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March 12, 2014

Fans will be getting plenty more of Jim Parsons and The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons, who has already won three Emmys for playing Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, will have plenty of opportunity to win more.

CBS took the unusual step today of renewing the ratings hit for three more seasons instead of the usual season-by-season approach almost all shows must endure.

The lengthy renewal assures the show of being on the air through the 2016-17 season. The show premiered in 2007.

Parsons casually came out as gay in a line that was part of a larger profile on him in The New York Times in May 2012.

December 11, 2013

Other LGBT nominations include Michael Douglas and Matt Damon for Behind the Candelabra

Jared Leto continues to establish himself as the front-runner for an Oscar with a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Dallas Buyers Club.

Leto's nod in the supporting actor category is for his performance as a trans female dying of AIDS who teams up with an infected straight man (Matthew McConaughey) to sell alternative treatments to fellow sufferers.

Leto has already racked up several major critics awards in recent weeks.

November 14, 2013

Annual portfolio of LGBT figures unveiled by Out Magazine

Edie Windsor filed the lawsuit that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act and changed the lives of many gay and lesbian couples in the US.

On Wednesday (13 November), Out Magazine named the 83-year-old New Yorker the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement honor as part of its annual OUT 100 issue.

November 6, 2013

Glee couple, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons and more among the nominees

The Glee couple of Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson, played by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss, received multiple People's Choice Award nominations on Wednesday (6 November).

Blaine proposed marriage to Kurt in a recent episode and the couple seems to have weathered some hard times three episodes in to the show's fifth season.

They are clearly fan favorites with both Colfer and Criss being nominated for Favorite Comedic TV Actor as well as a nod for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry.

October 21, 2013

'We are both surrounded by so many people who make our lives better and easier'

Three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons and partner Todd Spiewak were the star attraction at the GLSEN Respect Awards over the weekend where they were presented with the Inspiration Award.

At the event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which honored leaders in the struggle against bullying LGBT youth, Parsons said he never thought of himself as an activist.

October 21, 2013

'We are both surrounded by so many people who make our lives better and easier'

Three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons and partner Todd Spiewak were the star attraction at the GLSEN Respect Awards over the weekend where they were presented with the Inspiration Award.

At the event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which honored leaders in the struggle against bullying LGBT youth, Parsons said he never thought of himself as an activist.

September 23, 2013

In speech, calls boyfriend his 'favorite person on the planet'

Jim Parsons, the openly gay star of the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory, won his third Emmy Award on Sunday (22 September) evening.

Among those he beat out were Alec Baldwin who had been favored to win for the final season of the NBC comedy 30 Rock.

'I want you to know I’m very aware about how exceedingly fortunate I am … to be able to do this role and this show,' Parsons said in his speech. '(And) to be here and to be a part of such a phenomenal group of people and for seemingly happenstance reasons to be up here right now.'

September 23, 2013

In speech, calls boyfriend his 'favorite person on the planet'

Jim Parsons, the openly gay star of the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory, won his third Emmy Award on Sunday (22 September) evening.

Among those he beat out were Alec Baldwin who had been favored to win for the final season of the NBC comedy 30 Rock.

'I want you to know I’m very aware about how exceedingly fortunate I am … to be able to do this role and this show,' Parsons said in his speech. '(And) to be here and to be a part of such a phenomenal group of people and for seemingly happenstance reasons to be up here right now.'

September 6, 2013

'I think it's a gay actor's responsibility to give full-blooded life to gay characters'

There is the Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert and Lance Bass 'Yep, I'm gay' magazine cover method of coming out.

Then there is the low-key bury the lede coming out used by Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons in an interview where their sexuality is casually mentioned lower in a story about their latest project.

July 18, 2013

Jim Parsons, Nathan Lane, Sarah Paulson, Dan Bucatinsky, Lily Tomlin, Tim Gunn, and John Benjamin Hickey also nominated

Zachary Quinto, fresh off his split from Jonathan Groff, is going to need a date to the Emmys.

The actor is among the several openly gay performers who received Emmy Award nominations this morning.

The others include Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, Sarah Paulson, Dan Bucatinsky, Tim Gunn, Lily Tomlin, and John Benjamin Hickey.

June 13, 2013

Sheldon Cooper actor, who came out as gay last year, will take on a role in Ryan Murphy's HBO film The Normal Heart

The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons is to play a gay rights activist in a new film.

In Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s HBO film The Normal Heart, the actor famed for playing the socially awkward Sheldon Cooper will star alongside many A-list stars.

The film will take place during the HIV crisis in New York City in early 1980s.

Parsons will play Tommy Boatwright, a gay activist, the role that he played in the 2011 Broadway revival of the Tony-winning Larry Krammer play.

June 13, 2013

Sheldon Cooper actor, who came out as gay last year, will take on a role in Ryan Murphy's HBO film The Normal Heart

The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons is to play a gay rights activist in a new film.

In Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s HBO film The Normal Heart, the actor famed for playing the socially awkward Sheldon Cooper will star alongside many A-list stars.

The film will take place during the HIV crisis in New York City in early 1980s.

Parsons will play Tommy Boatwright, a gay activist, the role that he played in the 2011 Broadway revival of the Tony-winning Larry Krammer play.

January 24, 2013

Award-winning actor will produce 'inspiring and entertaining' show about genius children

The Big Bang Theory gay actor Jim Parsons is developing a new television series about child prodigies.

The 39-year-old known for playing geeky neuroscientist Sheldon Cooper in the US sitcom will executive produce the show.

