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February 25, 2015

TV chef Duff Goldman made the seven-tier gold and silver cake and drag queen Chi Chi LaRue DJ'ed at the reception

Food Network's Guy Fieri has married 101 gay couples at a mass wedding in Miami.

Decked out in a purple tuxedo, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives officiated the ceremony on Monday (23 February).

Fieri's late sister, Morgan, was a lesbian.

'Was an honor to be part of such an amazing day for so many loving couples,' he tweeted.

Art Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey, came up with the idea of a free over-the-top wedding after Florida judges lifted the state's ban on gay marriage last month.

February 23, 2015

Unable to compete in NFL last season, Sam will compete for Mirror Ball Trophy

Michael Sam has been chosen to appear on ABC's Dancing With the stars.

The first openly gay player ever drafted by a National Football League team will be among the celebrities competing when the season's roster is unveiled Tuesday (24 February) on ABC's Good Morning America, according to TMZ.

Sam made the cover of Sports Illustrated when he came out publicly just after completing his stellar college career at the University of Missouri.

February 19, 2015

London playwright Dan Murphy draws on his hometown of Romford to tackle some big themes with his bold debut production.

The satellite town of Romford is where Dan Murphy grew up, and it is also the setting for his debut play A Local Boy.

For his debut work, Murphy has presented a play about identity, relationships, and the anger that smoulders when we feel like we don't belong.

February 18, 2015

Freddie Smith's girlfriend was seriously injured in crash but she wrote letter to judge supporting her man

Wednesday was a dramatic day for US soap opera star Freddie Smith both on screen and off.

On the day an episode aired showing his Days of Our Lives character discovering that his husband has slept with his ex-boyfriend, Smith was in an Ohio courtroom trying to avoid being sent to jail.

He succeeded.

A judge suspended Smith's driver's license for one year and ordered him to DUI school stemming from a car accident last October that left Smith's now fiance seriously injured.

February 13, 2015

'Why do we bring the best entertainment into a country like Abu Dhabi and they look down upon women and gays? I get it! #MillionsofDollars'

Darren Young has criticized the WWE for its three-day tour of the United Arab Emirates, where gay sex is illegal.

WWE decided not to take the openly gay wrestler to Abu Dhabi for his own safety.

'Why do we bring the best entertainment into a country [sic] like Abu Dhabi and they look down upon women and gays? I get it! #MillionsofDollars,' he tweeted on Tuesday (10 February) night.

Within minutes, Young deleted the tweets, seemingly at the behest of WWE, and replaced them with the following posts:

February 13, 2015

'We're living separately and we're figuring out how that feels and trying to deal with all the emotions that come with that'

Rosie O'Donnell had very little to say about her personal life during her last day on The View this week but she opened up on The Dr. Oz Show Friday (13 February).

O'Donnell, who survived a near-fatal heart attack in 2012, has been dealing with the stress of working on a high-pressure daily show and a crumbling marriage.

'I'm doing everything that I can to take care myself, and I think Michelle is doing the same thing,' O'Donnell said of wife Michelle Rounds who she married in 2012.

The couple, who have a child together, split in November.

February 12, 2015

Departing co-host jokes: 'Now see if that was everyday I would have stayed'

Wearing a bright yellow blazer, Rosie O'Donnell exited The View today as upbeat as she was when she first rejoined the show last fall.

She was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience and from her co-hosts and with chants of 'Rosie! Rosie!'

She joked: 'Now see if that was everyday I would have stayed.'

The co-hosts had come out dancing to Flo Rida’s Low and O'Donnell pointed to herself and told the crowd that co-host Rosie Perez 'was impressed with shortie getting low, low, low.'

February 9, 2015

Despite urging by her co-hosts, she didn't want to discuss leaving The View on Monday's show

Viewers who had learned over the weekend that Rosie 'Donnell was leaving The View were surprised when she did not discuss her departure on Monday's show.

She said in a YouTube video posted after the show that she doesn't plan to discuss it on Tuesday either and that her final day as full-time co-host will be on Thursday.

O'Donnell said her co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace had wanted her to discuss her leaving but it was her choice not to.

February 9, 2015

But co-host cited health concerns during weekend appearance at film festival

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View on Monday without mentioning that this is expected to be her final week as a regular co-host.

News of O'Donnell's impending departure broke late Friday when her rep and ABC both confirmed that she would be leaving the show to focus on her family. It was also confirmed that O'Donnell had split from wife Michelle Rounds.

O'Donnell was given an opening to address the developments when moderator Whoopi Goldberg noted that she had had a big weekend.

February 7, 2015

Rep states: 'This has been a very stressful situation. She is putting her personal health and family first'

Rosie O'Donnell is leaving The View next week.

Her departure comes less that six months after rejoining the ABC daytime talk show which she moderated during the 2006-07 season.

This development comes at the same time as an announcement that O'Donnell has split from wife Michelle Rounds.

The mother of five children wants off the morning grind to focus on her family.

February 6, 2015

Promoting new reality series, Barry Williams says he will do anything for ratngs

It's the kind of thing on TV's The Brady Bunch that would have resulted in Mike and Carol Brady sitting down their son Greg and giving him a stern lecture about his misbehavior.

The actor who played eldest son Greg on the 1969-74 sitcom and several of its subsequent incarnations stuck his foot in his mouth this week while promoting his new reality show.

Barry Williams, 60, told HuffPost Live that he would consider 'going transgender' like Bruce Jenner to get higher ratings.

