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December 17, 2014

Director Mark Christopher will present his original vision for 54 starring Ryan Phillippe at Berlin Film Festival

When the 1998 film 54 was released, writer-director Mark Christopher could not have been happy with what was on the screen.

In the film he originally delivered chronicling the rise and fall of Studio 54 - the famed NYC hotspot of the 1970s - Ryan Phillippe’s character was bisexual and Breckin Meyer's character also seemed ready to dabble in some man-on-man action.

Miramax, the studio that released the film, ordered 20-plus minutes of additional scenes to beef up a relationship between Phillippe’s character and a soap actress played by Neve Campbell.

December 12, 2014

And it might just surprise you

Listening to a gay person talking about how they want to get married is the best way of getting a former homophobe to change their minds, a new study has found.

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of California has found a gay person is far more effective than straight person in shifting voters' views towards supporting marriage equality.

December 10, 2014

Actor says of his Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks co-star: 'I thought, "How am I going to do this really until I get over my worship of her?"'

Cheyenne Jackson did not have a lot of time to prepare for his leading role in the film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday (12 December).

Four days to be exact.

Sean Hayes had to drop out of the film just before production was set to begin in Hungary. Filmmakers contacted the busy Jackson who also appeared in the films Love is Strange and The One I Wrote For You this year.

December 6, 2014

No arrests have been made in murder of 21-year-old Deshawnda Sanchez

The final moments of Deshawnda Bradley's life were spent frantically banging on the door of a stranger's Los Angeles home.

Before anyone could help the 21 year old, someone shot the trans woman to death in LA's Chesterfield Square neighborhood.

No arrests have been made in the early Wednesday (3 December) morning murder which has left the victim's family large devastated and the LGBTI community outraged.

December 4, 2014

Gay Star News catches up with naked calendar boys during whirlwind three weeks in US promoting campaign against homophobia

Los Angeles has been uncharacteristically wet and rainy this week but that hasn't dampened the spirits of the Warwick Rowers from the United Kingdom.

The British club famous for taking off their clothes to fight homophobia arrived in the US over the weekend for a three week promotional tour for their best selling calendar.

December 3, 2014

DJ extraordinaire shares her holiday memories – from LA and Tokyo to Moscow and Majorca

What has been your best holiday ever?
I always have a really good time in Los Angeles, but my best holiday ever was St. Lucia – although I didn't feel it was the most accepting place. I feel like if I had gone with a boyfriend it would've felt a bit weird.

I went by myself to DJ – the rest of the time I just lay on the beach. But it was a stunning place. I stayed at the [Boucan by] Hotel Chocolat, and the view was the best in the world.

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 15, 2014

'And I feel so sorry to say such things. You're so gay it hurts my feelings.'

Actress Amanda Bynes is caught on an audiotape rambling about killing her parents and making bigoted comments about a gay friend.

According to the Daily Mail, the tape was recorded by one of the actress' roommates as they drove around Los Angeles.

After making  threats against her family, Bynes attacks the sexuality of a friend.

November 14, 2014

During the attack, the suspects allegedly yelled anti-gay epithets and told the victim hopefully 'he learned his lesson'

Authorities in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a suspect in a late October anti-gay attack.

According to a press release, on 28 October deputies were called to Mall Boulevard and Petaluma Road in Victorville, California (located approximately 2 hours away from Los Angeles).

November 13, 2014

'To say I'm devastated barely touches how I feel'

A 'devastated' Boy George announced on Facebook today that 'serious issues' with his throat have forced Culture Club to cancel both its US and UK tours.

The singer says he's been having trouble with his voice for a few months now but had attributed it to tiredness and pressed on with his commitments.

When he finally saw a top throat doctor in Los Angeles, it was discovered that he has a polyp on one of his vocal chords which has hemorrhaged. Another vocal chord is 'unusually enlarged' and won't close properly when he sings.

November 13, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

November 11, 2014

Takei says of Hunter: 'He was blond and gorgeous ... he was a dreamboat'

George Takei picked 1950s movie heartthrob Tab Hunter to present an award to him and his husband, Brad, over the weekend at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th anniversary gala.

The reason?

'When I was a teenager, Tab Hunter was my heartthrob,' Takei told the audience as the couple accepted the International Vanguard Award.

'He was blond and gorgeous - he was a dreamboat.'

Hunter, 83, had earlier told Gay Star News that he was making his first-ever appearance at a major LGBTI event.

November 11, 2014

Closeted during his days starring in Damn Yankees and other films, Hunter came out publicly as gay in 2005

There was a time when Tab Hunter would not want to be seen at an event like the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 45th anniversary gala.

But there he was over the weekend, front and center, presenting an award to George Takei and enjoying a standing ovation from the audience.

The star of the classic movie musical Damn Yankees told Gay Star News he was attending his first high-profile LGBTI event even though he had come out publicly in his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

November 10, 2014

Star of new sitcom The McCarthys spent years trying to avoid the family business

Now that a few episodes of the CBS sitcom The McCarthys have aired, it's clear that lead Tyler Ritter is a chip off the old block.

