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March 3, 2015

Get ready to go back behind bars for season three

Orange Is The New Black season three has a premiere date.

The Emmy-nominated women's prison drama will reveal its new episodes on 12 June.

If you've been behind bars for the past two years, it 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.

Starring more than 40 actors, it includes trans star Laverne Cox and lesbian singer Lea DeLaria.

March 2, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Ricky Martin, Clay Aiken and Steve Grand also make top 10 in Out Magazine poll

Adam Lambert has been voted the most eligible bachelor by the readers of Out Magazine besting Ricky Martin, Jonathan Groff and Steve Grand, among others.

It's the second year in row the American Idol alum has claimed the title.

This time he got a commanding 28% of the total votes and was able to withstand a flood of votes from Clay Aiken fans who catapulted their man to the number two spot.

March 2, 2015

Queen of Pop will visit Australia for the first time in over 20 years

Pop superstar Madonna is to promote her new album ‘Rebel Heart’ with a tour stretching around the world from Miami to Manchester.

The 'Living For Love' hitmaker has planned to be on the road from August to December this year, with plenty of room for more dates to be added.

Her 2012 ‘Sticky and Sweet’ tour grossed over $400 million (€356 million) and remains the biggest selling tour by a solo artist.

The highly anticipated tour follows the recent success of her Brit and Grammy appearances.

March 2, 2015

Star-studded dinner in LA hosted by Sandra Berhnard also drew Patti LuPpone, Andrew Rannells and Sarah Paulson

The Family Equality Council's awards dinner in Los Angeles raised $618,430 over the weekend and drew a slew of celebrities to the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The organization, which has long worked for LGBTI families to have legal equality, honored the TV shows Modern Family and Glee were for outstanding efforts in portraying LGBTI relationships and families.

The other honorees were Honey Maid for its progressive ads which feature same-sex couples and their children and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

March 1, 2015

'Love is defined by two people in an intimate and personal way, and superimposing an institution on that isn't necessarily, for me, the most exciting idea.'

Actor Zachary Quinto, one of Hollywood's most high-profile gay celebrities and outspoken gay rights advocate, says he's not a fan of marriage, whether it’s gay or straight, which he sees as 'superimposing an institution' on a personal relationship between two people.

February 28, 2015

Batman's feline enemy comes out in latest issue of DC Comic

Holy furballs Batman, Catwoman is bisexual!

The feline villain, the alter-ego of Selina Kyle, comes out in the latest issue of DC Comics' Catwoman #39, writer Genevieve Valentine confirms on her blog.

'She’s flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,' Valentine writes.

February 28, 2015

The former couple has been living apart since November

Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds are making their separation, made public just three weeks ago, a permanent one.

O'Donnell filed for divorce on Friday in Manhattan State Supreme Court from her wife of less than three years. She cited 'an irretrievably broken relationship' as the grounds.

The couple, who have a two year old daughter, have a prenuptial agreement, according to People.com.

February 27, 2015

Zachary Quinto also mourns the actor who died at the age of 83

Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy died Friday morning from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

He was 83.

Nimoy, who played half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series and feature films, is being mourned by co-stars and fans.

'My heart is broken,' tweeted Zachary Quinto who co-starred with Nimoy in the Star Trek feature film franchise reboot.

'I love you profoundly,' Quinto added. 'I will miss you every day. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.'

February 27, 2015

'I hope he doesn't drop his partner. I wish him the best of luck'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the history of the NBA, is voicing his support of Michael Sam competing on this season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

Sam is the first openly gay player to ever be drafted by an NFL team but has been cut twice and is yet to play a regular season game in the league.

While he continues to train and hopes to be signed to a team for next season, his celebrity landed him the DWTS gig during what is the NFL off-season.

February 27, 2015

Lesbian actress continues her TV comeback in the ABC comedy

Raven-Symoné has landed a guest-starring role on ABC comedy Black-ish.

The openly gay actress and singer will play Rhonda, Dre’s (Anthony Anderson) lesbian sister, who is just as uncomfortable talking about her sexuality as he is.

'The two have a playful rivalry in which they jockey for position in their mother’s (recurring guest star Jenifer Lewis) rankings that are released every December,' EW reports.

February 27, 2015

UK companies ranked on their diversity and inclusion credentials

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index sets out to find the best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain.

Campaigning charity Stonewall believes that people perform better when they can be themselves – a motto that guides much of the work that it carries out with businesses through its Diversity Champions Program.

Its annual Workplace Equality Index is an extension of this, pushing businesses to measure the efforts they are taking to tackle discrimination.

February 26, 2015

The banking group hosted an event at its Edinburgh headquarters to celebrate the top employers on Stonewall’s recent Workplace Equality Index

Banking group Lloyds has been acknowledged as the top employer of LGBT people in Scotland by the Scottish branch of campaigning charity, Scotland.

The acknowledgement follows the publication of Stonewall’s UK-wide Workplace Equality Index in January.

Stonewall Scotland held an event on Tuesday evening to recognize LGBT employers north of the border. It celebrated the results at a reception at Lloyds' Scottish headquarters on the Mound in Edinburgh on Tuesday evening.

The top five employers were as follows:

February 26, 2015

Pontiff is not what he seems

Pope Francis is a complicated, confusing pontiff to the LGBTI community –especially its transgender members.