February 5, 2015

NBC News anchor falsely claimed he was in a helicopter forced down during US invasion of Iraq

Rosie O'Donnell is buying none of NBC News anchor Brian Williams' explanation for why he falsely claimed to be on a helicopter that was forced down by rocket-propelled grenade fire during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003.

'It’s a blatant lie. It’s a Lance Armstrong lie,' O'Donnell said on Thursday's edition of ABC's The View.

Armstrong is the disgraced former Tour de France champion who for years denied using performance enhancing drugs only to later admit he had.

February 4, 2015

'The next time you feel like saying "my gays" replace it with "my blacks" and see how that turns out!'

Andy Cohen had to share with the viewers of Bravo's What Happens Live Tuesday (3 February) 'something that's been bugging the hell out of me.'

It seems several of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, whose show Cohen produces, have a habit of referring to their gay male friends as 'my gays.'

Cohen decided to show footage of Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna and others committing the offense and decided to make it a 'teachable moment.'

February 4, 2015

Owners of Gortz Haus agree to pay $5,000 to couple and vow not to discriminate in the future

Lee Stafford and his fiance thought they had found the perfect place for their wedding: Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa.

When it turned out they were not welcome because they are gay, Stafford filed a discrimination lawsuit and has just reached a settlement with the owners of the venue.

February 2, 2015

Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is reportedly transitioning to a woman

The creator of Golden Globe award-winnng TV series Transparent has apologized for an anti-trans joke about Bruce Jenner that drew fire from the transgender community.

Jill Soloway posted a Transparent poster on Facebook with Jenner and other Kardashian family members' faces superimposed on the characters. Jenner, who has reportedly started transitioning to a woman, took centerstage as transgender mother Maura.

February 1, 2015

'People can be my friends who have a lifestyle that are not necessarily my lifestyle'

Mike Huckabee wants everyone to know he has friends from diverse backgrounds.

The potential 2016 White House candidate was a guest on CNN this morning (1 February).

In the interview, the Republican proudly listed how tolerant he is when it comes to friendship.

'People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle,' Huckabee maintained.

January 31, 2015

Cabbie: 'You can't do that in here, get out and get another taxi if you want to do that!'

A gay couple in Chicago has filed a disrimination complaint after they were allegedly kicked out of a taxi by a driver upset that they had shared a kiss.

One of the men, Stephen Murphy, says boyfriend Daniel Costa reached over 'and just gave me a close peck kiss on the cheek. ... obviously we were shocked.'

Costa tells ABC 7 Chicago: 'The taxi cab driver said to us we could not do that in his cab.'

January 30, 2015

Four-time Emmy winner returns to Broadway to star in play An Act of God

Jim Parsons, who plays a theoretical physicist at Caltech on TV each week, is getting a promotion.

He will be playing God.

The four-time Emmy winner is set to return to Broadway in An Act of God based on the 2011 book The Last Testament: A Memoir By God written by David Javerbaum of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Javerbaum runs the popular satirical Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod and sent out a statement released from 'God.'

January 26, 2015

She recently wore a dress on The View and says 'I still have trauma, remembering it'

Rosie O’Donnell says her 60 pound weight loss since undergoing vertical gastric sleeve surgery in July 2013 has been a major psychological hurdle.

O'Donnell, 52, showed off her trimmer body earlier this month when she wore a dress for the first time on ABC's The View.

'It was very weird for me,' she told viewers last week. 'I still have trauma, remembering it.'

O'Donnell admitted that she sometimes feels 'vulnerable' about how she looks and that after she appeared in her dress, she 'had therapy and the whole two hours was about the dress.'

January 22, 2015

Ellen tweets later: 'I can’t stop thinking about this father. I wish all parents could be like this'

In just one week, the YouTube video of gay twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes coming out to their dad has been viewed more than 14 million times.

Their courage got the attention of Ellen DeGeneres who welcomed the twins onto her daytime talk show this week along with their dad who, although caught by surprise, managed to say all the right things.

January 21, 2015

Actor's failed series The Lyon's Den was filmed in a warehouse located by where the sex toys were made

Between his roles on The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters and Parks and Recreation, Rob Lowe has had a lot of success in series television.

But he's had a few big flops too.

There was the short-lived Dr. Vegas which he chose to do instead of taking the role of McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy and there was The Lyon's Den, the legal thriller that was his highly-anticipated follow-up to The West Wing.

January 17, 2015

Celebrities and campaigners criticize the US magazine, which photoshopped Jenner to appear as a woman, as ‘shockingly insensitive’ 

For a magazine named InTouch, its latest cover seems extremely out of touch.

The current issue of US celebrity gossip magazine InTouch has a photoshopped version of Bruce Jenner on the cover.

Jenner, former gold Olympic medallist but best known as the stepfather of US socialite Kim Kardashian, appears on the cover with lipstick and in women’s clothing. The headline reads: ‘Bruce’s Story: My life as a woman.’

January 15, 2015

TMZ quotes Kris Jenner as saying: 'It’s just mean to do, whether or not it’s true'

Olympic Gold Medalist turned reality show star Bruce Jenner was photoshopped to look like a woman on the cover of the current issue of In Touch magazine.

Even his ex-wife, Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner, thinks the magazine went too far.

January 14, 2015

Parents blame her for sharing photos of the transgender teen in a dress

Leelah Alcorn's best friend did not attend her funeral after receiving an angry phone call from the transgender girl's mother.

Carla Alcorn blamed Abby Jones for posting the now-famous photo of her daughter in a dress, which was shared worldwide alongside her suicide note.

The Ohio 17-year-old took her life last month after her Christian parents reacted 'extremely negatively' to her desire to transition.