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July 23, 2014

Says her wife will be part of 'top secret' story arc on political drama

Portia de Rossi has landed a role on the hit political drama Scandal.

The news was broken not by ABC or by a publicist but by the famous wife of the actress.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her nearly 30 million followers: 'So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on Scandal. Oops.'

The show's writers later confirmed the news with their own tweet saying: 'We are so excited to have Portia de Rossi joining us this coming season.'

July 23, 2014

'While marriage might not be my thing, if it's your thing you damned well ought to be able to have it'

Susan Sarandon spent 21 years in a relationship with fellow Oscar winner Tim Robbins and they had two children.

But they never got married.

In a new video for the Human Rights Campaign, Sarandon makes clear that she thinks same-sex couples should have the same option of getting married or not as she and Robbins did.

'While marriage might not be my thing, if it's your thing you damned well ought to be able to have it - equally and unequivocally.

July 21, 2014

Band donated $20 for every single member of the 'God Hates Fags' church that decided to show up to protest at their gig

Panic! At The Disco have taken on the Westboro Baptist Church after the group targeted one of their gigs.

Last week, the ‘God Hates Fags’ church announced plans to protest the band’s show in Kansas City, Missouri.

As Panic! At The Disco are the church’s latest targets, the zealots recorded a homophobic parody of the band’s 2006 single ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’.

They dubbed their version ‘You Love Sin What A Tragedy’.

July 17, 2014

 I wouldn't want anyone to rush into things because they see two characters like them get married.

As Glee prepares to begin shooting its sixth and final season, gay high school sweethearts Kurt and Blaine are engaged and pursuing showbiz careers in New York City.

Blaine (Darren Criss) had proposed to Kurt (Chris Colfer) last fall in an elaborate production set to The Beatles All You Need is Love (see video below).

Colfer, who has won a Golden Globe Award and been nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Kurt, said this week he hopes the couple takes things slow.

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

Fred G. Thompson, who lived as a woman using the name Frances, was legally married to Frank Carrick in 1912 and a judge upheld their marriage license, convinced she was a woman despite her being born male

It turns out that LGBTI couples who marry following the striking down of Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage in June will not be the first to have legally married in the state.

In 1912 gender illusionist, singer and prostitute Frances Thompson, born biologically male as Fred G. Thompson, convinced a justice of the peace to allow her to marry Indiana native Frank Williams in the city of Crown Point.

Frances married Frank, dressed as a woman, and took his surname Williams.

July 3, 2014

Photo sharing website deleted the picture of a married couple kissing because it was 'inappropriate'

Instagram has removed a photo of a gay newlywed couple kissing.

Alberto Guzman posted a photo of him and his husband, Janeiro Bofill from their wedding day to celebrate Pride on Sunday (29 June).

The image was posted alongside several equal rights hashtags, including #happy #gaypride #equalrights #tilldeathdousapart and #wearethesame.

But then the photo was flagged as ‘inappropriate’ and removed by Instagram.

Instagram’s community guidelines state users are banned from sharing images that include nudity or mature content.

July 3, 2014

A 'Gay at home dad' is picking up a YouTube following for his adorable videos of him and his son

A gay man and his son are gaining a YouTube following after dad – writer Frank Lowe – began posting short videos of him and his kid sharing car journeys.

Lowe says that he finds himself driving his five-year-old son, Briggs D. Lowe, around constantly, typically conversing on everything from cookies and fashion to birthdays and Beyonce. This led to Lowe posting the first ‘Driving Mr Briggs’ clip on YouTube in April, filmed courtesy of a camera on his dashboard.

July 2, 2014

If you are an LGBT parent in the US, or are simply considering parenthood, you need to know about the Family Equality Council and its work. Executive Director, Gabriel Blau, talked to GSN…

July 1, 2014

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney to be considered legally married as marriage equality case is being appealed

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney are considered legally married in their home state of Indiana - again.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today issued an order compelling the state  to recognize their marriage while the state appeals a federal judge's decision last week to strike down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The appeals court order is in response to an emergency appeal filed Monday (30 June) filed by Lambda Legal because Quasney is battling Stage IV ovarian cancer.

June 28, 2014

A record number of 26,000 people turned up at Singapore's sixth Pink Dot rally on Saturday night to celebrate the 'freedom to love', according to organizers

Singapore’s Speakers Corner – a government designated protest zone and where the rally has been held since 2009 – turned a sea of glittering pink with a bright outline of a heart within the dot formation, at about 8pm.

June 28, 2014

'We can just do away with that state law the same way we did away with sodomy laws'

A candidate from the US midwestern state Wisconsin cautions the removal of same-sex marriage bans leads to incest.

Karen Mueller is a Republican hoping to challenge incumbent Ron King, a Democrat, for Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District.

Earlier this week, at a forum for the GOP candidates, Mueller criticized US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb's ruling against the state's same-sex marriage ban.

June 27, 2014

The first same-sex couple to be legally married on Australian soil wed today at the British consulate in Sydney but their marriage won’t be recognized by the Australian Government anytime soon

From today British consulates around Australia are allowed to marry same-sex couples where at least one of the parties is a UK citizen.

What is believed to be the first such marriage in Australia took place today around 3pm at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay and involved a Scottish Australian couple.

Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson married wearing matching kilts in the Fraser clan tartan after 19 years together.

