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April 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

April 13, 2014

Chris Windows’ anti-gay comments drew 1,500 signatures to stop him becoming Lord Mayor of Bristol

Bristol councillor Chris Windows has withdrawn his bid to become Lord Mayor of the UK city, after a petition to stop his campaign because of his anti-gay comments gathered over 1,500 signatures.

In November 2010, Conservative councillor Windows was highly critical of gay actor Sir Ian McKellen when he visited two Bristol schools to talk about what it means to be gay, on behalf of LGBT rights charity Stonewall.

April 12, 2014

Ivan Okhlobystin offered himself to the Russian police to help stop gay ‘biological heresy’

A homophobic Russian actor has pledged to eradicate gay people from Russia in a vile online rant.

Ivan Okhlobystin, 47, used his personal Vkontakte account, which is a popular social network in Russian-speaking countries, on 6 April to voice his support for the proposed ‘morality police’ in Russia and to further attack the gay community.

Okhlobystin, who is an actor and head of a mobile phone company, was angered by the Children 404 project, which offers support to LGBT teenagers in Russia.

April 10, 2014

Roland Emmerich, a gay filmmaker best known for movies like Independence Day, considers the film to be a passion project

War Horse star Jeremy Irvine will be starring in Stonewall, a film on the riots that kick-started the modern LGBTI rights movement.

The 24-year-old English actor will play a homeless gay teen who gets caught up in the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, Deadline reports.

It will be written by Jon Robin Baitz, best known for Brothers and Sisters, and directed by Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich.

April 8, 2014

Bristol Pride has started a petition to block the English city’s choice of Lord Mayor after he made remarks understood to be anti-gay

Is the British city of Bristol, a place where LGBTI pride is well established, really about to elect a homophobic Lord Mayor? Or is the current fuss over the possible election of Councilor Chris Windows to this office in June no more than a politically motivated vendetta?

Passions are rising – and with a petition currently up on the council website asking councilors not to vote for him, it’s an issue that won’t be going away any time soon.

April 2, 2014

Actor Scott Evans plays 'Sibling Wed Game' with his Captain America star brother

Chris Evans showed up on The Tonight Show Tuesday (1 April) night to chat up his latest flick Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

But it was his younger brother, openly gay actor Scott Evans, who stole the show.

The Evans brothers were asked by host Jimmy Fallon to play The Sibling Wed Game, a version of the popular Newlywed Game. It involved asking each brother the same question while the other can't hear to see if their answers match.

April 2, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, Sherlock's co-creator says the UK should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights before the Sochi Winter Olympics

Gay actor Mark Gatiss has compared gay discrimination in Russia to Nazi Germany, in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The Sherlock co-creator and writer has reflected on the Sochi Winter Olympics that took place last month, saying we need to ‘keep the flag flying’ and pressurizing anti-gay countries.

Citing the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, Gatiss said the UK and other pro-gay countries should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights.

March 28, 2014

Former Oz and Law & Order: SVU star has moved to comedy in TV's Surviving Jack

Christopher Meloni attracted a huge gay fan base during the years that he played bisexual killer Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz. (see video below)

The series has been off the air for 11 years but the gay fans have remained loyal to the hunky actor who also starred on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for more than a decade.

Does his popularity among gays surprise him?

March 26, 2014

Kristian Nairn: 'You have to have small eyebrows. You have to look pretty. And that’s never been me'

Kristian Nairn, one of the stars of HBO's Games of Thrones, publicly came out as gay earlier this month.

Now the actor who plays Hodor on the series is based on George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels wants you to know what kind of gay man he is not.

March 22, 2014

English actor calls for a gay superhero on cinema screens, and praises the gender equality shown in his new film

English actor Theo James thinks the world is ready to see a gay superhero on the silver screen.

In an interview with LGBT magazine The Advocate, the 29-year-old star said he thinks the time a gay action hero film is made is not too far away.

James was discussing his new film, the sci-fi thriller Divergent in which he stars alongside Kate Winslet, when he was asked about gay characters in the media.

March 21, 2014

New campaign calls on everyone - including gay people - to check their language and ensure they are not a bystander to abuse

Stonewall is going beyond speaking about gay rights in a brand new campaign.

The powerful new ad, voiced by British actor Ian McKellen, examines how the language we use as children can carry on with us into adulthood.

Called ‘No Bystanders’, it opens on a school playground where a chain of insults begins with one child calling another a ‘ginger’.

From ‘fag’ to ‘gender bender’, ‘fatty’ to ‘bimbo’, the chain progresses out of the school gates and into the streets where adults trade bigoted and racist remarks.

March 21, 2014

Olympic bronze medalist says he came out because he wanted to be out with his boyfriend in public

British Olympic diver Tom Daley has said since he came out he has had a deluge of offers of gay sex, including people who offer it ‘there and then’.

The 19-year-old heartthrob, dating 39-year-old screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, said he came out because he was tired of people always ‘questioning’ his sexuality.

March 20, 2014

Spanish actor turned politician Toni Canto has spoken out about his decision to appear naked in a gay role in the film The Last Match – saying politicians who are corrupt should be more of a scandal

Spanish actor turned politician Toni Canto has spoken out about his bare-all role in a newly released gay themed movie set in Cuba in which he plays a Spanish sex tourist.

