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March 23, 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company tackles some relatively modern history in a new play from Tom Morton-Smith.

Oppenheimer is an ambitious play.

As the name suggests, Oppenheimer – written by Tom Morton-Smith and directed by Angus Jackson – takes us into the heart of the Manhattan Project, the war of science, when the United States raced to be the first to create the weapon that would end World War II.

After premiering this new work in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company has transferred this production to the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End.

March 21, 2015

François Ozon's fascination with human sexuality continues

Adapted from a short-story by crime-writer Ruth Rendell, François Ozon's latest feature continues his fascination with human sexuality.

The New Girlfriend is an intriguing tale of obsession, secrets, and identity.

Typically of Ozon, this is a movie that looks beautiful. Stunning Autumnal colors that emphasise and amplify the themes of change, rebirth and renewal.

March 15, 2015

A tough, edgy film about a tough and edgy part of London

Invariably, British gangster movies are set in London's east end. Throughout the centuries, the east end of London has been a tough, gritty area of the city. The borough of Hackney is right in the heart of the east end action.

Hackney's Finest is a story about the heroin scene in Hackney in the late 1990s. Written by Thorin Seex and directed by Chris Bouchard, this is a movie that has all the hallmarks of some of Britian's best gangster movie - drugs, corruption, violence, and a dark sense of humor.

March 10, 2015

Lesbian will be introduced in an upcoming episode of the sci-fi franchise

Star Wars will have its first ever lesbian character in the canon.

Moff Mors will make an appearance in writer Paul S Kemp's upcoming novel, ‘Lords of the Sith’, due to be released 28 April this year.

Kemp has said the character adds a 'rich diversity' to the series, intended to be inclusive but not a statement.

It’s not clear what role she will play in the books but the editor, Shelley Shapiro, thinks it’s about time Star Wars diversified.

March 9, 2015

'Before the damned plague hit it was absolutely party central ... I lost friends like everybody'

British actor Maxwell Caulfield gained scores of gay fans in 1982 who were seduced by his handsome looks in the film Grease 2.

The film may not have been the smash Grease was four years earlier, but it has endured as a cult hit and Caulfield has enjoyed a busy career on stage and screen.

Before that movie breakthrough, Caulfield was an unknown actor living in New York City. He was working in theater and having the time of his life with his many gay friends.

March 3, 2015

'4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action'

Someone has written a gay erotic novella about the now infamous color-changing dress.

Chuck Tingle self-published the 'hard-hitting news tingler' on 27 February which has so far only received five-star reviews.

Pounded By The Gay Color Changing Dress 'is 4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies, and color changing dress love,' the book description on Amazon reads.

February 28, 2015

Batman's feline enemy comes out in latest issue of DC Comic

Holy furballs Batman, Catwoman is bisexual!

The feline villain, the alter-ego of Selina Kyle, comes out in the latest issue of DC Comics' Catwoman #39, writer Genevieve Valentine confirms on her blog.

'She’s flirted around it – often quite literally – for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,' Valentine writes.

February 25, 2015

The freelance writer and journalist says that negative stereotypes can still lead to gay people being regarded as frivolous, lightweight or not serious enough for certain jobs

Starting in the 1990s, programs such as MTV’s ‘The Real World’ and NBC’s ‘Will and Grace’ helped portray gay men in a non-threatening light, and normalized the reality of being gay for millions.

At the same time, however, shows like these, and those that have followed, portrayed gay men as frivolous, irresponsible and more likely to party hard than work.

Yes, we make the masses laugh, but at our own expense.

February 22, 2015

Shocking leaflets urge people to vote against gay marriage because gays are more likely to get cancer, be promiscuous and abuse children

Vile anti-gay leaflets being circulated in Dublin, Ireland are urging people to vote against gay marriage because gay people are ‘more likely to get cancer.’

Yesterday (21 February), images of anti-gay leaflets began to circulate on Twitter from people who were shocked they had been handed to them at an event.

February 18, 2015

Terry Sweeney was on show in mid-1980s - was target of terrible AIDS joke by a visiting Chevy Chase

Terry Sweeney was nowhere to be seen during NBC's recent Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special.

He wasn't the only one of the former Not Ready for Prime Time Players to not be featured but he was the only one who is an openly gay male.

Sirius XM Radio talk show host Frank DeCaro was among those outraged by what he considered a slight.

'Leaving Terry Sweeney -- the only openly gay male cast member in the forty-year history of Saturday Night Live -- out of the anniversary special doesn't sit well with me,' DeCaro wrote in a Facebook post.

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 7, 2015

Beautiful stories told without words, we meet the writer who is continuing the tradition of gay art and literature.

Writer and editor Dale Lazarov has been publishing gay literature since the 1980s. In 2005 he made the move into graphic art with Sticky – a collaboration with artist Steve MacIsaac.

Now focusing primarily on this genre, Lazarov researches and develops the story and then collaborates with an artist to draw the scenes.

Simplistically you could describe these works as gay erotica, and there is an undoubtedly sexual edge to Lazarov's work, but these are also unique and compelling stories that explore modern gay life.

February 4, 2015

Journalist – Gay Star News

Andrew M Potts is a former editor of Australia’s The Pink Broad and Sydney Star Observer newspapers and a former writer for DNA Magazine.

