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June 15, 2015

The taxi app is celebrating Pride month by fundraising for Its Get Better and posting messages for LGBTI youth on its social media

Taxi app firm Uber is one of the firms that have thrown their support behind Pride season in the US this year.

Over the weekend it ran a #RideWithPride promotion in two West Coast US cities to help raise awareness around the issues facing LGBTI youth.

The promotion was in conjunction with the It Gets Better project.

June 14, 2015

They kept their shirts on but parade goers went wild anyway

Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer surprised crowds at Sunday's Los Angeles Pride Parade in West Hollywood when they danced their way down Santa Monica Boulevard on a Magic Mike XXL float.

The participation of the two heartthrobs as well as co-star Adam Rodriguez had not been advertised but once parade goers realized who was on the float, they could barely contain themselves.

Their film about a group of male strippers on a road trip hits theaters in the US on 1 July. It is a sequel to the 2012 box office hit Magic Mike.

June 12, 2015

Jenner makes first public appearance since unveiling of Vanity Fair cover that has caused a sensation

It was a visit that wasn't supposed to be made public - at least until it aired this summer as part of Caitlyn Jenner's upcoming reality series.

But paparazzi captured a stylish Jenner, wearing blue jeans tucked into her black boots, emerging from a car and entering the Los Angeles LGBT Center for a visit this week.

She was accompanied by security and camera crews.

June 11, 2015

New figures show hate-motivated violence against transgender people rose 13%

Alejandra Leos was a 41-year-old transgender woman, fatally shot in Memphis, Tennessee in September last year.

Aniya Parker was a 47-year-old transgender woman, shot by a group of men in Los Angeles in October.

And Ashley Sherman was a 25-year-old transgender woman, found dead from a gunshot wound in Indianapolis again in October.

June 10, 2015

The Mayor of West Hollywood officiated at a mass wedding event for gay couples who had won a competition run on Chinese social media

Seven same-sex couples from China flew to Los Angeles earlier this week to enjoy something that they can only dream about at home: a marriage ceremony.

The weddings took place yesterday at 9am at the City Council Chambers in the local public library and were officiated by the Mayor of WeHo, Lindsey P. Horvath.

The couples had entered and won a ‘We Do’ competition run by gay social app Blued, in conjunction with Taobao – the Chinese equivalent of eBay. The prize was an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles to take part in the event.

June 9, 2015

Geng Le is the creator and CEO of Danlan and Blued – China’s leading gay web portal and social app

Seven same-sex couples from China have been flown to the US to take part in a mass wedding ceremony on the steps of the West Hollywood Library in Los Angeles this morning (9 June).

The event is taking place just ahead of the Los Angeles Pride festival commences.

The couples (pictured below) were chosen in a contest run by Blued, a social app owned by Danlan, China’s most widely-read gay web portal; in conjunction with Taobao – a mainstream website that has been dubbed China’s answer to eBay.

June 5, 2015

AIDS LifeCycle rider David Flanagan's son died two years ago at the age of 27 shortly after learning he was HIV-positive

David and Talana Flanagan’s son Josh was just 27 when he died only five months after being diagnosed HIV-positive.

That was two years ago.

While HIV/AIDS isn't the certain death sentence it once was, it can still kill and that's why Josh Flanagan's parents traveled from their home in a rural town in Texas to participate in this week’s 545-mile AIDS LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

'He was supposed to be here today so we're filling in for him and his partner,' the mom says. 'We're here to support him and try to heal.'

June 4, 2015

Anthony Interrante had to raise funds for 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle ride while stationed in Afghanistan

When this year's AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles kicked off last Sunday, U.S. Air Force Captain Anthony Interrante was among the riders.

He is pedaling 545-mile to raise money to fight HIV. Interrante managed to amass nearly $60,000 in pledges while working as a critical-care flight nurse stationed in Afghanistan.

How did the openly gay military man do it?

With the help of Grindr and Scruff which, it turns out, can be used for more than hooking up.

June 3, 2015

Actor-singer got his start on The Ed Sullivan Show

Jim Bailey, who rose to fame in the early 1970s as a female celebrity impressionist, died over the weekend.

He was 77 and died of complications from pneumonia.

Bailey specialized in performing in drag and was best known for his amazing impressions of the likes of Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Phyllis Diller.

June 1, 2015

'But we will continue to do our thing'

Empire creator Lee Daniels has said he and actor Jussie Smollett have received death threats for depicting a gay black man in the hip-hop drama.

Daniels made the revelation at an entertainment industry conference in Los Angeles on Sunday (31 May), the Wrap reported.

'I have to relate to these people honestly,' he said of the show’s diverse audience.

'That trash can scene? It happened.'

May 26, 2015

London based model, dancer and adult entertainer Tyson Tyler tells us why Istanbul was his most random vacation and how he plans to take the US by storm

Where do you call home?

