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April 15, 2015

Olympian turned reality show star reveals a bit more in new promo for ABC interview with Diane Sawyer

Another brief promo for Bruce Jenner's chat with Diane Sawyer was released on Tuesday (14 April) as ABC continues to ratchet up interest highly-anticipated interview.

'My whole life has been getting me ready for this,' Jenner tells Sawyer in the interview which will air on a special two-hour edition of 20/20 on 24 April.

A voice-over then teases: 'Bruce Jenner. The interview. The journey. The decisions. The future.'

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 13, 2015

Extra host posts pic on Instagram and confesses: 'Couldn't help it'

Mario Lopez was grand marshal of the Miami Gay Pride Parade over the weekend and got a little grabby.

The Saved By the Bell star who now hosts the entertainment host Extra posted a fun pic of himself on Instagram of him grabbing a friend's butt and giving it a solid squeeze.

The caption reads: Caught in the act! Couldn’t help it… @rodneyrinks ‘s butt looked so juicy today I had to get in there. He liked it :) #MiamiPride

April 10, 2015

It does promise to cover 'the journey, the decisions, the future'

ABC News on Friday released the first official teaser for Diane Sawyer's upcoming interview with Bruce Jenner to air on 24 April.

The promo for the highly-anticipated two-hour special is vague when it comes to details but states it will cover 'the journey, the decisions,' and 'the future.'

The 65-year-old reality TV star has not publicly commented on his widely-reported transition to female.

April 8, 2015

TMZ reports reality star will not dress in female clothing for interview or reveal a name change

New details have emerged about Bruce Jenner's highly-anticipated interview with Diane Sawyer set to air on 24 April on ABC's 20/20.

Jenner reportedly sees the occasion as a 'farewell to Bruce' and is expected to present as a woman for the first time publicly.

But Jenner is not expected to wear female clothing or announce a name change, according to TMZ which cites sources close to Jenner and to the production.

April 8, 2015

KTLA's Sam Rubin: 'I don't care if Bruce Jenner is transitioning from one gender to another, one political party to another, one religion to another'

Longtime Los Angeles entertainment anchor Sam Rubin took to the air Tuesday (7 April) to blast ABC News for its plans to air a two-hour interview with Bruce Jenner later this month.

'You know what? I don't care if Bruce Jenner is transitioning from one gender to another, one political party to another, one religion to another,' Rubin said on the KTLA Morning News. 

April 7, 2015

'I had a great time; an awesome experience'

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was eliminated from ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Monday (6 April) evening.

Sam and partner Peta Murgatroyd received their highest marks yet from the judges for their week four dance but did not garner enough votes from the public to remain in contention.

'I had a great time; an awesome experience,' Sam said after the elimination. 'I want to thank Dancing With the Stars and everyone here who came out and supported.'

April 7, 2015

In two weeks nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition asking HBO to reverse its decision to cancel its popular drama about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco

The gay internet is not happy with HBO’s plans to cancel popular gay drama Looking without a third season, with a petition being launched by fans in the time since the 25 March announcement the show would not be renewed.

In the two weeks since then nearly 60,000 people have signed the petition on ThePetitionSite.com that was created by show fan Ian Grady.

April 6, 2015

Olympic champion turned reality TV star expected to discuss changing appearance and recent fatal car crash

ABC News confirmed today that Bruce Jenner will be the subject of a two-hour interview special by Diane Sawyer that will air on 24 April.

The interview is expected to cover the 1976 Olympic gold medalist's changing appearance and reported gender transitioning as well as a recent car accident that resulted in a woman's death.

Titled Bruce Jenner - The Interview, the network descries the special as a 'far-ranging, exclusive interview.'

April 6, 2015

The popstar made the remarks during a televised concert in Indianapolis

Rihanna has publicly criticized Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The singer, who spoke out against the controversial pro-discrimination bill during her headlining set at the March Madness Music Fest in White River State Park, Indiana, told the crowd that the state's lawmakers should let people 'live their lives'.

April 4, 2015

'The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them'

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the 'militant gay community.'

The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.

He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

April 4, 2015

Former View co-host: If finances were tough, 'we might have a potluck, we have bring your own chili'

Rosie O'Donnell, whose observations regularly made news during her recent stint on The View, was back in the spotlight this week weighing in on the news.

In a town hall-style conversation with gay rights activist Michelangelo Signorile this week, O'Donnell pointed out the irony of an Indiana pizzeria becoming the epicenter of that state's 'religious freedom' law debate.

'Gays were going to cater their wedding with pizza? Not even lesbians would do that,' O'Donnell said.

April 2, 2015

Indiana's beleaugured governor finds himself the butt of jokes

Indian Governor Mike Pence is dealing with more than threats of boycotts and the damage to his state's reputation after signing the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.

