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April 3, 2014

Also says decision to marry same-sex couples at Grammys was not political but 'I knew it would make a statement'

Some found it curious that Queen Latifah, who has never spoken about how LGBTI equality impacts her personally, performed a mass wedding ceremony at the Grammys involving many same-sex couples.

The singer, actress and talk show host reflects on the occasion in the new issue of  JET magazine.

The mass wedding took place on stage as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert performed their gay rights anthem Same Love with some help at the end from Madonna.

April 1, 2014

Actress and talk show host founded nonprofit arts education foundation Rosie's Theater Kids

Rosie O'Donnell has hosted several Tony Award telecasts but she has never received one of Broadway's biggest prizes.

That will change on 8 June.

The actress and talk show host has been selected as the recipient of a special Tony Award for her commitment to helping provide arts education to students in New York City public schools.

O'Donnell will be presented with the Isabelle Stevenson Award which each year goes to a theater community member for their humanitarian, social service or charitable contributions.

March 31, 2014

Couple, who got engaged a year ago, exchange vows at sunset overlooking ocean

Talk show host Sara Gilbert and musician Linda Perry were married over the weekend in a sunset ceremony overlooking the ocean.

The couple, who became engaged last April, invited some of their famous friends to the wedding including Gilbert's co-hosts on the daytime's The Talk.

Oscar nominated actress Juliette Lewis was among those who tweeted about the wedding and called the brides 'one of my fave couples in the universe.'

March 28, 2014

Veteran broadcaster also a staunch ally for LGBTI equality: 'What the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war'

At 80, US talk show host Larry King sides with the younger generation of Americans who generally support equality for LGBTI people.

'Gay is a civil rights issue,' King tells The Rubin Report. 'And what the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war.'

King is confident that the US will one day be led by a chief executive with a same-sex partner in The White House.

March 11, 2014

American Christian radio show host and pastor Kevin Swanson believes that Disney is trying to turn his 5-year-old daughter into a lesbian through the movie Frozen and has suggested the media giant is being controlled by Satan

Christian radio broadcaster Kevin Swanson believes that the Disney company is trying ‘to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian’ using the movie Frozen and that the company has been take over by ‘the Devil.’

‘How many children are taken into these things and how many Christians are taking their kids off to see the movie Frozen, produced by an organization that is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country?’ Swanson asked co-host Steve Vaughn.

March 7, 2014

The Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan Buddhist faith, has told Larry King that he doesn’t have a problem with gay couples being allowed to get married and has spoken out against homophobic violence

The Dalai Lama has told veteran US talk show host Larry King that he doesn’t have a problem with same-sex couples being allowed to marry but stopped short of saying it was acceptable in Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama made the comments in an interview to be aired 10 March on Ora.tv, saying it was up to individual countries whether they legalized same-sex marriage.

‘That I think is a personal matter,’ the Dalai Lama said of the international debate over the rights of LGBTI people.

February 14, 2014

Jokes that The Tissue Box, The Tree and The Ear is 'getting a lot of buzz'

Ellen DeGeneres has got Oscars on the brain.

The popular daytime talk show host, who will host the Academy Awards next month, posted a short film online today.

'Sometimes it's a blessing and a curse being so talented,' says Ellen, tongue clearly planted firmly in cheek.

Then she claims she was inspired by the Academy's short film categories.

'I decided I was going to take a crack at it,' she says. 'I put a lot of work into it ... it's getting a lot of buzz already.'

But not good buzz, she admits, as critics deem it 'confusing and bizarre.'

February 14, 2014

The case of Avery Edison, placed in a men’s prison in Canada, and Piers Morgan’s interview with Janet Mock shows how trans people are finding their voice

Canadian immigration officials caused outrage earlier this week when they placed a woman in a men’s prison. When stated that way, their action is simply incomprehensible. Yet that is what Avery Edison is – a woman. Her British passport confirmed that fact.

January 28, 2014

US right-wing pundits explode after watching same-sex marriages during the music awards ceremony

Gay weddings at the Grammy awards are being branded as 'perverse', 'hateful', and 'intolerant' by extreme right-wing US pundits.

In a segment during the music awards on 26 January, 33 gay and straight couples were married during a performance of equality anthem ‘Same Love’ by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who were joined by Mary Lambert, Madonna and Queen Latifah on stage.

‘Heads up: Grammy telecast to feature sodomy-based wedding ceremonies,' American Family Radio talk show host Bryan Fischer warned before the start of the show. 

January 13, 2014

'I’m really proud we were able to spotlight such an open and honest conversation'

US talk show host Katie Couric is calling the controversy over her asking transgender guests about their private parts 'a teachable moment.'

Couric is under fire for asking model Carmen Carrera (RuPaul's Drag Race) and actress Laverne (Orange is the New Black) about their genitalia during a show that aired last week (6 January).

January 9, 2014

Orange is The New Black star 'grateful' for the opportunity to bring trans issues to the forefront

Laverne Cox is grateful to Katie Couric.

The daytime talk show host may have put the Orange is the New Black star on the spot by asking her about her genitalia but the resulting uproar has made it all worth it.

December 25, 2013

Tweets Ellen: 'I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you'

A happy Ellen DeGeneres woke up on Christmas Day and shared this upbeat message with her 24.2 million followers on Twitter: 'It's Christmas! I love and appreciate life, and I love and appreciate each and every one of you.'

