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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.

March 28, 2015

Says one survivor: 'They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity'

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help 'troubled' youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

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 19, 2015

Originally from Argentina, the actor/model now calls West Hollywood his home

Actor and model Pablo Hernandez is best known as one of the faces of the Andrew Christian underwear campaigns.

Born in Argentina and with a family heritage that traces back to Spain and Lebanon, Hernandez is now a firm fixture of West Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Hernandez loves the camera, and clearly enjoys sharing his travels and adventures through the Vines that he posts to his social media channels.

We recently caught up with this frequent flyer to share some travel stories.

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).