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Wednesday
Jan302013

Jim Nabors Comes Out of the Closet, Reveals Marriage to Male Partner

Frank Micelotta/Getty Images(HONOLULU) -- Former Gomer Pyle: USMC star Jim Nabors has come out of the closet, revealing that he married his longtime male partner in Seattle two weeks ago.

The 82-year-old Nabors, a resident of Hawaii, tells Hawaii News Now he tied the knot with 64-year-old Stan Cadwallader on Jan. 15.  Same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington state in December.

Nabors says, "I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing, I didn't tell anybody."

While he's only going public with his sexuality now, Nabors says he discussed it with co-workers and friends in the 1960s and 1970s.

"I've never made a huge secret of it at all," he says.

Nabors originated the Gomer Pyle role on The Andy Griffith Show before he brought his bumbling Marine character to his own spin-off.

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Friday
Sep212012

Paris Hilton Apologizes: ‘Gay People Are the Strongest’

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paris Hilton issued an apology Thursday after audio of her making derogatory comments about gay people was posted online.

In the recording, Hilton is heard saying gay people are “disgusting” and “most of them probably have AIDS.”

“Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know,” the socialite said in an apology to GLAAD Thursday. “It is so wrong when people bully or put down others for being gay. No one should have to go through that.”

“As anyone close to me knows, I always have been and always will be a huge supporter of the gay community. I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families with the comments heard this morning,” Hilton said. “I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community. It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.”

“HIV/AIDS can hurt anyone, gay and straight, men and women,” she said. “It’s something I take very seriously and should not have been thrown around in conversation.”

While riding in a New York City cab last week, Hilton and an openly gay friend were talking about a smartphone app Grindr, which allows gay men to meet and hook up.

“Ew, ew,” Hilton says on the recording when told about Grindr. “Gay guys are the horniest people in the world,” she continues. “They’re disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS … I would be so scared if I was a gay guy. You’ll like, die of AIDS.”

The cab driver recorded the conversation, which RadarOnline obtained and posted Thursday.

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Wednesday
Aug152012

Rashida Jones Apologizes for Urging John Travolta to 'Come Out'

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- In a recent interview for her latest film, actress Rashida Jones said it was high time for a movie star to come out of the closet, and she urged John Travolta to “come out.”

The 36-year-old Parks and Recreation star made the pronouncement during an interview last Friday with the Bay Area website Spinning Platters.

When her co-star and co-writer of the film Celeste and Jesse Forever, Will McCormack, said in the interview, “There needs to be, like, a professional athlete that comes out,” Jones chimed in, “And a movie star!”

“Like John Travolta?” Jones added.  “Come out!  Come on.  How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this.”

Jones issued an apology to Travolta on Tuesday via Twitter.

“Made a thoughtless comment about John Travolta. I sincerely apologize. Nobody’s personal life is my business,” she wrote on her Twitter account.

Travolta was sued earlier this year by two male massage therapists who claimed the actor tried to have sex with them during massage sessions.  Travolta’s publicist called the suits “complete fiction and fabrication,” and the two masseurs later dropped their complaints.

Jones made the remarks while proclaiming her admiration for rapper Frank Ocean, who recently revealed that his first love was a man.

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Wednesday
Jul042012

R&B Singer Frank Ocean Reveals First Love was a Man

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Frank Ocean, the R&B singer and member of controversial hip-hop collective Odd Future, took to his blog to openly discuss his sexuality, telling readers that his first love was a man.

According to the critically acclaimed 24-year-old singer, he had originally planned to tell fans in the liner notes of his forthcoming album “Channel Orange,” but instead he took to his Tumblr as rumors began to circulate.  Several tracks on his new album are reportedly love songs addressed to a man.

“4 summers ago, I met somebody,” the singer wrote. “I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Every day almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile.

“Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with,” he wrote.

Ocean goes on to explain how he told his first love his feelings, but the man “wouldn’t tell the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years.” He says that he kept the friendship going as he struggled with himself and his emotions.

“I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore … I was never alone, as much as it felt like it. As much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don’t think I ever could be. Thanks. To my first love, I’m grateful for you,” he wrote.

