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June 19, 2014

In Grace and Frankie, Lily Tomlin and Fonda play women whose husbands leave them - for each other

Martin Sheen, who for many years played the president of the US in NBC's The West Wing, is returning to series television as a gay man.

Sheen will play the husband of Jane Fonda in the upcoming Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie which also stars Lily Tomlin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fonda and Tomlin play women who are each others nemesis but find their lives intertwined when their law partner husbands each leaves them - for each other.

June 3, 2014

Out star already has crowded trophy shelf with four Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris has been the toast of the Tony Awards in the past as the singing and dancing host of Broadway's biggest night.

But on Sunday (8 June), it will be Hugh Jackman hosting and Harris will be in the audience as a nominee.

The consensus among pundits is that he can look forward to becoming a first-time Tony winner for his performance as a transsexual punk rock singer in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

May 25, 2014

An unlikely alliance was formed when gay rights activists helped raised funds for miners and their families during a devastating year-long strike in 1984 and 1985

Pride, a film by British Tony Award winning theatre director Matthew Warchus, has won this year's unofficial Queer Palm award for films that best touch on homosexual, bisexual and transgender issues at the Cannes Film Festival.

May 11, 2014

The lesbian Hollywood actress talks about the gay sex scandal of her X-Men director and being called a ‘dyke’ at school

Lesbian Canadian actress Ellen Page admits she is disturbed by the allegations facing gay X-Men director Bryan Singer.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the X-Men: Days of Future Past actress spoke about the allegations of sexual abuse recently brought against Singer.

Page said she found the allegations ‘super, super disturbing.’

May 9, 2014

'You have no idea how hard that moment is'

There were plenty of gays who were not impressed with Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards during which she publicly acknowledged being a lesbian before a worldwide audience.

Foster never said the word 'gay' or 'lesbian' in her speech giving fuel to those already critical of the two-time Oscar winner for not coming out earlier.

April 27, 2014

Protesters gathered outside the hotel in Los Angeles to campaign against the Sultan of Brunei’s plan to make gay sex punishable by stoning

Protests against Brunei’s proposed anti-gay policies continued on Saturday (26 April) when a small group of campaigners picketed outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, US.

In light of the Sultanate of Brunei’s plans to make homosexuality a crime punishable by stoning, several equality groups and campaigners have called for people to boycott the chain of hotels owned by him.

April 19, 2014

Michael Egan claims he tried to repress memories of X-Men director until undergoing trauma therapy 11 months ago

Michael Egan, who is suing X-Men director Bryan Singer for allegedly sexually assaulting him when he was a minor, says he spent nearly a decade trying to repress the memory of the experience.

'I basically buried it in me as deep as I possibly could,' he said at a press conference (see video below). 'I developed a problem with drinking to numb that pain for years.'

'About two years ago, I decided to completely stop the drinking and 11 months ago, I walked into my first trauma therapy (session).'

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.

February 25, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft to appear as part of 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

The three children of gay icon Judy Garland will make a rare joint public appearance together on Sunday (2 March) during an Oscar tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

Liza Minnelli, herself an Oscar winner, will appear with her younger siblings Lorna Luft and Joey Luft, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

December 30, 2013

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough ... Thank God I didn’t kill myself'

Filmmaker Lee Daniels is glad he's around to enjoy things like the Oscar buzz he's getting for having directed The Butler.

There were plenty of times when he felt he could not go on.

'I had a rough childhood growing up - very rough. Oftentimes I wanted to kill myself as a kid,' he tells The Hollywood Reporter.

December 5, 2013

Lady Gaga's former BFF will co-produce and star in program about single gay dads in NYC

He's written plenty about reality stars like the Kardashians, the Jersey Shore gang and all those Real Housewives in various zip codes.

Now blogger Perez Hilton is seeking reality show stardom himself in Gay Dads of New York.

November 16, 2013

South Korea’s Supreme Court has deemed a gay romance film fit for people 15-and-over, overturning a Korea Media Rating Board decision that it was not fit for teenagers of any age to watch

South Korean filmmaker Kim Jho Kwang-soo has won a four year battle with the Korea Media Rating Board to have an adults-only rating downgraded on his gay romantic comedy Just Friends?

The 30 minute film portrays the love life of a young gay couple in their 20s leading up to their compulsory 2 years of military service and Kim Jho recut the film three times to try to make it acceptable for the Korea Media Rating Board in seeking a 15-and-over rating for the film, but the board would not relent.

September 26, 2013

Show is fresh off winning fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy

Cam and Mitch are getting married.

On the fifth season premiere of ABC's Modern Family Wednesday (25 September), Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) propose to each other and both say 'yes' in unison.

