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July 23, 2014

Emily Rios: 'This is why I love the character because I deal with the same type of things with my own family'

It was already public knowledge that the character Emily Rios plays on the FX drama The Bridge is a lesbian.

But it was not until this week that the 25-year-old actress has acknowledged that she is also a lesbian off screen.

Rios plays a young reporter in the series that follows two police detectives - one Mexican, one American - who have joined together to investigate a serial killer menacing both the US and Mexico along the Texas-Chihuahua border.

July 23, 2014

Gareth Varey: 'I do not know why I said it'

The personal assistant to British pop star Tulisa now says he was drunk when he alleged that Simon Cowell is gay.

Gareth Varey's comments about Cowell came up during Tulisa's recent drug trial. He had been recorded by an undercover reporter saying that he wanted to sleep with Cowell and claiming that he knew of other unnamed men who had.

July 9, 2014

'Can we have a straight Pride?' 'Are you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?' and 'Do you want a gay president?' are just a few of the questions Jesse Waters mocked parade-goers with at San Francisco Pride

Conservative news channel Fox New sent Bill O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Waters to San Francisco Gay Pride to ‘investigate’ the event.

While he spoke to all the right people including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, some drag queens and scantily clad boys, Waters' approach to pride-goers reinforced homophobic stereotypes and bordered on the insulting.

In the video footage, he’s seen asking two tall drag queens if they’re sure they don't like girls.

July 5, 2014

The greatest opposition to same-sex unions in Taiwan is coming from a small but extremely vocal and organized Christian minority, says Taipei Times report

Given its relatively small numbers, Christian organizations are forming alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy on same-sex marriage.

The main drivers behind last year's anti-same-sex-marriage demonstration on Nov 30, which attracted tens of thousands of people and reportedly one of the largest mobilizations of Taiwan’s religious groups in recent years, comprised Christian, Taoist and Buddhist groups.

July 3, 2014

Watch What Happens Live is celebrating fifth anniversary this week

Oprah Winfrey has come to Andy Cohen's boozy Clubhouse on Watch What Happens Live.

So has Cher, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and a host of other A-listers including his BFF Anderson Cooper.

But as the nightly Bravo show turns five, Cohen reveals the dream guests he has yet to land: Madonna, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and US First Lady Michelle Obama.

June 23, 2014

Biker attacks reporter for filming as he goes down the wrong way on a road near the Golden Gate Bridge

A motorcyclist was filmed not only disobeying traffic laws, but spouting off his homophobia, and got instantly served a good dose of karma.

Reporter Stanley Roberts was filming a news segment for KRON-4’s ‘People Behaving Badly’, capturing a man driving the wrong way down a one-way street near the Golden Gate Bridge.

When the man realized he was caught in the act by a news film crew, he decided to confront the reporter by telling a string of insults.

‘Go fuck yourself,’ the man yells as he walks away.

June 20, 2014

Jim Parsons also wins for The Big Bang Theory

HBO's The Normal Heart, the long-awaited movie version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play, was a big winner at the Critics' Choice TV Awards on Thursday (19 June).

The film about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City won the award for Best Movie over An Adventure in Space and Time, Burton and Taylor, Killing Kennedy, Sherlock: His Last Vow, and The Trip to Bountiful.

Matt Bomer, who played a New York Times reporter dying of the disease, took the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie.

June 19, 2014

Brian Schweitzer: 'Men in the South, they are a little effeminate'

First Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his job in a stunning primary defeat and now he's apparently setting off the gaydar of the former governor of Montana.

Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who was governor of Montana from 2005 to 2013 was asked by a National Journal reporter this week for his thoughts on the Virginia congressman being ousted from his seat by a Tea Party candidate.

June 19, 2014

In Grace and Frankie, Lily Tomlin and Fonda play women whose husbands leave them - for each other

Martin Sheen, who for many years played the president of the US in NBC's The West Wing, is returning to series television as a gay man.

Sheen will play the husband of Jane Fonda in the upcoming Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie which also stars Lily Tomlin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fonda and Tomlin play women who are each others nemesis but find their lives intertwined when their law partner husbands each leaves them - for each other.

June 7, 2014

Hollywood actor Tatum has commended his co-star Hill for his apology, saying Hill is in no way homophobic 

Hollywood actor Channing Tatum has defended his co-star Jonah Hill over his use of the homophobic slur ‘faggot.’

Tatum said Hill is not homophobic at all, and his use of the term is not really a reflection of who he is.

‘I think most of the time when people have to go on and sort of apologize for something it might not come off all that well because it's not actually like what they mean,’ he said.

June 3, 2014

Out star already has crowded trophy shelf with four Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris has been the toast of the Tony Awards in the past as the singing and dancing host of Broadway's biggest night.

But on Sunday (8 June), it will be Hugh Jackman hosting and Harris will be in the audience as a nominee.

The consensus among pundits is that he can look forward to becoming a first-time Tony winner for his performance as a transsexual punk rock singer in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

May 25, 2014

An unlikely alliance was formed when gay rights activists helped raised funds for miners and their families during a devastating year-long strike in 1984 and 1985

Pride, a film by British Tony Award winning theatre director Matthew Warchus, has won this year's unofficial Queer Palm award for films that best touch on homosexual, bisexual and transgender issues at the Cannes Film Festival.

