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July 16, 2014

Tells GSN: 'There's no one else in my field who has done anything like this. This was my chance to break through and show 'em what I got'

He's billed as Frankie Valenti in the film Tiger Orange.

But from the first time his fans see him on screen, they will recognize him as porn star Johnny Hazzard whose titles include Wrong Side of the Tracks - parts 1 and 2.

While porn stars have generally been maligned for their lack of real acting chops, Hazzard has enjoyed solid reviews for his performance about two estranged gay brothers who struggle to reconnect after the recent death of their father.

July 15, 2014

They both ponder such questions as 'What does it mean to be gay? How gay am I? Does my voice sound gay?''

Portraying a gay video-game developer named Patrick on HBO's Looking has provided actor Jonathan Groff with a character that fits like a glove.

'The character felt close to me than anything I had ever worked on before,' he said during an appearance with castmates at Outfest in Los Angeles over the weekend.

So what do he and Patrick have in common besides the fact that they are both gay?

July 11, 2014

Honoree James Schamus joked that Oldman is known to 'have a very, very large mouth, but his heart is much bigger'

It was known that filmmaker James Schamus would be receiving the lifetime achievement award at the opening night of Outfest Los Angeles on Thursday but what was not known was who would be presenting it to him.

It turned out to be quite s surprise for the audience at the LGBT film festival: actor Gary Oldman who last month suffered severe backlash for defending Alec Baldwin's use of an anti-gay slur.

Oldman has since apologized in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and it appears all is forgiven since he was warmly received by the audience at the Orpheum Theatre.

July 10, 2014

Gets supporting actress nod for performance in Orange is the New Black

Laverne Cox has become the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category.

When nominations were ann0unced in Los Angeles this morning, Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black.

Her competition will include two OITNB co-stars (Natasha Lyonne ans Uzo Aduba) and a trio of established veterans: Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live), Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live) and Joan Cusack (Shameless).

July 8, 2014

Belgraves, a Thompson Hotel, in London inspires us to ditch thrifty at-home shenanigans and how to do a proper date, day out or dinner that will impress the pants off anyone

Yes times are tough. And yes, travel is expensive.

But I'm sure your home city has some amazing places you don’t know about, or have seen online, but have been too lazy to step away from Netflix to plan a visit.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles, New York, and now London, and I know there are millions of bars, restaurants and cool places to visit I never had the pleasure of taking a selfie in.

July 2, 2014

Out actor plays gay sidekick of 90210 alums on new ABC Family comedy Mystery Girls

Miguel Pinzon has filmed seven episodes of the new ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls and still can't believe he's working alongside Beverly Hills 90210 icons Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.

He describes the show as 'Scooby Doo meets AbFab.'

Garth and Spelling, of course, starred on the original 90210 from 1990-2000 and have reunited on a new show which premiered last week and airs its second episode tonight (2 July).

June 27, 2014

In her latest single, the singer is seen performing at Los Angeles Pride alongside drag queens and dancers

Demi Lovato has revealed her new music video for her latest single Really Don’t Care.

The singer is seen performing at Los Angeles Pride, alongside drag queens, leather pups and Cher Lloyd.

In the opening scene of the video, it features homophobic demonstrators.

You can hear Lovato shout: ‘You don’t have to hate, because my Jesus loves all!’

Perez Hilton and Travis Barker make guest appearances in the music video.

Earlier this week, the singer revealed her grandfather was gay and an early pioneer of the LGBTI rights movement.

June 10, 2014

True Blood star has celebrated Pride month by saying her marriage to a man is about love, not gender

True Blood star Anna Paquin has celebration LGBTI Pride Month with a tweet celebrating bisexuality.

The 31-year-old actress posted a message that included the pink and red marriage equality symbol.

‘Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love not gender,’ Paquin tweeted, alongside the Twitter handles for Equality California, the It Gets Better project and NOH8 Campaign.

The actress, married to True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, admitted she forgot it was Pride month in Los Angeles.

