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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.

April 9, 2014

'It’s not an exaggeration to say homofascist because the German Nazi Party was homosexual; Hitler was a homosexual, the top Nazi leadership, all of them were homosexuals...'

Rick Wiles insists that Adolf Hitler did not desire an Aryan nation. Instead the German dictator was focused on making gay soldiers.

Late last week (4 April),  the reporter from TruNews was a guest on the radio show of fellow US anti-gay advocate Jeff Allen. Wiles argued the LGBTI community mirrors the Nazi Party of 1930s Germany.

April 4, 2014

'Let's let people live their lives and do it the way they want to do it'

With the enormous success of the Netflix series House of Cards, two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has never been a bigger star.

But he remains one of the most private when it comes to his life off-screen.

In a new Hollywood Reporter cover story, it is reported that Spacey so fiercely guards his private life that 'his affable demeanor shuts off the moment he is asked about it.'

March 8, 2014

Nude photos of Roberto Arango had previously shown up on Grindr leading him to resign from office in 2011

Former Puerto Rican Senator Roberto Arango has publicly come out as gay nearly four years after a nude Grindr photo scandal drove him from office.

Arango had aligned himself with conservative religious coalition and had a long history of anti-gay votes and actively worked against legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

On Friday (7 March), he officially came out in an interview with radio station Noti UNO.

He was asked by a reporter: 'Isn't it time for you to state whether or not you are a homosexual?'

March 3, 2014

New powerful documentary discovers homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic abuse is not being reported and dealt with at soccer matches in the UK

Children are singing anti-gay hate chants at football matches, a documentary has discovered.

Channel 4 Dispatches has discovered that homophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic abuse is not being reported and catalogued by the authorities.

While often regarded by fans as ‘banter’, the Crown Prosecution Service - backed by the Football Association (FA) – have given out ‘robust’ new guidelines.

February 25, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft to appear as part of 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

The three children of gay icon Judy Garland will make a rare joint public appearance together on Sunday (2 March) during an Oscar tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

Liza Minnelli, herself an Oscar winner, will appear with her younger siblings Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

February 5, 2014

'I wish, of course, it had not come about the way it did, but I'm glad that this situation can be an opportunity to help people accept and respect the LGBT community'

Juan Pablo Galavis, ABC's current star of The Bachelor, is speaking out after meeting with some LGBTI families during his apology tour.

The single father suffered massive backlash last month when he told a reporter that he did not think there should ever be a gay version of The Bachelor and that such a show would not set a good example for kids.

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 19, 2014

"What I meant to say was that gay people are more affectionate and intense and for a segment of the TV audience this would be too racy to accept."

After telling a reporter that gays were “more pervert(ed)” and a gay or bisexual version of the dating franchise Bachelor would set a "bad example for children to watch", the star tried to apologise for his earlier remarks on his Facebook page.

January 18, 2014

The news program which is meant to investigate the rising rate of HIV infections among young Chinese instead featured hidden camera footage and dialogue between a sex worker and an undercover reporter in a hotel room

Gay rights groups are demanding an apology after a TV station aired hidden camera footage of a male sex worker meeting with a male undercover reporter in a hotel room in Guangzhou.

January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

December 30, 2013

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough ... Thank God I didn’t kill myself'

Filmmaker Lee Daniels is glad he's around to enjoy things like the Oscar buzz he's getting for having directed The Butler.

There were plenty of times when he felt he could not go on.

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough. Oftentimes I wanted to kill myself as a kid,' he tells The Hollywood Reporter.

December 20, 2013

Phil Robertson also said blacks 'were happy' with segregation and picking cotton

Video has emerged of Phil Robertson, suspended indefinitely from A&E's Duck Dynasty for anti-gay comments made to GQ magazine, making even more hate-filled remarks during a sermon prior to his reality show days.

In the sermon, Robertson said gays and lesbians are 'full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless.'

December 18, 2013

Pakistani TV report shows journalist entering a home, insulting the two residents and apparently handing them to police while calling for tougher laws and stoning of LGBTIs

A Pakistani TV news reporter has invaded the home of a couple she claims are in a ‘gay’ relationship, leading to their arrests.

The show also flashed up offensive captions, saying LGBTI people are ‘worthy of stoning’ and ‘cause AIDS’.

