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December 17, 2014

Kerry Smith says his language was no worse than what you'd hear on 1980s sitcom Only Fools and Horses

UKIP politician Kerry Smith has claimed referring to gay people as 'poofters' and Chinese people as 'chinky' would not offend anyone from where he is from in London.

The candidate for South Basildon and East Thurock was revealed to have made homophobic and racist remarks and joked about shooting poor people last week.

In recordings of phone calls, he described gay party members as 'disgusting, old poofters', referred to someone with a Chinese name as 'chinky' and said shooting working-class people would be like a 'peasant hunt'.

December 17, 2014

Hackers behind the Sony cyber attack vow to carry out 9/11-style attacks on theaters that show the Franco-Seth Rogen comedy

Don't expect to see Rosie O'Donnell standing in line to buy tickets to the new James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy The Interview which opens in theaters on 24 December.

Threats of 9/11-type attacks have been made against theaters that show the film - threats from the hackers behind a major cyber attack against Sony, the studio releasing the movie.

O'Donnell said on The View today that she's too scared to go to a theater.

December 16, 2014

Michael Martin: 'If I can come out in a small town in West Virginia and be accepted, and dance with the homecoming king, it shows things are changing'

High school soccer player Michael Martin decided to stop hiding when he went to his school's homecoming dance this fall.

The All-State goalie at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia, was on the homecoming court. When the Alan Jackson song Remember When played, Martin took to the dance floor for a slow dance with Jem, his boyfriend of two weeks.

December 16, 2014

The star and mom was offering advice to aspiring gay parents at Cyndi Lauper’s recent True Colors concert in New York

Rosie O’Donnell recently took the opportunity to share her thoughts on gay parenting in a video chat with GaysWithKids.com.

The website caught up with the TV star and actor ahead of her co-hosting stint at Cyndi Lauper’s recent fundraiser in New York in support of homeless LGBTI youth.

O’Donnell, who is mom to five children aged 19, 17, 15, 12 and two years, was asked what advice she would give to any gay people who aspired to become parents.

December 15, 2014

'Acting is hard - you have to become another person and through that you become insecure as that person'

You have to be an awfully confident guy to put on giant platform shoes and sing and dance as a transgender punk rocker in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway.

But even Neil Patrick Harris, who won a Tony Award as Hedwig, can still have insecurities about acting and they reared their ugly head when he filmed his recent guest spot on TV's American Horror Story: Freak Show.

'I like acting very much except it has its own insecurities,' Harris said Monday (15 December) during a Twitter chat with fans.

December 15, 2014

Russell T Davies, who created Queer As Folk, is back in Manchester to celebrate gay life

More than a decade after Queer As Folk, the UK is set to air another huge gay drama.

And this time, there are three of them - Cucumber, Banana and Tofu.

Created by the creator of Queer As Folk, Russell T Davies, it will follow the loves and lives of the gay community in Manchester.

The video shows many of the characters and what we'll see them getting up in January 2015.

December 15, 2014

Series centers on teen who learns his parents are getting a divorce and his dad is becoming a woman

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest became a behind-the-scenes television force with the success of the much-maligned reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Seacrest's latest effort as a producer will most likely earn a bit more respect.

It's My Transparent Life, a groundbreaking docu-series that follows a teen named Ben who is not only dealing with his parents getting a divorce but also with the fact that his father is transitioning to female.

December 12, 2014

British LGBT Awards returns next spring

Hollyoaks TV soap actor Kieron Richardson wants you to nominate your favorites for next year’s British LGBT Awards.

The actor, best known for playing Ste Hay in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, picked up the ‘rising star of the year’ prize at the last ceremony, formerly called the Out In The City and G3 Awards.

He is now the official ambassador for the gay awards show.

The ceremony will take place on 24 April 2015 at a glittering ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel.

December 12, 2014

Says Rogers: 'We’re no longer dating but we’re friends'

Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, has confirmed his split from TV producer Greg Berlanti.

'We dated for a year and half. And we split up. Stuff happens,' Rogers tells SiriusXM Progress. 'We’re still friends. And we’re very supportive of each other.'

Berlanti is currently producer of the hit shows Arrow and The Flash on The CW. His previous credits include Brothers & Sisters and Dawson's Creek.

December 11, 2014

Big reveal comes during season finale of Direct TV drama

It's been hinted at in recent months but it was not official until this week's season finale of Kingdom.

The character of boxer Nate Kulina, played by the very gay-friendly Nick Jonas, is gay.

Viewers of the Direct TV drama find out about his sexuality after Nate is rejected from a gay bar and ends up hooking up with a guy who performs oral sex on him.

December 11, 2014

Interview will follow OWN's airing of documentary on the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team

Oprah Winfrey gets Michael Sam after all.

After the college football star was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Winfrey's cable channel OWN had announced plans for a documentary series following the first season of the NFL's first openly gay player.

Nothing worked out as planned and that series has been instead made into a 90-minute film to be aired on Winfrey's OWN on 27 December.

The series was quickly scrapped after pushback from the league and the team who were already concerned about 'distractions' regarding Sam.

December 10, 2014

Scott Rudin is first producer to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy

Don't expect to see producer Scott Rudin and movie queen Angelina Jolie working together anytime soon.

