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July 21, 2014

Showrunner behind new Doctor Who and Queer As Folk is hoping to hear people's best 'sexcapade' for his new web series Tofu

Russell T Davies, the gay writer and showrunner behind Queer As Folk and new Doctor Who, wants to hear your gay sex stories for his new project.

He is looking for volunteers to take part in the eight-part web series Tofu, featuring real-life sex stories from members of the public.

It will be an online companion to Channel 4’s upcoming drama Cucumber and E4 sister series Banana – both from Davies.

July 10, 2014

'Vito was really the person who showed me I had to do it. I wanted us to be comfortable'

Their kiss had been seen by millions on live television on NFL draft day.

But what viewers did not know was that on the day Michael Sam met boyfriend Vito Cammisano years earlier, Cammisano was dressed as a bunny.

Sam, the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. and Cammisano met at one of the first big parties he attended in his freshman year at the University of Missouri.

It was a lingerie party and Cammisano, a star swimmer at the school, was dressed as a rabbit with a bushy white tail.

July 9, 2014

Show is first scripted series from network best known for Real Housewives franchise

Bravo, the network best known for its Real Housewives franchise, is launching its first scripted series and has lined up Laverne Cox as a guest star.

Cox, who last month was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, will appear in an episode of Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce which stars Lisa Edelstein as a recently divorced self-help writer.

Cox will portray a character by the name of Adele Northrop who is a Pulitzer Prize-winning war journalist and LGBT advocate. Northrop will be presenting who presents an award at a marriage equality gala.

July 4, 2014

Author claims the reason why many LGB people believe homosexuality and bisexuality is not a choice is because they have 'internalised doctrine'

British lesbian writer and campaigner Julie Bindel has defended her assertion that being gay is a choice.

The 52-year-old journalist believes she made a ‘conscious and happy choice to be a lesbian’ more than 30 years ago because she had ‘better taste than other young women’.

She claims in an Independent interview when she ‘fell in’ with the feminist crowd, she became more open to lesbian experiences.

July 3, 2014

A 'Gay at home dad' is picking up a YouTube following for his adorable videos of him and his son

A gay man and his son are gaining a YouTube following after dad – writer Frank Lowe – began posting short videos of him and his kid sharing car journeys.

Lowe says that he finds himself driving his five-year-old son, Briggs D. Lowe, around constantly, typically conversing on everything from cookies and fashion to birthdays and Beyonce. This led to Lowe posting the first ‘Driving Mr Briggs’ clip on YouTube in April, filmed courtesy of a camera on his dashboard.

July 1, 2014

Hit fantasy video game series Dragon Age has introduced its first character who is gay no matter what players choose

Bioware’s new installment in its hit video series Dragon Age will have its first character that is gay no matter what choices players make in new game Dragon Age: Inquisition.

June 20, 2014

As the world focuses on the south of France for the Spandex-filled cycling competition, a local gay guesthouse has some freeing options to stop and smell the vineyards

Any day now all those Lycra-clad athletes cycling in the Tour de France will be be getting on their bikes for the annual cross-country extravaganza.

Just why it starts in Yorkshire, England, isn’t clear. But soon they’ll be sweating their way through one of the most stunning regions in Europe: The south of France.

France’s southern enclaves, known colloquially as le Midi, have become a popular destination with LGBTI travelers looking for luxurious activities, in beautiful surroundings, serious about switching off completely and chilling.

May 24, 2014

'To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved. Watch out. I have never thought of myself as a victim…I’ve said – a thousand times? – in print and on TV that everyone is bisexual'

US writer Gore Vidal was gay, but stubbornly refused to be defined by sexuality. There was no shame about his love life, but the author of The Best Man did not want to be pinned down with imprecise labels.

'To be categorized is, simply, to be enslaved,' he said in a 1995 Advocate magazine interview. 'Watch out. I have never thought of myself as a victim…I’ve said – a thousand times? – in print and on TV that everyone is bisexual.'