May 13, 2014

Join our award-winning 24-7 global news, entertainment and information team

We are looking for a full-time, permanent reporter to cover Asia and Australia timezone shifts.

You will need to be an experienced and qualified journalist with a good understanding of LGBTI lives and ideally contacts in Asia and Australasia.

Ideally you will be located in China or South East Asia and have a proven track record in digital journalism. Excellent written and spoken English is obviously a must but if you are bilingual or multilingual with Chinese, you will really stand out.

May 13, 2014

Our new section for LGBTI families needs an experienced journalist with innovative ideas

Gay Star News is planning a new website channel covering LGBTI families and parenting.

We are looking for a part-time reporter, located anywhere in the world, to work on this section.

You will have a feel for the subject matter and may have personal experience to bring to it. But you will certainly be a trained, experienced journalist with a clear understanding of the LGBTI world overall and good online reporting and editing skills.

May 13, 2014

Man was called 'faggot' while dressed up as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Meet Rhodri Philips, a reporter for The Sun.

While he spends most of his days writing up the news for the UK tabloid, he decided to don a dress and wig to go out as Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst.

This was in direct response to the homophobic leaders in Russia who voiced their outrage about the drag queen.

Visiting the Russian Embassy, he writes: ‘One man shouted “faggot” at me as I tottered towards the complex.

‘And when I arrived, a Met police officer standing outside asked if he could take down my particulars.

May 11, 2014

The lesbian Hollywood actress talks about the gay sex scandal of her X-Men director and being called a ‘dyke’ at school

Lesbian Canadian actress Ellen Page admits she is disturbed by the allegations facing gay X-Men director Bryan Singer.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the X-Men: Days of Future Past actress spoke about the allegations of sexual abuse recently brought against Singer.

Page said she found the allegations ‘super, super disturbing.’

May 9, 2014

'You have no idea how hard that moment is'

There were plenty of gays who were not impressed with Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards during which she publicly acknowledged being a lesbian before a worldwide audience.

Foster never said the word 'gay' or 'lesbian' in her speech giving fuel to those already critical of the two-time Oscar winner for not coming out earlier.

May 9, 2014

The Big Bang Theory star had been bringing partner to public events for years but was never asked about him

Three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons was four years into his relationship with Todd Spiewak when fame hit.

His CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory was a break-out hit and he was thrust into the limelight.

Parsons, one of the stars of the upcoming HBO film The Normal Heart, never thought about hiding the fact that he is gay.

May 4, 2014

C-3PO and R2-D2 were never out, but GSN loves them for their example of LGBTI solidarity

Like GSN noted yesterday, there isn't much LGBTI content in George Lucas' Star Wars universe.

However, this GSN reporter is old enough to have seen the original trilogy when it came out (Empire Strikes Back is the masterpiece).

While my peers couldn't stop talking about Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo, as a neophyte gay I knew the real story was about the robots: 'Gay' C-3PO and 'lesbian' R2-D2.

April 27, 2014

Protesters gathered outside the hotel in Los Angeles to campaign against the Sultan of Brunei’s plan to make gay sex punishable by stoning

Protests against Brunei’s proposed anti-gay policies continued on Saturday (26 April) when a small group of campaigners picketed outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, US.

In light of the Sultanate of Brunei’s plans to make homosexuality a crime punishable by stoning, several equality groups and campaigners have called for people to boycott the chain of hotels owned by him.

April 24, 2014

'That's what I signed up for ... and it's the least I could do for (playwright) Larry Kramer'

Viewers will see a much different Matt Bomer when the AIDS drama The Normal Heart premieres on HBO next month.

Bomer will initially appear to be his trim, athletic self that viewers of his TV series White Collar are used to seeing. But his character of Felix Turner, a gay New York Times character, then begins to waste away after having contracted AIDS.

There's no CGI involved to give Bomer a skeletal figure - the actor worked hard to dramatically lose weight during a three-month break in filming.

April 19, 2014

Michael Egan claims he tried to repress memories of X-Men director until undergoing trauma therapy 11 months ago

Michael Egan, who is suing X-Men director Bryan Singer for allegedly sexually assaulting him when he was a minor, says he spent nearly a decade trying to repress the memory of the experience.

'I basically buried it in me as deep as I possibly could,' he said at a press conference (see video below). 'I developed a problem with drinking to numb that pain for years.'

'About two years ago, I decided to completely stop the drinking and 11 months ago, I walked into my first trauma therapy (session).'

April 15, 2014

She rejects author Larry Kramer's claim that she lacked the burning passion to get the heavy-hitting AIDS drama made

The long-awaited film version of Larry Kramer's acclaimed AIDS play The Normal Heart will premiere on HBO on 25 May with Glee creator Ryan Murphy listed as the director.

Nowhere on the film's credits will the name Barbra Streisand who held an option on Kramer's play for a decade and says she worked long after that to try and get the movie made.

But in recent years, Kramer has accused Streisand of lacking 'the burning passion' to make the film.

April 12, 2014

Sexually assaulted at gunpoint, then taken to five nearby ATMs to withdraw cash

A 34-year-old Canadian man was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed by a man he invited to his hotel room in Philadelphia, US after talking with him on the gay hookup app Grindr.

The victim, who did not want to be identified by NBC Philadelphia, was in the city to attend an education conference when he invited the suspect to his Hilton Home2 Suites hotel room around 1.30 pm on Wednesday.