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February 24, 2015

Colfer: 'What I think is groundbreaking is the response that our characters got'

They met in high school, fell in love, moved to New York City then back home to Ohio.

Along the way, Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson lost their virginity to each other, broke up, made up, broke up, dated others then got locked into a fake elevator together.

Last Friday on TV's Glee, the fictional gay couple widely known as Klaine got married.

They surprised everyone - including viewers - when they exchanged vows during a double same-sex wedding where fellow high school sweethearts Santana and Brittany also got married.

February 24, 2015

Cristhian Escobar travels to Mexico and follows in the footsteps of the Mayan kings

The sacred Tulum Maya ruins rest majestically on top of a 39 foot (12 metres) bluff overlooking the emerald and sapphire waters of the Caribbean Sea. This is where Mayan kings worshipped the dawning sun, Zama.

February 20, 2015

What's life like for a modern gay guy in New York City? Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and Fire Island are your go-to neighbourhoods.

He lives in New York City. He loves fashion. He works hard at the gym. He loves to party. Michael Massetti could be the poster boy for a lot of aspirational gays around the world. We spoke with him recently and asked for his local's guide to living in the city that never sleeps.

When did you move to New York City?

I've lived here since august 2011 and I've stayed because I love the opportunities the city constantly gives me.

Best gay bar?

February 20, 2015

'One day I just walked into the office and I quit ...  I had just reached a point where I was like, "I can't fucking do this anymore"'

On HBO's Girls this season, Andrew Rannells' character of Elijah does something very impulsive when he decides to follow Hannah (Lena Dunham) from New York City to Iowa.

So has Rannells, in real life, every done something similarly impulsive?

It turns out he did back in 2004 when he was an unknown and working for a company that made Pokemon and other anime cartoons.

February 17, 2015

Follows Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell in current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Darren Criss will next play the title character in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

It was announced today that the Glee star will replace John Cameron Mitchell beginning 29 April for a limited 12-week run at the Belasco Theatre in New York City.

Criss will be the latest in a growing list of high-profile performers to tackle the role of a transgender punk rock singer who is the victim of a botched sex-change operation.

February 11, 2015

New Orleans woman is shot multiple times and misgendered by police

Penny Proud is the fifth transgender woman of color to be murdered in the US so far this year.

Proud, 21, was shot multiples around 1.30am yesterday (10 February) at an intersection in New Orleans and pronounced dead at the scene, according to a police statement that misgendered the victim.

LGBTI youth of color organization BreakOUT! was already in the process of releasing a statement on the recent murders when the news broke.

February 11, 2015

Writer/director Ira Sachs talks exclusively with Gay Star News about his inspirations and influences that shaped this delicate story.

With his latest movie, Love Is Strange, about to open across the UK, we spoke by telephone with writer/director Ira Sachs to get beneath the skin of this delicate exploration of love, relationships, and family.

February 10, 2015

Centenary of the bisexual singer celebrated in song

It was 1915 when Eleanora Fagan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a troubled childhood, including an arrest and imprisonment for prostitution at the age of 14, it was in New York City's Harlem in around 1929 when she first took to the stage and began performing as Billie Holiday.

Holiday's successful career and troubled personal life are well documented, ending with her early death in 1959.

February 9, 2015

But co-host cited health concerns during weekend appearance at film festival

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View on Monday without mentioning that this is expected to be her final week as a regular co-host.

News of O'Donnell's impending departure broke late Friday when her rep and ABC both confirmed that she would be leaving the show to focus on her family. It was also confirmed that O'Donnell had split from wife Michelle Rounds.

O'Donnell was given an opening to address the developments when moderator Whoopi Goldberg noted that she had had a big weekend.

January 28, 2015

The Calvin's Head author on his beautiful hometown (plus gay bar 'Prik' and leather bar 'Argos'...)

Originally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

January 26, 2015

'The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible'

Melissa Rivers has filed a lawsuit against the New York City endoscopy clinic where her mother, legendary comic Joan Rivers, stopped breathing during a routine medical procedure.

Rivers, 81, never regained consciousness and died last September 4. She had been in good health and performed a comedy show the night before she went in for the procedure.

The daughter made some scathing remarks about Yorkville Endoscopy in a statement about the lawsuit.

January 26, 2015

Writer/Director Ira Sachs tells a delicate love story with a stellar cast

'Delicate' was a word that seemed to be frequently used by the distributor's representative as he introduced the screening of Love Is Strange at the Odeon cinema in London's Covent Garden.

Delicate is exactly what this movie is - from the subtle, nuanced performances, to the slowly revealed, if sometimes obtuse, storyline.