May 21, 2014

Gay icon was opposed to the idea of showing two men making love on camera, according to the playwright of The Normal Heart

Gay icon Barbra Streisand finds gay sex ‘distasteful’, according to legendary gay activist Larry Kramer.

In a rare interview, the writer has explained why it has taken almost 30 years for his work The Normal Heart to be adapted into a movie.

Streisand held the rights for years, and had a draft of a screenplay in 1995.

‘The problems with her is she didn’t know what to do with it,’ Kramer said, ‘and she also was really uncomfortable with the subject of gay sex.’

May 6, 2014

When he was once asked about his sexuality by Ian McKellen, he said: '‘That’s a bit like asking a man crawling across the Sahara whether he would prefer Perrier or Malvern water'

British playwright Alan Bennett has revealed how he guarded his sexuality for the majority of his career, saying he didn’t want to be labelled as gay.

The writer of The History Boys and The Madness of George III said he wanted to be his ‘own man’ and keep his personal life private.

‘My objection about people knowing more about one's private life was that I didn't want to be put in a pigeonhole,’ he said, in a celebration of his career on a his regrets of not being more open about his sexuality earlier.

April 29, 2014

'How do you get attention when the mayor doesn't care? When the president doesn't care? ... When the gay world doesn't care?'

The premiere of HBO's movie version of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart on 25 May will come nearly 3o years after the play was first staged at the Public Theatre in New York City.

Kramer, now 78 and in frail health, says of the landmark 1985 play: 'Writers are given one great story to tell: their story. I'm telling my story as a political document.'

The Normal Heart is set in New York City in the early 1980s and tells the story of the American government's indifference to the growing AIDS plague and the denial of the gay community itself.

April 21, 2014

'It was as if there'd just been a referendum on me in network television, and the vote was a resounding no'

Kenneth M. Walsh's memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful? begins and ends with New York City dreaming.

April 3, 2014

Spoiler alert, at the show a 19-year-old student said he would have sex for the first time - he did not have sex

A gay teen who planned to lose his virginity in the ‘name of art’ pulled out, and instead performed something a little different.

Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old art student, vowed to perform a piece called ‘Art School Stole My Virginity’.

Before the show on 1 April, he claimed he would lose his anal virginity live on stage and then discuss it with the audience afterwards.

April 2, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Gay Star News, Sherlock's co-creator says the UK should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights before the Sochi Winter Olympics

Gay actor Mark Gatiss has compared gay discrimination in Russia to Nazi Germany, in an exclusive interview with Gay Star News.

The Sherlock co-creator and writer has reflected on the Sochi Winter Olympics that took place last month, saying we need to ‘keep the flag flying’ and pressurizing anti-gay countries.

Citing the 1936 Olympic games held in Berlin under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, Gatiss said the UK and other pro-gay countries should have done more to stand up for LGBTI rights.

March 25, 2014

Corey, 15, was sick with pneumonia and suicidal when he was rescued from his birth family by his mom and sister-to-be

Last April, a story started going viral on social media. Titled ‘Parents put 16-year-old daughter up for adoption after learning she is gay’ it was shared by 72,000 people. But as suddenly as it had taken off, it disappeared.

Blushing page administrators started removing it quickly. The story was fake. It was, in fact, a satire from the site Deacon Tyson Bowers III.

March 18, 2014

'There weren't a lot of other reasons to be there'

Openly gay CNN anchor Anderson Cooper paid a visit to Seth Meyers' new NBC late night talk show on Monday and shared with viewers why he once thought the host was gay.

It seems Cooper, a well-known gym rat, once saw the former Saturday Night Live writer and news anchor at a gym in Manhattan and jumped to conclusions.

'It was pretty much the gayest gym on the planet,' Cooper said, 'And I assumed you were gay, ’cause… there weren’t a lot of other reasons to be there.'

