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May 11, 2015

Tomlin heard 'purse nelly' but the Broadway legend was actually saying 'personally' in her thick Bronx accent

Before she became a household name on TV's Laugh-In, Lily Tomlin was on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and had a memorable meeting with Broadway legend Chita Rivera.

Rivera, who had starred on Broadway in West Side Story and Bye Bye Birdie by then, was brought over to Tomlin by a publicist they both knew.

April 21, 2015

Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include George Takei, Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell

It was nearly nine years ago that then CNN Headline News anchor Thomas Roberts came out publicly as a gay man at a gathering of fellow journalists in Miami.

His career suffered some setbacks after he went public but it is now in high gear with Roberts anchoring a two-hour show on MSNBC each weekday that has helped the network's ratings grow in the time period.

July 22, 2014

In GLAAD's new report, it shows there were only seven decent well-rounded characters out of 107 films studied

Hollywood is failing at the representation of LGBT people, according to a new report.

GLAAD has mapped the quantity, quality and diversity of the community in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during 2013.

Out of the 102 releases from the major studios, only 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.

The majority of these were minor roles or cameos. Many of these were also outright offensive and defamatory, such as in Pain & Gain and Riddick.

May 5, 2014

Star Trek actor and social media star George Takei has praised the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in accepting its 2014 Vito Russo award

Star Trek actor and social media personality George Takei has been honored at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards, taking home the Vito Russo Award given to an LGBT media professional for their contribution to promoting equality.

Vito Russo was an American LGBTI activist who is best remembered as the author of the book The Celluloid Closet, exploring sexuality in the American cinema, who died of AIDS in 1990 and the award is given each year in memorial to him.

May 5, 2014

Star Trek actor and social media star George Takei has praised the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in accepting its 2014 Vito Russo award

Star Trek actor and social media personality George Takei has been honored at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards, taking home the Vito Russo Award given to an LGBT media professional for their contribution to promoting equality.

Vito Russo was an American LGBTI activist who is best remembered as the author of the book The Celluloid Closet, exploring sexuality in the American cinema, who died of AIDS in 1990 and the award is given each year in memorial to him.

May 5, 2014

See the full list of recipients at the GLAAD media awards this year

New York was abuzz during the annual GLAAD awards as LGBTI alumni and international pop stars attended the event to see who took home which award.

The 25th GLAAD ceremony took place on 3 May and attracted star performers as well as the LGBTI nominees collecting their awards.

Among the stars at the ceremony were Star Trek icon George Takei, Hollywood actresses Naomi Watts and Emmy Rossum, trans actress Laverne Cox and 80s pop star Boy George.

‘Sexercise’ singer Kylie Minogue performed at the awards, as did Grammy-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves.

May 4, 2014

Boy George told GSN it's time for world leaders to be more proactive when countries put in place anti-gay laws

The 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards attracted A-List LGBTI glitterati. Gay Star News was there to take a few photos and ask some questions.

The media watchdog's gala was held in New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Actor George Takei was the star of the evening as recipient of the Vito Russo Award. The honor is reserved for an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

April 22, 2014

Star Trek icon has worked for marriage equality, LGBT employment protections and anti-LGBTI bullying

George Takei will go where Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell have gone before.

The Star Trek icon, LGBTI activist and social media powerhouse will be presented with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award next month at the organization's New York media awards gala.

'Few voices have been as outspoken in support of equality as George Takei,'GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

April 22, 2014

Star Trek icon has worked for marriage equality, LGBT employment protections and anti-LGBTI bullying

George Takei will go where Anderson Cooper, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell have gone before.

The Star Trek icon, LGBTI activist and social media powerhouse will be presented with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award next month at the organization's New York media awards gala.

'Few voices have been as outspoken in support of equality as George Takei,'GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.

March 17, 2013

Madonna honors TV journalist Anderson Cooper with a trophy at the GLAAD Media awards in New York 

Pop star Madonna presented CNN’s anchorman Anderson Cooper with a US gay media watchdog's top award in recognition of his standing and accomplishment as an openly gay journalist.

