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July 22, 2014

Gay rights advocate also comments on his feud with William Shatner, saying he was the only one of the Star Trek cast who had no idea he was gay

Actor George Takei has revealed he attempted to persuade Star Trek writers to include an episode dealing with gay rights.

But, sadly, the show’s creator Gene Roddenberry wasn’t interested in the idea.

Takei, who found fame as Sulu in the original Star Trek series, appeared on Real Time will Bill Maher this week to talk about his life and career.

He said as the show was so good as tackling women’s rights, race relations and international politics, he would have loved for Star Trek to deal with the gay rights struggle in America and around the world.

July 22, 2014

'You make a statement, a big statement, when you go, "I don't want to play this part because it's gay"'

Actor Luke Grimes left the role of James on HBO hit True Blood reportedly over the character's same-sex pairing with gay character Lafayette.

Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette, is speaking out for the first time about the departure of Grimes who was replaced by Nathan Parsons.

July 19, 2014

'He asked for the biggest, baddest adventure and it was an honor to oblige'

It seems Zac Efron likes to be shirtless. Not that anyone here plans on protesting that.

The actor's most recent no shirt required stint is a clip from the upcoming show Running Wild With Bear Grylls.

In the reality show, the adventurer and host takes the famous through some difficult outdoor adventures. Efron, who will appear on the program's 28 July premiere, went rappelling in the Catskill Mountains.

July 18, 2014

Openly gay actor will gueat star as Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold

Since his series Prison Break went off the air in 2009, Wentworth Miller has rarely been seen on television screens except for in reruns.

The the now openly gay actor is returning to the TV spotlight with a guest role on The CW's newest superhero series The Flash.

Miller, 42, will first appear in the fourth episode of the show which premieres this fall, it was announced on Friday (18 July).

His role is that of Leonard Snart (aka Captain Cold) who considered an enemy of The Flash and is the leader of a group called The Rogues.

July 17, 2014

Former Prison Break star feels 'more fully expressed' since coming out publicly

During his four years as the star of the Fox drama Prison Break, actor Wentworth Miller did not want the world to know that he is gay.

'I was out to a handful of people in my twenties, and once I hit 30, I was out to family and friends,' he says in a new interview with Details. 'But professionally, I was feeding a fantasy. I created this air of "We don't address that thing."'

July 16, 2014

'I’ve got a big female (fan) base to a certain degree. Would some people not really want to see me in that role?'

Brandan Fehr is still talking about being a straight man playing a gay role on NBC's The Night Shift.

Last month, the actor said he was 'uncomfortable' kissing a man on screen and that there were 'a whole bunch' of risks playing 'a homosexual on network television' and not as many rewards.

July 16, 2014

Tells GSN: 'There's no one else in my field who has done anything like this. This was my chance to break through and show 'em what I got'

He's billed as Frankie Valenti in the film Tiger Orange.

But from the first time his fans see him on screen, they will recognize him as porn star Johnny Hazzard whose titles include Wrong Side of the Tracks - parts 1 and 2.

While porn stars have generally been maligned for their lack of real acting chops, Hazzard has enjoyed solid reviews for his performance about two estranged gay brothers who struggle to reconnect after the recent death of their father.

July 15, 2014

Broadway star Andy Mientus technically beats fiance, Michael Arden of TV's Anger Management, to the question by mere minutes

Michael Arden, currently a regular on TV’s Anger Management, went to great lengths to plan a marriage proposal to actor Andy Mientus who was one of the stars of NBC's Smash.

What he didn't know was that Mientus had an elaborate plan of his own.

Mientus is appearing on Broadway in the 2014 revival of Les Misérables and when he had a break, the currently bi-coastal couple made plans to meet up in England for a holiday.

July 15, 2014

They both ponder such questions as 'What does it mean to be gay? How gay am I? Does my voice sound gay?''

Portraying a gay video-game developer named Patrick on HBO's Looking has provided actor Jonathan Groff with a character that fits like a glove.

'The character felt close to me than anything I had ever worked on before,' he said during an appearance with castmates at Outfest in Los Angeles over the weekend.

So what do he and Patrick have in common besides the fact that they are both gay?

July 15, 2014

‘Even though I was playing an openly gay character, we thought we might want to keep the mystery of what I do behind closed doors'

Michael Urie, currently on a national tour of his smash Off-Broadway play Buyer and Cellar, has had no shortage of work since coming out publicly as a gay man towards the end of the four-year run of ABC’s Ugly Betty.

The openly gay actor played conniving Marc St. James, the assistant to diva magazine editor Wilhelmina Slater played by Vanessa Williams.

But back in 2006, when he began on the show, the actor says he was encouraged to stay in the closet.

July 15, 2014

Gay 'Star Trek' actor will play the former boyfriend of Michael Glatze - the man who went from gay mag editor to 'ex-gay' pastor

Gay actor Zachary Quinto is set to star as the former boyfriend of James Franco’s character in a new film examining ‘gay cures’.

Franco will play Michael Glatze – the man who went from gay, proud and founder of a gay twink magazine to become a pastor and the poster boy for the ‘ex-gay’ movement.

Emma Roberts, from American Horror Story, has also reportedly signed on to play Glatze’s girlfriend.

The script for ‘Michael’ is based on ‘My Ex-Gay Friend’, a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.

July 11, 2014

Honoree James Schamus joked that Oldman is known to 'have a very, very large mouth, but his heart is much bigger'

It was known that filmmaker James Schamus would be receiving the lifetime achievement award at the opening night of Outfest Los Angeles on Thursday but what was not known was who would be presenting it to him.

