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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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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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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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Tuesday
Jun212011

Tracy Morgan Returns to Nashville, Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remarks

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Comedian Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday to apologize for anti-gay remarks he made during a show there earlier this month.

Morgan's anti-gay rant made headlines after audience member Kevin Rogers wrote a Facebook posting about it. Rogers was onstage Tuesday in Nashville to accept Morgan's apology.

“I want to apologize to my friends and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who I offended with this,” Morgan said. “I didn't know. I didn't mean it.”

Since making the controversial remarks, Tracy Morgan has met with gay youth in New York City as well as officials with the gay advocacy group GLAAD and leaders in the Nashville gay community.

“I don't really see gay or straight,” Morgan said. “I just see human beings now.”

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Monday
Jun132011

Tracy Morgan's Co-Stars React to Outburst

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tracy Morgan, comedian and 30 Rock star issued an apology Friday for his tirade against gay people during a stand-up show in Nashville, Tenn., June 3.

"I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others," Morgan said in a statement. "While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."

However, Morgan's co-stars and Hollywood colleagues have continued to express disappointment in the actor. On Friday, Tina Fey, 30 Rock's creator and executive producer, said publicly that she was personally disturbed by the violent nature of Morgan's remarks against gay people.

"I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket," Fey said.

But it looks as if those co-workers might need more time to accept Morgan's apology. On Saturday, 30 Rock co-star Cheyenne Jackson, who is gay, told Out.com that he is "disgusted and appalled" by Morgan's actions.

Even Chris Rock, who initially offered Morgan a tweet of support amid the outrage against him, is now taking back his words. The comedian tweeted on Friday, "I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in world where Tracy Morgan can't say foul inappropriate s**t." But a day later, Rock rescinded his support, tweeting, "Tracy Morgan is a tad off, we all know that so when Tracy says something I usually don't take it anymore serious than I would a statement from Gary Busey or Flavor Flav. When I first heard the statement I thought it was offensive but it also reminded me of my father saying I'll kill you if you ever bring home a white girl, but after reading everything Tracy said, wow I get it that s**t wasn't called for, and I don't support it at all. Now can I please go to the Tony awards without getting my a** kicked."

The criticism against Morgan came immediately he made the comments at his stand-up show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Audience member Kevin Rogers, who is gay, wrote on his Facebook page about Morgan's over-the-top comments at the show. The item, titled "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan, said, "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly, and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor. I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take.

"What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that 'Born this Way' is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because 'God don't make no mistakes.' Morgan's raunchy lewd statements also included how he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay."

Morgan's representative issued a statement to gay rights website Unicorn Booty, saying, "There is no comment. Thank you."

Calls to Morgan's rep by ABC News were not immediately returned.

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Friday
Jun102011

Tracy Morgan Under Fire for Anti-Gay Rant

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Comedian and 30 Rock actor Tracy Morgan reportedly went on a vicious tirade against gay people during a standup show in Nashville.

Audience member Kevin Rogers, who is gay, wrote on his Facebook page called "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan, stating, "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor. I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take."

He continued: "What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that 'Born this Way' is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because 'God don't make no mistakes.' Morgan's raunchy lewd statements also included how he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay."

The Ryman Auditorium responded in a statement regarding Morgan's statements made in the June 3 appearance, saying the theater "regrets that people were offended by statements" Morgan made, adding that it "does not control the content presented by people appearing on its stage, nor does it endorse any of the views of, or statements made by, such persons."

Morgan's rep issued a statement to gay rights website Unicorn Booty saying, "There is no comment. Thank you."

Calls to Morgan's rep by ABC News were not immediately returned.

This is not the first time that Morgan has been accused of homophobic slurs. In a 2009 Carnegie Hall standup show, audience members walked out within the first 30 minutes after Morgan again stated that homosexuality was a choice. An audience member told the New York Daily News, "There was a continuous flow of people getting up and leaving throughout the show. Middle-aged women were the most flabbergasted when he started mimicking explicit sex acts on stage."

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