never asked on the show  'because I'm a lesbian.'

August 28, 2014

Comic now in stable but critical condition at a New York hospital

Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers stopped breathing during a throat operation on Thursday (28 August).

The 81-year-old was being operated on at an outpatient clinic and was rushed to a New York hospital where she is reported to be in stable but critical condition.

'This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to,' said hospital rep Sid Dinsay.

August 28, 2014

Judge said while the attack was 'vile and vicious', the attack was not motivated by homophobia

A man will be jailed for two years and four months after spraying six people with a 'noxious substance' in a homophobic attack.

Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a plastic bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall, London.

Several of the victims reported feeling like their 'faces were melting', they thought they were going to die, and it caused ulcers on their eyes and mouths. One victim could have very easily had his vision permanently damaged.

August 28, 2014

Bryan Singer was accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old in Hawaii in 1999

The man who accused gay film director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was 14 was forced to drop the lawsuit yesterday (27 August).

Michael Egan III, 31, voluntarily dropped the lawsuit due to lack of legal counsel. US district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted the motion.

Singer's attorney has said the X Men: Days of Future Past director is 'looking forward to moving on'.

But as the case was dismissed without prejudice, it means Egan can refile the claim at a later date.

August 27, 2014

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline which I didn't always have'

Meredith Baxter thought she had a lot of lines to learn during her seven seasons playing Elyse Keaton on the classic NBC sitcom Family Ties.

Now that she has begun a role on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless, she realizes she had it easy back then.

'Being on a soap demands unbelievable discipline, which I didn't always have,' she tells TV Guide magazine.

August 27, 2014

Pair just completed filming Michael in which they play former lovers

The day after wrapping his three-week shoot on the film Michael, Zachary Quinto says he found his leading man James Franco to be 'inspiring.'

Quinto plays the former lover of Franco's character who went from gay magazine publisher to 'ex-gay' pastor.

'I had a great time working with James,' Quinto told The Backlot on Wednesday (27 August). 

August 26, 2014

'He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation'

Televangelist Pat Robertson told a woman today that her 13-year-old stepson has crushes on other boys because he lives with his mom most of the time.

Robertson, 84, is well-known for his anti-gay views. He told his audience on TV's The 700 Club that while he knows a lot of people 'think that they're born that way,' he thinks 'nurture has a lot to do with (sexuality).

'He's being raised by a mother so his attraction is now towards other men because he's raised by a woman,' he said.

August 26, 2014

Gay Radio 1 DJ is confirmed for the British reality dancing competition show

Scott Mills will be joining Strictly Come Dancing.

The gay Radio 1 DJ is the latest celebrity to sign up for this year's series of the British reality TV competition dancing show.

Judge Craig Revel Horwood made the announcement live on Mills' show this morning (26 August).

The DJ said: 'I've kept this a secret for months and months.

'It's been so hard!'

August 26, 2014

Think Cucumber will be another UK show ripe for the remaking in the US like Queer As Folk? According to the producers, it might be too hot for US tastes.. 

Channel 4 are preparing to bring back gay drama to the UK 15 years after Queer As Folk.

Cucumber, created by Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies, will be broadcast next year and is promised to be 'too hot for US tastes'.

Described by Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt as 'channel-defining', the show will be one of three programmes telling the story of life across the generations. Cucumber will be the main show, with Banana the spin-off featuring younger characters. The other, Tofu, will tell the stories of ordinary people.

August 25, 2014

Holding hands, rapper Haze and model Baldwin were described by MTV as 'the cutest VMA couple of the night’

US gay couple Angel Haze and Ireland Baldwin held hands as they posed for the cameras on the red carpet of the Video Music Awards yesterday (24 August).

The pair, who confirmed their relationship in June of this year, posed proudly together as an openly gay couple.

Baldwin, model and daughter of actors Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, held hands with rapper girlfriend Angel Haze as they posed for photographs on the red carpet at the ceremony in California.

August 24, 2014

Arrow’s John Barrowman took the ice bucket challenge with his husband Scott Gill wearing only a jock strap, and he then challenged hunky co-star Colton Haynes who accepted

Openly gay actor John Barrowman and Arrow co-star Colton Haynes are the latest celebrities to take the ice bucket challenge sweeping the internet, aimed at raising awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Barrowman posted a video of him taking the challenge on 16 August, sitting on a deck chair wearing a Deathstroke t-shirt in Vancouver, getting his jock strap clad husband Scott Gill to dumb a bucket full of ice and water over him – though it took two attempts to empty the bucket.

August 24, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the NBA, tells Gay Star News he isn't sure he wants to try and return to the league for another season.

'I go back and forth on what my next steps will be,' Collins said at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference in Chicago on Saturday (23 August).

Collins, 35, said he will decide by late September whether or not he wants to resume training.

Not that he is letting himself get out of shape.

'I still run,' he said. 'I don't want to turn into Charles Barkley.'

August 24, 2014

The two LGBTI stars were recruited by ‘Wierd Al’ Yankovic for his parody video of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ called ‘Tacky’

From just the first few bars of the song, you can tell what you are going to hear.

US singer Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ is one of most recognizable pop songs of recent years, until ‘Wierd Al’ Yankovic came along with a host of famous friends.

In his unique twist on the popular song, Yankovic has created his own parody called ‘Tacky’.

Dressed in suitably garish clothes, Yankovic is joined by a group of celebrity friends to help him.

August 23, 2014

Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint locked lips in a climactic scene in the first episode of the eighth season of British science fiction series

Doctor Who’s first episode of the new season featured a show-stopping lesbian kiss.

In the opener called Deep Breath, the Time Lord reunited with lesbian Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) and her wife Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart).

Late in the episode as the couple, the Sontaran Strax and companion Clara are under threat, the couple locked lips.

While it has always been made clear the two are together (and married), this is the first time we have seen the characters kiss.

The moment received a lot of praise on social media:

August 22, 2014

A 29-year-old is urging everyone to speak out against hate crime after getting attacked in Shoreditch

A gay man has spoken out after being attacked for holding hands with his boyfriend in London.

Timothy Rumney, 29, was walking along Old Street in Shoreditch with his partner after a night out at gay club East Block during the early hours of Sunday morning (17 August).

As they were waiting for a bus, they overheard a man with his girlfriend refer to them as ‘batty men’.

Rumney challenged the man, and then the man asked why they were holding hands.

Minutes later, the same man approached the pair and hit Rumney around the face.

August 21, 2014

Late actress said In Cold Blood author's story was 'a totally ridiculous suggestion'

Lauren Bacall was not amused.

Three years ago, she sat for an interview in her New York City apartment for a lengthy piece in the annual Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair.

The widow of Humphrey Bogart, and a film and Broadway legend in her own right, became irritated when the interviewer, Matt Tyrnauer, brought up a story spread by Truman Capote.

The In Cold Blood author was quoted as saying 'I gave Bogie a blow job one night' to settle a bet.