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September 15, 2014

'It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all'

John Travolta describes the claims by a former male employee that they had a six-year affair as 'every celebrity’s Achilles heel.'

'It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels,' Travolta tells The Daily Beast.

The two-time Oscar nominee, now 60, claims he's not losing much sleep over it.

September 14, 2014

The Broadway star married his fiancé at an outdoor ceremony in Los Angeles, which he called a ‘new beginning’ for the pair 

US Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson got married to his fiancé at a romantic ceremony yesterday in Los Angeles (13 September).

An an outdoor ceremony, Jackson tied the knot with entrepreneur Jason Landau.

The pair hit headlines when they announced their engagement six months after Jackson, 39, ended his 13-year relationship with his former husband.

People magazine reports the ceremony was attended by a group of celebrity friends such as Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leah Remini and Alicia Silverstone.

September 13, 2014

Morelli was married to fellow television writer Steve Basilone for two years

Lauren Morelli, one of the head writers for the popular drama Orange is the New Black, is leaving her husband because she's a lesbian.

September 12, 2014

Rumors fly that the singer and swimmer are about to reveal their relationship in a magazine interview

Are Ricky Martin and Ian Thorpe about to take their place as one of the world’s most famous celebrity gay couples?

The rumors appear to have been sparked in the last few hours by tweets from celebrity gossip commentator Peter Ford.

September 12, 2014

Billy on the Street sensation challenges Letterman to game of  "Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?"

David Letterman doesn't seem like the kind of guy who especially likes being screamed at by a gay man.

But he made an exception on Thursday (11 September) for a very funny gay man named Billy Eichner.

Eichner is the hilarious host of the online sensation Billy on the Street which has him running around New York City, usually with a celebrity in tow, handing dollar bills to people who answer his impromptu questions correctly.

Eichner's profile was raised considerably last month when he did a bit for the Emmys with host Seth Meyers.

September 12, 2014

Joan Rivers was a champion for women and gay rights but her comedy recognized no no-go subjects

You either loved Joan Rivers or you hated her.

Her stand-up red carpet catcalls, and colorful over-the-top humor –insult comedy, shock humor, ribaldry, just to name a few of her hallmark styles – was as lethal as it was legend.

For example, in commenting on a 2013 celebrity event about the German model Heidi Klum, Rivers – unfiltered and uninhibited – stated the following:

‘The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.’

Yes, you read that correctly.

September 11, 2014

'I’ve come to expect nothing from her, even though I feel I continually make the effort to break through'

When Rosie O'Donnell returns to ABC's The View on Monday (15 September), she will join a revamped show that has her co-hosting with a returning Whoopi Goldberg and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.

One person who won't be there will be Elisabeth Hasselbeck whose on-air clash with O'Donnell in 2007 was so traumatic (see video below) that O'Donnell left the show nearly a month before her one-year contract had expired.

September 10, 2014

Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan rants against same-sex couples participating on Strictly Come Dancing

Ballroom dancer and current Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Jordan has surprised and disappointed LGBT viewers by speaking out against the idea of having same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing (the UK equivalent of Dancing with the Stars).

Jordan, 36, made a name for himself as one of the show’s professional dancers but left the show earlier this year. He is married to Ola Jordan, who remains a dancer for the BBC series.

September 10, 2014

Emma Boswell, one of the first lesbians to come out in the Royal Navy, is now one of the first women to serve on a British military submarine

Finding a lesbian role model can be difficult, particularly if she spends her life up to 300 meters (1,000ft) below the waves.

Meet Emma Boswell – the fourth woman ever to be allowed to serve on Britain’s nuclear powered submarine fleet.

Her 14-year long career with the Royal Navy started within weeks of it finally decriminalizing homosexuality.

In that time, she’s traveled to every corner of the earth and now she is plunging to the depths of the ocean for the first time.

September 9, 2014

Prestigious honor recognizes living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts

Comedy icon Lily Tomlin has become the first out lesbian to be selected for a prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.

It was announced Tuesday (9 September) that Tomlin will be honored in December alongside singer Al Green, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, and singer-songwriter Sting.

Given annually since 1978, the Kennedy Center Honors have grown to become one of the most prestigious honors for any performer. They recognize living artists for lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

September 8, 2014

Versatile actor to go from playing serial killer on television to transgender rock singer in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Michael C. Hall is going to have some mighty high platform high heels to fill.

It was announced Monday that the after, who played a serial killer for eight seasons on Showtime's Dexter, will take over the title role in the smash Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch next month.

