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Monday
Mar052012

Kirk Cameron Receiving Support Despite Anti-Gay Comments

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While gay rights activists are eviscerating Kirk Cameron for calling homosexuality "unnatural," "detrimental," and "ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," the former Growing Pains star has received "thousands of emails and comments" of support, Cameron's representative told ABC News on Monday.

"Cameron is thankful for the thousands of emails and comments that he's received from those who value the freedom to express one's beliefs," the actor's rep said in an email statement.

Cameron opined on gay rights during a Friday appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight to promote his upcoming documentary, Monumental. On marriage equality, the outspoken evangelical Christian said, "Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either."

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His Hollywood colleagues have taken to Twitter to counter him. On Sunday, Tracey Gold, who co-starred with Cameron on Growing Pains, wrote, "I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE"

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson quipped, "The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago." Roseanne Barr wrote, "kirk or kurt or whatever cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech."

CNN's Morgan told TMZ.com that he found Cameron's views "antiquated" but said the actor was "brave" to share them.

A representative for Cameron declined ABC News' repeated requests for comment.

Meanwhile, GLAAD has launched a petition to "Tell Kirk Cameron It's Time to Finally Grow Up." As of Monday afternoon, it had more than 2,300 signatures.

"Thousands, including many people of faith, have shared the campaign and spoken out against Cameron's remarks," GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick said in a statement Monday. "Kirk Cameron's statements are not only out-of-touch with the beliefs of most Americans, they contribute to a climate of hostility and falsely suggest that communities of faith are not accepting of LGBT people."

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Thursday
Mar012012

George Clooney: I Don’t Care If People Say I’m Gay

A.M.P.A.S.(r)(LOS ANGELES) -- Although George Clooney has dated arguably some of the most beautiful women in the world, rumors that he’s gay come up every now and again. Clooney told The Advocate he couldn’t care less.

“I think it’s funny, but the last thing you’ll ever see me do is jump up and down saying, ‘These are lies!’ That would be unfair and unkind to all my friends in the gay community,” Clooney told the magazine.

The actor, who is currently dating Stacey Kiebler added, “I’m not going to let anyone make it seem like being gay is a bad thing. My private life is private, and I’m very happy in it. Who does it hurts if someone thinks I’m gay? I’ll be long dead and there will still be people who say I was gay. I don’t give a s**t.”

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Tuesday
Feb142012

‘White Collar’ Star Matt Bomer Reveals He’s Gay

VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The star of the USA series White Collar, Matt Bomer, officially came out as gay on Saturday, People magazine reported.

Bomer, who plays con-artist-turned-FBI-helper Neal Caffrey on the hit series, publically thanked his partner Simon Halls and their three children as he accepted an honor at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. Bomer picked up an award for his efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS, saying, “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kitt, Walker, Henry.”

Bomer had earlier decided not to comment on speculation surrounding his love life, telling Details magazine in 2010, “I don’t care about that at all. I’m completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life.”

Partner Simon Halls is a publicist in Hollywood, representing actors such as Neil Patrick Harris and Glee creator, Ryan Murphy. Bomer is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of Glee in April.

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Wednesday
Feb082012

Ellen DeGeneres Responds to Group's Criticism of JCPenney Deal

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(LOS ANGELES) -- Ellen DeGeneres is happy that California's same-sex marriage ban was declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court on Tuesday, but she's less than thrilled with a conservative group that is protesting her new partnership with JCPenney because she's gay.

In an episode of her daytime talk show airing Wednesday, DeGeneres says the court's decision on Proposition 8 is a, "step in the right direction." She then brings up the group One Million Moms and its criticism of her JCPenney deal. She says, "I'd like to talk about it because my haters are my motivators."

DeGeneres says of the group, which recently claimed that JCPenney will lose sales because it hired the openly-gay comedienne as its brand ambassador, "They wanted to get me fired, and I'm proud and happy to say that JCPenney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson. Which is great news for me because I also need some new crew socks. I'm really going to clean up with this discount."

Reading from a statement in which One Million Moms accused JCPenney of jumping on the "pro-gay bandwagon," DeGeneres says, "Being gay or pro-gay isn't a bandwagon. You don't get a free ride anywhere. There's no music. And occasionally we'll sing 'We Are Family,' but that's about it."

DeGeneres then disputes the notion that JCPenney is losing customers because of the hire, pointing to supportive comments written by people on One Million Moms' Facebook page.

She says, "I usually don't talk about stuff like this on my show but I really want to thank everyone who is supporting me....Here are the values I stand for: I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you'd want to be treated and helping those in need."

A preview clip of DeGeneres' comments has been posted on E! Online.

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Cynthia Nixon Says Bisexuality Is Not a ‘Choice’

Jemal Countess/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Cynthia Nixon, 45,  recently clarified her claim that she is gay by choice. The Sex and the City actress recently told New York Times Magazine, “I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me.”

Nixon’s comment upset some members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, who took umbrage with the idea that they have control over their sexual preference. In a statement published by the LGBT magazine The Advocate, Nixon said:

“While I don’t often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have ‘chosen’ is to be in a gay relationship. As I said in the Times and will say again here, I do, however, believe that most members of our community -- as well as the majority of heterosexuals -- cannot and do not choose the gender of the persons with whom they seek to have intimate relationships because, unlike me, they are only attracted to one sex.”

Nixon is engaged to her longtime partner Christine Marinoni. They have a young son.

