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Extra, Extra Read All About It: Celebrities Who Announced They’re Gay

February 18th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Coming out to your family and loved ones certainly isn’t always an easy thing to do, but these entertainers took it once step further and told the world. Check out this list of celebrities who announced they’re gay.

Celebrities Who Announced They’re Gay


Ellen Page

In 2007, Ellen Page had a breakout role in the sleeper film Juno, starring as a high school student that was going through an unplanned pregnancy. The role earned her nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. While she went on to star in the blockbuster films Inception and X-Men: The Last Stand, Page stole the show this past Valentine’s Day at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time To Thrive” conference by announcing she’s gay. During the emotional speech, Page said she hoped her coming out would make a difference with others struggling to do the same thing.

Can Being Gay Please Stop Being Breaking News?

February 16th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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“Anderson Cooper: ‘The fact is, I’m gay’”. “Queen Latifah Can’t Change, Even If She Tried”. “Robin Roberts Comes Out, Thanks To ‘Long Time Girlfriend’”.  Because of course what celebrities choose to do in their bedrooms is everyone else’s business.  As much as we’d like to think we’re entitled to a public confirmation of people’s sexual orientation, the fact is we’re not, even if it isn’t so easy for us to assume by who they are or aren’t dating.

I can’t completely blame the public for their desperate need to know.  If celebs aren’t leaking a sex tape they are writing song lyrics about what goes down in their bedroom and on themselves.  When the public responds unfavorably they cry for privacy and remind us that they are people too.  But the bigger deal the media continues to make about “coming out” the more it reveals just how uncomfortable we are with sexuality in this country.

I think what bothers me most is that when it comes to homosexuality, what people tend to obsess over is the sexual act itself.  When we heard Justin Timberlake married Jessica Beal we didn’t instantly wonder, “I wonder if she likes her hair pulled?” But when it comes to gay couples we immediately become curious about what kind of sex they’re having.  There’s a lot more to being gay than having sex; they go to dinner, argue about to watch on Netflix and forget to take out the trash too.

I don’t know if I completely agree with the idea that “gay is the new black”  but there was a time in this country where different races using the same restroom or a black woman sitting in the front of the bus was breaking news.  I have faith that one day who someone is having sex with the same gender is just as “meh” as a black man in a voting booth.

When NFL prospect, Michael Sam recently revealed he was gay, I worried that his personal life could be easily used more for good publicity for the NFL and less as a major step in the gay rights movement.  I worry that being an ally or supporting gay rights is a way for people to be down with the next new cause and not because they legitimately believe in someone’s right  love who they choose and not be discriminated against because of it.

Ellen Page is the latest celeb to “come out”.  Just recently at a conference for LGBT teens she revealed, “I’m here today because I am gay,” she confirmed, “And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.” But does celebs revealing their sexual status make being gay more acceptable or does the fact that they feel the need to do so publicly make more of a mockery out of sexual orientation.

Every day there are adults and adolescents struggling to come out and only in the best for situations do they proverbially live “happily ever after”.  There are mothers coming out to their husbands and children.  There are young men coming out to their religious grandparents. There are adolescent girls trying to find a way to explain their feelings to their friends.  And I’m willing to bet coming out is that much harder to do when you don’t have 30,000 Twitter followers applauding your efforts.  Being gay shouldn’t be just breaking news on a blog.  There are hundreds of real people coming out who have real lives to face regardless of if their sexuality becomes a trending topic or not.

Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a  passion for helping  young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health.  She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about  everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.


9 Fine Men We Were Sad To Find Out Were Gay Or Bisexual

October 24th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Look. I’m all for people being open and honest and comfortable about their sexuality. Lord knows I’m not a fan of folks thinking it’s acceptable to knowingly parade the streets on the “down low,” endangering themselves and others. But I would be lying if I pretended like some of the men in Hollywood who’ve come out as gay or bisexual over the years didn’t have me shedding a single tear and doing the Florida Evans out here (“Damn, damn, DAMN!”). Of course, the chances of me getting with any of these men before I knew of their actual sexual orientation was slim, but I always had a crush or fascination with them to the point that I felt a little sad. But I am happy for them! For the sake of an interesting slideshow though, here are nine fellas I used to crush on that broke my little heart when I found out they were gay or bisexual.