The couple, who have an adopted daughter, Lily, found out early in the episode that they could finally legally marry. The plot then involved planning their respective proposals to each other.

Ferguson live tweeted during the telecast with the newly married gay actor writing at one point: 'Yay gay marriage!'

September 19, 2013

Andy Herren wins $500,000 first prize but loses job

After a season filled with racial slurs, anti-gay slurs and overall bad behavior, gay contestant Andy Herren was crowned Wednesday (18 September) winner of the CBS reality competition Big Brother.

Herren took home the $500,000 first prize for outlasting all of the contestants sent to live together in a house 27/4 and having their every move captured.

Herren, 26, is from Illinois and says 'I think I played my cards right when I needed to.'

August 13, 2013

From ‘McKinley High’ Ohio, to New York City, Fox’s musical-comedy masterpiece is to see a transfer to the stage

America’s hit TV musical-comedy ‘Glee’ could be making the move from high school corridors to the sidewalks of Broadway with talks of a live stage musical.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, co-head of television network Fox Gary Newman announced the plans for a stage musical during a shareholders presentation.

‘We launched a live stage business with a sold-out arena concert tour in 2011, and now a live stage musical is in the works,’ Newman said.

August 12, 2013

'There's the part (of my life) that's mine to keep for myself'

Oprah Winfrey often talked about partner Stedman Graham and everyone knows Ellen DeGeneres is married to Portia DeRossi.

But when Queen Latifah's daytime talk show premieres next month, don't expect to learn much about the personal life of the host who has for years not commented on widespread rumors that she is a lesbian.

August 6, 2013

The marriage of Callie and Arizona is rocked by infidelity

Grey's Anatomy fans were shocked at the end of last season when Jessica Capshaw's character of Arizona cheated on her wife Callie played by Sara Ramirez.

Creator Shondra Rhimes said this week that the storyline will play out dramatically when the long-running medical drama returns in the fall.

'We're going to get to see a very interesting journey for both women. I'm excited about it,' Rhimes tells The Hollywood Reporter.

July 15, 2013

Gay singer would rather focus on original music on next album

Adam Lambert has dumped his record label because they wanted him to next do an album of  80s cover songs.

RCA Records has released Lambert's first two albums For Your Entertainment and Trespssing but they will not be releasing his third album which the singer wants to be comprised of original material.

July 3, 2013

Movie director Roland Emmerich said he would match up to $250,000 in donations to gay rights organization Human Rights Campaign 

Director Roland Emmerich pledged up to a quarter of a million dollars to LGBT rights organization Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Emmerich said that he would match donations up to $250,000 (€1,929,160) made to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) before midnight yesterday.

The HRC was instrumental in legislative efforts that helped overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage Prop. 8

June 14, 2013

Rocket Man had called his former touring partner lazy and an alcoholic

Former touring partners Elton John and Billy Joel found themselves in the same room Thursday night at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City and proved to the music world that they are not feuding.

June 6, 2013

Transcript of 1950s recording recently unearthed in files of private investigator

Famously closeted movie star Rock Hudson married Phyllis Gates in October 1954 - a move that no doubt quieted the gay rumors and helped his movie image.

But, it seems, Gates was not in on the deception and did not go into the the three-year marriage knowing Hudson was gay.

But she had her suspicions soon enough according to transcripts of a secret tape recording made between the couple by a private investigator whose secret records were recently discovered inside a storage unit in the San Fernando Valley.

April 12, 2013

'I wish we had the show the first year that we ended up with the second year'

If Anderson Cooper had to do it all over again, his foray into daytime talk shows would have been more Live With Kelly and Michael from the start than a pale imitation of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Cooper's show, Anderson Live! was canceled last fall during the early weeks of its second season. But since that time, it has found its groove with a live format and a rotating array of guest co-hosts including Andy Cohen, Kathy Griffin and Kristin Chenoweth.

April 11, 2013

'Open' will be a complex drama which will explore sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships

Premium cable network has ordered a ‘complex’ relationship drama from the creator of Glee and American Horror Story.

Ryan Murphy, who also created gay relationship comedy The New Normal, has been given a pilot order for Open.

February 13, 2013

'Just recently, it bugs her. ... She goes: 'It's big. It's everywhere!''

Hugh Jackman, nominated for an Oscar this year for Les Miserables, has always shrugged off the persistent rumors that he must be gay.

But for his wife of 17 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, the gay talk is becoming more bothersome as the years go on.

'Just recently, it bugs her,' Jackman admits in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter. 'She goes: 'It's big. It's everywhere!' '