Well, currently I call London home but to be honest I’ve moved around so much in the past couple of years I really don’t know where home is anymore!

We’ve come to stay. What should we do?

May 18, 2015

Comic Sarah Silverman also performs raunchy stand-up routine at benefit

The crowd at The Hollywood Palladium could not be contained any longer on Saturday night.

After remaining seated during a set by Sia, they left their seats and crowded around the stage once No Doubt took the stage at the An Evening With Women benefit which raised more than $700,000 for the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

The band fronted by Gwen Stefani performed Underneath It All, Simple Kind of Love, Magic’s In the Makeup, Don’t Speak and finally I’m just a Girl.

May 11, 2015

Tomlin heard 'purse nelly' but the Broadway legend was actually saying 'personally' in her thick Bronx accent

Before she became a household name on TV's Laugh-In, Lily Tomlin was on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and had a memorable meeting with Broadway legend Chita Rivera.

Rivera, who had starred on Broadway in West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie by then, was brought over to Tomlin by a publicist they both knew.

May 7, 2015

25,000 gay girls recently descended on Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and frolics – here, journalist Lauren Jow proves what happens in Vegas certainly doesn't stay in Vegas...

The decision to go to Dinah Vegas 2015 with my girlfriend days after she turned 30 was, like all the best Vegas decisions, a last-minute one.

We weren't planning on going, but a few days before the hedonism began I decided we should make a dash for it – scoring major girlfriend points in the process.

May 6, 2015

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May 1, 2015

The newly-engaged Mad Men star reveals all about his life on the road with fiancee John Halbach, from a gay cruise in Mexico to pool-hanging in Palm Springs

What's the most random destination you've visited?
We've driven across America twice and we took some interesting detours. I loved stopping in Deadwood and seeing the Badlands, and Route 66 is really fascinating and full of history. There are so many random corners of the country to explore.  

April 30, 2015

Emmy winner tells GSN:  'I think his relationships with women have been difficult at best'

Greg Rikaart has a wish for his character on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless.

'I want him to come out,' the actor told Gay Star News on the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Rikaart, who came out publicly as gay in 2013, has played the role of Kevin for 11 years and won a Daytime Emmy for his portrayal in 2005.

April 28, 2015

Sin City turns sapphic!

Las Vegas – ever the playground of straight people and unwanted male attention – transformed into a Sapphic Sin City last weekend.

Thousands of lovely lesbians and bisexual women from around the world converged for the fourth year of Dinah Vegas.

April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 13, 2015

The pair engaged in some sexy smooching for MTV Movie Awards 'kiss cam'

Nothing like a kiss cam at the MTV Movie Awards to bring out some same-sex attractions.

At Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, the evening's host, Amy Schumer, took a seat in the audience next to American hip hop model, hip hop artist, fashion designer and actress Amber Rose.

But she didn't just sit there.

When the MTV 'kiss cam' made the rounds, the two women began some sexy kissing that left a good impression on Rose.

April 9, 2015

Culture Club singer: 'If Marge Simpson met Dolly Parton and went dancing with Ziggy Stardust, it wouldn’t come close to what you’ll see'

Boy George is getting real - well, as real as reality television can be.

The Culture Club lead singer is teaming with producers of the reality franchises Real World, Project Runway and Keeping Up with the Kardashians for a series of his own.

He is promising big things in the docu-series which will chronicle his move from London to Los Angeles.

'If Marge Simpson met Dolly Parton and went dancing with Ziggy Stardust, it wouldn’t come close to what you’ll see,' he said in a statement Thursday (9 April).

April 8, 2015

KTLA's Sam Rubin: 'I don't care if Bruce Jenner is transitioning from one gender to another, one political party to another, one religion to another'

Longtime Los Angeles entertainment anchor Sam Rubin took to the air Tuesday (7 April) to blast ABC News for its plans to air a two-hour interview with Bruce Jenner later this month.

'You know what? I don't care if Bruce Jenner is transitioning from one gender to another, one political party to another, one religion to another,' Rubin said on the KTLA Morning News. 

April 2, 2015

Tells GSN he wants to see law student Connor Walsh 'vacationing on a sailboat in The Mediterranean'

Gay law student Connor Walsh must be exhausted.

During the first season of the breakout ABC hit How to Get Away With Murder, Connor participated in covering up the killing of his law professor's husband, had some steamy hook-ups with various hot guys, and found out the one guy he has actual feelings for is HIV-positive.

So what does actor Jack Falahee, whose portrayal of Connor has made him an instant star, want for his character next season?

April 2, 2015

The Glass Protégé explores the movie studios' obsession with image, money, and power.

My attention is easily grabbed by any play that carries a warning of 'very strong language and scenes of full-frontal male nudity', so I had been looking forward to seeing The Glass Protégé. After a six week run in Chicago, this new play from Dylan Costello had its London debut at the Park Theatre.