“X-Men” Producer John Palermo On Kanye West: “Money Can’t Buy A Dumb Ni**a Class”

October 14th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: WENN

A major Facebook fail is on the verge of killing the career of “X-Men” producer John Palermo after some rather suspect, not to mention racist, messages were found on his timeline.

It seems September 12 was a rather upsetting day for John, who went on two strongly worded rants that day. The first was about “The Talk” co-host Julie Chen’s revelation that she had plastic surgery to make her eyes appear “less Asian.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, to that news John remarked:

“I’m crazy about Julie Chen!!! Now that her eyes are finally open, she should leave Monster Moonves.”

Later in the day, John heard news that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had moved into a Bel-Air house, which apparently sent him over the edge. He wrote on his page:

“There goes the neighborhood!!! It looks like a Poor Persian Palace, where’s Kris Jenner when you need her?! #MoneyCantBuyADumbNiggaClass.”

Unfortunately, John’s intolerance doesn’t stop at race. He also went in on everyone’s favorite silver-haired reporter, Anderson Cooper, in response to an article that the CNN host attended the opening of his boyfriends’s gay bar. His reaction?


It should come as no surprise that John Palermo’s Facebook page is now defunct, but unfortunately, for him, his remarks live on. The Hollywood Reporter will have an in-depth report on the matter in their upcoming October 18 issue, but it appears to make John no nevermind. He told THR his comments were actually some sort of ant-racist reverse psychology move on his part. He told the magazine:

“Maybe people [who take offense] will look in the mirror and say, ‘When was the last time I called Les Moonves and asked for an African-American to play opposite me?’”


He went on to offer an explanation that’s probably far more realistic than that previous statement.

“I stopped caring about what Hollywood thinks of me years ago. I’ve got nothing to lose, nothing to gain. I’m a bored dude, unemployed, sitting at home in the Valley. For me, some of the best ways to overcome serious issues is to laugh about them. Because then you truly understand where that ignorance is coming from.”

John, stay your bored a$$ off of Facebook.

What do you think about his comments?

11 News Media Personalities You Should Follow On Twitter

September 20th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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The newest addition to the Today show team, Carson Daly with Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Dan Jackman/

The newest addition to the Today show team, Carson Daly with Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Dan Jackman/

We all love them from our favorite news and political shows on TV and their personalities on Twitter. From the quirky to the opinionated, these news media personalities never stray from a breaking story or opposing viewpoint, whether it be on TV or Twitter.

From the television to the tweets, here are 11 news media personalities you should follow on Twitter.

Speak For Yourself: 4 Zimmerman Jurors Put Out Statement Denouncing Juror B-37, Ask For Privacy

July 17th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We already know that juror B-37 from the George Zimmerman trial is a HAM. Yes, I said it. Just a few days after finding Zimmerman not guilty and providing no justice for Trayvon Martin and his family, she was out here trying to secure a book deal and was trying to get some attention by talking on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Seeing as she was one of the few jurors to initially come into the deliberation room wanting to acquit him, I know I wasn’t the only person who was disappointed by her interview and would have preferred to hear from a juror (if we must) who had their mind changed and wanted to explain why.

