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March 24, 2015

Performer blackmailed wealthy man out of $500,000 and an Audi

Gay porn star Jarec Wentworth was arrested earlier this month by undercover FBI agents for extorting a wealthy man out of more than $500,000.

Wentworth, real name Teofil Brank, threatened to expose details of the unnamed victim’s embarrassing 'sexual liaisons' on social media if he did not meet his demands.

Brank, 26, is a performer for Sean Cody and Men.com and played a detective in a recent role.

March 24, 2015

The association for legal professionals will be throwing an afternoon of celebrating and networking at the W hotel in Los Angeles

Work in the law? Will you be in or around California this weekend? If so, The LGBT Bar – the US-based professional networking and advocacy group – are hosting a poolside event in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon (29 March).

Legalitea is described as ‘An LGBT Bar V.I.P experience’, bringing together top attorneys, firms, corporations and law students. It will take place at the W Los Angeles between 1 and 4pm.

March 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

March 20, 2015

From the archives of the Athletic Model Guild comes a unique insight into today's gay identity

The Athletic Model Guild was a publishing and production house that operated in Los Angeles in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s.

The creative force behind the Athletic Model Guild was Bob Mizer.

Mizer created magazines and short films. Although some, such as the groundbreaking Physique Pictorial, masqueared as publications for budding body builders, the real purpose was to serve as erotica for men who were aroused by other men.

March 19, 2015

Betty DeGeneres: 'She's not putting on an act'

Betty DeGeneres knows where she is going to be just about every weekday.

The 84-year-old mother of Ellen DeGeneres is on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank watching her daughter tape her wildly popular daytime talk show.

'I watch it every day. I go to the show and the next day I'll watch the show that I was at,' she told Gay Star News at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend.

'I don't miss it. Are you kidding? And then when it's reruns all summer I'll watch that too.'

March 17, 2015

Scandal producer receives HRC award for her portrayal of LGBTI people

Shonda Rhimes has said she is not diversifying TV, she is 'normalizing' it.

The producer was honored with an Ally for Equality award at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner on Saturday (14 March) for her 'groundbreaking portrayals of LGBTI people' in Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

'I really hate the word "diversity,"' she told the crowd. 'It suggests something other. As if it is something special. Or rare.

March 16, 2015

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin had nothing but good things to say about Larry Kramer despite the legendary activist and author's blasting of HRC in a recent interview.

'Larry is a real hero to me and I have great, great respect for him,' Griffin told Gay Star News at the HRC Dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday (14 March). 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer.'

March 15, 2015

LA event draws Lena Dunham, Matt Bomer, George Takei, Maria Bello, Sara Ramirez and Guillermo Diaz among others

When word got out that Mariah Carey would be performing at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles, the event quickly became a sellout.

The crowd of 1,200 had to wait until the very end of a long, star-studded evening, before the Grammy winner was introduced by Empire star Jussie Smollett.

'I don't know how to explain how much I love this woman ... she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time,' said Smollett who came out publicly as a gay man earlier this month.

'I'm about to pee myself,' he admitted. 'She's right there.'

March 14, 2015

Lawmaker may have violated rules by not disclosing photographer and videographer Jonathon Link was on trip

It used to be that Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois, was in the news far more his impressive physique than any legislation he championed.

But in recent weeks, the former Men's Health cover man has been embroiled in a string of controversy involving his spending on such things as private jets and interior decorating.

The latest headache involves an official trip to India last summer accompanied by a photographer and videographer named Jonathon Link (pictured below) whose travel expenses were covered by The Global Poverty Project.

March 12, 2015

Gossip reports went crazy after the 16-year-old told rapper Tyler The Creator on Twitter: 'I Think Im In Love With You'

Will Smith's rep is being forced to deny son Jaden is gay.

The Focus star's team responded to the questionable rumors after gossip columnists read too much into a tweet.

One site alone, Media Take Out, reported: 'IT HAPPENED!!! Will Smith’s Son Jaden Smith Comes OUT OF THE CLOSET… He Admitted On Twitter… That He’s GAY!!!'

What had actually happened was Smith sent a tweet directed at Tyler the Creator.

He said: 'I Think Im In Love With You, I Don’t Know I’m Still Figuring It Out But In The Meantime, Happy Birthday.'

March 11, 2015

The Williams Institute says that hundreds of thousands of LGBT employees in the Sunshine State are vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace

A new report published by the Williams Institute in Los Angeles has concluded that – in the absence of explicit statewide legal protections – approximately 328,000 LGBT workers in Florida are vulnerable to employment discrimination.

