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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.

March 19, 2015

Cohen describes Griffin's reasons for quitting Fashion Police as 'the pot calling the kettle black'

Kathy Griffin may try to embarrass Anderson Cooper each year when they co-host CNN's New Year's Eve coverage but he's got her back.

On Wednesday's night's Watch What Happens Live after show, Cooper stood up for Griffin during a discussion about her well-publicized decision last week to quit as host of the E! show Fashion Police.

'I'm on Team Griffin,' said Cooper who accused Cohen of loving to 'stir the pot.'

March 19, 2015

Guy Wilson had to shift gears when his character of Will Horton cheated on his husband

A year ago, the characters of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis got married on NBC's Days of Our Lives - a first for a male couple on a US daytime soap.

The couple remains front-and-center in the fictional town of Salem but many things have happened on their way to happily ever after.

It all began to unravel when Will (played by Guy Wilson) left town for a writing job and Sonny's ex-boyfriend - a pro baseball player named Paul Narita - arrived in town for shoulder surgery.

March 19, 2015

Reign Edwards' character tells her sibling: 'You’re not my sister, Maya ... You’re Myron, my brother'

Emmy winning CBS daytime soap The Bold and the Beautiful revealed on Wednesday (18 March) that one of its characters is transgender.

It was a twist that the most loyal of viewers did not see coming.

The big reveal came during a confrontation between sisters Maya (Karla Mosley) and Nicole (Reign Edwards).

'You’re not my sister, Maya. You’re not Maya at all,' Nicole said to her sibling. 'You’re Myron, my brother.'

Maya is a model who's dating Rick Forrester (Jacob Young) and transitioned from a male to a female at a young age.

March 18, 2015

Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski will still be part of revamped show

Fashion Police has been put on a long hiatus.

The fashion snarkfest that Joan Rivers put on the map has struggled to find its groove since her death last September.

The show, which relaunched in January with Kathy Griffin succeeding Rivers as the comic center, was dealt a blow last week when Griffin abruptly quit after just seven episodes.

Her departure came just days after panelist Kelly Osbourne, a holdover from the Rivers version, had quit.

March 18, 2015

Popular American game show Lets Make a Deal was the venue for a surprise same-sex marriage proposal between two contestants earlier this week and the audience went wild for it

One of America’s longest running game shows was the venue for an impromptu same-sex marriage proposal this week.

Audience members on Let’s Make a Deal dress in distinctive costumes hoping they will be picked by host Wayne Brady to compete on the show and an unnamed gay couple got his attention by wearing matching German lederhosen outfits.

When Brady gave the microphone to the couple, one of the men asked Brady, ‘Can I give a little shout out?’ to which he replied ‘Of course!’

March 17, 2015

Football player and partner Peta Murgatroyd score 26 out of possible 40 dance the Cha-Cha to Uptown Funk

Michael Sam made his debut on ABC's Dancing With the Stars on Monday and scored in the middle of the pack of contenders.

While Sam's footwork was characterized as sloppy by the judges, he and partner Peta Murgatroyd scored 26 out of a possible 40 points for their Cha-Cha dance.

'That butt is a work of art,' openly gay judge Bruno Tonioli said to Sam after the dance.

Said judge Julianne Hough:'Your feet were a little sloppy but overall, you have a groove within you that is so fun to watch and infectious.'

March 17, 2015

Scandal producer receives HRC award for her portrayal of LGBTI people

Shonda Rhimes has said she is not diversifying TV, she is 'normalizing' it.

The producer was honored with an Ally for Equality award at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner on Saturday (14 March) for her 'groundbreaking portrayals of LGBTI people' in Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

'I really hate the word "diversity,"' she told the crowd. 'It suggests something other. As if it is something special. Or rare.

March 15, 2015

LA event draws Lena Dunham, Matt Bomer, George Takei, Maria Bello, Sara Ramirez and Guillermo Diaz among others

When word got out that Mariah Carey would be performing at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles, the event quickly became a sellout.

The crowd of 1,200 had to wait until the very end of a long, star-studded evening, before the Grammy winner was introduced by Empire star Jussie Smollett.