It turned out to be quite s surprise for the audience at the LGBT film festival: actor Gary Oldman who last month suffered severe backlash for defending Alec Baldwin's use of an anti-gay slur.

Oldman has since apologized in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and it appears all is forgiven since he was warmly received by the audience at the Orpheum Theatre.

July 10, 2014

Out stars Matt Bomer, Kate McKinnon, Jim Parsons, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Lane, and Jane Lynch among the nominees

When the 66th annual Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, those keeping an LGBTI scorecard had plenty to keep track of.

In addition to Laverne Cox making history as the first trans actress to receive a nomination for her role on Orange is the New Black, there are numerous out gay, lesbian and bisexual nominees.

July 8, 2014

Paparazzi photos have sparked rumors of romance between the two film stars

Michelle Rodriguez and Zac Efron a hot item?

It could be.

The Fast and the Furious actress, who recently confirmed that she is bisexual, was photographed kissing the shirtless young actor while both were on holiday in Italy.

At 35, Rodriguez is nine years older than Efron who most recently starred in the hit comedy Neighbors.

When coming out as bisexual, Rodriguez said: 'I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f–––ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.'

July 8, 2014

Will & Grace alum joins cast of CBS comedy The Millers

Sean Hayes is returning to series television just a year after his NBC sitcom, Sean Saves the World, was launched and failed.

But this time, the Will & Grace alum has a bigger chance at success as he joins the cast of the CBS sitcom The Millers which returns for a second season.

July 4, 2014

'I'm just glad I wasn't "killed by a fruit truck" again'

Chris Colfer took to Twitter - for real this time - to joke about the hoax that had sent Glee fans reeling on Thursday (3 July).

The actor's Twitter account had been hacked with a tweet that informed his followers that he had suddenly been fired from Glee 'due to personal issues' that he would explain later.

A short time later, the tweet was reported to be a hoax and fans could rest assured that Colfer would be returning as Kurt Hummel for Glee's sixth and final season.

July 4, 2014

'All through my career it (being gay) was a huge issue'

Rupert Everett is, once again, saying that his being openly gay limited his career in Hollywood films.

The 55-year-old actor, who appears next on the London stage in Amadeus, had major roles in My Best Friend's Wedding, An Ideal Husband, Inspector Gadget and The Next Best Thing and also voiced the Shrek sequels.

July 3, 2014

Fake tweet had read: 'Due to personal issues, I have been let go from the cast of GLEE'

For awhile there, it looked like Chris Colfer has been fired from Glee.

Instead, he was the victim of a Twitter hoax.

Fans of the actor were stunned to read a tweet on his account this morning which read: 'Due to personal issues, I have been let go from the cast of GLEE. Explanations will come shortly.'

It turns out that someone had hacked his account.

A FOX representative states: 'Rumors of his dismissal from ‘Glee' could not be further from the truth. We love Chris and look forward to working with him again this season.'

July 2, 2014

The out actor enjoys working with 'very handsome' straight co-star Brendan Fehr who plays his semi-closeted boyfriend

Luke Macfarlane, who came to fame as Scotty on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, is back on US network television.

He is again playing a gay character but this time he is a military man on NBC's new hospital drama The Night Shift.

His character of Rick is involved with a semi-closeted doctor named Drew - a former military man - who is played by Brendan Fehr.

July 2, 2014

Out actor plays gay sidekick of 90210 alums on new ABC Family comedy Mystery Girls

Miguel Pinzon has filmed seven episodes of the new ABC Family comedy series Mystery Girls and still can't believe he's working alongside Beverly Hills 90210 icons Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.

He describes the show as 'Scooby Doo meets AbFab.'

Garth and Spelling, of course, starred on the original 90210 from 1990-2000 and have reunited on a new show which premiered last week and airs its second episode tonight (2 July).

July 2, 2014

Greg Rikaart: 'It certainly would be interesting … in my opinion'

While rival US soaps such as Days of Our Lives and General Hospital currently have ongoing gay storylines, the top-rated The Young and the Restless remains quite heterosexual.

Out actor Greg Rikaart, who has played Kevin Fisher on the show for the past decade, thinks it would be interesting if an established character - such as his - were to come out.

July 1, 2014

'We could do it tomorrow and make some salacious version of the story and that’s not what I’m interested in'

Matt Bomer still hopes to portray closeted gay actor Montomery Clift in an upcoming film.

But the actor makes clear he will only participate if the project is handled with respect.

Clift was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1940s and 50s and had a life-long close friendship with Elizabeth Taylor (pictured with him, below), his co-star in A Place in the Sun, Raintree County and Suddenly Last Summer.

June 30, 2014

Teens between the ages of 13 and 18 were asked to comment on the Jonah Hill controversy and the homophobic language they might use

Teens say stupid things all the time, we know this. But when it becomes hurtful, that’s when it needs to be discussed.

Several teens were asked about this famous phrase as well as the Jonah Hill controversy.

Earlier this month, the actor told a member of the paparazzi to ‘Suck my dick, you faggot’.

He then went on a long, remorseful tour of apologizing for his behavior, calling himself a gay rights activist.

The teens reacted to the controversy, as well as surrounding topics about using homophobic language in everyday speak.

June 30, 2014

Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless blasts Perry for comparing homosexualty to alcoholism

Emmy-winning actor Greg Rikaart ripped into Texas Governor Rick Perry while accepting the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

At an awards dinner in New Orleans recently, Rikaart reflected on being a closeted gay kid and even bullying other kids in an effort to fit in and not be found out.

He remarked on the progress that still needs to be made: 'LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics.’