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February 24, 2014

Embattled actor also rips Rachel Maddow and Harvey Levin and laments being thought of as a homophobe

Alec Baldwin has penned a blistering magazine piece in which he says goodbye to public life asd laments being thought of as homophobic following a run-in with a photographer last November.

Despite the incident being captured by a TMZ camera, Baldwin denies calling the photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

In a New York Magazine piece scheduled to be published Monday and posted early online by Gawker, Baldwin tries to explain himself - exhaustively.

February 21, 2014

Elisha Cuthbert, star of Happy Endings, will be playing the lead role in DeGeneres' new sitcom One Big Happy

Happy Endings star Elisha Cuthbert was announced as the lead actress for Ellen DeGeneres’ new lesbian sitcom today (21 February).

The gay TV host and actress, who came out with her on-screen sitcom character in 1997, will be the executive producer for the comedy One Big Happy.

The show will center on a pair of platonic friends, a gay woman Lizzy and a straight guy Luke, who live together and decide to raise a child together via artificial insemination.

Just as Lizzy gets pregnant, Luke impulsively marries his girlfriend Prudence.

February 7, 2014

Former co-host appears on ABC daytime show for first time since stormy 2007 exit after blow-up with conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Rosie O'Donnell returned to ABC's The View on Friday and the first thing she wanted to know was this: 'Is Hasselbeck here?'

The former co-host knew, of course, that the conservative Hasselbeck had left the show lasrt year to join Fox News Channel. But she couldn't help but joke about the mother of all on-air battles that resulted in O'Donnell leaving the show and never returning.

'We had some good times, we had some bad times, but they were never boring,' co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters said as she introduced O'Donnell.

January 29, 2014

Oscar winning screenwriter and activist talks about last month's trip to Russia to screen Milk

When Dustin Lance Black went to Russia last month for a special screening of the film Milk, it was his boyfriend, Olympic diver Tom Daley, who was getting the headlines for coming out.

Black, who won a screenwriting Oscar for Milk, had said very little about the Russia trip since until today (28 January) when he took part in a live chat on Google+ about the Uprising of Love movement he is a part of.

January 8, 2014

Michael Todd Cohen, whose husband died trying to escape blaze, remains hospitalized

The family of surviving New York City fire victim Michael Todd Cohen issued a statement of gratitude late Tuesday (7 January) during what they describe as an 'impossibly difficult time.'

Cohen, a television producer, remains hospitalized at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Burn Center.

A high-rise fire on Sunday killed Cohen's husband of less than a year, playwright Daniel McClung.

January 7, 2014

More than $20,000 raised in less than 24 hours for Michael Todd Cohen

In less than 24 hours, more than $20,000 has been raised for Michael Todd Cohen who is hospitalized after surviving a Manhattan high-rise fire that killed his new husband.

'What's really been amazing is the amount of support,' Jenni Powell, the friend of Cohen's who launched the campaign, tells Gay Star News.

'People are saying, "Thank you for giving me a way to help."'

January 7, 2014

LGBTI wine travel company Out in The Vineyard arranges some of the most fun and unique events for wine aficionados, available year-round from Northern California to Southern Africa

You may ask: ‘Why is there a need for an LGBTI-specific wine group?’

Northern California’s wine country is a short drive from the gay mecca of San Francisco, a relaxed and joyous city that helped spark the gay rights movement in the United States. As such, it’s long-been a haven for LGBTI residents and travelers.

Out in The Vineyard gives the LGBTI community direct access to the best of the region’s wine country because, as co-founder Mark Vogler told Gay Star Travel: ‘It’s not about making a statement… some people are just more comfortable being themselves.’

January 6, 2014

Between seasons for LA Galaxy, Rogers wishes followers 'Happy New Year'

Robbie Rogers certainly doesn't appear to be letting himelf go between Los Angeles Galaxy seasons.

The soccer stud, who came out publicly last February, is enjoying a vacation and posted a relaxed - and shirtless - photo on Facebook.

He's on the water somewhere but does not reveal where and it is not known if he is with TV producer boyfriend Greg Berlanti.

Robbie's caption simply states: 'Happy New Year.'

Good enough for us!

December 18, 2013

Director of indie hit Don Jon has signed up to produce Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series.

US actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will produce a film based on the LGBT-inclusive comic book series Sandman.

The 'Dark Knight Rises' actor confirmed the project last night, expressing his delight at being involved in the project. 

He said: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, I'm incredibly honored to be working with David Goyer, Warner Bros, and @neilhimself on SANDMAN.’

Sandman, which ran for 75 issues from January 1989 until March 1996, has been applauded for having many LGBT characters.

December 18, 2013

The workshop that will build the floats for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has opened its doors to start work in preparation for 2014 - while the organization has established a charitable fund to fund major future projects

On Saturday the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras opened doors to the Mardi Gras Workshop in Rosebery to begin work on floats for the 2014 while the organization has also established a new Arts workshop fund.

The opening signals the start of two months of hard work by the Mardi Gras creative teams and volunteers from the community to produce the fabulous floats, costumes, scenery and props that make the parade a world famous spectacle.

December 10, 2013

Movie starring The Divine Miss M will be based on West's book Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It

Bette Midler, who came to fame performing in a gay bath house in Manhattan, has decided on her next movie role and it's a doozy: Mae West.

The Divine Miss M will portray the legendary and sometimes scandalous movie sex symbol in an HBO film from the producer of the recent Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.

December 10, 2013

New Yorker Editor David Remnick is an expert on Russia

NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in will now include New Yorker editor David Remnick focusing on Russia's politics including the country's anti-gay propaganda law.