June 9, 2014

WWE superstar Darren Young, actor Wilson Cruz and trans actress Candis Cayne join local political officials and activists for event

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had special privileges at Sunday's LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood.

He had his own microphone.

So the mayor, a longtime staunch ally of the LGBTI community, kept a running commentary going as he road atop a convertible along Santa Monica Boulevard.

'Happy pride!' he would yell out if the crowd seemed a bit too subdued.

Garcetti also showed off his Spanish skills in a fun exchange with a trio of drag performers known as Chico's Angels who were serving as commentators.

June 9, 2014

Participants inspired by accomplishment but also saddened after one rider dies during her 13th year as a rider

Thousands of riders arrived at the finish line of the 545-mile AIDS LifeCycle in Los Angeles weary but jubilant Saturday (7 June) after completing a seven-day journey that had begun in San Francisco.

Their efforts resulted in a record $15 million being raised to support the HIV/AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

June 8, 2014

To mark June as gay pride month, Google now shows a rainbow banner when users do a search for gay and LGBT-related terms

The menu bar in the six colors of the rainbow – a symbol of gay pride – will also show up when a user searches using key words such as same-sex marriage, marriage equality, New York Pride and Los Angeles Pride.

The company has notably taken a high-profile stance in support of gay rights.

June 7, 2014

Adam Schiff writes in Facebook journal: 'I ride because I want to see an AIDS free generation'

A year ago, US Congressman Adam Schiff participated in the closing ceremonies of AIDS/LifeCycle during which he read movingly of the tradition of the 'Riderless Bicycle' which symbolizes those who are no longer alive.

The 53-year-old Democrat from California was so moved by the experience that this year, he decided to hop on a bike himself and pedal the 570-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The seven-day event is the annual fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

June 5, 2014

EJ Johnson: 'I don't know what it will take for parents to finally stop abandoning their kids just for being themselves'

The openly gay son of NBA legend Magic Johnson says he is able to be a confident man today because he had parents who stood by him when he came out as a teenager.

'I had no idea what a rare gift that was,' EJ Johnson writes in a Huffington Post column published this week.

June 4, 2014

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque commemorating the 1967 police riots at the Black Cat Tavern that ignited that city’s LGBTI community two years before Stonewall

The City of Los Angeles has unveiled a plaque marking the location of the 1967 Black Cat Riots – one of the earliest examples of America’s LGBTI community standing up for themselves.

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve in 1967 a group of plain clothed police officers infiltrated the Black Cat Tavern in Silverlake, a newly established gay bar, and began arresting and beating patrons for kissing.

The violence spread to the nearby New Faces bar, where police beat two bartenders unconscious, and erupted into a riot in the surrounding area.

June 4, 2014

Plaintiffs, lawyers, Chad Griffin, Dustin Lance Black and Rob Reiner among those on hand to celebrate The Case Against 8

They all made history together overturning California's Proposition 8 and on Tuesday (3 June) in Los Angeles, they reunited for the premiere of a documentary film about their journey.

Proposition 8 plaintiffs Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were joined at the event by lead attorney Ted Olson as well as Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Oscar winning producer Bruce Cohen, and actor-director Rob Reiner.

June 4, 2014

Robert Garcia achieves a trio of historic firsts in California city election

Robert Garcia made all kinds of history when he was elected mayor of Long Beach, California on Tuesday (3 June).

At 36, he's the youngest mayor ever and he's the first Hispanic elected to the city's top job.

Garcia is also the first openly gay mayor in the coastal city just south of Los Angeles. He had the high-profile endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

'Thank you, Long Beach!' Garcia wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday morning.

June 3, 2014

This weekend, I hope you enjoy my hometown’s impeccable weather, proximity to beaches, killer eateries and one hell of a gay scene

I envy every single person in LA this summer.

After living in London for over two years, I appreciate what London has that LA doesn’t, like proximity to Mediterranean beaches and an abundance of cider on tap.