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Wednesday
Jan252012

Cynthia Nixon: Gay by Choice?

Jemal Countess/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Cynthia Nixon stands by her statement that she is gay by choice, despite the backlash she’s received from members of the gay community.

The Sex and the City star recently clarified remarks she made during a speech to a gay audience in which she declared, “I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.”

The remark caused a stir in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Nixon told last Sunday’s  New York Times magazine that she was pressured to change what she said, “because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice.

“For me, it is a choice,” Nixon told the Times. “I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me.”

Nixon, 45, is engaged to her long-time partner Christine Marinoni, who gave birth last February to their son, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni.

“I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive,” she told the Times. “I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”

Before her relationship with Marinoni, Nixon was in a 15-year relationship with college sweetheart Danny Mozes. Nixon and Mozes, who split in 2003, have two children together, 15-year-old Samantha and 9-year-old Charlie.

A year later, Nixon went public with her romance with Marinoni.

“I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here. It matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not,” she told the Times about her decision to be with Marinoni.

But gay blogger and activist John Aravosis said Nixon does a disservice to the gay movement by using the word “choice.” She should have said she is bisexual, not choosing to be gay, he wrote on the AmericaBlog Gay website.

“If you like both flavors, men and women, you’re bisexual, you’re not gay, so please don’t tell people that you are gay, and that gay people can “choose” their sexual orientation, i.e., will it out of nowhere. Because they can’t,” he wrote. “Every religious right hatemonger is now going to quote this woman every single time they want to deny us our civil rights.”

Nixon recently appeared with a shaved head on Live with Kelly. Her new look is for her upcoming role in the Broadway play Wit in which she plays a professor stricken with ovarian cancer. Nixon, herself, dealt with a bout of breast cancer in 2006.

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Tuesday
Dec272011

Fake 'People' Cover Claims Taylor Lautner Is 'Out & Proud'

Andrew Cooper© 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC(LOS ANGELES) -- Taylor Lautner is not "out and proud," as a mock People magazine cover would lead you to believe.

The alleged cover of the Jan. 7 issue of People, which has surfaced online, features a picture of Lautner with the headline "Out & Proud," along with the statement, “Tired of rumors, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out.  'I’m more liberated, and happier than I’ve ever been.'"

However, a rep for the magazine tells GossipCop.com that the photo is "absolutely fake."

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Friday
Oct212011

Chaz Bono to Be Honored with Hero Award from Education Group

ABC/RICK ROWELL(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, a national organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, plans to honor Chaz Bono Friday with its Hero Award at the annual Respect Awards in Beverly Hills.

Bono, the child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher and a current contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, has written three books including Transition, his candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male.  He has recently shared his life and experiences in the three-time Emmy nominated documentary Becoming Chaz.

Speaking to ABC News Radio about the award, Bono said, “It's great, it's a great honor, I mean it's an organization that does so much for kids and anti-bullying and those are all subjects really close to my heart and so I'm really happy to be getting a nod from them.”

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Monday
Oct172011

‘Star Trek’ Star Zachary Quinto Comes Out as Gay

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Zachary Quinto, best known for starring on the TV series Heroes and as Spock in the most recent Star Trek movie, has come out as gay in an interview with New York magazine.

Quinto, who recently wrapped an eight-month stint in an Off Broadway re-staging of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer prize winning play Angels in America, discussed one of the play’s main topics, the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, and how he feels lucky to not have witnessed it firsthand.

“As a gay man, [the play] made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed,” Quinto said in the interview.

Though Quinto, 34, has never formally addressed his sexuality in the press, there has been much speculation across the Internet since he rose to fame as the villainous Sylar on Heroes and in 2009′s Star Trek reboot.

Though his filmography lists a diverse array of roles, he has portrayed several gay characters on television shows like Tori Spelling’s short-lived So NoTORIous and on the new FX series American Horror Story.

In the interview Quinto discusses how he feels living in a world where in the same summer New York State can pass a law legalizing gay marriage and 14-year-old gay high school student Jamey Rodemeyer is bullied to death.

“Again, as a gay man I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it, but as a human being I look at it and say ‘Why? Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that?’ We’re terrified of facing ourselves,” Quinto said.

After the story hit the Internet, Quinto posted on his website a message discussing Rodemeyer and his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality:

‘In light of Jamey’s death -- it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it -- is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Sep282011

GLAAD Sees Decline in Number of Gay Characters on TV

ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE(NEW YORK) -- GLAAD has announced that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters account for 2.9 percent of regular characters in primetime scripted broadcast TV for the 2011-12 season. That's down from 3.9 percent in 2010.

The percentage of LGBT characters on primetime scripted cable TV also dipped from last year, according to GLAAD.

From Modern Family to True Blood to Glee, many of the shows acclaimed by both critics and audiences are also invested in developing LGBT characters.

"We're ecstatic," Matt Kane, GLAAD's associate director of entertainment and media, said about ABC's Modern Family, which recently won the Emmy for best comedy series for the second year in a row.

"It's a great show, it's a hit with viewers and critics," Kane said. "We're very excited to see how they're going to approach this new storyline of Mitchell and Cameron adopting a second son [sic]."

GLAAD's report also found that there are currently no recurring black LGBT characters on broadcast shows.

"I think we're going to see more and more gay characters on both cable and network TV as time goes on," said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD's senior director of programs. "The American public is hungry for diverse characters. They want TV to be reflective of their experience in life."

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