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April 16, 2014

Series stars As the World Turns alum Van Hansis and Mad Men cast member Kit Williamson  as gay couple in LA struggling with infidelity

The popular web series EastSiders is gearing up for production of a second season and producers have turned to  Kickstarter to raise the #125,000 needed to make it.

In less than two days, more than $15,000 has been raised with 33 more days to go.

The creative force behind the show as well as one of the leading men is Kit Williamson who is best known for his recurring role as Ed Gifford on Mad Men.

April 14, 2014

'I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one'

Three-time Grammy winner Debby Boone may be from one of the most famous Christian families in the US but she has become staunchly pro gay.

Boone, whose father is anti-gay singer and actor Pat Boone, attended the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday with lesbian friends and talked about her journey to becoming a Christian who embraces the LGBT community.

April 13, 2014

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o presents awards to winners who deliver emotionally rich acceptance speeches

Fresh off dominating the awards circuit for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o was on the presenting side of things at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (12 April) in Los Angeles.

Nyong'o was on hand to present the outstanding documentary award and told the crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel: 'I wanted to be here tonight in solidarity with this community.'

She then announced that there was a tie in the category between two very different but very acclaimed films: Bridegroom and Call Me Kuchu.

April 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

April 4, 2014

'We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time'

Danny Pintauro, who from 1984-92 co-starred on the tremendously popular ABC sitcom Who's the Boss,. became a married man on Thursday (3 April).

Now 38, Pintauro married boyfriend Wil Tabares in a ceremony held in the beach community of Dana Point about an hour south of Los Angeles.

'Everything went off without a hitch,' Pintauro tells Us Weekly. 'The wedding was terrific and everyone was so happy to be there. We had fun!'

April 4, 2014

Three of the eight victims of the Los Angeles invasive bacterial meningitis outbreak have died and all three who died were men who had sex with men

Three of the eight people who have contracted invasive bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles this year have died and all three were men who had sex with other men.

The announcement of the men’s death comes as Los Angeles County health officials ramp up calls for all men who have sex with men to get vaccinated against the disease – with free vaccines available for those without health care.

April 3, 2014

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging all men who have sex with other men to be vaccinated against meningitis regardless of their HIV status after a jump in cases in West and North Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is giving out free doses of the meningitis vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM) after four gay men came down with cases of invasive bacterial meningitis in the Hollywood area this year,

Bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, has been responsible for the deaths of at least seven gay men in New York since 2010 and at least another three in California and authorities are concerned about what may happen if there is a significant outbreak in Los Angeles.

March 31, 2014

Ellen Page will award the Orange is The New Black star who ‘reshaped the way Americans see transgender people’ with the award for trans activism

Actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards next month.

Cox was the first trans woman to produce and star in her own TV show, and will be presented the award by Academy award-nominated actress Ellen Page at a glitzy event held at the Beverley Hilton in Los Angeles.

Page, who recently came out at Time to THRIVE, an event promoting issues of the gay community, said in her speech that Cox was one of her inspirations.

March 26, 2014

The TV fitness trainer went public to help self-loathing contestant know 'it's okay to be gay'

When Bob Harper, a trainer on NBC's The Biggest Loser, showed up at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles on Saturday (22 March), it was a significant event in his life.

It marked Harper's first appearance at an LGBTI event since he came out publicly as a gay man on the show last fall.

He told Gay Star News on the arrivals carpet: 'I came here last year before I'd come out and I was asked, "Well I'm assuming that you're straight" and I'm like "Why would you assume that?"'

March 24, 2014

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, George Takei, Meredith Baxter and others thrilled with recent court rulings

The Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles took place over the weekend just hours after hundreds of same-sex couples had gotten married in Michigan.

A federal judge had overturned the state's gay marriage ban on Friday (21 March) leading to an immediate rush of marriages.

Even though the marriages were halted mid-day by an appeals court, that did not dampen the enthusiasm of celebrities as they arrived at the gala and chatted with Gay Star News about the latest legal victory.

March 24, 2014

HRC honoree Paris Barclay jokes that during Roberts' nomination hearing 'you did not see one, single picture of (him) in that wig. But I have them.'

When Paris Barclay accepted the Visibility Award over the weekend at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, he shared with the sold out crowd a high school memory that US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts would probably want forgotten.

It seems the two were classmates at an all boys high school long before their paths went in separate directions. Roberts ended up heading the highest court in the US and Barclay an Emmy winning director who is the first black and first gay president of the Directors Guild of America.

March 23, 2014

Biden also called on the US Congress to immediately pass ENDA – an anti-workplace-discrimination bill that has been introduced every year for the last 20 years but was never passed

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called on Congress to pass a bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and declared that the United States is committed to champion LGBT equality worldwide.

Delivering the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala held in downtown Los Angeles, the Vice President told the almost 1,000-strong audience that it's outrageous that the country is even debating the subject and it's 'close to barbaric' that in some states, employees can be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

March 17, 2014

Seeing AIDS Quilt unfurled in Washington DC 27 years ago made him realize the world did not know the stories of those who died

When Alec Mapa was presented with the Outfest Fusion Achievement Award in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the man known for making audiences laugh on shows like Ugly Betty and Half & Half couldn't help but get a little serious.

