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April 22, 2014

'I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering'

Mark Ruffalo's character of Ned Weeks is central to HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited film adaptation of Larry Kramer's play premiering next month.

The Oscar-nominated actor may not be gay, but the early days of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s are something he well remembers.

'I have a lot of compassion for the struggle of people and I was growing up during the AIDS epidemic and I saw how cruel and insensitive people were to these people suffering,' he said this week on HuffPost Live.

April 21, 2014

But director Ryan Murphy convinced the playwright that Bomer 'felt the ghosts' depicted in AIDS drama

Director Ryan Murphy felt right away that Matt Bomer was the perfect choice to portray Felix Turner in the long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart.

But he had to convince Kramer.

April 18, 2014

Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer are featured in biggest look yet inside movie adaptation of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play

HBO today released the first full trailer of its upcoming film The Normal Heart which shows stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer in dramatic and emotional scenes.

The film, which premieres on 25 May, is based on Larry Kramer's acclaimed play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

Roberts, who plays a doctor in the film, says in the film: 'I've never seen or heard of anything like this - it seems to be only happening to gay men.'

April 14, 2014

Joe Orton’s sexually loaded comedy was censored by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office for being too controversial for the ‘Swinging Sixties'

A 'psychopathic' murderer character in a play had his age raised by censors as gay sex was considered too shocking at the time, new research reveals.

Gay British playwright Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane, which first premiered in 1964, was forcibly changed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.

Emma Parker, a professor from the University of Leicester, came across several letters when she was researching for the 50th anniversary edition of the play.

April 1, 2014

CNN anchor relaxed and candid in wide-ranging interview

Anderson Cooper gave a candid, wide-ranging interview to radio host Howard Stern this week during which the CNN anchor revealed more personal details about his life than ever before.

Cooper talked about his days as a child model - a profession he entered at the age of 10 because he was worried about an impending financial collapse.

Between the ages of 10 and 13, he modeled for such brands as Macy's and Calvin Klein.

But that early career ended abruptly when he got propositioned by a male photographer who offered him $2,500 for sex.

March 31, 2014

Ghana’s former deputy speaker of parliament has said that people advocating for the rights of LGBTI people in Africa are carrying out ‘satanic’ works and that if children are allowed to be raised by same-sex couples they will grow up to be ‘miscreants’

Ghanaian retired MP Mike Ocquaye has called calls for the protection of LGBTI people in Africa ‘satanic attacks’ and has claimed that Africa’s traditional family system is being threatened by the West.

The former Deputy Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament claimed homosexuality was a foreign ‘abomination’ being pushed on Africa.

‘We consider this an abomination,’ Ocquaye told an anti-gay forum in Accra, according to GhanaWeb.

March 23, 2014

Inquest hears Ben Cowburn was showered with gifts by the gay celebrity before he committed suicide in 2010

A British teenager committed suicide after reportedly having an affair with a gay TV comedian, an inquest has said.

Ben Cowburn, 18 at the time of his death, committed suicide in December 2010 and an investigation has been attempting to find out the cause of his suicide.

Cowburn moved to London from his hometown of Truro, Cornwall to study at the Fashion Retail Academy when he met the comedian and they formed a relationship.

February 28, 2014

An 18-year-old teenager says his confidence is gone and utterly embarrassed after the attack

A British bisexual teen has spoken out after a brutal homophobic attack in Preston..

Richard Scott Kennedy, 18,  was on his own after a night out at the Evoke nightclub on 26 February, at around 3.30am.

The theatre student said he was violently assaulted by a group because of his sexuality, with the gang stomping on his face causing his teeth to go into his gums.

February 20, 2014

Award winning Nigerian author and poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has spoken out about the further criminalization of homosexuality in her homeland – calling it a victimless crime

Nigerian author and poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has criticized legislative efforts to further suppress the LGBTI community in Nigeria in an opinion piece for News Wire Nigeria published yesterday.

The prize winning novelist and poet wrote that the so-called ‘Jail All The Gays Bill’ was an anti-democratic measure and that Nigerian society needed to be able to accept difference.

February 19, 2014

When her character kissed another woman she was thinking' the Internet was going to explode ... I think Twitter is just going to like invert itself!'

ABC's Super Fun Night may or may not see a second season but it's first season certainly ends this week on a gay note.

Last week, the character of Marika, played by Lauren Ash, has discovered that she is a lesbian after a kiss from a straight girl named Kendall (Kate Jenkinson).

In the season finale tonight, she struggles to tell her close-knit group of equally socially awkward friends which includes series star Rebel Wilson of Bridesmaids fame in her first US series.

February 18, 2014

'I will no longer tolerate hate speech in the guise of Christian belief ... I have had enough of it, and I think the world has had enough of it too'

After best-selling author Anne Rice took to Facebook over the weekend to applaud the courage of actress Ellen Page for coming out publicly as a lesbian, the hate started pouring in.

February 14, 2014

Thomas Rob Smith, the acclaimed writer behind Child 44, will be penning the story of a gay spy love drama

An acclaimed gay author will be penning a new drama about a gay spy for the BBC.

Tom Rob Smith, the author of Child 44, will be writing the five-part hour long contemporary thriller London Spy.

The story will look at Danny, described as a ‘gregarious, hedonistic, but ill-equipped spy’ who falls for the ‘anti-social and enigmatic’ Alex.

But as they get closer, Alex disappears leaving Danny to pick up the pieces and track him down.