Canto, an MP with Spain’s Union, Progress and Democracy Party, was filmed on location in Havana in 2011 for the film The Last Match just a few months before being elected to office – but says if offered a similar role now he’d have no hesitation about taking it.

March 18, 2014

Out actor says: ‘I gotta represent with some gay sex on the show. I’m willing!'

Andrew Rannells knows what he wants for his character of Elijah in the fourth season of HBO's Girls.

He wants sex.

The openly gay actor was able to return to the series for part of season three after NBC canceled his sitcom The New Normal in which he played one-half of a gay couple expecting a baby via surrogate.

His Girls character is far less domestic.

When asked this week what viewers can expect in the next season Rannells teased that 'I might be not dressed in it.'

March 17, 2014

Seeing AIDS Quilt unfurled in Washington DC 27 years ago made him realize the world did not know the stories of those who died

When Alec Mapa was presented with the Outfest Fusion Achievement Award in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the man known for making audiences laugh on shows like Ugly Betty and Half & Half couldn't help but get a little serious.

The actor and comic mentioned how Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry - who Mapa worked for on Housewives and the sitcom Some of My Best Friends - once said to him that on paper, his career was not supposed to exist 'and that it only existed through sheer force of will.'

March 14, 2014

Openly gay star of TV's White Collar continues to land feature film roles

The openly gay actor in a romantic leading role remains the final frontier for the US movie industry and Matt Bomer is shaping up as a candidate to scale that mountain.

The star of TV's White Collar was in Austin, Texas, this week for the world premiere of Space Station 76 at the South by Southwest film Festival.

He stars in the sci-fi flick with Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler.

It was announced this week that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to distribute the comedy drama set in the 1970s.

March 14, 2014

In behind-the-scenes video, Broadway's Hedwig further distances himself from TV's Barney Stinson

Neil Patrick Harris confesses in the current Out Magazine cover story that 'a lot of homophobic insecurities within myself' are surfacing as he prepares to play a transgender rock star on Broadway.

The actor opens in Hedwig and the Angry Inch next month and as part of his metamorphosis from his TV persona of Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, he surrendered to all kinds of make-up and glitter for the Out cover shoot.

March 13, 2014

'We can tell you by experience that there’s tons of support down here,' says Mississippi native Bass in Freedom to Marry video

While gay marriage is slowly spreading - state by state - in the US, none of the states where it has become legal have been in the South.

Mississippi native Lance Bass, engaged to marry actor Michael Turchin, is confident that is about to change.

'We’re here; our feet are planted here in Mississippi, and we can tell you by experience that there’s tons of support down here,' Bass says in a video released Thursday (13 March) by Southerners for the Freedom to Marry.

March 11, 2014

'I've been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, because it's not something  you just blurt out'

Games of Thrones star Kristian Nairn really wanted to come out publicly as a gay man.

The trouble was, no one would ask him.

'I've been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, because it's not something you just blurt out. I've tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!' the actor tells WinterIsComing.net.

March 11, 2014

Leaving TV series and Los Angeles behind, actor has stepped into high heels of East German transgender glam rock singer

Later this month, Neil Patrick Harris will make his final appearance as skirt chasing Barney Stinson on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

But his new life has already began.

The actor, partner David Burtka and their two children have already moved from Los Angeles to New York City where Harris is deep into rehearsals for the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch which opens next month.

March 6, 2014

Irish actor, most famous for playing Moriarty in the BBC drama hit, reveals how growing up in a country where it was illegal to be gay affected him

Sherlock star Andrew Scott has said that growing up in Ireland made him ashamed to be gay.

The Irish actor most famous for playing Moriarty on the BBC drama was asked for his views on the recent furore surrounding homophobia in Ireland.

Speaking to Hot Press, he said: ‘I don’t think that people are intrinsically homophobic, because otherwise we’d have to give up.

‘I think people are ignorant, and there’s a lot of work to do.’

March 4, 2014

Guests and host are blissfully bleary-eyed during live broadcast

Three of the four acting Oscar winners reunited with host Ellen DeGeneres Monday (3 March) for a live post-Oscars broadcast of her daytime talk show.

Best supporting actor winner Jared Leto and DeGeneres dished about the all-star selfie that has now been retweeted more than 3 million times.

Leto dashed from his seat to be a part of it and managed to get his eyeballs in the group shot.

March 3, 2014

Matthew McConaughey takes best actor for Dallas Buyers Club

The space adventure Gravity won seven Academy Awards on Sunday (2 March) but was denied the top prize when the drama 12 Years a Slave won the Oscar for best picture.

Co-producer Brad Pitt and producer-director Steve McQueen made emotional acceptance speeches after presenter Will Smith announced 12 Years as the winner over eight other nominees.

March 3, 2014

Pays tribute to his mom, brother and with 'anyone out there who has ever felt injustice'

As expected, Jared Leto won the best supporting actor Oscar Sunday (2 March) for his acclaimed performance of a transgender woman with AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club.

The awards season front-runner took the stage and accepted his Oscar from presenter Anne Hathaway and said: 'Incredible.'

Leto, who was accompanied to the Oscars by his mother and brother, paid tribute to his mom.

'She encouraged her kids to be creative and to work hard and to do something special,' he said. 'I love you mom and thank you for teaching me to dream.'