June 27, 2014

'I feel better with her. I feel smarter with her. I feel more confident'

Music producer Linda Perry spoke movingly this week about her new wife, Sara Gilbert, and how their being together has enhanced her life.

'She, by far, is the best decision I've ever, hands-down, made,' Perry said on Larry King Now Thursday (26 June).

'She grounds me. I feel better with her. I feel smarter with her. I feel more confident. She's my family - I just feel like family with her. And I feel lucky. I feel like she's brought luck into my life.'

June 26, 2014

Parents to three young children, Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren have set out to help other gay dads and would-be fathers with their website, GaysWithKids.com

A Toronto-based couple have launched a website dedicated to helping gay men to navigate fatherhood: from routes to parenthood to raising children.

Co-founders Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren have been together for over 20 years, and are now the proud fathers of three young children. Their story is more unusual than most, in that they have experience of both adoption (with their son, Levi), and surrogacy, with younger twins Sadie and Ella. The biological father of the twins is Rosenberg, who is also HIV positive.

June 23, 2014

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodríguez has told ambassador James Brewster to ‘take his gay pride elsewhere,’ after he released a video with his husband for Gay Pride Month

Dominican Catholic Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodríguez has lashed out at a video released by US ambassador James ‘Wally’ Brewster and his husband Bob Satawake for LGBTI Pride Month.

In the video Brewster reiterated recent comments by US President Barack Obama marking Pride Month and celebrated his first six months in the diplomatic posting.

Brewster said he and Satawake had been welcomed by Dominicans but also spoke about those who had criticized their relationship and how their predictions about how the couple would be greeted had not come true.

June 22, 2014

UK priest Jeremy Pemberton has had some of his duties as a priest revoked by bishops because he is in a same-sex marriage with another man

A UK Anglican priest has had some of his authority as a clergyman stripped away, after bishops learned he is married to another man.

Jeremy Pemberton is an openly gay priest who was one of the first members of the clergy to enter into a same-sex marriage in April of this year, a month after gay marriage was legalized in England and Wales.

June 18, 2014

Kris McDaniel-Miccio speaks to Gay Star News about her lawsuit that could help legalize same-sex marriage

‘In Colorado now I could get high, thanks to the new marijuana law, but I can’t get married. This isn’t fair.’

Kris McDaniel-Miccio is a professor of criminal law and procedure at the University of Denver, but most of all, she might help to change the US state of Colorado’s gay laws forever.

She is one of the women and men suing the state for banning same-sex marriage, pushing for equality in the already quite liberal US state.

Colorado voters banned gay marriage in 2006.

June 18, 2014

Zoey Tur and Dana Vahle were competitors who have since become friends

It was 20 years ago this week that US television viewers sat rapt before their television screens as a fugitive OJ Simpson led law enforcement officers on a slow chase on the freeways of Southern California.

Simpson was to turn himself in after being arrested for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman.

But the ex-NFL star turned actor and pitchman instead decided to flee in a white Bronco with his friend Al Cowlings behind the wheel.

June 17, 2014

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are each the biological father of one twin

The first Father's Day for Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs was bittersweet because days earlier, a judge in Texas denied their request to have their names placed on the birth certificates of their newborn twins.

The twins, Lucas and Ethan, share an egg donor and were born to a surrogate mother a month ago. They are half brothers with Hanna the biological father of one and Riggs the biological father of the other.

So far, only the surrogate mother's name is on either birth certificate.

June 17, 2014

Actor says he has not seen a script or been offered the role to star in the movie

Steve Martin has dismissed reports of a gay Father of the Bride sequel, saying he has not been offered the role or seen a script.

The 68-year-old was expected to return to the classic comedy series, as reported by Hollywood insider Nikki Finke.

Diane Keaton was expected to return as his wife Nina. The film was reported to focus on the couple’s son, originally played by Kieran Culkin, and his upcoming nuptials to another man.

Unable to process the news, the ‘thunderstruck and speechless’ dad would have been thrown out of the family home by the mom.

June 16, 2014

Hollywood insider told journalist they hope 'gay will stay trendy' before the next movie in the Steve Martin franchise is released

A new Father of the Bride movie will see Steve Martin’s curmudgeon dad planning the upcoming nuptials of his gay son.

Father of the Bride III is expected to see the 68-year-old actor return to the series since 1995.

Diane Keaton is expected to return as his wife Nina. It is not confirmed if the couple’s son, originally played by Kieran Culkin, will be back for the third film in the franchise.

Unable to process the news, the ‘thunderstruck and speechless’ dad is thrown out of the family home by the mom in the new storyline.

June 13, 2014

'You do have many people in Wisconsin basically taking the law into their own hands and there can be legal repercussions for that'

The attorney general for Wisconsin warns clerks, who issued marriage certificates to LGBTI couples, that they could be brought up on charges.

Late last week, US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the midwestern state's same-sex marriage ban.

On 9 June, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sought a stay on the ruling to block clerks from releasing licenses to gay couples. Judge Crabb denied the request.

June 13, 2014

Chooi Cheung attacked her lover and former employee with a knife, suspecting she was leaving the country with money she had lent her

A woman who stabbed her lesbian lover in the face and neck while she was sleeping has been sentenced with life imprisonment.

In December 2013, businesswoman Chooi Cheung, 53, stabbed her lover of seven years Leng Hie Tiong, 38, in the face and neck as they lay in bed together.

The attack was reportedly sparked by Cheung thinking Tiong was going to leave her and move back to Malaysia, along with a large amount of money she had lent her.