GLAAD Announces Media Awards Nominees

Lisa Respers France | CNN | January 26, 2016

(CNN) — GLAAD announced the nominees for the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards on Wednesday, and for the first time, more than 50% of the English-language nominations are trans-inclusive.

Nominees include Oscar-nominated films like “Carol” and popular TV shows such as “Empire” and “Orange is the New Black.” Streaming services earned a record seven nominations (up from three last year), with Netflix bagging five of those.

The nominees for outstanding film (wide release) are “Carol,” “The Danish Girl,” “Dope,” “Freeheld” and “Grandma.” “Arrow,” “Black Sails,” “Empire,” “The Fosters,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nashville,” “Orphan Black,” “Sense8” and “Shameless” are nominated for outstanding drama series.

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Ian McKellen on Oscars: Industry is also discriminating against gay people

Joe Morgan | Gay Star News | January 26, 2016

Sir Ian McKellen has reacted to the race row that has many questioning the integrity of the Acy Awards.

The 76-year-old actor, who has been nominated twice for an acting Oscar, said he ‘fully sympathizes’ with the complaints and says there are certainly other minorities who have been discriminated against in the film industry.

McKellen is one of only three LGBTI people who came out before they were nominated for an acting Academy award. Jaye Davidson, of The Crying Game, and Angelina Jolie, who is bisexual, are the other two.

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Here are 10 celebrities whose lives were forever changed by having LGBTI kids

Jamie Tabberer | Gay Star News | January 20, 2016

There can never be enough out and proud LGBTI celebrities in the public eye.

But what of the celebrity parents of LGBTI children? Surely, when they make it clear how proud they are of their kids, it can be just as powerful?

Here, we check with the straight stars who have parented a non-heterosexual, queer or questioning child – stars who now, for the most part, are as out and proud as their amazing kids.

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Meet the Catholic mother who regrets disowning her gay son

Joe Morgan | Gay Star News | January 20, 2016

‘I was torn between my husband and my child.’

These are the words of Carolyn, a Catholic mother who now regrets disowning her gay son, David.

Speaking as a part of Eric Kruszewski’s documentary on LEAD, an LGBTI group in Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church, she talks about her family and the moment she found out about her son’s sexuality.

‘The time that we found out about David’s homosexuality was very, very difficult. We happened to be away at the time, and his sister came home, and he was entertaining a young man in the house,’ she said.

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Khloe Kardashian: ‘Caitlyn denied being trans’

Stefanie Gerdes | Gay Star News | January 14, 2016

Caitlyn Jenner repeatedly denied being trans when questioned by her family, one of her daughters has claimed.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Khloe Kardashian said when the sisters asked Jenner whether she was trans, as alleged in magazine articles, the former Olympian repeatedly denied the rumors were true.

Referring to Jenner as ‘he’ throughout the interview, Kardashian said the sisters decided to ‘ask the source’ and turned to their stepfather for clarification – but it wasn’t until a meeting with E!, the broadcaster of the family’s reality show, they learned the truth.

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Carol lands 6 Oscar nominations including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress – but snubbed for Best Picture

Jamie Tabberer | Gay Star News | January 14, 2016

Lesbian drama Carol has been nominated for six Oscars.

The film, directed by Todd Haynes, scored nods for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Costume Design.

However the film, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, missed out on a Best Picture nomination and Best Director nomination.

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Colton Haynes: My “secret gay past” was never secret

Rhuaridh Mar | Metro Weekly | January 4, 2015

Colton Haynes in Arrow, Credit: The CW

Colton Haynes in Arrow – Credit: The CW

Colton Haynes has set the internet ablaze this week after a post on his Tumblr account that referenced his sexuality.

Best known for portraying Roy Harper in The CW’s Arrow, Haynes — who rose to fame in MTV’s Teen Wolf — has been subjected to rampant speculation regarding his sexuality ever since a 2006 photoshoot for gay magazine XY. Haynes kissed another male model while in a swimming pool as part of the pictorial, but has never publicly addressed his sexuality — something that hasn’t stopped his fans from guessing.

Now, those fans have something else to obsess over: a post to the actor’s Tumblr, responding to someone who had recently discovered Haynes’ “secret gay past.”

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George Takei Reveals Why He Stayed Closeted For So Long

Michelangelo Signorile | HuffPost Gay Voices | December 27, 2015



George Takei, currently starring in the Broadway musical “Allegiance,” inspired by his own family’s struggles as Japanese-Americans who were interned during World War II, opened up about the enormous conflict he felt early on in his career being gay but remaining closeted. It wasn’t until 2005 that the legendary actor who played Sulu in the original 1960s’ “Star Trek” series came out.

“My father told me about American democracy,” he said in an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress. “And he said you have to be actively engaged in the political process to make our democracy work. So I’ve been doing that my entire life. Civil rights movement. The peace movement during the Viet Nam conflict. The movement to get an apology and redress for Japanese-Americans. But I was silent on that one issue that was closest to me.”

Takei said he watched the career of closeted gay Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter, whose life was the subject of the recent documentary, “Tab Hunter Confidential,” quickly unravel after he was targeted with innuendo by a tabloid in the 1950s. That, he said, instilled him with intense fear as a teenager.

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Christmas Eve shocker: Janet Jackson announces Unbreakable tour is postponed

Greg Hernandez | The Gay Star News | December 25, 2015

It was not the kind of Christmas gift Janet Jackson wanted to give to her fans.

But on Christmas Eve, the singer took to social media to announce the postponement of her upcoming Unbreakable tour – her first tour in several years.

Jackson, 49, says the postponement is because she has to have surgery but does not share with fans what her medical issue is.

‘Hey you guys,’ Jackson wrote. ‘Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring.’

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Silenced: A James Spione Film

This disquieting documentary spotlights the ordeals of three former federal workers whose revelations of illegal government activities resulted in two of them being charged with multiple offenses under the Espionage Act.
What the Bush and Obama administrations do when someone tells the truth.
 Academy Award nominated director James Spione, who discussed his film Silenced, which deals with Washington’s increasingly draconian response to whistleblowers, and the devastating personal toll on those who’ve questioned official national security policy. Two of the three whistleblowers highlighted in the film, John Kiriakou and Thomas Drake, later joined the program to share their experiences and reflect on how their lives were affected once they found themselves in the crosshairs of a vindictive federal government.
Spione observed that the climate of fear and security that has enveloped the United States since 9/11 has given way to a situation where whistleblowers are “not just persecuted, they’re prosecuted to an unprecedented degree.” Compounding this troubling issue, he said, is that the whistleblowers who seem to draw the most vociferous response of the government do so because they reveal information which challenges official policy or exposes criminality. He also noted that prosecution of whistleblowers under the Espionage Act has increased significantly under the Obama administration, which has invoked the law “more times that all other administrations combined in the last 100 years.” Ironically, Spione mused, this tenacious approach has led to new whistleblowers taking extreme measures to release information, such as in the case of Edward Snowden, who fled the country in order to be heard.



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This disquieting documentary spotlights the ordeals of three former federal workers whose revelations of illegal government activities resulted in two of them being charged with multiple offenses under the Espionage Act.
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