Ocean burst onto the music scene in February 2011 with his acclaimed debut mix tape, “Nostalgia, Ultra.” He had become a member of Los Angeles-based alternative hip-hop collective Odd Future after appearing on member Domo Genesis’ track, “SteamRoller” in 2010.

Members of Odd Future, particularly lead member and co-founder Tyler, the Creator, have been accused of homophobia in the past, and the group was even dropped from the Big Day Out festival in Auckland, New Zealand, last year after activists said the group’s lyrics promote bullying of gays, bisexuals and transgender  people.

Tyler, the Creator, however, took to his Twitter feed early Wednesday to support  his friend.

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Monday
Jul022012

Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s Gay

Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup(NEW YORK) -- After years of declining to discuss his sexuality, CNN’s Anderson Cooper has revealed that he’s gay.

The 45-year-old CNN anchor came out in an email to the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan that was published on Sullivan’s blog this morning. Cooper was responding to an Entertainment Weekly article about how gay public figures are increasingly coming out in more restrained ways than in the past.

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooper writes.

Cooper explains that he kept his sexuality private “for professional reasons” but had “begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle.” Instances of gay bullying made him “believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”

While Cooper doesn’t go into the specifics about romantic relationships, he writes, “I am also blessed far beyond having a great career. I love, and I am loved.”

He concludes his email, “I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.”

In 2007, Out magazine famously featured Cooper’s face on the cover of its “Glass Closet” issue. (Subtitle: “Why the Stars Won’t Come Out and Play.”) In 2005, he defended his decision not to discuss his private life, telling New York Magazine, “I understand why people might be interested. But I just don’t talk about my personal life.”

Cooper anchors CNN’s primetime news show Anderson Cooper 360°. He also hosts a daytime talk show, Anderson.

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Thursday
Jun072012

Report: Former John Travolta Employee Drops Gay Bombshell

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Already weathering accusations from former masseurs who claimed he made sexual advances towards them, John Travolta's former secretary has told the National Enquirer the star is gay.

"I did everything for him, including taking care of his personal and professional schedules," Joan Edwards said.  "Of course I knew he was gay.  It never bothered me."

Edwards, who claims to have worked for Travolta from 1978 to 1994, says Travolta had a six-year-long relationship with a male pilot named Doug Gotterba in the 1980s, according to the upcoming Enquirer article excerpted by RadarOnline.

The Enquirer could not confirm the relationship, the publication notes, but did confirm Gotterba did work for the Pulp Fiction star.

Gotterba's post-Travolta boyfriend, Robert Britz tells the Enquirer Gotterba told him in detail about the relationship, and how it began to sour as Travolta gained weight.

"After a few years Doug grew apart from John sexually, and John's advances eventually started to repulse him," Britz claims.

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Thursday
May242012

"The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons Confirms He's Gay

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jim Parsons has officially come out of the closet in a New York Times profile of The Big Bang Theory star.

The Emmy-winning actor, who plays Sheldon on the CBS comedy, isn't actually quoted discussing his sexual preference in the article. Instead, the author casually mentions it in reference to Parsons' performance last year in a Broadway production of The Normal Heart, about gay men dying of AIDS.

The author writes, "The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said."

Parsons returns to Broadway this summer in another revival, Harvey, a play made famous by Jimmy Stewart.

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Tuesday
May222012

Gay Marvel Superhero Plans to Tie the Knot

Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg News(NEW YORK) -- Marvel Comics made a splash in 1992 when one of its beloved charters declared “I am gay.”

Twenty years later -- in Astonishing X-Men, issue 50 set to hit stores on Wednesday -- Northstar will propose to longtime boyfriend Kyle. The two are set to marry in June.

Marvel and rival DC Entertainment have focused on bringing a more realistic flavor to its characters. DC recently announced that it would relaunch one of its major characters as gay in June. Marvel introduced Miles Morales, the first half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man last year.

Marvel made the announcement Tuesday morning on The View on ABC, but it has been the subject of fan speculation for some time.

Axel Alonso, the editor-in-chief of Marvel Entertainment, said the story line was developed around the time New York state legalized gay marriage in June 2011.