The actor and comic mentioned how Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry - who Mapa worked for on Housewives and the sitcom Some of My Best Friends - once said to him that on paper, his career was not supposed to exist 'and that it only existed through sheer force of will.'

March 11, 2014

Leaving TV series and Los Angeles behind, actor has stepped into high heels of East German transgender glam rock singer

Later this month, Neil Patrick Harris will make his final appearance as skirt chasing Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

But his new life has already began.

The actor, partner David Burtka and their two children have already moved from Los Angeles to New York City where Harris is deep into rehearsals for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

February 25, 2014

California School Success and Opportunity Act allows trans teens access to facilities of their choice and opportunity to play on sports teams

A group trying to repeal a new California law that seeks to protect and provide equal opportunity to transgender students has officially failed to qualify their referendum for the ballot.

California’s Secretary of State reported Monday that the repeal effort - led by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) group - did not have the 504,760 valid signatures that were needed to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

February 19, 2014

Mike Lannan tells Gay Star News: 'We're thinking about (stories) in preparation of getting picked up but we can't really work on it until we get that signal'

HBO's Looking, a dramedy about three gay best friends nagivating life and love in present day San Francisco, will air the sixth of its eight episodes on Sunday (23 February).

The show's creator, Mike Lannan, tells Gay Star News he's very hopeful there will be a second season of the show which has had far lower ratings than its lead-in show, Girls.

February 11, 2014

Annual event in LA has become one of hottest tickets on the LGBTI calendar and Gay Star News was there

Melissa Etheridge spent so much time on the arrivals line she didn't get into the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios until Darren Criss was almost done performing the opening number.

The singer was one of the last stars to arrive at the Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner on Saturday (7 February) - an event that in just a few short years has become one of hottest LGBTI events on the calendar.

February 10, 2014

Gay athletes and straight allies such as Jason Collins, Chris Kluwe, and Dave Kopay met with University of Missouri star

In just 24 hours, college football star Michael Sam has gone from largely unknown to the number one trending topic on Twitter.

The University of Missouri defensive end, considered a top NFL draft prospect, announced that he was gay in interviews with ESPN and The New York Times on Sunday (9 February).

It turns out his public announcement had been months in the making and he had the support of some of the most experienced people in this area.

February 7, 2014

'Die Mia, F**king Die in hell! Kill yourself, you deserve to die,' stated one threat on Mia Talerico's Instagram account

Los Angeles police are investigating online death threats being made against 5 year old Mia Talerico believed to be connected to her show on The Disney Channel featuring two lesbian moms.

Talerico, one of the stars of the sitcom Good Luck Charlie, began to receive threats on her Instagram account including one, according to TMZ, which stated to the: 'Die Mia, F**king Die in hell! Kill yourself, you deserve to die.'

January 31, 2014

Bisexual film star Alan Cumming’s Any Day Now sees him take on the role of dad to a disadvantaged kid. But the story about a gay family in the 70s raises issues still relevant today

‘We all have to care and love others,’ says beloved bisexual Hollywood actor Alan Cumming as he enthuses about his film Any Day Now.

It follows Cumming’s character Rudy as he and his boyfriend take disadvantaged and disabled teenager Marco (Isaac Leyva) under their wing in late 70s Los Angeles and form a family.

But 1978 is not ready for the idea of same-sex parents or alternative living arrangements and Rudy, his lover Paul (Garret Dillahunt) and Marco are isolated and insulted.

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 30, 2014

See who has been nominated for the GLAAD Media Awards this year

Lady Gaga and Dallas Buyers Club are among the nominees for the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards to take place later this year.

The prestigious awards celebrate the representation LGBT people and their stories in the media over 2013.

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis said ‘Since its inception 25 years ago, the GLAAD Media Awards have reshaped the news and entertainment industries, inspiring thoughtful and inclusive characters and plotlines that have driven equality forward.

January 12, 2014

Tells Gay Star News: 'People are happy and want to get married, why not? I don't understand where the resistance would be to be honest'

Michael Fassbender, a lock for an Oscar nomination for his performance in 12 Years a Slave, stopped to chat with Gay Star News during a dizzying weekend of award season events in Los Angeles.

The 36-year-old actor was asked about the ongoing battle over same-sex marriage that has been going on in the US - most specifically in Utah where a legal battle is taking place.

January 9, 2014

Glee star Chris Colfer also represents gays with a win for Favorite TV Comedy Actor

The people have spoken and they love Ellen DeGeneres - they really love her.

The stand-up comic who became a sitcom star then one of the most successful talk show hosts of all time won a record 14th People's Choice Award in Los Angeles on Wednesday (8 January) night.

'As a young girl growing up in New Orleans, if anyone would have told me I was going to win 14 People's Choice Awards, I ... I mean 12, yes. Thirteen? Maybe. But 14?' DeGeneres joked as she accepted her award.