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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.

November 13, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

October 23, 2014

The former Friends actor offers a biological argument for gay men being ‘superhuman’, and talks about the possibility of a judging appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race for her character, Valerie Cherish

Actor Lisa Kudrow will always be famous for her long-running role as Phoebe on the hit sitcom Friends, but she also has a cult following for her portrayal of sitcom D-lister Valerie Cherish on HBO’s The Comeback.

The series, which was co-created by Kudrow and Sex & The City producer Michael Patrick King, first premiered in 2005, ran for one season, and then was promptly cancelled.

October 3, 2014

Circus Rainbow is aiming to offer family-friendly entertainment to children and adults alike when it makes its debut in Florida later this month

Roll up, roll up… for the US’s first touring LGBTI circus.

Circus Rainbow will launch on 22 October 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida – with shows running twice daily until 2 November. These will include an afternoon performance aimed at kids and families, and an evening dinner show aimed at adults.

The concept was created by show business veteran, Philip Anthony, a Florida- based producer, promoter and entertainment manager whose career in the circus world stretches back over four decades.

September 24, 2014

Girls star says she is so 'excited' about the film, aiming to break down binaries

Lena Dunham is executive producing a documentary about a bespoke-tailoring company and its transgender clients.

The Girls star and the show's executive producer Jenni Konner will be making the film, Three Suits, for HBO.

According to Variety Fair, it will follow the Brooklyn-based tailor Bindle & Keep's customers as they go through the process of having custom suits made, examining the significance of the process for a set of customers with complex gender identities.

And like everyone else, the occasional need to look sharp in formal wear.

September 18, 2014

Legendary comic, who hosted the E! show since 2010, died on 4 September

Melissa Rivers is to pay tribute to her mother Joan on an episode of Fashion Police.

The producer of the E! show will present a 90-minute edition of the show honoring the late comedian, who presented the show since 2010.

Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos will also be there to remember Rivers and her legacy.

The special episode will also include never-before-seen show moments, behind-the-scenes footage, and side-splitting outtakes.

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 28, 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.