Remnick is an expert on Russia writing pieces for The New Yorker about Russian politics and culture. He is the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post.

'David is a distinguished journalist who knows Russia very well, and we’re excited to have his expertise on the host country for our Sochi coverage,' Jim Bell, executive producer, NBC Olympics, said in a statement.

December 4, 2013

Olympic diver did not name his new love in coming out video but reports surface that it is Milk screenwriter

Olympic diver Tom Daley did not reveal who he is having a relationship in his widely seen coming out video this week.

But reports have surfaced today that the man in his life is Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

December 2, 2013

Director Gus Van Sant, writer Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen present hand sewn rainbow flag at closing ceremony

Even five bombs threats could not stop three of the men behind the 2008 film Milk from presenting their film at the Side by Side LGBT Festival in St. Petersburg Russia over the weekend.

Director Gus Van Sant, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and producer Bruce Cohen flew from the US to Russia for the event in a country where speaking out in support of homosexuality is against the law.

The trio spoke about the film, which won Black an Oscar for his script and Sean Penn an Oscar for his performance as Harvey Milk, as well as the LGBTI equality movement in the US.

November 28, 2013

Other LGBTI-themed nominees include Concussion, Blue is the Warmest Color and Pit Stop

Dallas Buyers Club, a film that tells the story of alternative AIDS treatments during the early days of the epidemic, garnered Spirit Award nominations this week for two of its stars.

Matthew McConaughey got a nod for best actor for his portrayal of a straight man infected with AIDS who goes outside the system to fund life-extending treatments.

His co-star, Jared Leto, was nominated in the supporting actor category for his performance as a transgender woman with the disease who becomes the unlikely business partner of McConaughey's character.

November 28, 2013

Dustin Lance Black, Gus Van Sant and Milk producer Bruce Cohen are traveling to Russia to host a special screening of their Harvey Milk biopic at St Petersburg’s Bok o Bok Film Festival despite a series of bomb threats against the festival

Oscar winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and the film's director Gus Van Sant and producer Bruce Cohen will take part in a special screening of the film and a Q and A session at St Petersburg’s LGBT Bok o Bok (Side by Side) Film Festival on Saturday to close the festival.

The three filmmakers are traveling to St Petersburg for the festival despite a series of bomb threats being made against the festival – though none has proved credible thus far and seem mostly to have been aimed at disrupting screenings.

November 18, 2013

Says Rogers: 'I’ve brought him to meet my parents, all of that'

LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers has been dating TV producer Greg Berlanti since May, according to

The couple were photographed wearing matching sheriff's outfits at a recent Halloween party but have yet to talk about their romance publicly.

October 4, 2013

Acclaimed LGBT film about love and loss to make world TV premiere on OWN channel

The acclaimed documentary Bridegroom has gone from being one of the darling's of this year's film festival circuit to getting its world television premiere on Oprah Winfrey's cable channel.

Producer Shane Bitney Crone made the announcement via Facebook today (3 October) that the film will air on OWN on 27 October.

'I’m immensely grateful to Oprah and everyone at OWN for helping share my story which will hopefully generate discussions and open hearts and minds,' Crone said.

October 4, 2013

'I’ve never seen a crew where you can’t continue shooting because they left the room sobbing'

Next week's episode of Glee deals with the death of the character of Finn Hudson.

Finn, of course, was played by the late Cory Monteith who died last summer and whose autopsy this week confirmed it was from a toxic combination of alcohol and heroin.

The show’s openly gay co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy says it was not easy for cast and crew to shoot the episode which airs on 10 October.

September 17, 2013

'It's wild that they are all happening at the same time but I'm going with it'

Dan Bucatinsky was on of the big winners at last night's Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles where he took home the guest actor in a drama series prize for ABC's Scandal.

Gay Star News chatted with the busy actor-producer-writer at an event weeks before the Emmys and his excitement over merely being nominated was overflowing.

August 28, 2013

Openly gay Emmy winner says  in stream of consciousness post: 'I'm tickled pink'

Out actor Leslie Jordan returns to series television this fall with a role in American Horror Story: Coven, the FX franchise from Glee producer Ryan Murphy.

It's not known what role Jordan will play. He won an Emmy for his recurring role as Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace, has appeared in the stage and film versions of Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies and was recently in the feature film The Help.

July 31, 2013

Queen guitarist Brian May has hinted that he is working on putting together a Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury duet from material that was never released and there may be other unheard Queen songs still to come

Queen guitarist Brian May has hinted that there may be previously unheard Queen songs released soon – including a duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.

May wrote on his blog that he had been having a ‘great time’ working on the tracks in the studio in Manchester with producer William Orbit who worked on Madonna's Ray Of Light album.

‘As for unreleased material with Freddie singing ... strangely enough I was working on some tapes this evening - with William Orbit,’ May wrote.

July 21, 2013

The third episode of Glee’s Season Five, starting 26 September, will be a special tribute to Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson

Glee producers confirmed a tribute episode to late actor Cory Monteith.

The show's creator Ryan Murphy told E! News that Monteith’s co-star and girlfriend Lea Michele decided the direction of the upcoming season, which after Monteith’s tribute episode will go on hiatus.

July 18, 2013

Actor tells GSN: 'The character is more important than the actor ... I woudn't be bitter at all if they go and recast'

Fresh off hiking Machu Picchu in Peru, Chandler Massey returned to the Days of Our Lives set this week ready to begin the final leg of his four year journey on the show.

The actor left for the vacation shortly after winning his second consecutive Daytime Emmy for his performance as Will Horton, one of the most complex gay characters ever on a daytime soap.

The 22-year-old actor announced after his second Emmy win that he would be leaving the show to return to college when his four-year contract expired in December.