A scathing email Rudin sent to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal about Jolie is part of the fallout from a cyber-attack on the studio and was leaked on Tuesday (9 December).

An ongoing email exchange between Rudin and Pascal over much of 2014 included Rudin's fury over Jolie's alleged objection over David Fincher directing a Steve Jobs biopic instead of her remake of Cleopatra.

December 10, 2014

Trans actress Laverne Cox also nominated for Orange is the New Black

The Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game picked up three Screen Actors Guild nominations on Wednesday (10 December).

The nominations are seen as providing crucial boosts for films hoping to score Oscar nods next month.

Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his performance as Turing and co-star Keira Knightly earned a supporting actress nod for her work as Joan Clarke in the film.

December 10, 2014

Freddie Smith to be sentenced in February for  felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence

US soap opera star Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a car crash in Ohio that left his girlfriend seriously injured.

Smith, who plays the gay character of Sonny Kiriakis on NBC's Days of Our Lives, entered pleas of guilty this week to charges of felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor driving under the influence, according to the Associated Press.

Smith will be sentenced on 18 February.

December 9, 2014

Goreski and TV producer-writer Gary Janetti have been a couple for 13 years

These are exciting times for celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski who, along with Kathy Griffin, has been added to the panel of the E! show Fashion Police.

Goreski and longtime partner Gary Janetti,  who have been together for 13 years. are engaged to be married, the designer and reality show star confirmed on the red carpet of the Trevor Live! event in Hollywood over the weekend.

December 7, 2014

Don't you want to be Santa Claus in this photo?

Have to hand it to actors James Franco and Seth Rogen. They never tire of hyping their lovers and/or real close friends routine. And showing some skin.

Franco was the guest on last night's (6 December) comedy show Saturday Night Live. His opening monologue focused on the problems Sony faces with the company's information being hacked and shared.

December 5, 2014

Says the show's creator: 'Everybody seems to be very happy as far as I know'

Are Rosie O'Donnell's days on The View numbered?

That's the persistent buzz, from unnamed sources, surrounding the outspoken co-host who began her second stint on the show this fall. O'Donnell had been moderator of the program during a stormy 2006-07 season.

Barbara Walters, the show's creator who retired as a co-host last spring, was asked by Extra this week about rumors suggesting O'Donnell will not last the season.

December 5, 2014

Emmy and Tony winner: 'It had to do with visibility, all the brave people who fought for marriage'

David Hyde Pierce, winner of four Emmy Awards for his performance as Niles Crane on the sitcom Frasier, married longtime partner Brian Hargrove in California in 2008.

Since then, same-sex marriage has become legal in 35 US states plus the District of Columbia which the actor is 'amazed' by.

'I’m amazed of the sort of domino effect with same-sex marriage happening throughout the states,' Pierce told Larry King this week on Larry King Now.

'It had to do with visibility (and) all the brave people who fought for marriage,' he said.

December 3, 2014

CNN anchor missed just one day of work on Anderson Cooper 360

Two days after having an emergency appendectomy, Anderson Cooper returned to the air on CNN Tuesday not looking any worse for the wear.

Cooper, 47, did not mention his health scare at the top of Anderson Cooper 360 as he immediately jumped into a story on the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

December 3, 2014

Bravo TV host knows he doesn't have to experiment because 'I like dudes so much more'

On his nightly Bravo show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen is used to being the one asking all the nosy questions.

But now that he's busy promoting his new book The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year, Cohen finds himself being asked about some deeply personal things.

Including if he's ever had sex with a woman.

'Never. Never full, full-monty. I'm a gold-star gay,' Cohen said this week during an interview with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump.

December 3, 2014

After baiting fans for months over whether Norman Reedus’ character Daryl Dixon is gay, the show’s creators have confirmed that he isn’t – though they have said fans should expect a major gay male character to appear on the show in future

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has hosed down months of speculation that popular character Daryl Dixon would be revealed to be gay on the show – even though he helped stoke those rumors himself.

In mid-August Kirkman responded to the rumors by telling ComicBook.com, ‘‘All I can say is that it’s been discussed,’ when asked about the possibility that the character played by actor Norman Reedus would come out on the show in some way.

December 3, 2014

Victim's mother and others believe he was murdered because he was gay and his killer wasn’t sure if he wanted to be

The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has dominated the news in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, another shooting death on the other side of the state, in Kansas City, has gotten scant attention beyond the local news.

The victim was a 22-year-old gay, black man named Dionte Greene.

Greene was shot in the face while sitting in the front seat of his car, the engine still running, on the morning of Halloween.

December 2, 2014

CNN anchor tweets to concerned viewers that he was struck with 'appendicitis'

Anderson Cooper had a very good excuse for being absent from his nightly CNN show on Monday (1 December): He was in the hospital.

Cooper casually tweeted to his followers in Twitter: 'I'll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.'

He was replaced on Anderson Cooper 360 for the night by John Berman.

December 2, 2014

Singer previously said being an LGBTI role model would be 'awful'

Sam Smith yesterday said he does want to be a spokesperson for the gay community, a role he previously said would be 'awful.'

'People say, he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone,' he said on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

'Ya know straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited.'