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November 19, 2013

Former Doctor Who head writer said he was inspired to name his new dramas after the four stages of male erections

Award-winning gay writer Russell T Davies is returning to British television to create two new LGBTI dramas.

Almost 15 years after the ground-breaking Queer As Folk finished in 2000, the writer will return to Manchester to film two interliking series for Channel 4 and sister channel E4.

Cucumber, on terrestial TV, will explore the life of a 40-something gay man Henry and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance. It promises disastrous date nights, deaths, threesomes, police cars and the Glee Christmas album.

November 6, 2013

Arrow star played gay spin instructor on Queer As Folk in one of first TV roles

Chelsea Handler found out this week that she should not just assume a hunky straight actor minds being hit on my gay men.

Stephen Amell, star of The CW's Arrow series, taught Handler that lesson when he guested on the late night chatfest Chelsea Lately Wednesday (5 November).

After discussing his three-week-old baby, Handler oddly said: 'I just want to clarify that you are straight and people should not hit on you if they're men.'

Replied Amell: 'People can hit on me if they want to.'

The audience cheered.

September 9, 2013

Queer As Folk star Charlie Hunnam is confident he’ll have no problem with the explicit script for the big-screen adaption of the steamy worldwide bestseller

British actor Charlie Hunnam has said gay sex scenes are helping him out as he stars as Fifty Shades of Grey’s lead male.

The 33-year-old has looked back at his first acting job, a gay series called Queer As Folk, and said it probably couldn’t get harder than that.

‘My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer As Folk. [There were] incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter.

‘So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.’

September 9, 2013

Queer As Folk star Charlie Hunnam is confident he’ll have no problem with the explicit script for the big-screen adaption of the steamy worldwide bestseller

British actor Charlie Hunnam has said gay sex scenes are helping him out as he stars as Fifty Shades of Grey’s lead male.

The 33-year-old has looked back at his first acting job, a gay series called Queer As Folk, and said it probably couldn’t get harder than that.

‘My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer As Folk. [There were] incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter.

‘So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady.’

September 2, 2013

Actor has landed plum role of Christian Grey in film version of erotic best selling novel

The actor who first gained fame playing a gay teen on the UK drama Queer as Folk has landed the plum role of Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

Hunnam, 33, has been one of the stars of the acclaimed FX drama series Sons of Anarchy in which he plays biker Jackson 'Jax' Teller. He also recently appeared in the feature film Pacific Rim.

September 25, 2012

Anti-gay group One Million Moms has already blasted the project, promising to stop the production 'dead in its tracks'

Two actresses have been cast in pop and movie star Jennifer Lopez’s new lesbian sitcom.

Teri Polo, who is best known for appearing in the Ben Stiller comedy Meet The Parents, and Sherri Saum, who starred in TV series Gossip Girl, will play the leads.

The project tells the story of Stef, played by Polo, and Lena, played Saum, who are a mixed-race couple raising a biological son along with several adopted children.

September 3, 2012

'We got to do something that no one had gotten to do because the time was right'

As Showtime's The Real L Word wraps up its third season Thursday (6 September), producer Ilene Chaiken is reflecting on the reality series as well as its much-beloved predecessor, The L Word.

While The Real L Word follows the lives of lesbian and bisexual women living in Los Angeles, The L Word was a scripted lesbian drama that ended its six season run in 2010 with its rabid fans wanting more.

August 28, 2012

Actor stars in new CW action series Arrow

Stephen Amell stars as crime fighting superhero Oliver Queen in the new CW series Arrow this fall, his first time as the lead in a primetime series.

But it's hardly his first television role.

The handsome actor recalls that his very first acting job was on Showtime's Queer as Folk in 2004. He appeared in three episodes as a spinning instructor.

August 15, 2012

Maroon 5 frontman: 'It's just not anyone's business except the people involved'

Singer Adam Levine made headlines earlier this year when he said that if he were US president for a day, the first thing he'd do is make gay marriage legal.

The Maroon 5 frontman now says his pro-marriage equality views have little to do with the fact that he has a gay brother.

August 15, 2012

Queer as Folk alum appearing in his sixth off-Broadway production

While his Queer as Folk love interest Gale Harold has established a successful career on television in recent years, Randy Harrison has quietly been carving out a career on the stage.

But it's a career so low profile that when being interviewed for Out.com about his role in SILENCE! The Musical, Harrison was asked if he was making his Off-Broadway debut.

August 2, 2012

I don't know if there will be cats fights with hair pulling but, you know, one can dream'

Rex Lee is just about to start working on episodes for the second season of the ABC comedy Suburgatory and he tells Gay Star News he is ready for action.

His character of Mr. Wolfe, a gay teacher who came out to the entire student body in a first second episode, is dating school employee Chef Allen who has some baggage from the past that tne couple will have to deal with - an ex-wife!

July 10, 2012

Gold Coast Tourism says raunchy image of man's bulging white swim shorts has led to 'misinterpretation' of LGBT travel campaign

A photo of a man's bulging pants has been pulled from the latest campaign of Australia's Gold Coast tourism board because it didn't want its bid to attract more gay travelers 'reduced to a crotch shot'.

Gold Coast Tourism (GCT) were using the close-up of a man in tight white swim shorts, with the tagline ‘Check out our impressive packages’, to promote the area as a destination for the LGBT community.

