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September 16, 2014

O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace join Whoopi Goldberg and draw 3.9 million viewers

ABC's daytime chat show The View returned to the air with new episodes on Monday (15 September) with a new line-up of co-hosts and scored its highest ratings in eight years.

Whoopi Goldberg is the only holdover in an overhaul for the show's 18th season that includes new co-hosts, a new set in a new studio and a new executive producer.

Goldberg was joined by former co-host Rosie O'Donnell who had left the show after one fiery season back in 2006-07 as well as actress Rosie Perez and conservative author and commentator Nicolle Wallace.

September 11, 2014

'I’ve come to expect nothing from her, even though I feel I continually make the effort to break through'

When Rosie O'Donnell returns to ABC's The View on Monday (15 September), she will join a revamped show that has her co-hosting with a returning Whoopi Goldberg and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.

One person who won't be there will be Elisabeth Hasselbeck whose on-air clash with O'Donnell in 2007 was so traumatic (see video below) that O'Donnell left the show nearly a month before her one-year contract had expired.

September 9, 2014

Broadway League reverses controversial decision following outpouring of support for the late Tony nominee

Following protests from major Broadway stars including Audra MacDonald and Harvey Fierstein and an online petition, the Broadway League announced Broadway theaters will dim their lights Tuesday evening in honor of Joan Rivers.

August 20, 2014

The high-profile couple has been together for more than a year

TV producer Greg Berlanti already has one hit show on the air with Arrow and will now likely have another with the upcoming debut of The Flash.

But he’s also getting plenty of attention for his personal life because he’s dating LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers, the first openly Major League Soccer player in history.

July 9, 2014

'Here in comes to The View the very woman who spit in the face of our military, spit in the face of her own network'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck may no longer be on ABC's The View but that didn't stop her today from slamming the prospect of Rosie O'Donnell returning to the morning chatfest.

June 27, 2014

'I feel better with her. I feel smarter with her. I feel more confident'

Music producer Linda Perry spoke movingly this week about her new wife, Sara Gilbert, and how their being together has enhanced her life.

'She, by far, is the best decision I've ever, hands-down, made,' Perry said on Larry King Now Thursday (26 June).

'She grounds me. I feel better with her. I feel smarter with her. I feel more confident. She's my family - I just feel like family with her. And I feel lucky. I feel like she's brought luck into my life.'

June 26, 2014

Janis Hetherington became the first open lesbian to be inseminated in the UK on 12 May 1971. Now her child Nick has grown into a man. Here is their incredible story

When filming a small documentary for the prestigious BBC Tonight Program, which was picked up and enhanced by NBC in early 1978, I was told by the US producer, Peter Poor: ‘You know after this you may be responsible for a second Baby Boom?’

I was a product of the first baby boom myself having been conceived just after the Second World War but before the affluence of the 50s and the restrictive contraception availability of the 60s brought the reproductive rate of most Western countries to an all-time high.

May 28, 2014

Network will also re-air entire seasons of original L Word series as well as Queer as Folk

The filmmaker who brought viewers the scripted series The L Word and the reality series The Real L Word is ressurecting her lesbian-themed franchise with a documentary called L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin.

Showtime, which aired both series, announced today that it will air producer Ilene Chaiken's latest work about the daily struggles of a group of Southern lesbians on 8 August.

The 90-minute film, directed by Lauren Lazin, spotlights the unique challenges of being lesbians in the religious, conservative deep South.

May 19, 2014

Bryan Singer aside, the comedienne tells GSN 'there is this kind of  phobia is in place that keeps them from being able to identify as  bisexual as readily as women are'

It was a showbiz rarity when director-producer Bryan Singer came out as bisexual in an interview published last week.

It's the kind of public disclosure that bisexual comedienne Margaret Cho tells Gay Star News she would like to see more of.

'I want to see more bisexual men coming out. I know that they are out there, I know they exist.'

May 14, 2014

Filthy. Funny. Frank. Jump into the newest gay comedic drama, set in the Windy City

We’ve had The L Word in Los Angeles, Queer As Folk in Manchester and Pittsburgh and most recently Looking in San Francisco.

In each of these groundbreaking LGBTI series, the city in which they are set plays as pivotal a role as the main characters.

Now, get ready for Dudes, the latest gay-themed web series that follows the trials and tribulations of three friends in Chicago, Illinois.

May 2, 2014

Shepard Smith writes in memo to co-workers: 'Things you might read today are horsesh*t'

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is blasting a report which claims he was bumped from the conservative news channel's prime-time line-up because of his sexuality.

Gawker.com writes that Smith had brought 26-year-old male producer to an intimate company picnic last summer and later approached Fox News president Roger Ailes about coming out publicly.

March 12, 2014

Zoie Palmer who plays a lesbian on the supernatural drama Lost Girl has come out as gay by thanking her partner at the Canadian Screen Awards

Canadian actress Zoie Palmer, who plays lesbian doctor Lauren Lewis on the supernatural drama Lost Girl, has come out as gay during an acceptance speech at the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday.

Palmer won the Fan Favorite category and thanked, among others, her ‘incredible partner Alex and beautiful son Luca.’

Palmer was referring to her long-term partner, film at television producer Alex Lalonde, and her son by a previous relationship Luca Lalonde.

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.