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March 19, 2015

Guy Wilson had to shift gears when his character of Will Horton cheated on his husband

A year ago, the characters of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis got married on NBC's Days of Our Lives - a first for a male couple on a US daytime soap.

The couple remains front-and-center in the fictional town of Salem but many things have happened on their way to happily ever after.

It all began to unravel when Will (played by Guy Wilson) left town for a writing job and Sonny's ex-boyfriend - a pro baseball player named Paul Narita - arrived in town for shoulder surgery.

March 18, 2015

'What if I don't like the kid? What if it turns out that it's not as cute as I wanted or as talented?'

Ellen DeGeneres said Tuesday she'd like to have kids - but not enough to actually become a parent.

DeGeneres appeared on The Today Show as executive producer of the NBC sitcom One Big Happy about a lesbian who has a child with her straight male best friend.

DeGeneres said of potential parenthood: 'I love kids. But that's such a big commitment. And it seems long-term. It seems like a commitment that you have to stick with.

March 10, 2015

Figures in support of marriage equality have almost doubled since 2004
 

Three in five Americans now support same-sex marriage, a new survey has revealed.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows figures have almost doubled to 59% since 2004, when only 30% of Americans were in favor of gay people getting married.

Conducted by Republican Bill McInturff and top Democratic consultant Fred Yang, the survey reveals a changing attitude towards supporting gay marriage in America.

The biggest change in opinion was that of Republicans whose support has risen to 40%, from 27% only two years ago.

March 8, 2015

'Kind of like how in that last sentence, Carson went in as a neurosurgeon and came out as a complete idiot'

Public figures, who make dubious claims about sexuality and prison, should not be surprised when mocked on Saturday Night Live.

Dr Ben Carson was gleefully teased in last night's, 7 March, Weekend Update segment of the NBC show.

Early last week, the potential 2016 candidate for the White House insisted, in a CNN interview, that homosexuality is 'absolutely' a choice and prison sex is the proof of the theory.

February 25, 2015

The freelance writer and journalist says that negative stereotypes can still lead to gay people being regarded as frivolous, lightweight or not serious enough for certain jobs

Starting in the 1990s, programs such as MTV’s ‘The Real World’ and NBC’s ‘Will and Grace’ helped portray gay men in a non-threatening light, and normalized the reality of being gay for millions.

At the same time, however, shows like these, and those that have followed, portrayed gay men as frivolous, irresponsible and more likely to party hard than work.

Yes, we make the masses laugh, but at our own expense.

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

February 5, 2015

NBC News anchor falsely claimed he was in a helicopter forced down during US invasion of Iraq

Rosie O'Donnell is buying none of NBC News anchor Brian Williams' explanation for why he falsely claimed to be on a helicopter that was forced down by rocket-propelled grenade fire during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003.

'It’s a blatant lie. It’s a Lance Armstrong lie,' O'Donnell said on Thursday's edition of ABC's The View.

Armstrong is the disgraced former Tour de France champion who for years denied using performance enhancing drugs only to later admit he had.

January 16, 2015

Says it is 'only fair to have the same rights as everybody else, then it’s a wonderful world'

Ellen DeGeneres was appearing before TV critics in Pasadena Friday when news broke that that US Supreme Court was taking on four gay marriage cases this term.

'It’s about time,' DeGeneres said from a stage in Pasadena where she was talking up the NBC sitcom One Big Happy during the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

DeGeneres, who married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 added: 'The thing that changed the civil rights movement was when white people got involved and started marching. We need everyone on our side.

January 8, 2015

Character of Will Horton has sex with his husband's ex-boyfriend

Viewers of the NBC soap Days of Our Lives have been bracing themselves for the character of Sonny Kiriakis to sleep with his ex-boyfriend - closeted pro baseball player Paul Narita.

But Sonny's husband Will beats him to it in today's and Friday's episodes of the show.

It's an unexpected twist that even took the actors on the show by surprise.

December 15, 2014

'I feel like I’m representing a whole community ... it is a lot of pressure'

At the young age of 28, Andy Mientus is already set to make some television history.

The actor, who was a regular during the second season of NBC's Smash until his character was killed off, will debut next month as Pied Piper on TV's The Flash.

The Pied Piper (aka Hartley Rathaway) will be the first openly gay supervillian to be featured in a comic book TV show or movie, according to Variety.

December 10, 2014

Freddie Smith to be sentenced in February for  felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence

US soap opera star Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a car crash in Ohio that left his girlfriend seriously injured.

Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, entered pleas of guilty this week to charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence, according to the Associated Press.

Smith will be sentenced on 18 February.

November 17, 2014

Actor plays gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of our Lives

Actor Freddie Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, has been charged with drunk driving.

The 2013 Emmy nominee was involved in a serious car crash last month in Ohio when he lost control of his car early on Route 84 in Kingsville Township.

Smith suffered minor injuries but his girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, was critically injured and trapped in the overturned car. She and had to be airlifted to a local hospital.

She is now recovering from her injuries.