January 18, 2015

'I can't  because I don't think I'm really going to dive into that role 100 percent, because of the insecurities about myself trying to play that part'

US comic Kevin Hart doubts he will ever play a gay character on film.

According to TMZ, the performer was a guest on the radio program Breakfast Club on New York City's Power 105.1.

He was asked if there was any role he's ever turned down (in the past year the comedian has appeared in a number of films). Hart admitted to turning down a role in 2008's Tropic Thunder because the character was too extreme in his sexuality.

January 16, 2015

'What the man was saying was so absurd and hateful that I figured the most disarming thing would be something equally absurd and joyful'

All those itinerate preachers who make anti-gay sermons on the New York City subway better be careful.

Rob Maiale has a song for you.

On 14 January, the 29-year-old was minding his business on the M train. An anti-gay preacher boarded the subway and started the standard spiel.

'At first he was going on about people having sex outside of wedlock...,' the copywriter and voice actor said in an interview with Gothamist.

January 15, 2015

We’ve done a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers to help inspire your 2015 travels.

Holidays, vacations, and romantic mini-breaks are special moments in our lives. Whether you’ve invested months of planning or if it’s a spur-of-the-moment spontaneous decision, we are all chasing that elusive perfect holiday.

To help inspire your travel dreams for 2015 we did a quick pop-quiz of some seasoned travellers and asked them to share their best holiday memories and travel plans for the year ahead.

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Jack Mackenroth - advocate and campaigner

January 14, 2015

Name change is also no longer a requirement

It become much easier this week for trans individuals in New York City to change their gender on their certificate.

Proof of convertive surgery is no longer a requirement nor is a name change.

These are changes pushed by the New York City Health Department that were approved last December and went into effect on Monday (12 January).

January 12, 2015

Says in speech: 'To the generation that we lost and the people we continue to lose to this disease, I just want to say we love you, we remember you'

Matt Bomer won his first Golden Globe Award on Sunday for his performance as a man dying of AIDS in the HBO drama The Normal Heart.

Bomer portrayed New York Times reporter Felix Turner in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

'Larry Kramer, thank you for your anger and your passion and writing this story that changed so many lives,' Bomer said.

January 5, 2015

How will you be celebrating LGBTI Pride in 2015?

The concept of LGBTI Pride and Pride celebrations has grown to encompass an enormous range of events and occasions around the world.

The origins of LGBTI Pride can be traced back to 28 June 1969 when a police raid of the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York City sparked a series of protests from the local LGBTI community.

December 31, 2014

Gay character returns for a visit to Dalton Academy with Rachel - belts out a tune

Before he transferred to McKinley High to be with boyfriend Kurt and before he later joined Kurt in New York City, Blaine Anderson had a whole other life.

He was the star singer of The Warblers at Dalton Academy where he and his fellow classmates wore a nacvy blue sportscoat with red trim as part of a uniform.

On the 9 January two-hour season premiere of Glee, Blaine (Darren Criss) returns to Dalton Academy to inspire the current crop of singers there. He brings along his Broadway star pal Rachel Berry (Lea Michele).

December 29, 2014

As they prepare to co-host CNN coverage for eighth time he says: 'I’m genuine friends with Kathy. She’s funny as hell'

There are certain things you can count on when it comes to watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square in New York City.

Griffin will do something completely outrageous and Cooper will be mortified. Then he'll giggle - a lot.

December 24, 2014

The singer keeps it simple and quiet, highlighting the melancholy of I'll Be Home For Christmas

Nick Jonas has given us a holiday gift. And he's not shirtless or making out with a dude.

The pop star posted on Facebook a version of the classic I'll Be Home for Christmas.

In the black-and-white video Nick walks through a New York City park, the Empire State Building in the background.

December 19, 2014

She used to be a homophobe. Now she’s a hero

My first interaction with Kathy Baldock, the founder and director of Canyon Walker Connections, was in 2012.

December 13, 2014

'I can't breathe'

The cast of the highly regarded drama Orange Is The New Black joined thousands others in New York City to take a stand against police brutality.

According to Mediaite Vicky Jeudy, who plays Janae Watson, posted photos of her fellow actors on Twitter.

December 9, 2014

'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something'

Anderson Cooper had an unexpected brush with British royalty when he found himself on the same flight as Prince William.

After William met with President Obama at The White House Monday (8 Monday), the future King of England took an afternoon US air shuttle flight back to New York City.

'There was this kind of buzz and excitement to see this guy come on the aircraft,' Cooper said on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday. 'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something.'