Now he's squarely in the cross-hairs of TV's late night hosts.

'You hear nothing about the guy and boom! He's in the headlines every day,' said The Late Show host David Letterman.

March 31, 2015

Measure would allow hospitals to turn away LGBTI patients

As Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana's 'religious freedom' law on Thursday (26 March), an even worse bill passed its first reading in North Carolina.

The NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act, introduced last week in both the House and Senate, says the state 'shall not burden a person’s right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.'

March 30, 2015

Unfreedom is the story of a young woman who resists an arranged marriage to be with her girlfriend

India’s Central Board of Film Certification has banned a lesbian film which it claims would ‘ignite unnatural passions’ in viewers.

Unfreedom is the story of a young woman who resists an arranged marriage to be with her girlfriend and contains nudity and lesbian sex scenes, which irked the board.

A parallel storyline revolves a terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim.

March 30, 2015

Bruce's daughter Kylie Jenner was in the audience

US actor and comic Jamie Foxx is being attacked online for making a transphobic 'joke' about Bruce Jenner.

Speaking at the iHeart Radio Music Awards yesterday (29 March), he made cruel jibes about the Kardashian star.

Jenner has not confirmed he is transitioning into a woman despite endless rumors and tabloid reports.

Taking to the stage after performances from Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Hudson and Nick Jonas, the ceremony's host said: 'We got some groundbreaking performances here, too, tonight.

March 25, 2015

Gay-themed show about group of friends in San Francisco will be wrapped up in a special

HBO confirmed today that its gay-themed series Looking will not return for a third season.

The series starring Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J. Alvarez and Russell Tovey will, however, get a special to wrap up its storylines.

The network said in a statement: 'After two years of following Patrick (Groff) and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.'

March 25, 2015

Critics have panned the prison comedy, claiming the 'gay panic' jokes are offensive

Will Ferrell has defended the homophobic jokes in his new comedy Get Hard.

The film features hedge fund manager, played by Ferrell, using his law-abiding acquaintance, played by Kevin Hart, to prepare him for maximum security prison.

Critics have panned the film, with Variety saying it uses 'some of the ugliest gay-panic humor to befoul a studio release in recent memory'.

March 24, 2015

Authorities says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has denied a personalized license plate reading LGBTALY because it says the term LGBT is too 'sexual'

John Keefe, 36, said he wanted to show his support for LGBTI rights when he applied for the plate in December.

'The gentleman who denied it said it was sexual in nature,' he told KWTV.

March 23, 2015

Witness says attacker stomped his face into the ground while yelling 'Faggot!'

A gay man who was brutally beaten in Mississippi on Friday (20 March) says the attack was a hate crime.

Investigators said James David Scott, 23, confronted Devin Norman, 26, in a Walmart parking lot in Corinth about an alleged social media post.

According to a witness, Scott threw Norman to the ground and stomped his face into the pavement while yelling, 'Faggot! Faggot! Faggot!'

Norman was treated for multiple facial fractures and broken eye sockets.

Scott fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with assault.

March 23, 2015

Pastor says no offence was intended

A church in Tennessee has sparked outrage for appearing to compare LGBTI people to Satan.

Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle last week put up a sign reading, 'Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights.'

Pastor Tony Greene denied that the sign was targeted at any particular group but many saw it as an attack on LGBTI rights.

A Knoxville couple will challenge the state's ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court next month. 

March 22, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich also honored with special award

There was no shortage of star power at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday led by honoree Kerry Washington and presenters Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum.

DeGeneres took the stage to a standing ovation and quipped: 'This is the largest gathering of gay people in one room since yesterday. So congratulations to us!'

The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

March 20, 2015

Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo and Daniel Franzese want to keep doing the beloved show with a small but rabid fan base

There was not a seat to be had last month at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills on a night dedicated to the HBO show Looking.

Most of the cast, including Jonathan Groff, were on hand for a panel discussion following the screening of an episode and the audience was wildly enthusiastic at every turn.

They get the characters of Patrick, Dom, Agustin, Kevin, Richie, Eddie and Doris who are navigating life and love in modern day San Francisco.

March 20, 2015

Openly gay anchor took over two hour block formerly occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid

No one can say that Thomas Roberts hasn't paid his dues.

For more than a year, the newsman rose well before dawn to host MSNBC's Way to Early and to appear on the show that follows it, Morning Joe.

But three weeks ago, Roberts was moved to the afternoon shift on the cable network to take over a two-hour time block that had been formerly occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid.

In his first two-and-a-half weeks, Roberts has quickly more than doubled the ratings of Farrow and Reid who have been given other assignments at MSNBC.