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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.

January 13, 2015

Organization insists LGBT people have a disorder that can be cured

Fox News anchor Bret Baier has dropped out as a speaker at next month's Letagus Summit a day after actor Gary Sinise did the same.

The Summit is the annual conference of Letagus, a Catholic business organization that believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be ‘cured.'

January 13, 2015

E! network identifies pair as 'Liza Miinnelli and guest'

Andrew Rannells and Lena Dunham, who play BFFs on HBO's Girls, got a surprise at the Golden Globe Awards when they stopped on the red carpet to chat with E! host Ryan Seacrest.

The entertainment channel identified the pair in its graphic as 'Liza Minnelli and guest.'

Rannells posted a screen grab of the flub on Twitter on Tuesday and wrote: This is really special. I assume I am “guest” but… you never know.'

January 12, 2015

Says in speech: 'To the generation that we lost and the people we continue to lose to this disease, I just want to say we love you, we remember you'

Matt Bomer won his first Golden Globe Award on Sunday for his performance as a man dying of AIDS in the HBO drama The Normal Heart.

Bomer portrayed New York Times reporter Felix Turner in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

'Larry Kramer, thank you for your anger and your passion and writing this story that changed so many lives,' Bomer said.

January 12, 2015

Creator dedicates show's award to late trans teen Leelah Alcorn

The Amazon series Transparent won a the Golden Globe Award for best TV comedy on Sunday and its star, Jeffrey Tambor, won for best actor.

Tambor, who plays a father of three transitioning at the age of 70, said the role has helped him get to know 'more of Jeffrey that I've ever known in my entire life.''

'I'd like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community,' he said in his speech. 'Thank you for your courage, I thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience, thank you for letting us be part of the change.'

January 12, 2015

'I hope they bleep that. I apologize. I don’t know why I said that'

Rosie O'Donnell was a naughty girl on Monday's episode of The View.

The co-host, who has been acting as moderator in recent weeks in the absence of Whoopi Goldberg, let an F-bomb slip during the show's Hot Topics segment.

Guest co-host Nikki Glaser is to blame.

January 11, 2015

'Shouldn't a bisexual be able to have both a male and female spouse?'

Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News pundit, isn't certain about the number of spouses bisexuals want to have.

The Republican is about to start a book tour to promote his book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.

In the non-fiction work Huckabee touches on a number of cultural issues, including same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 candidate for the White House wonders if bisexuals want multiple spouses.

January 8, 2015

Makes emotional comments while accepting People's Choice Award in LA

Wednesday was a great day for Matt Bomer.

First it was announced that HBO will be making a movie about Montgomery Clift starring Bomer then he wos the People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Actor.

He won for the USA Network series White Collar which ended its six season run on in November.

'What an incredible thing to have happen at the end of a series,' he told the audience at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

January 7, 2015

'I’m more improvisational and I don’t know what I’m going to say and neither does anyone else on the panel'

Next week, the day after Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, Kathy Griffin will make her debut as host of E! network's Fashion Police.

It will be the first episode of the show since its Emmy recap in September which was taped just days before Joan Rivers had a minor medical procedure that resulted in her death at the age of 81.

So it will be a bittersweet occasion for her successor and close friend Griffin.

The comic told The Today Show this week that she will be similar to her mentor with her outspoken nature but will also have her own style.

January 6, 2015

'He used to throw the javelin, now he's throwing is all off'

Gay comic Mario Cantone went off on the entire Kardashian family on Tuesday (6 January) but reserved some of his biggest zingers for Bruce Jenner.

Cantone said the 1976 Olympic gold medalist has morphed from hunky athlete to a 'lumberjack lesbian.'

Appearing as a guest on The Meredith Vieira Show to review 'The Most Annoying Stories of 2014,' Cantone went on a rant about Jenner's changing appearance.

January 6, 2015

'It's an interesting dynamic - I am finding my way through it'

There's no Elisabeth Hasselbeck this time around but Rosie O'Donnell's second time as a co-host of The View has not exactly been smooth sailing.

The show's Hot Topics segments have led to heated on air exchanges about race and other topics with O'Donnell clashing with moderator Whoopi Goldberg on more than one occasion.

'It's an interesting dynamic - I am finding my way through it,' O'Donnell wrote this week to a reader of her blog.

December 31, 2014

Evelyn Ruark  has only once been briefly seenon sister Michelle Duggar's TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting

The Duggar family, the focus of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, have proven themselves to be no friends of the LGBTI community.

This could be why viewers of the show are probably not aware that the sister of family matriarch Michelle Duggar is a lesbian.

Evelyn Ruark was only briefly seen in an early season of the show which debuted in 2008. She is also seen the family's website in a photo of Michelle Duggar and her siblings taken in spring 2011.

December 29, 2014

As they prepare to co-host CNN coverage for eighth time he says: 'I’m genuine friends with Kathy. She’s funny as hell'

There are certain things you can count on when it comes to watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square in New York City.

Griffin will do something completely outrageous and Cooper will be mortified. Then he'll giggle - a lot.

December 28, 2014

He infamously told an alleged rape victim on air, 'You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it… Meaning the use of teeth, right?'

It's a dubious honor for CNN's Don Lemon, one of the news network's most recognizable anchors.

The highly regarded Columbia Journalism Review recapped the year's 'most cringe-worthy news blunders' which included the out 48-year-old co-host of CNN Tonight because of a series of controversial or inane questions and comments that made headlines this year.

David Uberti, the Review's fellow wrote in a post why Lemon deserves to be ranked along with other missteps in journalism this year.

December 25, 2014

Sam Smith: 'I hope you’re already stuffed & drunk'

Ellen DeGeneres is among the gay and lesbian celebrities wishing their followers a Merry Christmas on Thursday (25 December).

But the popular talk show host delivered her greetings with a mini-lecture: 'Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope your day is filled with warmth and love. Now stop reading tweets in the pantry and go be with your family.'

Here are other holiday messages via Twitter:

Matt Bomer: Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy holiday with the ones you love. XO

December 25, 2014

And guest speaker compares gay marriage opponents to ISIS

The December 23 edition of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC was a joyful one to watch.

Comedian guest Sam Seder brought up the topic of gay marriage by saying how difficult it must have been for an Iowa lesbian couple to have to wait for 72 years before they got married over the summer.

Hayes and his guests then expressed one after another how the US has already reached a tipping point and built a supportive consensus.

December 25, 2014

The View host had wanted a Sarah Palin moment for the fallen 7th Heaven dad

Yahoo's global anchor Katie Couric scored an exclusive interview with former 7th Heaven star and admitted child molester Stephen Collins but Rosie O'Donnell was not very impressed with the results.

The View co-host took to her blog this week to blast Couric for what she thought was a softball interview and not the same level of interrogation O'Donnell put Sarah Palin through during the 2008 presidential election.

December 24, 2014

Transgender author launches a new weekly culture show

Transgender author Janet Mock got engaged to her boyfriend of five years this weekend, days after launching her own culture show on MSNBC.

'I said YES,' she tweeted on Sunday (21 December).

Mock met New York photographer Aaron Tredwell in 2009 at a bar in Manhattan where she caught him looking at her while she twirled on the dancefloor.

'He's a fantasy come true, and I want him to want me,' she wrote on XOJane about their first encounter.