The popular talk show host was among the LGBTI celebrities who shared holiday greetings on social media.

Alan Cumming, one of the stars of TV's The Good Wife, is suffering from a cold in style. He tweeted a photo of a gorgeous view with this message: 'Happy everything to everyone! I'm in the bath with a cold and a glass of champagne.'

November 14, 2013

Actor and talk show host has long history of trouble with paparazzi

Former 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin hurled an anti-gay slur at a photographer this morning in New York City.

TMZ.com has released video of the MSNBC talk show host angrily taking off after the photographer who he called a 'cocksucking fag.'

The photographer was taking photos of Baldwin, his wife and child inside a car outside their Manhattan apartment. The actor felt he had gotten too close to them.

October 29, 2013

Gay talk show host will executive the show about a lesbian who gets pregnant with her straight male best friend

Ellen DeGeneres is developing a new lesbian comedy to air on NBC.

The currently untitled muti-camera sitcom will be written by Liz Feldman, creator of 2 Broke Girls, and produced by the gay TV chat show host.

The show will follow the story of a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant together just as he meets the woman he thinks could be ‘the one’.

This is far from the first time DeGeneres and Feldman have worked together.

October 21, 2013

Actor stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Jared Leto was away from movies for five years to focus on his music career before returning to the big screen as a transsexual AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.

But the role required more than learning lines and showing up on the set each day.

'It was intense,' Leto tells talk show host Conan O'Brien. 'I mean I lost between 30 and 40 pounds, was wearing high heels every day... tons of other things as well. I waxed my entire body. My eyebrows included. But it was kind of nice. It was a period piece so I didn't have to do Brazilian, you know?'

October 21, 2013

LGBT people of color are often excluded – leading to racism, homophobia, mental health issues, rejection, forced marriage and hate crimes

A straight Nigerian talk show host will lead a panel of LGBT experts to examine why some black and other ethnic minorities feel unwelcome in gay UK.

Black and Asian people, and other ethnic minorities in Britain, often feel or are excluded from LGBT life.

The result is problems with the police, racism, increased mental health issues, greater exposure to homophobia, rejection, loneliness, forced marriages and hate crime.

Now two black LGBT champions, have organized an expert panel to examine the issues.

October 12, 2013

Indian reality show Bigg Boss includes transgender and gay participants but spoils initiative with homophobic jeers

Six years ago the British reality show on Channel 4, Celebrity Big Brother, created a furor for airing racism.

Now its Indian cousin Bigg Boss, hosted by one of highest paid macho stars in the Indian film industry, is under fire for mocking homosexuals.

When Big Boss made its debut in 2005, it made waves in staid Indian society with one of the contestants being a cross-dresser.

August 30, 2013

In a rant against everything, conservative talk show host Stan Solomon promises to send columnist Dan Savage a fire hydrant for his birthday

In an over the top rant, conservative talk show host Stan Solomon called gay columnist Dan Savage a 'faggot' and wished for his death.

As reported by Right Wing Watch, before offering his opinions on Savage, Solomon called Trayvon Martin a 'thug' and expressed glee the 17-year-old was dead.

August 2, 2013

Lesbian talk show host returns for first time since 2007

Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the Academy Awards next year.

In a statement, the former sitcom star and current talk show host joked: 'I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say – the third time’s the charm.'

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also produced last year's show, say they are 'thrilled' to have DeGeneres back as Oscar host. She also hosted the show in 2007.

July 31, 2013

'When you're gay you kind of get the bum touching free card'

Neil Patrick Harris says it's no big deal when a gay guy grabs another on the bum - even when their significant others are in the vicinity.

'With gay guys, it's like in baseball when they slap each other on the butt going around the bases - it's a normal thing,' the actor told talk show host Conan O'Brien this week.

O'Brien brought up the topic when he showed his audience a photo of Harris and his partner, David Burtka, posing with fellow gay power couple Elton John and David Furnish.

July 2, 2013

Lone Ranger star jokes: 'I do have a thing for talk show hosts'

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel got more than he bargained for when he told guest Johnny Depp: 'You have this very handsome, let's just be honest and say beautiful face.'

Depp, on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new movie The Lone Ranger, showed his gratitude by standing up and planting a kiss of Kimmel's cheek.

The actor sat back down but then decided that wasn't enough. He stood back up and went in for another smooch - this time square on Kimmel's lips.

Kimmel fanned himself with his hand and told his audience: 'I've lost my train of thought.'

July 2, 2013

'How many people aren’t gay and they’re stinkers?' Heartwarming grandma proves equality is not just a generational issue

A sassy 85-year-old grandma has sat down with her grandson to tell him exactly what she thinks of his sexuality. It turns out she could not care less.

Talks show host David Rubin grandma Elaine with a glass of wine to talk to her about life and love.

When he brings it up his sexuality, she insists she cannot remember him telling her.

‘I don’t remember. Are you gay? That’s okay with me,’ she said. ‘If you’re happy that’s all that counts. What’s the difference?

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

June 19, 2013

His life from decorated journalist to out and proud gay man is told

Anderson Cooper may have lost the title of talk show host this year but he has gained a new one: comic book hero.

The CNN newsman, whose Anderson Live show was canceled after two seasons, is the subject of the latest issue of Political Power published by Bluewater Productions and released today (19 June).