In the end, all this exposure has backfired for juror B-37. That book deal is now a no-go (allegedly because she claims she didn’t realize all the emotion behind the case and what was “occurring in the world during the weeks of my sequestration,” but others say a petition created by Twitter user Genie–@MoreAndAgain–caused the juror to get dropped by the publisher). And despite her blacked-out interview with Anderson Cooper, her decision to speak out oh so soon had been looked down upon by four other jurors from the case, who together have put out a statement letting people know that juror B-37 doesn’t speak for them, and they don’t want any attention–for now:

Jurors statement

It would probably be in their best interest not to speak out even after they “process” what they have been through. They came to the decision they agreed upon and seeing how a great number of people in the country don’t agree with it, they need to just move on with their lives and not try to seek anymore attention or money from this tragedy. Especially since we don’t know what the one other juror who hasn’t spoken out is planning. Keep it moving…

A Woman Scorned: Trayvon’s “Stepmother” Says Zimmerman Didn’t Target Him Because He Was Black

July 1st, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Alicia Stanley, who claims that she was “nothing more” than a mother to Trayvon Martin, recently sat down to speak with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and made some interesting comments.

Stanley who had been with Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, for 14 years said that she’d known Trayvon since he was three years old and had raised him with her own daughters. Interestingly enough, the complex where Trayvon was shot was not Stanley’s residence. Instead, Tracy was living there with another woman at the time. This was all news to me.

Initially, she spoke to Cooper saying that she wants people to know that Trayvon is not what the media making him out to be, that he loved children and if his life hadn’t been taken she could see him growing up to work with children. Then she transitioned into talking about the falling out she had with Tracy.

“At the beginning, we had our differences and stuff like that and it came to a point when me and Tracy were communicating. When the media started coming around, it was like  he didn’t want to talk to me anymore. I asked him why and ‘what did I do wrong?’ He said you’ve done nothing wrong, I’m just busy. I would tell him well, keep me informed of what’s going on with the trial. And somehow he just didn’t anymore. He hasn’t told me why he stopped communicating with me. Everything that I was finding out, I was finding out through the television or through friends.” 

Then Anderson started asking her questions about the case itself and Stanley spoke about the altercation between Zimmerman and Trayvon and who was really defending himself.

“I have no doubt that he didn’t start that fight. It was a fight. Zimmerman had to put his hands on him to cause that fight. He [Trayvon] was defending himself. So, for people to say, ‘He tried to kill him’– I don’t think anyone would have been standing somewhere in the dark, being approached by someone you don’t know and being pushed around and you’re not going to defend yourself.”

Yes, we’d all agree that that’s the case. But Stanley’s interview went a bit left when she said that she didn’t believe Zimmerman targeted Trayvon based on race.

“No I really don’t think it was Zimmerman don’t like black people or he picked him out because he was black. Did he profile him with the hoodie? As ‘oh this thug or whatever walking’ was in Zimmerman’s mind. Yes. But  to say that he targeted him because he was black? No I don’t think so.” 

Anderson Cooper To Replace Matt Lauer? NBC Execs Say No

March 27th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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MARIE HAVENS / == ( via AP Images)

Deadline Hollywood added even more intrigue to the situation over at the Today show when it reported that they heard that CNN’s Anderson Cooper was asked about replacing Matt Lauer. Our silver foxy fake boyfriend (he’s already got one) every morning on NBC? I’ll take that.

“After their initial approach to Cooper, I hear NBC reached out to Lauer to get his blessing about the changeover. But I heard they got pushback from theToday veteran, who contacted Cooper to express his disapproval,” writes the blog. Other names that have been floated around are Ryan Seacrest and Willie Geist, who’s already got a spot on the show during the third hour.

However, NBC execs — who seem to be doing a lot of this lately — deny that Matt Lauer is being pushed out of the anchor spot, Ann Curry style.

“Matt Lauer is the best in the business. We want him in the ‘Today’ show anchor chair for many years to come,” Alex Wallace, the executive in charge of the Today show told the AP. The AP also confirmed a meeting between Cooper and the network through an anonymous source.