The character of a transgender rock singer won Neil Patrick Harris a Tony Award before he left the show in August. He was replaced by Andrew Rannells whose run ends next month.

Hall will debut on 16 October and is set to be with the show through early January.

September 8, 2014

It's never smart to show bigotry toward headmaster Albus Dumbledore's sexuality, especially to the writer who loves him most
 

If you must hate on Albus Dumbledore because he's gay, never share the thought with JK Rowling.

The Harry Potter writer took a Twitter follower to task for his issues with the sexuality of the headmaster. According to the New Civil Rights, on 6 September Georgia resident Frank Fraticelli responded to a tweet Rowling wrote in 2014 May honoring the characters lost in the Battle of Hogwarts.

September 8, 2014

The Queens Park Rangers player is the latest footballer to pledge support for Stonewall’s #RainbowLaces campaign in the UK – along with free morning newspaper, Metro

Queens Park Rangers soccer player Joey Barton is among the sportsmen to lend their vocal support to Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces (#rainbowlaces) campaign.

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Barton – who was also a high-profile supporter of the campaign last year – again spoke out against homophobia in soccer.

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 6, 2014

Emily Fox will serve a jail sentence for having an affair with the 15-year-old female student, after their messages to each other were exposed

A UK teacher has been jailed for 15 months for having sex with one of her students.

Emily Fox, a 26-year-old PE teacher at the all girls Royal Masonic School in Hertfordshire, will serve a 15-month sentence for having sex with a female student who was just 15 years old at the time.

It is reported the pair had many secret meetings, sex on several occasion and exchanged ‘hundreds’ of text messages.

The affair came to light when the student, who cannot be named, tried to print out a message Fox had sent to her.

September 4, 2014

Daughter says mother being 'kept comfortable'

The daughter of Joan Rivers on Wednesday (3 September) provided a brief update on the medical condition of her 81-year-old mother who has been unconscious for six days.

'My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable,' Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

'Thank you for your continued support.'

The update comes a day after the daughter of the legendary comic said that her mother remains on life support and asked for continued prayers.

September 4, 2014

Michael Urie: 'We weren’t finished with you, but thank you for it all'

Joan Rivers, queen of the showbiz comebacks, didn't have one final comeback in her.

The comedy legend died today - a week after she went into cardiac arrest during a medical procedure.

The announcement of her death by daughter Melissa Rivers has resulted in an instant outpouring of grief and tributes on social media from her fellow celebrities.

September 4, 2014

Death comes one week after she went into cardiac arrest during vocal cord procedure

Joan Rivers has died at a New York City hospital.

She was 81.

'It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,' her daughter Melissa Rivers said in a written statement today.

'She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.'

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.

September 4, 2014

From early AIDS fundraisers to marrying couples in the last year of her life, Rivers was a staunch LGBT ally

Like a lot of gays, Joan Rivers considered herself an outsider and an underdog.

But she never let that stop her. In fact, it fueled her.

From her rise to stardom in the 1960s through her final episode of Fashion Police which aired just last week, Rivers kept her legions of loyal gay fans entertained and inspired.

She told Gay Star News in 2012: 'They were the first ones to laugh at me.'

September 2, 2014

Playwright Ben Ockrent explains how his new show, Breeders – about a same-sex couple’s attempts to have a child – came about after friends asked him to act as a sperm donor

Until he was approached by a lesbian friend and her female partner, writer Ben Ockrent had not given much serious thought to fathering a child. The couple wanted to sound him out on the idea of donating sperm, to help them in their quest to become parents. For a while, he seriously considered it.

September 2, 2014

81-year-old comic has had huge gay fan base throughout career

It's been five days since Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest during a vocal cord procedure and her daughter issued a statement Tuesday saying that the legendary comic remains on life support.

Rivers, 81, had been working up until the night before her medical procedure doing stand-up and had been expected at New York's Fashion Week to tape an episode of her Fashion Police TV series for E!

September 2, 2014

Gay celebrity blogger has apologized after posting the leaked photos onto his website

Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is being accused of being a 'sex offender' after posting leaked naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence.

The gossip writer published the nude images, believed to have been stolen or hacked from the Oscar-winning actress' iCloud, on his site shortly after they surfaced online.

Numerous people on social media called him out for publishing the private images, with some calling him a 'sex offender', 'a rapist' and a 'desperate faggot' for his decision. None of these accusations are true.

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.'