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April 18, 2014

Star tweets before and after photos showing off nearly 50 pound weight loss

It will be a much smaller Rosie O'Donnell who returns to ABC's The View next month when a reunion of former co-hosts takes place to pay tribute to a departing Barbara Walters.

O'Donnell took to Twitter this week to update her more than 740,000 followers in her weight loss effort which has reached nearly 50 pounds.

Posting before and after photos, O'Donnell commented: 'Almost 50 lbs off – I can see it now.'

She had reached a high of 230 pounds and turned to weight loss surgery to help take off the pounds.

April 17, 2014

Actor tells Gay Star News: 'I view the Will and Sonny storyline as an example of true love, pure love'

Guy Wilson has only been a part of the cast of the NBC soap Days of Our Lives since January but already he is a part of daytime television history.

His character of Will Horton was one of the grooms in what was the first same-sex wedding between two men in an emotional three-part episode that aired earlier this month.

'When we filmed that episode and the days leading up to that, with each day it became increasingly powerful for us,' Wilson told Gay Star News at the recent GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles where the show was named outstanding daytime drama.

April 17, 2014

Good Morning America anchor recalls her late mom saying to her: 'You are my child, and you're a child of God, and I love you'

After spending decades on television not discussing her sexuality, Robin Roberts is now an open book - literally.

The Good Morning America anchor has penned a memoir called Everybody's Got Something about her harrowing fight against a blood and bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome.

To promote the book, Roberts has landed on the covers of several US magazines this week including People in which she talks about her coming out to her tight-knit family decades ago.

April 16, 2014

An Alabama woman has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting and killing her son’s gay lover but police say the issue is one of family violence and not a hate crime

Pickens County Alabama woman Anita Hill, 51, has been charged with murder after she allegedly shot and killed her gay son’s lover.

Hill and her unnamed son had arranged to meet Jamie Johnson, 36, at Love’s Truck Stop in McCalla on Money and police were called to the scene around 6pm.

On arrival they found Johnson had received a bullet wound to the back and he was taken to UAB Medical West hospital but he later died from his injuries.

April 16, 2014

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay

Along with Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts, Steve Kornacki is one of three openly gay journalists to host programs on the MSNBC cable news channel.

The lesser-known among the three, Kornacki has also been out a far shorter time than his colleagues.

April 16, 2014

Series stars As the World Turns alum Van Hansis and Mad Men cast member Kit Williamson  as gay couple in LA struggling with infidelity

The popular web series EastSiders is gearing up for production of a second season and producers have turned to  Kickstarter to raise the #125,000 needed to make it.

In less than two days, more than $15,000 has been raised with 33 more days to go.

The creative force behind the show as well as one of the leading men is Kit Williamson who is best known for his recurring role as Ed Gifford on Mad Men.

April 15, 2014

Michael Sam, Rachel Maddow and Andy Cohen also in the top 10

Boosted by her triumph hosting the Academy Awards last month, Ellen DeGeneres has landed atop Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks of the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

DeDeneres, who finished second on the list last year, moved up a spot based in the Oscars which were the highest rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade and resulted in the temporary crashing of Twitter due to the host's all-star selfie.

April 15, 2014

'Sometimes there's a stigma attached to how people view you if you're living a certain way. But I don't care - you gotta live your life'

Robin Roberts has been on ABC's Good Morning America since 1995 and shared with viewers her battles with breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome.

But it was not until last December that she shared with the world that she is a lesbian and in a long-term relationship.

Roberts was widely applauded for her decision to finally go public but there were also those critics who felt she had waited much too long given her high-profile and the battle for LGBTI equal rights on the front burner.

She has no apologies.

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 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

April 12, 2014

'It really offends me by them coming in, pants down. So it is not that I’m against them, gay people or anything like that, but just trying to prove a point'

A store owner in the US state of  Georgia is fighting baggy pants with an anti-gay slur.

Anil Patel owns a convenience store in LaGrange. According to WSB-TV Atlanta, he does not like his customers to walk in with pants that sag. To fight the scourge, he put a sign up that said the following:

'Only [anti-gay slur] like to keep their pants down!!!! Pull your pants up!!! Or be proud to be a [anti-gay slur].'

April 10, 2014

Harris, who had been rumored as possible Letterman successor, tweets: 'He's a fantastic choice. I'm a huge fan'

The selection of Stephen Colbert today to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show on CBS ended speculation that Neil Patrick Harris could become the first openly gay host in late night history.

Harris took to Twitter to congratulate the host of The Colbert Report who will take over for Letterman next year.

He tweeted: 'I'm thrilled for replacing Dave. He's a fantastic choice. I'm a huge fan. Colbert is rad.'

April 7, 2014

But so far there 'hasn't even been a conversation at all' with CBS

Once David Letterman announced that he plans to step down as host of The Late Show on CBS, names of possible successors immediately began to be floated.

One of those names is Neil Patrick Harris who would make history as the first openly gay late night host.

'But I'm a big fan of CBS and [CBS's chairman and chief executive officer Les Moonves], so who knows?' Harris tells the New York Observer.