He has over a decade’s experience as a journalist, opinion columnist and feature writer covering LGBTI issues online, in print and on the airwaves.

February 3, 2015

Buddhist teacher compares sexual orientation to liking different cheeses

A Bhutanese lama has said that homosexuality does not affect one's understanding of Buddhism and that lesbians probably reach enlightenment before anyone else.

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, who is known for his wit and sense of humor, made the comments in a YouTube video uploaded on 22 January 22, although it is not clear when the clip was recorded.

The filmmaker and writer said he wanted to talk about the 'interesting question of sexual orientation' and how it fits into Bhutan's Buddhist way of life.

February 2, 2015

The author of 'What Happened to Marilyn' shares some tips on where to find the best margarita and more

Author Alexander Rigby has lived in Pittsburgh since 2008 when he began college in the city. We caught up with the writer extraordinaire recently for some inside tips on what makes Pittsburgh a great place to live.

What kept you in Pittsburgh after you graduated?
I stayed because it's a beautiful city that has a lot to offer – in terms of job opportunities, great dining options, fun nightlife, culture, entertainment venues. And it is relatively LGBT friendly.

January 28, 2015

GSN's reporter in Los Angeles

​Los Angeles-based Greg Hernandez has been a US correspondent for Gay Star News since its launch.

He began covering LGBTI news in 2003 as a contributing writer for The Advocate while also working full time as an entertainment reporter for The Daily News of Los Angeles.

January 26, 2015

After losing Emmy and Golden Globe, Ruffalo is honored by fellow actors

Mark Ruffalo has finally won a major acting prize for his performance in the acclaimed AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

Ruffalo had lost the Emmy and Golden Globe but on Sunday (25 January) he was the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

Ruffalo played writer and AIDS activist Ned Weeks in the film based on the play by Larry Kramer. The character of Weeks is a fictionalized version of Kramer.

January 24, 2015

Security staff tell Corrie writer: ‘We don’t want your custom here’; restaurant responds when contacted by GSN

Openly gay playwright Jonathan Harvey has taken to Facebook to slam the ‘quietly menacing’ security staff of Soho restaurant Balans.

In a post on the social networking site, the Coronation Street writer said: ‘Balans Soho last night. The most menacing bouncers. Quietly menacing. “We don't want your custom here." No wonder the place was empty.’

The man behind the much-loved Gimme Gimme Gimme continued: ‘Called the restaurant this morning to complain. Manager shouted I CAN'T HEAR YOU WE'RE REALLY BUSY!'

January 16, 2015

Explicit sex and naked honesty abound in Russell T Davies's fruity new gay drama trio

[Spoliers alert]

Remember that scene in Queer As Folk, when the predatory Stuart rims wide-eyed schoolboy Nathan? TV writer extraordinaire Russell T Davies shocked a nation with his seminal Channel 4 show, and its boundary-pushing depiction of gay sex.

And now, the man responsible for a million teenage sexual awakenings (including mine) is back with a queer televisual menage a trios: Cucumber, Banana, Tofu. And we're pleased to report he's lost none of his confrontational spirit. The shows are aggresively, unapologetically sexual.

January 16, 2015

Doctor Who and Queer As Folk writer returns with new gay drama trio

TV writer Russell T Davies has said of Cucumber Banana Tofu, his new gay drama trio for Channel 4: 'I wanted to look at sex without being sexy.'

January 8, 2015

Comedian also crashed his partner's £150,000 Bentley

Stephen Fry's new fiancé Elliott Spencer yesterday (5 January) was banned from driving for speeding at 101mph in a £130,000 Aston Martin.

A day after news of their engagement broke, the 27-year-old comedian appeared in a South Wales court to receive his sentence – a seven-day driving ban and a £205 fine.

Fry, 57, supported his husband-to-be at the 30-minute hearing. 

January 8, 2015

Right wing US Christian writer Gina Miller claims transgender people are possessed by demons in a column about the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn – blaming the high rate of suicide among transgender people not on prejudice against them but on their ‘open rebellion against God’

A US Christian writer and broadcaster has used the death of Leelah Alcorn to attack the LGBTI community and ‘radical homosexual activists’ in a column that claims the teen’s suicide ‘shows [the] tragic folly of “transgender" delusion [sic].’

Miller made the comments in an article published on right wing ‘alternative media’ website RenewAmerica in which she claimed that transgender people had themselves to blame for the high rate of suicide in their community.

January 6, 2015

'I’m very very happy but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!'

Stephen Fry has said he is 'very very happy' after news broke of his plans to marry his younger boyfriend.

The QI presenter, 57, and comedian Elliott Spencer, 27, formally gave notice at Fry's local registry in Dereham, Norfolk, according to documents dated 23 December.

The couple were first photographed together in November and they are believed to struck up a relationship over the summer.

'Oh. It looks as though a certain cat is out of a certain bag. I’m very very happy of course but had hoped for a private wedding. Fat chance!, Fry tweeted.

December 28, 2014

Black has no reason to complain about Santa Claus this year

Dustin Lance Black's Christmas 'gift' was perfect.

Tom Daley, the boyfriend of the Oscar winner, posted Facebook photos.

The Olympic medalist was dressed all red, and seemed to be 'tumbling' out of a chimney.