On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to us all.

He set off global shock waves, when flying home after a weeklong visit to Brazil in 2013, when he was queried about the ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

February 25, 2015

TV chef Duff Goldman made the seven-tier gold and silver cake and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue DJ'ed at the reception

Food Network's Guy Fieri has married 101 gay couples at a mass wedding in Miami.

Decked out in a purple tuxedo, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives officiated the ceremony on Monday (23 February).

Fieri's late sister, Morgan, was a lesbian.

'Was an honor to be part of such an amazing day for so many loving couples,' he tweeted.

Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, came up with the idea of a free over-the-top wedding after Florida judges lifted the state's ban on gay marriage last month.

February 25, 2015

Freelance Writer - Journalism

"Sometimes if you don’t think you can change the environment, it’s easier just to change jobs"

Starting in the 1990s, programs such as MTV’s “The Real World” and NBC’s “Will and Grace” helped portray gay men in a non-threatening light, and normalized the reality of being gay for millions. At the same time, however, shows like these, and those that have followed, portrayed gay men as frivolous, irresponsible and more likely to party hard than work. Yes, we make the masses laugh, but at our own expense.

February 25, 2015

'I've been married happily for a long time, but then there are times – like when Ryan Gosling’s on the show'

US talk show host Conan O'Brien has signed up to gay dating app Grindr. 

O'Brien signed up to Grindr in a segment on his late night talk show last night, where he enlisted openly gay actor Billy Eichner to help him set up a profile on the app.

The celebrity pair chatted with a variety of gay men before getting in a customised 'Grindr Van' emblazoned with drawings of Cher and Liza Minnelli, and heading off to meet one of the lucky guys in the middle of a supermarket carpark. 

Watch the video below:

February 25, 2015

Don’t ask the Oscars to care about us. Just stop caring about the Oscars

With the pomp and circumstance of the weekend’s Oscar extravaganza quickly fading it’s time for the annual deluge of op-eds and finger wagging about the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards.

The din of outrage over what attributes the winners have (or should have) becomes more intense every year. 2015 marked the year that conversations about minority representation finally drowned out the red carpet scrutiny over who-wore-who. Some colours are simply never as in as others during awards season.

February 24, 2015

Their secret is to do less and not start too early, says top expert

Just how much plastic surgery work have the celebrities on the Oscar’s red carpet actually had?

Leading expert Dr Tracy Mountford of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic discusses this below.

Her advice? There is nothing wrong with a few lines, less is more and non-surgical treatments are increasingly popular to give a fresh look without the ‘weird’ over-worked feel of yesteryear.

And she also offers some advice to men and women to reduce the risk of non-surgical options too.

February 24, 2015

Smithies, a marine electronics engineer in the fishing industry, will never forget having to tell her boss about her transition

I work as a marine electronics engineer based in Peterhead.

I travel all around the UK installing and repairing satellite TV and Internet systems, radars and autopilots on everything from yachts and fishing vessels to oil standby boats and jack-up rigs.

I mainly work on fishing vessels in Peterhead. I work alongside the guys that starred in the TV series, Trawlermen, and the recent ITV program, Trawlermen’s Lives, which should give you a clue of how male dominated the environment is.

February 24, 2015

'People started treating me like a gay unicorn'

Wanda Sykes has revealed that she never intended to come out during a Proposition 8 event. 

In a speech at a rally against Proposition 8 in Las Vegas back in 2008, Sykes told the crowd: 'Everybody who knows me personally, they know I'm gay... I'm proud to be a woman, I'm proud to be a black woman and I'm proud to be gay.'

February 23, 2015

Unable to compete in NFL last season, Sam will compete for Mirror Ball Trophy

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC's Dancing With the stars.

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season's roster is unveiled Tuesday (24 February) on ABC's Good Morning America, according to TMZ.

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri.

February 23, 2015

Celebrities including John Barrowman and Lance Bass have tweeted their confusion over Rivers' absence

A number of LGBT stars have taken to Twitter to criticize Oscar bosses for omitting Joan Rivers from the award ceremony's In Memoriam segment.

Last night (February 22), the academy paid tribute to the likes of late industry figureheads including Richard Attenborough and Robin Williams, but Rivers - who died on September 4 last year - was nowhere to be seen. 

February 23, 2015

Host, who had gotten gaunt for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, displays impressive physique

Neil Patrick Harris has been hitting the gym since ending his run as a gaunt transgender punk rock singer in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

On Sunday night's Academy Awards, this year's host stripped down to his underwear and displayed an impressively muscular physique.

So what was he doing in his skivvies?

Harris re-enacted one of the more memorable scenes from Best Picture nominee Birdman in which Michael Keaton's actor character gets locked out of a theater mid-play and must walk through New York's Times Square in his underwear to re-enter.

February 23, 2015

American actor Jordan Woods-Robinson will appear in the latest episode of the show as ‘Eric’ – the love interest of ‘Aaron’ played by actor Ross Marquand

Fans of zombie apocalypse series The Walking Dead will get their look at the show’s latest LGBTI character this week as the show’s first openly gay male character gets a love interest.

Aaron, played by actor Ross Marquand, was introduced to fans last week as a recruiter for a fortified community of survivors called Alexandria and the show’s creators let it be known that this was the major gay male character for The Walking Dead that they had been dropping hints about for months.