'I don't know how to explain how much I love this woman ... she is one of the greatest vocalists of all time,' said Smollett who came out publicly as a gay man earlier this month.

'I'm about to pee myself,' he admitted. 'She's right there.'

March 13, 2015

I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative directon of the show and now it's time to move on'

Kathy Griffin has quit Fashion Police less than three months after joining the show as a replacement for the late Joan Rivers.

Griffin posted a lengthy explanation for her departure on her Twitter page.

'I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show,' she wrote. 'Now it's time to move on.'

The show had stopped production last fall when Rivers unexpectedly died shortly after the Emmy Awards edition aired.

March 13, 2015

'We should be able to read, smoke weed, swim and drink naked'

Partrons of a gay club in New Orleans are fighting for their right to drink and smoke naked.

Clientele of The Country Club launched a petition calling for the reinstatement its clothing-optional policy, which was scrapped after a woman alleged she was sexually assaulted there last summer.

But patron Dillon Henderson said the reasons why the policy went away were 'irrelevant' to him.

'We should be able to read, smoke weed, swim and drink naked,' he told WGNO TV station.

March 12, 2015

The four-time Emmy winner is joined at ceremony by his co-stars on The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons was thrilled to get a star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week.

But don't expect to find The Big Bang Theory star hanging around it much now that his induction ceremony is over and the red carpet is rolled up.

'It is a funny place to honor anyone,' Parsons tells Variety. '"We will put your name right on the ground." And if there is gum there? Come on, it is the ground!'

March 12, 2015

Not known if incident played in to O'Donnell's decision to suddenly leave show

Rosie O'Donnell left The View last month but fallout from her brief return to the show continues.

A top producer on the show who berated O'Donnell in front of other staff members during a production meeting has been fired, according to Page Six .

Jennifer Shepard-Brookman, a senior producer who has worked at the ABC daytime show for over eight years, was 'profoundly and publicly disrespectful' to O’Donnell who complained to ABC’s human resources department.

March 11, 2015

'Please master can I kneel at your feet'

A Connecticut teacher has been suspended for reading an explicit poem about gay sex in class.

According to students at Windsor High School, David Olio read a 1968 poem by Allen Ginsberg which describes a sexual encounter between two men.

'It’s so graphic we can’t even repeat what much of it says,' a WTNH report said.

The first few lines of Please Master reads:

March 10, 2015

She is 'going to be running to the tape' until end of her third and final term

Houston Mayor Annise Parker can't run for a fourth term next year due to term limits but she is making clear that she intends to make the most of her time left in office.

'I'm going to be running to the tape as mayor. Cities are 24-7 operations and I have a lot left to do,' Parker told Gay Star News during a chat at the recent Family Equality Council dinner in Los Angeles where Parker was an honoree.

March 3, 2015

Get ready to go back behind bars for season three

Orange Is The New Black season three has a premiere date.

The Emmy-nominated women's prison drama will reveal its new episodes on 12 June.

If you've been behind bars for the past two years, it stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, a bisexual upper-middle class woman sent to jail for a drug running crime she committed a decade ago. Alex (Laura Prepon) plays her former (and now current) lover and inmate who helped send her to prison.

Starring more than 40 actors, it includes trans star Laverne Cox and lesbian singer Lea DeLaria.

March 3, 2015

MSNBC host says: 'It would be historic, and I am willing and able'

Thomas Roberts, a rising star at MSNBC for several years now, launched a new two-hour news program this week and finally his name is in the title.

MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts replaced the canceled Ronan Farrow Daily and The Reid Report in the cable network's 1-3 pm timeslot. It takes Roberts off of morning duties on Way Too Early and Morning Joe.

March 3, 2015

Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry born over the weekend

Actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert gave birth to her first child over the weekend with music producer Linda Perry.

The announcement was made on Monday (2 March) by Gilbert's co-hosts on The Talk.

'Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry was born on Saturday and both mother and child are doing well,' co-host Julie Chen told viewers.

Co-host Sharon Osbourne then held up a photo of the baby and Chen described it as 'Pure perfection.'