The situation in Florida is a mirror on the wider legislative situation across the rest of the US – with some states prohibiting employment discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and others not.

March 10, 2015

She is 'going to be running to the tape' until end of her third and final term

Houston Mayor Annise Parker can't run for a fourth term next year due to term limits but she is making clear that she intends to make the most of her time left in office.

'I'm going to be running to the tape as mayor. Cities are 24-7 operations and I have a lot left to do,' Parker told Gay Star News during a chat at the recent Family Equality Council dinner in Los Angeles where Parker was an honoree.

March 6, 2015

Costumer. Couturier. Corsetiere. Knitting boy next door.

How long have you lived in LA?

I'm a native! I grew up in Glendale, work in downtown, and go to school at UCLA, so I travel all around the city and see a great deal of different neighborhoods, climates, and interesting locales each day.

What's some of the best things about living in LA?

The culture is incredible. There are so many interesting examples of art, architecture, style, fashion, and design. The variety of people makes for a unique environment and exciting gastro-adventure. And of course there's the weather!

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

March 5, 2015

No T, No Shade, No Pink Lemonade... Gay Star News speaks with the first contestant to leave Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race.

We are off and racing as Season 7 of RuPaul's smash-hit drag queen reality show gets away. We caught up with the first contestant to leave the show – Tempest DuJour from Tucson, Arizona.

What did it feel like to watch the first episode of RPDR S.7?

March 4, 2015

'The audience does laugh at her and I think that would be hard for her'

Michael Urie was not offended when Barbra Streisand did not come to see him play her in the play Buyer & Cellar during its run in Los Angeles last year.

In fact, he was glad.

It's a completely fictional tale about a completely fake person who works in the absolutely real basement mall at Streisand’s house and Urie actually portrays the diva in a few scenes.

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.

February 26, 2015

IGLTA praises Caribbean island's efforts to embrace LGBTI tourists

Curaçao is to be given a 'Destination Pioneer' award by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). 

February 20, 2015

Gag on their eleganza inside

The red carpet was rolled out for the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race season 7 last night (18 February) at the Mayan club in Los Angeles.

All the queens served their best Hollywood glamor realness the red carpet but which queen slayed the red carpet the hardest?

Season 7 starts on Logo TV on 2 March.

See photos from the premiere below:

February 18, 2015

The next project of the German-born director of Independence Day and Stargate will be a drama on the 1969 Stonewall riots

Writer-director Roland Emmerich is to be honored at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles. He will be presented with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actor Channing Tatum.

Openly gay, German-born Emmerich has helmed some of Hollywood’s biggest hits in recent years.

Relocating to the US in the early 90s, his credits include Stargate, Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. He directed Tatum – who is soon to wow audiences in the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Magic Mike – in 2013's White House Down.

February 11, 2015

'I keep spontaneously crying - I started crying in the shower this morning'

Sam Smith brought his four newly-won Grammys with him when he paid a visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show in an episode that aired Tuesday (10 February).

On the show, taped on Monday, Smith shared that he was operating on very little sleep after getting home at 6:30 am after partying until the wee hours.

But before heading to a private party his record label threw, the British singer headed to an In & Out Burger in Los Angeles with his family to celebrate his wins for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.

February 9, 2015

Jenner was traveling north on the Pacific Coast Highway when the accident occurred

Police authorities are considering issuing warrants for the drivers involved in Bruce Jenner's car accident.

The Olympic gold medalist was part of a 3 car incident yesterday, 7 February, that left one woman dead and injuries to seven.

February 9, 2015

Is up for a total of six awards

Sam Smith did not have to wait long to become a Grammy winner on Sunday (8 February).

In the first award presented during the live telecast, Smith won the Grammy for Best New Artist.

Smith won over fellow nominees Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Brandy Clarke and Haim.

It is one of six categories Smith is nominated for including Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

Prior to the televised ceremony in Los Angeles, Smith chatted with Entertainment Tonight and described the event as 'a celebration of the last year and a half.'

February 9, 2015

Openly gay singer's wins include Record of the Year and Song of the Year

Sam Smith took home both the Record of the Year and Song of the Year prizes for his song Stay With Me at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (8 February).

The openly gay singer also won for Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour and was voted Best New Artist. Overall, he won in four of the six categories he was nominated in - more than any other artist this year.