Titled Prodigies, the series will profile exceptionally gifted young people based on a series of videos on YouTube channel THNKR, which has over 100,000 subscribers and 12 million views.

January 24, 2013

Award-winning actor will produce 'inspiring and entertaining' show about genius children

The Big Bang Theory gay actor Jim Parsons is developing a new television series about child prodigies.

The 39-year-old known for playing geeky neuroscientist Sheldon Cooper in the US sitcom will executive produce the show.

Titled Prodigies, the series will profile exceptionally gifted young people based on a series of videos on YouTube channel THNKR, which has over 100,000 subscribers and 12 million views.

December 30, 2012

From Frank Ocean and Anderson Cooper coming out as gay to the ongoing homophobic saga of Chick-fil-A, GSN counts down the most important news of 2012

In 2012, gay people and their rights have made international headlines like never before.

From Frank Ocean and Anderson Cooper coming out as gay to the ongoing homophobic saga of Chick-fil-A, gay rights issues have come to the forefront.

We have had a look at the year and found the most important, shocking, hilarious and weird stories, and this is the best of the best from the second third of the year from May to August.

December 26, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Andrew Rannells among those who came out rather casually then moved on

Ellen DeGeneres got a Time magazine cover when she came out as a lesbian in 1997. A decade or so later, Lance Bass got a People magazine when he announced to the world that he was a gay man and so did Clay Aiken a short time after that.

But in 2o12, several high-profile celebrities came out as gay and didn't find themselves at the center of a media frenzy. Among them: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Emmy winning actor Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), and Broadway star-turned TV actor Andrew Rannells (The New Normal).

December 13, 2012

James Parsons gets nod for Big Bang Theory, Sarah Paulson for Game Change, Tony Kushner nominated for writing screenplay for Lincoln

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association unveiled the nominations for its Golden Globe Awards on Thursday (13 December) and they included some nods for LGBT artists and characters.

Among them are Jim Parsons, the openly gay actor who stars on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. Parsons was nominated for best actor in a comedy or musical television series. 

Parsons won the Globe in 2011 and has also won two Emmys for his portrayal of the straight character of Sheldon Cooper.

December 13, 2012

James Parsons gets nod for Big Bang Theory, Sarah Paulson for Game Change, Tony Kushner nominated for writing screenplay for Lincoln

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association unveiled the nominations for its Golden Globe Awards on Thursday (13 December) and they included some nods for LGBT artists and characters.

Among them are Jim Parsons, the openly gay actor who stars on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. Parsons was nominated for best actor in a comedy or musical television series. 

Parsons won the Globe in 2011 and has also won two Emmys for his portrayal of the straight character of Sheldon Cooper.

November 15, 2012

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons and Neil Patrick Harris get nominations

Nominations for the 2013 People's Choice Awards were announced in Beverly Hills Thursday (15 November) but you won't find much in the way of LGBT representation in any of the 17 movie categories.

The closest would be a nod for Perks of Being a Wallflower in the category of Favorite Dramatic Movie. One of the leads is a out actor Ezra Miller and he plays a gay teen in the movie.

The television categories are a bit of a different story.

October 11, 2012

Gay Star News takes a look at 14 men and women who have inspired thousands to be honest about their sexuality

There is real power when a celebrity is honest about their sexuality or gender identity, as it lets thousands of young gay people know they are not alone.

So to celebrate Coming Out Day (11 October), GSN has gathered together the stories of 14 celebrities who shocked the world when they were revealed who they really are.

Ellen DeGeneres

When Ellen DeGeneres came out as a lesbian in 1997 on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and later on her sitcom, she didn’t work for three whole years.

July 19, 2012

Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner is nominated for the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award

Jim Parsons, the openly gay star of The Big Bang Theory, is up for a Primetime Emmy Award.

It was revealed the comedy actor, known for playing Sheldon on the CBS sitcom, was nominated for the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award today (19 July).

Previously nominated for the past three years, and winning the award in 2010 and 2011, Parsons is against stiff competition.

He is up against Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm, Don Cheadle for House of Lies, Louis C.K for Louis, Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, and Jon Cryer for Two And A Half Men.

July 19, 2012

Two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner is nominated for the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award

Jim Parsons, the openly gay star of The Big Bang Theory, is up for a Primetime Emmy Award.

It was revealed the comedy actor, known for playing Sheldon on the CBS sitcom, was nominated for the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series award today (19 July).

Previously nominated for the past three years, and winning the award in 2010 and 2011, Parsons is against stiff competition.

He is up against Larry David for Curb Your Enthusiasm, Don Cheadle for House of Lies, Louis C.K for Louis, Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, and Jon Cryer for Two And A Half Men.

June 22, 2012

Entertainment Weekly cover story shines spotlight on new quiet and effective ways to go public

It used to be that when a major star came out as gay, they got an entire magazine cover to themselves.

Ellen DeGeneres got the Time cover, Lance Bass and Clay Aiken got People covers and Sean Hayes was among the many stars to have gotten an Advocate cover.

In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly which hit newsstands Friday (22 June), eight openly gay celebrities share the cover for a 'special report' called The New Art of Coming Out.

May 23, 2012

Two-time Emmy winner confirms he has been in 10-year relationship

There was no Lance Bass or Clay Aiken-type People magazine cover for Jim Parsons who came out publicly near the end of a New York Times article on Wednesday.

The star of the highly-rated CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory was profiled as he is set to star on Broadway in the play Harvey and it states: 'Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship.'