Presenting the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) watchdog’s award to Cooper, Madonna up dressed yesterday (16 March) as a Boy Scout Of America, complete with a brimmed hat and sporting a blonde locks hairdo.

She called upon the organization to ‘change their stupid rules’ and end the ban on gay youth.

March 17, 2013

Madonna honors TV journalist Anderson Cooper with a trophy at the GLAAD Media awards in New York 

Pop star Madonna presented CNN’s anchorman Anderson Cooper with a US gay media watchdog's top award in recognition of his standing and accomplishment as an openly gay journalist.

Presenting the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) watchdog’s award to Cooper, Madonna up dressed yesterday (16 March) as a Boy Scout Of America, complete with a brimmed hat and sporting a blonde locks hairdo.

She called upon the organization to ‘change their stupid rules’ and end the ban on gay youth.

March 8, 2013

Her famous TV character of Rhoda Morganstern resonates with gay fans

Valerie Harper, an American television icon with legions of gay fans, has announced that she has brain cancer and could have as little as three months to live.

The 73-year-old actress, best known for her portrayal of Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the spinoff series Rhoda, got the diagnosis on 15 January but has only just gone public in People magazine.

March 2, 2013

Andersoon Cooper will receive his GLAAD media award from Madonna

The upcoming GLAAD Media Awards instantly turned a little bit more fabulous-er. The media rights organization announced today (2 March) Madonna will make a presentation to Anderson Cooper.

Madonna will give the CNN reporter the Vito Russo Award on 16 March.

'From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community's strongest allies, said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a statement. 'We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper.'

February 21, 2013

The openly gay news anchor will recieve an award for his work towards LGBT equality

Gay American journalist and anchor Anderson Cooper will be awarded with the Vito Russo award for his work towards equality in the media.

He will receive the award by GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

The Vito Russo award is given to media figures who have come out and contributed towards equality.

July 24, 2012

Film historian and activist spent decades at the center of battles for LGBT equality and against AIDS

Filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz was afraid that a growing number of people had no idea who Vito Russo was.

But thanks to the acclaimed documentary Vito, which premieres tonight (23 July) on HBO, more people than ever will have a chance to learn about the man who authored The Celluloid Closet, the first book to critique Hollywood’s portrayals of gays on screen. He was a passionate advocate for justice and was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement and battle against AIDS for more than 20 years until his death in 1990.

July 24, 2012

Film historian and activist spent decades at the center of battles for LGBT equality and against AIDS

Filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz was afraid that a growing number of people had no idea who Vito Russo was.

But thanks to the acclaimed documentary Vito, which premieres tonight (23 July) on HBO, more people than ever will have a chance to learn about the man who authored The Celluloid Closet, the first book to critique Hollywood’s portrayals of gays on screen. He was a passionate advocate for justice and was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement and battle against AIDS for more than 20 years until his death in 1990.

July 12, 2012

Festival marking its 30th year and is honoring John Waters

Los Angeles's gay and lesbian film festival, Outfest, kicks off its 30th year tonight by honoring filmmaker John Waters and screening a documentary about activist and film historian Vito Russo.

Walters will be on hand to receive the 16th annual achievement award which has previously gone to Jane Lynch, Sir Ian McKellen, Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, and Bill Condon, among others.

July 12, 2012

Festival marking its 30th year and is honoring John Waters

Los Angeles's gay and lesbian film festival, Outfest, kicks off its 30th year tonight by honoring filmmaker John Waters and screening a documentary about activist and film historian Vito Russo.

Walters will be on hand to receive the 16th annual achievement award which has previously gone to Jane Lynch, Sir Ian McKellen, Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, and Bill Condon, among others.

March 25, 2012

LGBT stars and straight allies descend on New York for first of three-part ceremony

Dancing With The Stars, Lady Gaga and musical drama Smash were among the winners at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation media awards announced yesterday.

The GLAAD awards recognise fair and accurate portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in film, TV, radio, music, newspapers and blogs.