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April 21, 2015

David Au brings us a tender film about food, family, and the power of George Takei

I am a sucker for movies about food and family, so writer/director David Au's film Eat With Me had me in tears without even trying.

The story of a mother and son – each of them on a journey to find themselves and each other – Eat With Me perfectly captures the pain and confusion that life and love always seem to throw up along the way.

Inspired by a real-life moment between his parents, this is a story that Au has been working on since 2003 when the script began life as a short-film.

April 18, 2015

The Black Cap in Camden was closed without warning last week, and is significant for its drag and queer history

LGBTI people from across London came out in full force today (18 April 2015) to protest the closure of one of London’s most iconic queer venues.

The Black Cap, in Camden, was closed without warning on Sunday 12 April by pub company Faucet Inn.

It is currently unknown who purchased the venue, or for what reason. However, Faucet Inn had previously applied for planning permission to turn the famous drag club into luxury flats.

April 12, 2015

The Media Research Center and Family Research Council said more than 21,000 postcards have been sent and over 4,000 telephone calls have been made to get ABC to abandon the series

Anti-gay conservative groups are trying to get ABC to kill a new sitcom which features a teenage son who comes out as gay, and his family life.

The sitcom is said to be marginally based on the life of sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage who is also an executive producer of the series, tentatively titled 'The Real O’Neals.'

Savage is the author of the wide known internationally syndicated 'Savage Love' relationship and sex advice column, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project.

April 7, 2015

The Runner-Up chronicles his losing bid to become a US congressman

Clay Aiken's squeaky clean image from his long ago American Idol days is nowhere to be seen in The Runner-Up, the four-part documentary series premiering on Tuesday (7 April) about his run for congress.

'The truth is, cutting out the stuff where he doesn’t swear wasn’t an option–he swears all the time,' producer Jonathan Chinn tells Reality Blurred. 'In the case of his potty mouth, that is who he is, and sanitizing it would be disingenuous.'

March 31, 2015

Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Sara Gilbert, Meredith Baxter and Clinton Kelly get nods

The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards announced Tuesday are peppered with nominations for LGBTI personalities including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Sara Gilbert and Meredith Baxter.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will look to continue its dominance in the category of outstanding talk show/entertainment, an award the show has already won an astounding eight times.

DeGeneres is nominated as executive producer of the show but not as outstanding talk show host after taking herself out of the running in that category several years ago after six wins in seven years.

March 25, 2015

We talk with Mark Christopher about the director's cut of 54 – the movie that takes us back to the New York City club that showed the world how to party.

Nothing epitomised 80s glamor and excess like Studio 54 – the New York City club where the world came to party.

In 1998 the Miramax studio released 54 – a film directed by Mark Christopher that chronicled the allure and excess of the iconic club.

54 was a critical and commercial disappointment, but industry insider accounts revealed that the studio had demanded substantial cuts and rewrites in order to make the release as appealing as possible to the movie-going audience of the time.

March 18, 2015

'What if I don't like the kid? What if it turns out that it's not as cute as I wanted or as talented?'

Ellen DeGeneres said Tuesday she'd like to have kids - but not enough to actually become a parent.

DeGeneres appeared on The Today Show as executive producer of the NBC sitcom One Big Happy about a lesbian who has a child with her straight male best friend.

DeGeneres said of potential parenthood: 'I love kids. But that's such a big commitment. And it seems long-term. It seems like a commitment that you have to stick with.

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.