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February 11, 2014

Oscar host more popular than ever after more than 10 years in the air

Ellen DeGeneres finds herself more popular than ever 17 years after publicly coming out as a lesbian.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a syndicated daytime talk show the funny lady has hosted since 2003, was watched by more viewers last week than at any time in its history.

The show average nearly 4.6 million viewers for the week of 3 February - its highest number to date.

According to The Wrap, the ratings were up an impressive 6% from a week earlier.

January 27, 2014

Former co-host of The View will guest on show where she and Elisabeth Hasslebeck once bitterly squared off

Rosie O'Donnell is heading back to The View - for just one day.

The lesbian television personality and actress ended her stormy year as moderator on the ABC talk show in 2007 with a heated argument with her conservative co-host Elisabeth Hassleback.

The argument (see video below) was one thing, but the fact that producers chose to put the women on a split-screen during part of it so enraged O'Donnell that she left three weeks before the end of her contract.

O'Donnell will appear on the show on 7 February.

January 22, 2014

Award winning author Binyavanga Wainaina has published the missing chapter of his debut memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place, in which he acknowledges his homosexuality, to protest the passing of anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria

Famed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana has come out as gay to protest homophobia in Africa, publishing a missing chapter of his debut book One Day I Will Write About This Place in which he remembers telling his mother about his sexuality on her death bed.

Wainana shot to fame as an author internationally after the book was mentioned by Oprah Winfrey.

In the missing chapter, titled ‘I am a homosexual, mum,’ Wainana remembers sitting by his mother’s hospital bed as she was dying and he had still not told anyone about his sexual orientation.

December 9, 2013

Film has been lauded by Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey and won many festival awards

Redbox DVD rental kiosks recently stopped renting out documentaries due to space limitations.

But the company is making an exception to its own rule for the gay-themed documentary Bridegroom which screened on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network last month and was introduced by Bill Clinton at the Tribeca Film Festival last June.

November 21, 2013

Tells GSN: 'That would be huge because being such a small film, it would help us reach so many'

Shane Bitney Crone has been on such a whirlwind that he can barely remember what day it is.

'Is that tomorrow?' he asks of The Legacy Awards, an event taking place in downtown Los Angeles on tonight (21 November) where he will introduce a clip of a classic LGBT film that is going to be restored.

Crone has been non-stop busy doing press for the DVD release this week of Bridegroom, the acclaimed documentary that tells the story of his relationship with his late partner, Tom Bridegroom.

November 21, 2013

Tells GSN: 'That would be huge because being such a small film, it would help us reach so many'

Shane Bitney Crone has been on such a whirlwind that he can barely remember what day it is.

'Is that tomorrow?' he asks of The Legacy Awards, an event taking place in downtown Los Angeles on tonight (21 November) where he will introduce a clip of a classic LGBT film that is going to be restored.

Crone has been non-stop busy doing press for the DVD release this week of Bridegroom, the acclaimed documentary that tells the story of his relationship with his late partner, Tom Bridegroom.

November 11, 2013

Tells GSN: 'I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life'

This is the first fall in more than a decade that Jason C0llins has not been on the roster of an NBA team.

But no need to feel sorry for him.

'Whatever your situation you try to have a positive outlook on so everything is a blessing. I couldn't be happier and more content with being able to live an authentic and genuine life,' Collins told Gay Star News over the weekend.

'Life is good.'

October 26, 2013

'I think it will inspire people to live their lives honestly, to fall in love deeply'

The gay-themed documentary Bridegroom has been a sensation on the film festival circuit since June.

But the film is about to have its biggest audience yet when it airs on Oprah Winfrey's network OWN on Sunday (27 October).

It tells the love story of Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone and what happened after Bridegroom died in an accidental fall at the age of 29.

Though they had been together for six years, owned a home together and ran a business together, Crone was kept away from his funeral by Bridegroom's homophobic family.

October 26, 2013

'I think it will inspire people to live their lives honestly, to fall in love deeply'

The gay-themed documentary Bridegroom has been a sensation on the film festival circuit since June.

But the film is about to have its biggest audience yet when it airs on Oprah Winfrey's network OWN on Sunday (27 October).

It tells the love story of Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone and what happened after Bridegroom died in an accidental fall at the age of 29.

Though they had been together for six years, owned a home together and ran a business together, Crone was kept away from his funeral by Bridegroom's homophobic family.

October 24, 2013

Tells Oprah Winfrey his dad 'had this whole idea of what his son was going to be'

Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays a gay man on television's Modern Family and is famously gay off screen as well.

But there was a time when his father refused to believe his son was anything but straight.

So much so that the recently-married three-time Emmy nominee had to come out to his father three separate times before the news finally set in.

'He would like conveniently forget,' Ferguson says in the next episode of Oprah's Next Chapter airing on Sunday (27 October) on OWN that also features Wanda Sykes and Dan Bukatinsky.

October 18, 2013

High-profile allies go purple to show support for LGBT youth on Spirit Day

On the fourth observance of Spirit Day - a day to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT young people - a collection of high-profile allies got into the act.

October 18, 2013

High-profile allies go purple to show support for LGBT youth on Spirit Day

On the fourth observance of Spirit Day - a day to take a stand against bullying and show support for LGBT young people - a collection of high-profile allies got into the act.