April 7, 2014

Says kiss with Evan Handler on TV's Californication 'would make A Place in the Sun’s Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift proud'

Rob Lowe has kissed many attractive leading ladies during his more than three decade career in movies and television.

Now he's started kissing men.

The same-sex smooching was a part of his role in the Showtime comedy Californication and he writes about the experience in his newly-released memoir Love Life.

April 4, 2014

'We went into it with no stress or worries or cares, except to have a good time'

Danny Pintauro, who from 1984-92 co-starred on the tremendously popular ABC sitcom Who's the Boss,. became a married man on Thursday (3 April).

Now 38, Pintauro married boyfriend Wil Tabares in a ceremony held in the beach community of Dana Point about an hour south of Los Angeles.

'Everything went off without a hitch,' Pintauro tells Us Weekly. 'The wedding was terrific and everyone was so happy to be there. We had fun!'

April 4, 2014

Ceremony between two men on daytime soap includes heartfelt speech by a great-grandmother

When Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton tied the knot on NBC's Days of Our Lives this week, they made daytime television history - and a statement about family.

Theirs was the first same-sex wedding ceremony between two men on a US daytime soap opera and the families of both grooms were in full support of the union.

'This is a world where we could really know who our boys are - and they can love each other,' Will's great-grandmother Caroline (Peggy McKay) says during an emotional speech where she recalls two gay men from her distant past who were forced to hide.

April 3, 2014

Singer-songwriter told his fans on Twitter about his upcoming album while calling on those who described his sexual orientation as 'sad'

American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has spoken out against people who call his homosexuality a 'disability'.

The flamboyant singer said he has received comments and tweets such as ‘it’s so sad to be gay’ and he finds the statements ‘indirectly offensive’.

‘It ain't a DISABILITY!! It's just a disposition ya'll. the only thing that makes it "hard to deal with" is when folks be ignant bout it. Ha’, Lambert tweeted.

April 2, 2014

Actor Scott Evans plays 'Sibling Wed Game' with his Captain America star brother

Chris Evans showed up on The Tonight Show Tuesday (1 April) night to chat up his latest flick Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

But it was his younger brother, openly gay actor Scott Evans, who stole the show.

The Evans brothers were asked by host Jimmy Fallon to play The Sibling Wed Game, a version of the popular Newlywed Game. It involved asking each brother the same question while the other can't hear to see if their answers match.

April 1, 2014

Kristen Kish shares photo of herself with girlfriend in celebration of their 1 year anniversary

Kristen Kish became only the second female champion of TV's Top Chef last year.

What viewers did not know then was that she was also the first lesbian champion of the popular cooking competition on Bravo.

Kish, 30, came out publicly over the weekend when she posted a photo of herself and girlfriend Jacqueline Westbrook on Instagram with this caption: 'Helicopter ride over Charleston. Happy 1 year love. You've made me incredibly happy.'

April 1, 2014

Actress and talk show host founded nonprofit arts education foundation Rosie's Theater Kids

Rosie O'Donnell has hosted several Tony Award telecasts but she has never received one of Broadway's biggest prizes.

That will change on 8 June.

The actress and talk show host has been selected as the recipient of a special Tony Award for her commitment to helping provide arts education to students in New York City public schools.

O'Donnell will be presented with the Isabelle Stevenson Award which each year goes to a theater community member for their humanitarian, social service or charitable contributions.

March 31, 2014

Long-awaited historic gay wedding between two men to take place on US daytime soap - see preview

US daytime soap history is about to be made this week on NBC's Days of Our Lives with the wedding of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis.

Beginning Tuesday (1 April), the couple's wedding will begin to play out in the fictional town of Salem - a Midwestern US city in a state that has never been specified.

It will be the first wedding between two male characters. The now-canceled All My Children on ABC had the very first same-sex nuptials between two lesbian characters in 2009.

March 28, 2014

Former Oz and Law & Order: SVU star has moved to comedy in TV's Surviving Jack

Christopher Meloni attracted a huge gay fan base during the years that he played bisexual killer Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz. (see video below)

The series has been off the air for 11 years but the gay fans have remained loyal to the hunky actor who also starred on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for more than a decade.

Does his popularity among gays surprise him?

March 28, 2014

Veteran broadcaster also a staunch ally for LGBTI equality: 'What the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war'

At 80, US talk show host Larry King sides with the younger generation of Americans who generally support equality for LGBTI people.

'Gay is a civil rights issue,' King tells The Rubin Report. 'And what the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war.'

King is confident that the US will one day be led by a chief executive with a same-sex partner in The White House.

March 24, 2014

HRC honoree Paris Barclay jokes that during Roberts' nomination hearing 'you did not see one, single picture of (him) in that wig. But I have them.'

When Paris Barclay accepted the Visibility Award over the weekend at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Los Angeles, he shared with the sold out crowd a high school memory that US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts would probably want forgotten.

It seems the two were classmates at an all boys high school long before their paths went in separate directions. Roberts ended up heading the highest court in the US and Barclay an Emmy winning director who is the first black and first gay president of the Directors Guild of America.