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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.'

December 9, 2014

Three transgender residents sue the city for discrimination

Transgender people in New York City will no longer be required to undergo sex reassignment surgery to change the gender on their birth certificates.

The city council yesterday (8 December) passed a bill that eliminated the 'antiquated' requirement by 39 votes to four, with three absentations.

The legislation was introduced by councilman Corey Johnson in October and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

November 27, 2014

Star Trek icon most cherishes first holiday dinner after family was released from Internment camp

George Takei will be having Thanksgiving dinner tonight with husband Brad Takei and another couple at Tavern on the Green in New York City.

The Star Trek icon was among the celebrities who spoke with Gay Star News recently about their Thanksgiving plans and their favorite memories of the holiday.

For Takei, his most memorable Thanksgiving came after the end of World War II and his family was released from the internment camp they had been kept in because they were Americans of Japanese descent.

November 21, 2014

'The extreme characters you used to see in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore, and I really do miss them'

Bette Midler, who got her start performing at a bathhouse in New York City, said this week that she misses the outrageousness of those days.

'The extreme characters you used to see in the Village in the old days, you just don’t see them anymore,' Midler tells Advocate.com.

November 19, 2014

'Believe me: Gay players exist. Every pro sport has them. I know some of them personally.'

Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player, has retired.

The 35-year-old will announce his retirement from the game at the Barclays Center, New York City, later on today (19 November).

Following his coming out 18 months ago, he was signed with the Brooklyn Nets. When he did this, he made history by being the first active male athlete from any of the four major North American professional team sports to do so.

November 19, 2014

Once crazy about Tom Cruise, her latest man crush is Mariska Hargitay's 'tall, handsome, charming and delicious' husband

Being one of the world's most famous lesbians didn't stop Rosie O'Donnell from flirting with a married man this week.

O'Donnell was at the Worldwide Orphans gala in New York City on Tuesday (18 November) and found herself at a table with movie hunks Hugh Jackman and Andrew Garfield.

But it was another handsome man who caught her eye: Peter Hermann who was at the event with his actress-wife Mariska Hargitay.

November 6, 2014

Read our review of new film Margarita, With A Straw and our interview with the star Kalki Koechin

Margarita, With A Straw is about a bisexual Indian girl with cerebral palsy who moves to America.

While this might sound like someone accidentally checked all the boxes on a diversity form, it is a wonderfully intimate film about identity and finding yourself.

Writer-director Shonali Bose focuses on the character of Laila, who is determined to not let her disability define her.

She writes lyrics for a rock band, she crops her wheelchair out of her Facebook pictures and masturbates freely to audio pornography.

November 4, 2014

'You're part of the reason America's in trouble. Religious fanatics are the reason America's in trouble'

Big Boo was not in the mood.

Lea DeLaria, one of the stars of the popular drama Orange Is The New Black, was taking the M train, a line in the New York City subway system.

November 4, 2014

Hubby of Neil Patrick Harris to return to Broadway stage after a decade-plus away in It Shoulda Been You

David Burtka is getting ready to step out from behind the considerable shadow of husband Neil Patrick Harris.

Burtka, 39, has been tapped to star in the wedding-themed Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You which will open this spring.

The show will be directed by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce who is best known for his long run as Niles Crane on the sitcom Frasier.

It Shoulda Been You is described as 'a culture clash for the ages when two families from wildly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wedding.'

November 3, 2014

Susan Sarandon will play her lesbian grandmother

Elle Fanning has been announced as the lead in drama Three Generations.

The Maleficent actress will take the role of Ray, a New York City teen transitioning from female to male. Naomi Watts will play her mother and Susan Sarandom is down to play her lesbian grandmother.

The indie film was written by Nikole Beckwith and will be directed by Gaby Dellal, and has a budget of US$5 million.

October 31, 2014

Singer and AIDS activist praises head of Catholic Church as a 'compassionate, loving man'

Elton John is praising Pope Francis for his attempts to make the Catholic Church a more welcoming place for gay people.

'Make this man a saint now, OK?,' John said this week during a benefit in New York City for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

CBS News reports that the singer was cheered when he said: 'Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it.'