That being said, we’re having trouble taking the LA out of the boy long after the boy has left LA.

Namely, we’re missing In-N-Out burgers, midnight drives to the beach and bars open past midnight.

June 3, 2014

This weekend, I hope you enjoy my hometown’s impeccable weather, proximity to beaches, killer eateries and one hell of a gay scene

I envy every single person in LA this summer.

After living in London for over two years, I appreciate what London has that LA doesn’t, like proximity to Mediterranean beaches and an abundance of cider on tap.

That being said, we’re having trouble taking the LA out of the boy long after the boy has left LA.

Namely, we’re missing In-N-Out burgers, midnight drives to the beach and bars open past midnight.

June 3, 2014

22 Jump Street actor does an Alec Baldwin and lashes out a photographer who had been following him

22 Jump Street actor Jonah Hill has lashed out at a photographer, calling him a ‘faggot’.

But he has immediately apologized, saying he regrets it and has called the slur he used ‘disgusting’.

The US actor had been followed and questioned by a paparazzo from TMZ in Los Angeles.

In an attempt to get him to leave, Hill shouted: ‘Suck my dick you faggot!’

TMZ published the video on its website, condemning him for using homophobic language.

Hill went on the phone to Howard Stern to explain the situation.

May 30, 2014

Paying tribute to Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and others Collins says: 'I hope my actions will make it easier for the next person to come out'

NBA player Jason Collins was among the LGBT leaders honored by the Los Angeles City Council on Friday as the city kicked off a month of pride celebrations and events.

'Thank you from the bottom of my heart,' said Collins, who became a Los Angeles resident last year. 'I'm very blessed to be here. I'm just inspired to be in such great company.'

Collins made history this spring with the Brooklyn Nets when he became the first player in his league to play while openly gay.

'I hope that my actions will make it easier for the next person to come out.'

May 30, 2014

Anger Management cast member tells GSN: 'I've like never been in the closet. I like open shelving'

On the TV sitcom Anger Management, Michael Arden plays a guy who is gay and happens to be passive-aggressive.

The character, named Patrick, is also the patient of an anger management therapist played by Charlie Sheen.

'I get to play a gay character which I love and get to be a guy who is bit of an asshole, a self-centered asshole,' Arden tells Gay Star News.

'I get to exercise that part of my make-up at work then my boyfriend doesn't have to deal with it at home.

May 27, 2014

'I certainly felt shamed from both sides. You should be who you are and proud'

When Evan Rachel Wood showed up earlier this month to perform at a benefit for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, she reflected on why she decided to publicly declare herself bisexual in 2012.

'There's this weird stigma about it and I'm hoping to kind of end that because soooooooo many people are bisexual,' she told Gay Star News in an interview. 'There are many of them out there.'

The 26-year-old actress is married to British actor Jamie Bell and was previously engaged to rocker Marilyn Manson.

May 27, 2014

Center will more than double number of beds for homeless LGBT youth and build 100 units of affordable housing for low-income seniors and young adults

The Los Angeles LGBT Center launched a $25 million campaign today to develop a revolutionary campus with affordable housing for youth and seniors.

Longtime supporter Lily Tomlin joined center CEO Lorri L. Jean at a press conference announcing the plans.

'The Center has always risen to the occasion for our community - relentlessly finding ways to build the health and strength of LGBT people when few others had the interest or ability to do so,' Jean said.

May 24, 2014

'To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved. Watch out. I have never thought of myself as a victim…I’ve said – a thousand times? – in print and on TV that everyone is bisexual'

US writer Gore Vidal was gay, but stubbornly refused to be defined by sexuality. There was no shame about his love life, but the author of The Best Man did not want to be pinned down with imprecise labels.

'To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved,' he said in a 1995 Advocate magazine interview. 'Watch out. I have never thought of myself as a victim…I’ve said – a thousand times? – in print and on TV that everyone is bisexual.'