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March 17, 2015

Scandal producer receives HRC award for her portrayal of LGBTI people

Shonda Rhimes has said she is not diversifying TV, she is 'normalizing' it.

The producer was honored with an Ally for Equality award at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner on Saturday (14 March) for her 'groundbreaking portrayals of LGBTI people' in Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

'I really hate the word "diversity,"' she told the crowd. 'It suggests something other. As if it is something special. Or rare.

March 13, 2015

'I thought Top Gear was a clothing range for dominant homosexuals'

Openly gay comedian Julian Clary has backed a petition to make him the new lead presenter of Top Gear.

The job at the BBC's hit motoring show may be available after long-standing host Jeremy Clarkson was suspended after a fracas with a producer.

March 12, 2015

Not known if incident played in to O'Donnell's decision to suddenly leave show

Rosie O'Donnell left The View last month but fallout from her brief return to the show continues.

A top producer on the show who berated O'Donnell in front of other staff members during a production meeting has been fired, according to Page Six .

Jennifer Shepard-Brookman, a senior producer who has worked at the ABC daytime show for over eight years, was 'profoundly and publicly disrespectful' to O’Donnell who complained to ABC’s human resources department.

March 9, 2015

Girls, it's all about The Strip

Popular lesbian party Dinah Vegas will be returning to Sin City this spring, from April 23-26, with ten of thousands of lovely ladies from around the world expected to attend.

This will be the fourth installment of the popular gay girls' weekend in Neveda, which is held in association with Total Rewards by Ceasers Entertainment.

The celebrations will kick off at the Thursday night launch party, held at Sir Elton John and David Furnish's FIZZ Champagne Lounge and Bar, followed by the High Roller VIP Cocktail Party at the Linq the following night.

March 5, 2015

But his documentary about the plight of LGBTI people in Kenya will still never be shown

George Gachara, the producer of an internationally acclaimed Kenyan LGBTI film, will not go to prison.

He is the creator behind Stories of Our Lives, the award-winning documentary on the plight of LGBTI Kenyans.

The film is banned in Kenya for 'promoting homosexuality'.

Gachara was arrested October 2014 on the grounds he was allegedly filming without a license in breach of The Film and Stage Plays Act and released on a cash bail of KES 10,000 ($110, €99).

February 27, 2015

Regulator is investigating whether the smooch violates broadcast policy

The first lesbian kiss on South Korean TV aired on Wednesday (February 25) night, and it was epic.

Two two female students on drama Seonam Girls High School Investigators shared a passionate kiss in the library – but then broke up out of fear of being judged.

But not everyone was happy with having the display of same-sex affection broadcast into their homes.

The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) said Friday (27 February) it had received complaints and were looking in the matter.

February 26, 2015

Will Tom Daley show?

Dustin Lance Black will lead a line up including Heather Peace, Alica Eyo and Lucy Spraggan at National Student Pride this Saturday (28 February).

The Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter’s appearance at the London event has sparked rumors that his boyfriend, Tom Daley, may also appear but even the organizers have no idea whether this will happen.

February 9, 2015

Both lose Best British Film to The Theory of Everything

The writer and producer of Pride won the award for best debut at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards last night (8 February). 

However, the Imitation Game walked away empty handed despite nine nominations.

Screenwriter Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone took the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Pride.

February 5, 2015

Soap veteran joining several other high profile names

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the executive producer of EastEnders, is to speak at this year's Student Pride event.

Dominic will be speaking on LGBT representation in the media alongside Evan Davis, the openly gay TV presenter. He joins many other famous faces – such as columnist Owen Jones and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black – at this year's event.

February 5, 2015

Memorable, romantic, and disastrous - we swap travel stories with the man whose stage-name was inspired by a Swedish tennis player.

Born in London, Kristen Bjorn seems to have lived and worked in many of our favourite countries around the world.

It was in the late 1970s in San Francisco where Bjorn began his career as a model, actor, photographer, and film-maker, with locations such as Brazil and Australia shaping his work.

We recently caught up with Bjorn and asked him to share some travel stories.

February 5, 2015

How to find the best dumplings and other insider secrets from the Australian football enthusiast.

Born and raised in the city's western suburbs, Brian Peel is a presenter on JOY 94.9 – Melbourne's LGBTI radio station.

We caught up with him recently to share some travel stories.

How would you describe Melbourne's western suburbs.
They breed them tough out our way! The area has such a great cultural mix of nationalities. I am of the Maltese kind, born here but speak the language and absolutely adore the food.

February 4, 2015

The Eurodance act from the 90s are still touring and still travelling

Formed in 1987 by Italian producer Gianfranco Bortolotti, Cappella were of the Eurodance wave that defined the 90s. Their biggest hit was 'U Got 2 Let the Music' (which reached number two on the UK charts in 1993); other hits included 'U Got 2 Know' and 'Move On Baby'.

After many line up changes, it's husband and wife team Lis Birks and Marcus Birks belting out Capella's tracks today, and we caught up with them recently to share some travel stories. 

January 20, 2015

'The guys on Modern Family are a stereotype but it works for that show – it doesn’t mean that every show has to have that'

John Barrowman finally felt like he was not alone.