The young actor not only looks very much like his late father, Three's Company star John Ritter, he also seems to have inherited some of his comic timing and onscreen charisma.

But the younger Ritter told Gay Star News Monday (10 October) that he fought for years against following in the footsteps of his dad and his older brother, Jason Ritter, who has starred in several TV series.

November 7, 2014

A US study has quizzed lesbian moms 18 years after they received fertility treatment to ask them if they were satisfied with the choices they made regarding known or unknown sperm donors

If you’re a woman who is planning to become pregnant through sperm donation, and dependent on where you live, you have three choices with regards to the type of donation that you use: known donor, open-identity donor, or unknown sperm donor.

A known donor may be a friend or distant acquaintance, or someone that you have been introduced to with the specific aim of creating a child.

An open-identity donation comes from a donor who you have probably never met, but who is happy for his identity to be known.

November 6, 2014

Heartbreak and grief drove this gay man into marriage with a woman which, in turn, led to him becoming a father. Then he came out to his wife … and she came out to him

Gay dad Azul Terronez became a parent when he was married to a woman.

He’d actually fallen in love with another man when he was a teenager, but, tragically, when Azul was just 19, the man he still refers to as ‘the love of his life’, killed himself.

‘It was easy to move on and let go because I didn’t want to be hurt again, and the woman I married was my best friend and she knew how much I hurt and she accepted me.’

November 5, 2014

Bros Before Hos focuses on a gay man and his two straight brothers

HBO is developing a new comedy about three black brothers navigating love in Los Angeles, one of whom is gay.

Bros before Hos was written by Ben Cory Jones (Hand of God) and is based on his experiences as a gay black man with his straight brothers.

The synopsis reads, 'The series is a semi-autobiographical comedy about three brothers, two straight, one gay, each dealing with modern-day issues in Los Angeles while trying to find love, but screwing shit up along the way.'

November 3, 2014

'Today’s generation of young adults have never known the ravages of AIDS as some of us have'

Tom Ford, the fashion designer who has also become an acclaimed film director, does not want today's younger gays to let their guards down when it comes to HIV and AIDS.

While receiving the Award of Inspiration at amfAR Inspiration Gala last week in Los Angeles, Ford shared his harrowing memories of being a young gay man in New York at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

Ford, 53, shared how he had moved to Manhattan in 1979 just before his 18th birthday to study art history at New York University.

October 24, 2014

A thriving gayborhood, east-facing beaches, the World AIDS museum and LGBTI-specific retirement homes are just a few reasons Fort Lauderdale deserves your attention

As we clutch our imaginary pearls every time we hear of a favorite gay bar closing in New York and Los Angeles, we also have reasons to throw our handbags in the air: New gay-owned and gay-friendly businesses are opening up in Fort Lauderdale every day, and with good reason.

Fort Lauderdale, a popular destination with LGBTI visitors since the 1970s for the region’s tropical climate and laid-back locals, is a city where the demand for LGBTI business is booming.

October 23, 2014

Big Brother alum says of sister Ariana Grande: 'We champion each other - we always have each other's backs'

Frankie Grande was on the opening night red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of Pippin Wednesday (22 October) evening when he shared with Gay Star News that he himself would be in a musical soon.

The Big Brother alum said he will be stepping into the role of Franz in the current Broadway production of Rock of Ages starting 10 November through 19 January.

'I've been in for the role, I've had three final callbacks for this part. I've been auditioning for it for the past five years - everyone knows how passionate I am about it,' he said.

October 11, 2014

'From what we’ve been told by witnesses, it appears … that it may be a robbery gone bad'

Authorities in Los Angeles are offering a $50,000 (39,000) for information about the 2 October murder of a transgender woman.

Earlier this month, 47-year-old Aniya Parker was shot in the head trying to escape from three men near Kenmore and Melrose Avenues.

According to KTLA 5, a local news station, security video from local businesses shows the victim and suspects in a dispute.

October 10, 2014

Reflecting on ABC’s latest comedy show, Rev. Irene Monroe thinks there’s a fine line to tread between reflecting reality and causing offence…

The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy Black-ish, aired last week, left its LGBTQ viewership ‘black and blue.’

‘It looks a little gay,’ Pop (the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne) casually told his son Dre – short for Andre – while he was stretching to prepare for his talk with his son about the ‘birds and the bees.’

October 6, 2014

Talk show host finds out couple has been together only a year and jokes: 'That's fast!'

For the second time this year, a Florida couple traveled to the Los Angeles area to be in the audience for a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

What one of the men did not know was that his boyfriend of one year was going to propose marriage to him in front of Ellen's studio audience with the talk show host in on the plan.

After her show was through taping for the day, Ellen - seemingly at random - called a couple named Benjamin and Justin down to the stage just to see if they had anything to say.

Benjamin had plenty.