October 4, 2013

Acclaimed LGBT film about love and loss to make world TV premiere on OWN channel

The acclaimed documentary Bridegroom has gone from being one of the darling's of this year's film festival circuit to getting its world television premiere on Oprah Winfrey's cable channel.

Producer Shane Bitney Crone made the announcement via Facebook today (3 October) that the film will air on OWN on 27 October.

'I’m immensely grateful to Oprah and everyone at OWN for helping share my story which will hopefully generate discussions and open hearts and minds,' Crone said.

October 4, 2013

Acclaimed LGBT film about love and loss to make world TV premiere on OWN channel

The acclaimed documentary Bridegroom has gone from being one of the darling's of this year's film festival circuit to getting its world television premiere on Oprah Winfrey's cable channel.

Producer Shane Bitney Crone made the announcement via Facebook today (3 October) that the film will air on OWN on 27 October.

'I’m immensely grateful to Oprah and everyone at OWN for helping share my story which will hopefully generate discussions and open hearts and minds,' Crone said.

August 12, 2013

'There's the part (of my life) that's mine to keep for myself'

Oprah Winfrey often talked about partner Stedman Graham and everyone knows Ellen DeGeneres is married to Portia DeRossi.

But when Queen Latifah's daytime talk show premieres next month, don't expect to learn much about the personal life of the host who has for years not commented on widespread rumors that she is a lesbian.

June 27, 2013

Is the ex-gay lobby moving from attempts to ‘cure’ our sexuality to a recognition that we can’t be cured so should be giving up on sex altogether?

I didn’t know my sexual orientation was still up for debate. Progress is made at the US Supreme Court, but not in certain religious conservative circles.

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, announced the closing of the organization. What appeared as a seismic shift, or a closing chapter in the harmful history of ex-gay ministries may be neither. I suggest we all listen to the coded language and read the fine print.

June 11, 2013

Lesbian singer says: 'She’s like my everything'

A week after she came out to the world as a lesbian, singer Charice Pempengco is sharing that her girlfriend is Alyssa Quijano of the band AKA Jam.

'She's like my everything,' she told journalists this week.

The singer, widely known as Charice, is a Filipina superstar who became known outside her native country after appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show and landing a role on TV's Glee.

May 31, 2013

The American talk show host suggested that same-sex couples could help strengthen the institution of marriage

Oprah Winfrey said same-sex couples ‘can help’ improve the institution of marriage.

During an episode of Super Soul Sunday, which airs on her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Oprah started a panel conversation by asking if nation-wide support for same-sex marriage should be considered a social revolution or a cultural shift.

May 31, 2013

The American talk show host suggested that same-sex couples could help strengthen the institution of marriage

Oprah Winfrey said same-sex couples ‘can help’ improve the institution of marriage.

During an episode of Super Soul Sunday, which airs on her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Oprah started a panel conversation by asking if nation-wide support for same-sex marriage should be considered a social revolution or a cultural shift.

May 4, 2013

Parents said they were surprised when son came out to them last summer

Sports Illustrated may have landed Jason Collins for his coming out story but it is Oprah Winfrey who managed to get his family together for a joint interview.

Winfrey's chat with the first openly gay active player in NBA history, his parents, twin brother, sister-in-law and aunt for Oprah's Next Chapter which will air Sunday (5 May) on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Winfrey asked parents Paul and Portia Collins if when their son came out to them last summer if there was 'a releasing of the dream ... of who he would be walking down the aisle with.'

May 4, 2013

Parents said they were surprised when son came out to them last summer

Sports Illustrated may have landed Jason Collins for his coming out story but it is Oprah Winfrey who managed to get his family together for a joint interview.

Winfrey's chat with the first openly gay active player in NBA history, his parents, twin brother, sister-in-law and aunt for Oprah's Next Chapter which will air Sunday (5 May) on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Winfrey asked parents Paul and Portia Collins if when their son came out to them last summer if there was 'a releasing of the dream ... of who he would be walking down the aisle with.'

April 12, 2013

'I wish we had the show the first year that we ended up with the second year'

If Anderson Cooper had to do it all over again, his foray into daytime talk shows would have been more Live With Kelly and Michael from the start than a pale imitation of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Cooper's show, Anderson Live! was canceled last fall during the early weeks of its second season. But since that time, it has found its groove with a live format and a rotating array of guest co-hosts including Andy Cohen, Kathy Griffin and Kristin Chenoweth.

April 10, 2013

Celebrated with fiance Jeremiah Brent in Peru atop Machu Picchu

Nate Berkus, who lost his partner in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has found love again and is getting married.

Berkus confirmed today that he is marrying Jeremiah Brent, his boyfriend of more than a year.

Berkus, 41, proposed to Brent on Monday (8 April). The couple then celebrated atop the famed Machu Picchu in Peru where they are vacationing with friends.

April 10, 2013

Celebrated with fiance Jeremiah Brent in Peru atop Machu Picchu

Nate Berkus, who lost his partner in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has found love again and is getting married.

Berkus confirmed today that he is marrying Jeremiah Brent, his boyfriend of more than a year.

Berkus, 41, proposed to Brent on Monday (8 April). The couple then celebrated atop the famed Machu Picchu in Peru where they are vacationing with friends.