November 14, 2014

The pair have forged strong bromance on NBC's The Voice

There's no denying that Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Country music star Blake Shelton have a close relationship.

Their chemistry and mutual affection for each other is apparent to anyone who watches them each week as mentors on NBC's The Voice.

But does Shelton want to take things a step further?

Levine, last year's People Magazine sexiest man alive, seems to think so.

'He's sexually attracted to me. He wants to have sex with me for sure,' Levine said Thursday (13 November) on Conan O'Brien's late night talk show.

October 29, 2014

David Burtka had wanted to be on the first season of show but Harris nixed offer

Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka are going to guest star on the smash FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show.

TVLine reports that Harris will appear in the final two episodes of the season as a chameleon salesman. Burtka will be in the season finale in part of the storyline involving a batty chanteuse played by Emmy winner Jessica Lange.

October 27, 2014

Show is based on UK series Saturday Night Takeaway but won't air on Saturday nights

Less than a year after How I Met Your Mother left the air, Neil Patrick Harris has booked his next TV gig.

The recent Tony winner will host the US version of the UK series Saturday Night Takeaway for NBC.

Ten episodes of the show have been ordered but they will not air on Saturday nights. The US version does not yet have a title and will be produced by the UK-based ITV.

October 7, 2014

Freddie Smith lost control of his car in Ohio - passenger in critical condition

Actor Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny Kiriakis on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, has been injured in a car accident that has left his female passenger in critical condition.

Smith was driving and Alyssa Tabit a passenger when he lost control of his car early Tuesday (7 October) on Route 84 in Kingsville Township, Ohio.

October 1, 2014

LGBTI media advocacy group announces networks must include transgender characters to receive an 'Excellent' grade from next year

GLAAD has issued a record 'Excellent' grade to three TV networks this year.

With shows such as Modern Family, The Fosters and Looking huge hits, the US LGBT media advocacy organization has looked backwards at the previous season and rated the networks on their LGBT-inclusive content between June 2013 and May 2014.

They have also released the Where We Are On TV report, analyzing the scripted characters in the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

ABC Family, HBO and MTV have earned 'Excellent' this year.

September 29, 2014

Explains game called: How Much Money Would You Go Down on a Guy For?

The Weekend Update segment of the 40th season premiere of NBC's Saturday Night Live had the show's 'resident young person,' Pete Davidson, posing this provocative question: 'How much money would you go down on a guy for?'

Davidson goes on to to make a convincing argument about why being paid $1 million to go down on a guy 'is a steal.'

'I hope he starts at $1 million - I would do it for like $3,000 if I had to be honest with myself,' Davidson says with a big toothy smile.

September 17, 2014

'The guy’s such a stud. I met him once playing golf and couldn’t stop shaking his hand ... we had five good seconds of eye lock'

David Walton, star on the NBC comedy About a Boy, says NFL quarterback Tom Brady is an even bigger crush for him than Tom Cruise or Ryan Gosling.

The actor is straight but thinks sexuality is on a continuum 'with 1 being the strictest hetero and 10 being a gay person who’d vomit thinking about sleeping with the opposite sex.'

Walton says he's a 3 but tells The Advocate there are a few men who could cause the number to grow.

September 17, 2014

They were always there for each other. But were they there for you?

Friends is 20 years old. And it is still as popular as ever. On one TV channel, somewhere in the world, people are probably going commando, drinking coffee and asking 'How you doing?'

But while the hugely successful NBC sitcom is loved by many all over the world, it has its critics - especially LGBTI critics.

One video editor, Tijana Mamula, watched all 10 seasons of Friends to compile all of the gay jokes into one 50 minute video. And, to an extent, it does show how much homophobia and transphobia is in the show.

September 16, 2014

It happens, sort of, in brilliant new video mash-up Golden is The New Black

Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia are nowhere to be seen in a new video mash-up to the classic theme song of the legendary NBC sitcom The Golden Girls.

Instead, we have Orange is the New Black's Piper, Galina, Nicky and Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren who actually urinates during the song. That's something you would never have seen any of The Golden Girls do.

Well, maybe Sophia.

September 14, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend?'

This past week a gay couple in Philadelphia was attacked by a group of men and women.

According to the site Philly.com, on 11 September two victims, both in their late 20s, were walking near 16th and Chancellor Streets (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).

September 14, 2014

'Is this your faggot boyfriend?'

This past week a gay couple in Philadelphia was attacked by a group of men and women.

According to the site Philly.com, on 11 September two victims, both in their late 20s, were walking near 16th and Chancellor Streets (located in the Center City neighborhood of the city).

September 11, 2014

Singer is promoting her latest album, Partners, to be released next week

The last time Barbra Streisand appeared on NBC's The Tonight Show, John F. Kennedy was president of the US, The Beatles hadn't yet come to America and albums were only being released on vinyl.

Now, more than 50 years later, Streisand will return to the show which has been hosted by Jimmy Fallon since February.

The 72-year-old music legend and gay icon has an ulterior motive: she is promoting the release of her latest album, Partners, which comes out a day after her appearance on 15 September.