Lauer has seen his popularity drop precipitously since the Ann Curry debacle. Though he says he tried to convince the network to handle that differently, another story in New York says otherwise. Today has five million viewers, the majority of them are women. And many of those viewers were just as upset about the way Curry’s ouster was handled, and have turned against Lauer and the show as a result. The ratings have dropped behind GMA, and Lauer’s popularity have fallen behind that show’s host, George Stephanopoulos.

“The cyclical nature of television is also likely hurting Lauer. It’s a rare personality that stays beloved forever,” the AP continues.

Lauer’s contract with NBC is up in 2014. Would you like to see the Coop in that anchor chair instead?

California Ex-Cop and Murder Suspect Praises Soledad O’Brien, Others in Media in Strange Manifesto

February 8th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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An undated photo of Christopher Dorner. AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department

An undated photo of Christopher Dorner. AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department

A ex-California police officer who is now the subject of a huge manhunt sent a strange manifesto to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that included praise for members of the media, including Soledad O’Brien and Tavis Smiley.

According to The New York Times, Christopher J. Dorner is suspected of killing three people including the daughter of a a former Los Angeles police captain and a Riverside police officer who was at a traffic light. That officer’s partner was wounded in the attack; two others were wounded as they tried to approach Dorner.

The suspect is a former Navy reservist who was kicked off the Los Angeles Police Department in 2008 for filing a false report against a fellow police officer. He posted a manifesto on his Facebook page in which he threatens to kill other police officers. At the moment, the search for Dorner continues in Southern California and police say he’s armed and dangerous.

Dorner’s manifesto to Cooper includes high regard for the work that O’Brien and Smiley are doing. Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, and Brian Williams are also complimented. TVNewser quotes the document, which they rightly call “rambling”:

“I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they’re your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire’s pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life.”

He criticized Cooper for treatment of his guests.

Dorner is obviously a troubled man who can use some help. Let’s hope he gets it before someone else is injured or killed.

Tech Talk: Instagram Has Heard Your Outrage! Will Update Terms of Service

December 19th, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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Jordin Sparks in an Instagram with her dog Minnie.

Jordin Sparks in an Instagram with her dog Minnie.

A day after a firestorm of social media anger was unleashed upon Instagram over its new terms of service, the company has said that it’s going to re-think its policies, particularly the one where they say advertisers can co-opt user photos without compensation to the user.

In a blog post titled “Thank You, We’re Listening,” co-founder Kevin Systrom tried to address the issues that caused so much trouble.

“To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear,” he writes.

“Let’s say a business wanted to promote their account to gain more followers and Instagram was able to feature them in some way. In order to help make a more relevant and useful promotion, it would be helpful to see which of the people you follow also follow this business. In this way, some of the data you produce — like the actions you take (eg, following the account) and your profile photo — might show up if you are following this business,” he continues. He says that users own their content (that hasn’t changed) and privacy controls remain the same.

CNET editor Dan Ackerman, talking with CBS News, says this sort of confusion is bound to happen when lawyers write these terms of service. The broad “land grab” nature of the text causes issues. And there’s the ongoing push and pull in the data privacy debate. People are putting lots of stuff out there for all to see, but want to maintain some osort of control over their information. Meanwhile, these companies want to make money, and that data is incredibly valuable.

Even with reassurances, many people are planning to leave the service. A number of celebs have already vowed to drop Instagram, including Jordin Sparks and Kevin Hart. Not to mention celebs like Kim Kardashian and Anderson Cooper who have said they’ve got some thinking to do. If you’re also thinking about dumping the service, The Washington Post suggests that you first download your photos then take a look around at the alternatives. In fact, those alternatives — like Yahoo’s Flickr and Twitter with its new bells and whistles — may be the big winners here.

Will you be switching up your photo-sharing service?

Update 12/21: Instagram has announced that it will go back to the original language of its advertising policy. “Although some users claimed victory, it’s not clear that they won any real concessions from the company. What is clear is that the photo-sharing service has lost some of its luster, and it may need more than a new filter to win it back,” writes SocialTimes.