March 15, 2014

LA Galaxy player resembles 'something like the lovechild of James Bond and One Direction'

Robbie Rogers is into his second season for the LA Galaxy and seems to have settled into his place as the first openly gay player in Major Soccer League history.

During his off-season, Rogers did a few magazine shoots including a rather stunning one for Flaunt Magazine.

In chatting with Rogers on the porch of his LA home, the writer confesses to finding him 'impossible to look at.'

March 5, 2014

Channel 4 will be celebrating the first gay couples to get legally married in England and Wales

Gay British presenter, writer and wit Stephen Fry is to narrate one of the UK’s first ‘musical’ gay wedding.

The first British gay couples will be walking down the aisle at 31 March after England and Wales were the first in the UK to legalize equal marriage.

Our Gay Wedding: The Musical, a 60-minute TV special broadcast on Channel 4, will celebrate the legal victory.

West End star Nathan Taylor and composer Benjamin Till are writing the music and lyrics for the nuptials, which will be sung during vows and readings.

March 2, 2014

The Olympic diver topped a poll that sought to find out which public figures inspire UK teenagers the most, three months after he revealed he was in a relationship with a man
 

Olympic medalist Tom Daley was named the biggest sporting inspiration to UK teenagers last night (1 March) at a National Citizen Service (NCS) event in London.

The awards were based on the results of a poll run by the NCS, a government initiative that aims to improve young people’s confidence, teamwork and leadership skills through a series of challenges and community projects.

March 1, 2014

Lucien Soulban, a writer for Ubisoft, says major video game franchises don’t include gay protagonists because of ‘fears that it’ll impact sales’
 

Canadian video game writer Lucien Soulban has said he doesn’t expect to see gay protagonists in major game franchises ‘for a while … because of fears that it’ll impact sales’.

Soulban works for Ubisoft and made the comments on the company blog in an interview post published on Thursday (27 February).

February 19, 2014

Sir Patrick Stewart has taken to Twitter to respond to a Guardian columnist mistakenly reporting he is gay with a series of funny tweets after he tweeted his support for actress Ellen Page coming out

Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, has responded to a Guardian newspaper columnist mistakenly reporting he is gay in the funniest of ways.

February 16, 2014

‘Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories’ has been published to give a voice to LGBTI people suffering under the Russian anti-gay laws

A book has been released celebrating stories of love and triumph in the face of recent Russian anti-gay adversity.

The book, entitled Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories, is a collaboration between journalist and author Masha Gessen and writer Joseph Huff-Hannon and is available in English and Russian.

In light of the gay propaganda law currently in place in Russia, the book aims to dispel myths and misconstrued truths about gay people by sharing stories of their bravery and relationships.

February 14, 2014

Thomas Rob Smith, the acclaimed writer behind Child 44, will be penning the story of a gay spy love drama

An acclaimed gay author will be penning a new drama about a gay spy for the BBC.

Tom Rob Smith, the author of Child 44, will be writing the five-part hour long contemporary thriller London Spy.

The story will look at Danny, described as a ‘gregarious, hedonistic, but ill-equipped spy’ who falls for the ‘anti-social and enigmatic’ Alex.

But as they get closer, Alex disappears leaving Danny to pick up the pieces and track him down.

The drama will be going into production later this year and is expected to be lined up to air in 2015.

February 14, 2014

Legendary Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown took out O'Donnell's confirmation that she is a lesbian

Rosie O'Donnell says she was about to come out publicly as a lesbian a full decade before she actually did so in 2002.

The funny lady, who had just become a big star in the film A League of Their Own, was being interviewed in 1992 by a writer for Cosmopolitan when she was asked if she was a lesbian.

'He said, "Are you gay?" and I said yes,' O'Donnell said this week on Mondays With Marlo, a web series hosted by Marlo Thomas.

She said the magazine's legendary editor, the late Helen Gurley Brown, took out that section of the interview.