As he sat on a stage last week with the casts of the superhero TV series Arrow and The Flash, he was one of several openly gay men in a group that also included Wentworth Miller, Victor Garber and creator-producer Greg Berlanti.

'What’s lovely is they blind cast – they don’t care,' Barrowman said during a chat with Gay Star News after the TV Critics Association panel.

January 1, 2015

But a pre-date phone call ended any romantic notions

Imagine what a power couple Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen could have been.

The dashing, silver-haired CNN anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent and the ever-smiling host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live (WWHL) and producer of the popular Housewives reality show franchise.

It turns out they were originally supposed to be a romantic pair and were once set up on a date by a mutual friend.

'When we were set up … we had a phone call to talk before we actually went out on a date,' Cooper said recently while guesting on WWHL.

December 27, 2014

Producers expect to show the pilot episode at festivals next year with hopes of a TV pick-up later in 2015

An independent coming-of-age drama featuring same-sex attracted lead characters at a suburban Australian public high school is expected to hit local and international screens next year.

'Through its coming-of-age narrative, Subject to Change will confront the harsh difficulties faced in suburban Australia by following these young adults as they deal with their complex and conflicting emotions. It will be a rocky road to love and inclusion through their final years of high school,' the website reads.

December 24, 2014

'When you think you're all that and a bag of chips, boom!'

Robin Roberts snagged one of the biggest scoops of her career in May 2012 when President Barack Obama announced that he was publicly supporting gay marriage.

During an appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show Tuesday (23 December), Roberts revealed that during the interview at The White House, Roberts noticed her producer holding a huge sign off camera after Obama made his announcement.

Roberts figured it had congratulatory words but instead it read, 'Lipstick on teeth!'

December 15, 2014

Series centers on teen who learns his parents are getting a divorce and his dad is becoming a woman

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest became a behind-the-scenes television force with the success of the much-maligned reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Seacrest's latest effort as a producer will most likely earn a bit more respect.

It's My Transparent Life, a groundbreaking docu-series that follows a teen named Ben who is not only dealing with his parents getting a divorce but also with the fact that his father is transitioning to female.

December 13, 2014

Says Rogers: 'We’re no longer dating but we’re friends'

Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in Major League Soccer, has confirmed his split from TV producer Greg Berlanti.

'We dated for a year and half. And we split up. Stuff happens,' Rogers tells SiriusXM Progress. 'We’re still friends. And we’re very supportive of each other.'

Berlanti is currently producer of the hit shows Arrow and The Flash on The CW. His previous credits include Brothers & Sisters and Dawson's Creek.

December 10, 2014

Scott Rudin is first producer to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy

Don't expect to see producer Scott Rudin and movie queen Angelina Jolie working together anytime soon.

A scathing email Rudin sent to Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal about Jolie is part of the fallout from a cyber-attack on the studio and was leaked on Tuesday (9 December).

An ongoing email exchange between Rudin and Pascal over much of 2014 included Rudin's fury over Jolie's alleged objection over David Fincher directing a Steve Jobs biopic instead of her remake of Cleopatra.

November 27, 2014

'John Gielgud was obsessed with trousers, loved corduroy and leather. And so he wrote a film set in a menswear shop'

Shakespearean actor, Oscar winner and knight John Gielgud wrote a gay porn script that could go into production next year.

The English thespian penned the screenplay for Peter de Rome, who made gay porn in New York in the 60s when homosexuality was illegal, and was the subject of the recent documentary Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn.

November 25, 2014

'It's like wearing a toupee. It suggests that you’re not proud of who you are'

Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson has been one of the highest-profile power players in the movie industry for more than two decades.

She's also an out and proud lesbian and has little respect for those who choose to remain in the closet.

'It’s a detriment to be closeted,' she tells The New York Times Magazine.

November 19, 2014

Hollyoaks is working with Terrence Higgins Trust to ensure the story is told well

One of Britain's most favorite soap dramas will feature a gay character contracting HIV next year.

Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson in the soap Hollyoaks, will have unprotected sex with a stranger in January.

Channel 4 has worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust while planning the story. It is believed it will be the first gay character with HIV in British soap drama history.

November 18, 2014

'There goes my last lingering thread of my heterosexuality'

The Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon has stepped in to save a gay bull from the slaughterhouse.

The Hollywood producer bought Benjy the bull's freedom after he learned the animal was going to be killed as it wouldn't breed.

At first the Irish farmer who bought the Charolais assumed that Benjy might just be a 'discreet chappie' who didn't want to be 'doing the business in public'.

But after he brought in an expert, he realised the 'problem'.

November 15, 2014

‘I like quietly being part of the LA Galaxy and being just one of the guys (but) I realize there is a role I play in the LGBT community and being a role model'

On the day the Los Angeles Galaxy announced it was extending his contract by two years, Robbie Rogers was the center of attention at a celebrity studded party in West Hollywood celebrating the publication of his new memoir.

The party on Thursday (13 November) drew TV stars Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell, NBA player Jason Collins, Academy Awards producer Craig Zaden, singer Lance Bass and Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and former First Lady of California.