The story on nation TV news station Abb Takk was headlined as ‘Male and she-male living as husband and wife’.

The reporter in the story goes into their home to interview them. She is filmed going through their closet, apparently without permission.

December 17, 2013

The editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter have accused US Catholic bishops of being out of step with ordinary American Catholics on a range of social issues – most notably contraception and homosexuality

The editorial staff of the National Catholic Reporter say that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan was wrong when he said the church had been ‘out-marketed’ in the fight over same-sex marriage – writing that it was the Catholic leadership in the US which was out of step with the views of ordinary Catholics.

December 15, 2013

India’s Home Affairs Minister appears to have indicated the government will likely appeal the Supreme Court’s recriminalization of homosexuality in the courts rather than passing a bill to resolve the issue

Indian Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Saturday that his government did not intend to move swiftly to re-legalize gay sex following the Supreme Court decision that recriminalized it – suggesting it will pursue the matter through the courts instead.

December 5, 2013

Lady Gaga's former BFF will co-produce and star in program about single gay dads in NYC

He's written plenty about reality stars like the Kardashians, the Jersey Shore gang and all those Real Housewives in various zip codes.

Now blogger Perez Hilton is seeking reality show stardom himself in Gay Dads of New York.

November 24, 2013

Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson doesn't want trans kids using facilities 'until the plumbing's changed'

A Colorado school board member has sparked controversy in the her local community after refusing to recognize the rights of transgender students, saying they shouldn't be allowed access to facilities which match their gender unless they have undergone surgery.

 

Katherine Svenson, of the Delta County School Board, publicly stated in October that she doesn't support the rights of trans people to use restrooms that match their gender identity.

November 16, 2013

South Korea’s Supreme Court has deemed a gay romance film fit for people 15-and-over, overturning a Korea Media Rating Board decision that it was not fit for teenagers of any age to watch

South Korean filmmaker Kim Jho Kwang-soo has won a four year battle with the Korea Media Rating Board to have an adults-only rating downgraded on his gay romantic comedy Just Friends?

The 30 minute film portrays the love life of a young gay couple in their 20s leading up to their compulsory 2 years of military service and Kim Jho recut the film three times to try to make it acceptable for the Korea Media Rating Board in seeking a 15-and-over rating for the film, but the board would not relent.

November 5, 2013

A journalist and cameraman claimed they were repeatedly arrested, harrassed, and threatened for simply criticizing the Sochi Olympics

A Norwegian news team has claimed they were detained, harassed and threatened while reporting in Sochi.

Oystein Bogen, a reporter for TV2, and cameraman Aage Aunes, had arrived in Adygea – south of Sochi – on 31 October.

Traffic police stopped the news team six times, and on one occasion alleged the anchor had been using narcotic drugs.

When Bogen denied the allegation, he was asked what would happen if he declined.

The officer allegedly told him: ‘That will be an admission of your guilt and we will put you in jail.’

October 21, 2013

A special event this week, The Rainbow Intersection, will open up discussions on race, culture and sexuality

Gay BBC reporter Evan Davis, in recounting his coming out story earlier this year in The Independent, quipped his brothers’ wry reaction was ‘Thank God you’re not black!’ It was this comment, admittedly satirical rather than racist in any way, that led to the creation of The Rainbow Intersection event.

September 29, 2013

In comment on her article, Star-Ledger reporter Susan Epstein says she wants to talk to people willing to discuss Eyricka Morgan's life as a transgender woman

GLAAD, the gay media watch organization, is asking the Star-Ledger newspaper to use proper pronouns when writing about the recent murder of a trans woman.

Early this week Eyricka Morgan was stabbed to death in a New Brunswick, New Jersey boarding house. She was rushed to hospital and died approximately an hour later.

September 26, 2013

Show is fresh off winning fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy

Cam and Mitch are getting married.

On the fifth season premiere of ABC's Modern Family Wednesday (25 September), Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) propose to each other and both say 'yes' in unison.

The couple, who have an adopted daughter, Lily, found out early in the episode that they could finally legally marry. The plot then involved planning their respective proposals to each other.

Ferguson live tweeted during the telecast with the newly married gay actor writing at one point: 'Yay gay marriage!'