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[Photos, from left: Jonathan Capehart (Photo by Todd Franson); Anderson Cooper (Photo courtesy CNN); and Thomas Roberts (Photo by Michael Young).] Today's coming-out letter from Anderson Cooper to Andrew Sullivan, while not a surprise to some, is drawing praise from some out colleagues. MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, who is out and engaged to Patrick Abner, tells Metro Weekly: "I ... [Read]

Armando "Mando" Montano, a 22-year-old news intern for the Associated Press in Mexico City this summer, was found dead early Saturday, June 30, according to an AP report. Montano was gay and a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. According to the AP, "Montano's body was found in the elevator shaft of an apartment building near where ... [Read]

The New York Times reports tonight that Richard Isay, 77, has died. From the article: Dr. Richard A. Isay, a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and gay-rights advocate who did not admit to himself that he was gay until he was 40, married and a father, and who won a pitched battle to persuade his own profession to stop treating homosexuality as a ... [Read]

Pink was slated to perform at an Obama re-election fundraiser targeted to LGBT supporters set for June 6 in Los Angeles. But, the singer is in the hospital with what she apparently thought was a stomach flu but now appears to be a gall bladder infection, which eventually led to this: :( I'm so bummed i can't perform for The ... [Read]

[Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, in Earth-Two #1. (Image from Bleeding Cool.)] The DC Comics character who is going to be revealed as gay in an upcoming issue is the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, according to the Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston. He says that a source at Phoenix Comic Con confirmed the news to him.  DC Comics announced ... [Read]

[Image: Screen capture of Ellen DeGeneres and Laura Dern in "The Puppy Episode" of Ellen, which first aired on April 30, 1997.] Fifteen years ago tonight, the Ellen "puppy episode" -- better known as the coming-out episode -- aired. Although today's advances for LGBT equality make the controversy of that date hard to believe, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against ... [Read]

Chris Matthews was confronted recently by Faithful America group members about his decision to have Family Research Council president Tony Perkins appear on his show, MSNBC's Hardball. The Family Research Council has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist activity in the country. Told that having Perkins on his show gives legitimacy ... [Read]

New York Lawmakers Say "It Gets Better"

Posted by Chris Geidner
February 27, 2012 2:22 PM |
Joining many others -- and coming a few days after MTV showed its "It Gets Better" special -- members of New York City’s Congressional Delegation – Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Ed Towns, Eliot Engel, Carolyn Maloney, Joe Crowley and José E. Serrano – released their own "It Gets Better" video. WATCH: ... [Read]

This morning, for a few minutes at least, the Valentine's Day messages on Twitter included one that didn't sit too well with LGBT equality advocates. The "#FagDay" hashtag was trending as the No. 3 most popular trend on Twitter worldwide at 9:15 a.m. Some users of the social media service were offended: By 9:35 a.m., however, the topic had ... [Read]

At Towleroad, Andy Towle notes that USA Network's White Collar actor Matt Bomer, "who has up till now lived in a glass closet (most industry people knew) regarding his sexuality, made it public at an awards ceremony and in a magazine article last week." Presented with the New Generation Arts and Activism Award from the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards ... [Read]

CNN's Roland Martin responded to criticism regarding his Superbowl tweets this morning, saying he is sorry if people were offended and that they were just a "playful shot" at soccer. Read the entries from the bottom up: It was not immediately clear whether the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which is calling for Martin's firing, would consider this a ... [Read]

Tonight's Madonna half-time show at the Superbowl got a significant amount of attention from her dedicated gay fans, but it was CNN commentator Roland Martin's tweets about H&M's new David Beckham underwear that started a secondary firestorm on Twitter. He tweeted: He then followed up, tweeting: He later attempted to explain his tweets, writing: Although he responded to several other ... [Read]

'We found a place in Harlem that a woman had been living in for 40-odd years, and it was roomy and reasonably priced. We went to L.A. and got this moving truck and collected his mattress and bed frame and some stuff we each had in storage, and we started a journey across the country. We stopped in Albuquerque, ... [Read]

Christopher Plummer took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Hal Fields, an older man only coming out in his later years, in Beginners at tonight's 69th annual Golden Globe Awards. In accepting his award, Plummer was playful to his co-star, Ewan McGregor, who acted the role of his son, Oliver, ... [Read]

"[AIDS] is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion." Elton John said so, as reported today by The Guardian, in explaining the reason for his writing a new book, Love Is the Cure, to ... [Read]

Zachary Quinto -- Spock in the new Star Trek and Louis Ironson in this past year's New York City revival of Angels in America -- comes out in the pages of New York magazine to Benjamin Wallace, confirming long-discussed speculation. From the article: Last year, the Times, in profiling him for Angels, noted that “the blogosphere is rife with speculation ... [Read]

The NBA's Golden State Warriors have named Rick Welts as the San Francisco-based team's president and chief operating officer, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Welts came out when serving as the president of the Phoenix Suns earlier this year, leaving the team recently to relocate to be with his partner. Co-owner Joe Lacob told the San Francisco Chronicle: Rick ... [Read]

Michael R. Triplett, a member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association and the NLGJA vice president of print and new media, covers the ground today on questions about the sexual orientation of Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook: The announcement that Tim Cook would take over as CEO of Apple has reignited the story of whether Cook is gay. ... [Read]

As noted at Truth Wins Out, comedian Tracy Morgan, in a recent stand-up routine, made some comments about gay people that led an audience member to post a note on Facebook about the comments. As summarized by Truth Wins Out: Morgan’s entire demeanor changed as he allegedly claimed that being gay is a choice, that homosexuality is something that kids ... [Read]

On March 5, country music star Blake Shelton scored his eighth No. 1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for his cover of "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." Tonight, however, people were looking when a tweet from his personal, verified account appeared to advocate anti-LGBT violence. The tweet -- which claims to be a "re-writ[e]" of Shania ... [Read]

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