July 9, 2012

Homophobic bullying ‘a daily nightmare’ for over half of Scotland’s school pupils, while a quarter of young gay Scots attempt suicide

New research has found that 52% of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in Scottish secondary schools experience homophobic bullying.

The findings in Stonewall Scotland’s School Report Scotland 2012, carried out by the University of Cambridge, are specific to the 158 lesbian, gay and bisexual young Scots who took part in a national survey of 1,614 young people.

July 8, 2012

American Idol judge producing show about two lesbian women and their family life

Latino superstar Jennifer Lopez is developing a lesbian themed family television drama, and according to reports she may also star in the series.

The untitled series will focus on two overworked mothers, a police officer and a private school teacher, who have a biological son and two adopted kids.

Their lives are turned upside down when a wayward teenage girl comes to live with them in the pilot.

June 8, 2012

Gay Star News talks to Xiaogang Wei, founder of Queer Comrades, China’s online LGBT TV channel

It’s a depressing thought, but to a certain extent TV defines who we are as a society. Is the increase of gay characters on TV shows in the West a reflection of greater tolerance? Or is society more tolerant because of Glee, Modern Family, Queer as Folk and The L Word?

In China, like many countries, gay characters are banned from state administered TV, film and radio. For five years Beijing-based website Queer Comrades has been getting around the censors and broadcasting talk shows, news, documentaries and fiction on LGBT-related topics.

June 7, 2012

A survey reveals majority of young people in Malta are in favor of same-sex marriage

Gay marriage is supported by the majority of young people in Malta, a survey has revealed.

The poll by the MaltaToday news website, found that 60% of 18 to 34 year olds were in favor of same-sex marriage.

However, only 23% of over 55s agreed and overall 51.2% of those questioned were in opposition.

June 6, 2012

Tells fans: 'I hope you will all understand and forgive my absence'

Gale Harold, who played bad boy Brian Kinney on Showtime's Queer as Folk, is missing the cast's first official reunion since the show ended its run in 2005.

But he wants his fans and his former co-stars to know that he very much wanted to be with them in Cologne, Germany, this week for Rise n' Shine 2012, where the reunion is taking place.

June 5, 2012

But missing from the reunion is Gale Harold who played Brian Kinney

Most of the cast of Showtime's Queer as Folk, the 2000-05 series about the lives and loves of a group of gay friends living in Pittsburgh, are gathering this week in Cologne, Germany for their first official reunion in seven years.

'Can't believe I am about to get on my flight to Germany for the first ever QAF Convention,' Peter Paige, who spent five seasons playing Emmett Honeycutt posted on Twitter Tuesday (5 June). 'Can't wait to meet the fans.'

May 15, 2012

Crackdown on homophobic abuse in English coastal city

Police in Portsmouth, England, are cracking down on homophobia after gay bar revellers were hurled abuse by passing drivers.

Hampshire Police have pledged to tackle the problem of abusive language directed at drinkers outside the coastal city's gay and gay friendly venues, after receiving several complaints.

'We get many reports from staff and customers of the local venues of people shouting abuse from the back of a passing vehicle,' said PC Ryan Cheyne from Southsea police station.

April 5, 2012

Matthew Todd slams church for 'ruining' the lives of countless gay people

Editor of gay magazine Attitude, Matthew Todd, says the church should be 'begging for forgiveness' over its persecution of gay people.

In his blog on the Huffington Post website, Todd slams the church for 'ruining' the lives of countless gay men and women.

March 21, 2012

UK man jailed for 'grotesque' homophobic abuse of male cabin crew on Thomas Cook flight from Tenerife

A man has been jailed for hurling homophobic abuse at cabin crew on a flight from Tenerife to the UK.

John Hawkins, from Merseyside, England, was returning home from the Canary Islands on a Thomas Cook flight when he began hurling anti-gay abuse at the male cabin crew.

Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard how the 32-year-old, of Maple Avenue, Newton le Willows, flew into a rage after he was asked by a nearby passenger to mind his language in front of children on the plane.

March 15, 2012

A Christian hate group in the US state of Iowa left students in tears after homophobic attack against Elton John and Lady Gaga

A school assembly in the US has sparked outrage after a Christian hate group launched into a homophobic attack against Elton John and Lady Gaga.

Students at Dunkerton High School in Iowa were stunned after a performance from Christian rock band Junkyard Prophet turned into an anti-gay rant by drummer and preacher Bradlee Dean.

After separating the crowd into boys, girls and teachers, Dean, who is the president of the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide ministry, began blasting gay pop icons, including Elton John and Lady Gaga.

March 6, 2012

Former Growing Pains star: 'I should be able to express moral views on social issues'

Kirk Cameron's remarks that homosexuality 'unnatural, 'detrimental,' and 'ultimately destructive' have created an immense backlash in recent days from the gay community, celebrities and even some of his former Growing Pains co-stars.

February 29, 2012

Cast members talk to Gay Star News about episode's impact

Last week's winter finale of Glee tackled the subject of gay teen suicide when a closeted football player is outed then bullied and tries to kill himself.

The character of Dave Karofsky (played by Max Adler) is a former bully himself who channeled his own self-loathing by tormenting one of the school's most openly gay students, Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer). It is Kurt who is there for Karofsky and when he visits his former bully in the hospital, helps him imagine his future.