The drama will be going into production later this year and is expected to be lined up to air in 2015.

February 2, 2014

'This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers'

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an Oscar for his performance in Capote, is dead.

According to the New York Times obituary, the 46-year-old was discovered  in his New York City apartment, on the morning of 2 February, by a friend who was  worried about not being able to contact Hoffman.

January 11, 2014

In the 1990s, Emma Thompson wanted to make out with Michelle Pfeiffer; today Sandra Bullock is the one

If Emma Thompson were to play a lesbian, she knows who must play her love interest.

In an Advocate magazine interview, the Oscar winner confessed she has the hots for Sandra Bullock.

'I met Sandy Bullock at an awards thing a couple years ago, and she said to me, “If I were gay, you’d be the one.” I said, “I’m there,"' Thompson said.

December 18, 2013

Director of indie hit Don Jon has signed up to produce Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series.

US actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will produce a film based on the LGBT-inclusive comic book series Sandman.

The 'Dark Knight Rises' actor confirmed the project last night, expressing his delight at being involved in the project. 

He said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I'm incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN.’

Sandman, which ran for 75 issues from January 1989 until March 1996, has been applauded for having many LGBT characters.

December 17, 2013

Actor plays closeted Wall Street executive in denial about having the disease

Taylor Kitsch had a lot to learn.

The 32-year-old actor is one of the stars of HBO's upcoming film The Normal Heart based on Larry Kramer's play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

'I mean, look: I was born in ’81. I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic,' the actor tellsVulture.

The Friday Night Lights star says it was all a bit of a stretch.

December 16, 2013

British actors got the shock of their lives when they were asked to read out some erotic literature at a preview screening of season three

Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman read out gay erotic fan fiction based on their characters yesterday (15 December).

The British actors got the shock of their lives when they were given their scripts at the British Film Institute panel where the first episode of season three was previewed.

Panel host and feminist columnist Caitlin Moran surprised the bromance twosome.

As cameras were forbidden from the preview, there is no video of the dramatic reading.

November 26, 2013

Star of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and X-Men franchises went public at 49

It was 25 years ago that Ian McKellen went public about being gay and he did so then because a controversial anti-gay bill known as Section 28 was under consideration by the British parliament.

The bill, similar to Russia's anti-gay propaganda law except that it did not create a criminal offense, was eventually repealed 12 years later but McKellen never stopped speaking out for LGBTI equality.

November 21, 2013

Benjamin Deeds is a brand new superhero with the power to shape-shift into any person - man or woman - at will

Marvel has revealed a new gay, gender-bending superhero in the new instalment of the ‘Uncanny X-Men’ comic books.

Benjamin Deeds came out in the 14th issue released this week.

With the code name ‘Morph’, the high school student has the power to shape-shift his appearance – as well as his gender - at will.

Joe Taraborrelli, senior communications manager of Marvel Entertainment, said he hoped the character would continue the company’s rich tradition in storytelling.

November 7, 2013

Bisexual actress Saffron Burrows will play lesbian comic book character Victoria Hand in next week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – the first time an openly LGBT Marvel character has been portrayed on screen

Marvel Comics will have its first openly gay character portrayed on screen when actress Saffron Burrows plays openly lesbian character Victoria Hand in next week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.

Marvel made the announcement that Burrows would play Hand yesterday in a blog post with the first pictures of Burrows in the role.

November 6, 2013

Image features Chris Hemsworth cuddling with co-star Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston

Thor wrapping his big strong arms and hammer around a man?

That's the image on an unauthorized poster accidentally used at a Shanghai theater advertising this week's release of Thor: The Dark World.

Fans of the franchise knew something was amiss at first glance.

The superhero, played by Chris Hemsworth, would certainly never be so physically affectionate with his villainous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and their cuddle in the poster is more than brotherly.

November 6, 2013

LGBTI advocate with the highest grossing film total of all time once said he would never play gay or kiss a man on film 

Hollywood’s favorite cool, tough guy Samuel L Jackson is cast in what could be his first ever gay role.

The Django Unchained actor will star in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘Cell’.

The 64-year-old award-winner is expected to portray Tom McCourt, Deadline reports, who in the novel is a middle-aged gay engineer and former soldier who flees from Boston.

October 31, 2013

GSN honors some of the crazy/beautiful paranormals from TV and the big screen

Seduction is no less powerful if evil is behind it. In fact, it could be more intoxicating.

Certainly most of us can admit a morbid fascination with one character that was oh-so-bad in a show or movie, but yet oh-so-right for an innocent crush.

We may not confess to the obsessive behavior some of these actors perfectly played on-screen, but we’re sure that fans have obsessed over the brutality and beauty of these vampires, demons and monsters.

Here are our top 11 picks for the hottest bloodsuckers and spell-binders of the last few decades.

October 28, 2013

Marvel Comics writer Al Ewing has confirmed he intends to write Thor’s brother as a gender bending bisexual in the upcoming series Loki: Agent of Asgard

Marvel Comics’ Loki will be written as bisexual in 2014’s Loki: Agent of Asgard comic book series in line with Norse mythology.

The character’s sexuality was confirmed by writer Al Ewing on his blog Scream, Robot Scream! on 23 October in response to a fan query.

‘Yes, Loki is bi and I’ll be touching on that,’ Ewing posted.

‘He’ll shift between genders occasionally as well.’

In Norse mythology Loki is depicted as a cunning trickster who had the ability to change his shape and sex.