“The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in reality,” Alonso said.

In the issue, Northstar makes his intentions known to Kyle in New York’s Bryant Park, a very public place for these very private people.

“Well, private enough for a mutant celebrity -- having such a public, life-changing discussion,” said Marjorie Liu, who wrote the issue.

The scene shows Northstar out of costume and down on one knee with a ring in hand discussing some of what they’ve gone through as a superhero couple.

The cover of next month’s Astonishing X-Men issue 51 includes an all-star cast for Northstar’s and Kyle’s ceremony.

“Yes, there will be some fun guests at the wedding, but not everyone will accept the invitation,” Liu said.

“DC and Marvel are recognizing that there is an LGBT audience that has been reading their comics for years,” said Matt Kane, associate director of entertainment and media for GLAAD.

DC’s most prominent gay characters include Batwoman, who has her own series; Apollo and Midnighter, who appear in Stormwatch; and Bunker, a member of Teen Titans.

Aside from its being socially relevant -- the addition of gay characters makes good business sense.

Archie Comics introduced a gay character in 2010, which turned out to be a hit for the company. There was even a gay wedding in Riverdale in 2011.

“They are recognizing how the world is evolving,” said Kane.

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Monday
May212012

Comics Cliffhanger as Unnamed DC Superhero to Come Out of Closet

PRNewsFoto/DC Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, a major comic book character won’t be ambiguously gay anymore.

DC Comics, whose portfolio includes such iconic characters as Batman and Robin, Superman and Wonder Woman, plans next month to reintroduce one of its major superheroes as openly gay.

“One of the major iconic DC characters will reveal that he is gay in a storyline in June,” Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment’s senior vice president of publicity, confirmed to ABC News.

So which one is it? The folks at DC Comics aren’t saying, but they do say it’s the latest effort to make sure their comics keep up with the times.

Last September, DC Comics relaunched its entire line of comic books to feature an updated look and a new lineup of LGBT superheroes: including Voodoo, an African American bisexual woman and Batwoman, an open lesbian.

Batwoman garnered DC comics an Outstanding Comic Book award from GLAAD, an advocacy and watchdog organization for LGBT issues.

“DC and (arch-rival) Marvel are recognizing that there is an LGBT audience that has been reading their comics for years,” said Matt Kane, associate director of entertainment and media for GLAAD. “When creating these fictional worlds it’s important to show the full diversity.”

Aside from making good business sense, Kane said younger readers are perfectly comfortable with gay characters and expect to see their peers represented.

Although DC Comics’ plans to reintroduce a major character as gay is new, gay characters in comic books are not.

Marvel Comic’s Northstar was revealed to be in a gay relationship back in 2009.  Archie Comics introduced a gay character in 2010, and there was a gay wedding in Riverdale in 2011.

Rumors are swirling that Northstar too is expected to tie the knot to his boyfriend Kyle.

“They are recognizing how the world is evolving,” said Kane.

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Tuesday
Mar062012

Exclusive: Kirk Cameron Responds to Critics, ‘Hate Speech’

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kirk Cameron is fighting back against the “hate speech” he feels he’s endured since calling homosexuality “unnatural,” “detrimental,” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization” during a Friday appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight to promote his new film, Monumental.

In an email statement released exclusively to ABC News on Tuesday, Cameron said that when Morgan asked him to share his views on homosexuality, “I spoke as honestly as I could, but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community. That is not true. I can assuredly say that it’s my life’s mission to love all people.”

“I should be able to express moral views on social issues,” he said, “especially those that have been the underpinning of Western civilization for 2,000 years — without being slandered, accused of hate speech, and told from those who preach ‘tolerance’ that I need to either bend my beliefs to their moral standards or be silent when I’m in the public square.”

He concluded, “I believe we need to learn how to debate these things with greater love and respect,” and added, “I’ve been encouraged by the support of many friends (including gay friends, incidentally).”

Cameron’s Growing Pains co-stars Tracey Gold and Alan Thicke have spoken out against his comments, along with many other celebrities. Over the weekend, GLAAD launched a petition called Tell Kirk Cameron It’s Time to Finally Grow Up.

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