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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.
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.
It was just a week ago that “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts let the world know she has been in a relationship with a woman for some time now when she thanked her “longtime girlfriend” in an end of the year Facebook post, now the 53-year-old is opening up even more and talking about her partner on national television. This morning, while recapping her weekend celebrating her niece’s's wedding, Robin pointed out that her girlfriend Amber was in attendance with her and her entire family and when George Stephanopoulos asked Robin what’s been the response to her coming out, she stated through tears:
“I have never been happier or healthier than I am right now. My year-end post was full of gratitude and telling everyone all that I am grateful for, including my girlfriend Amber who loved me through a very difficult year. I’m very happy for the support.”
Of course Robin wasted no time changing the subject after sharing those very personal sentiments, but we have no doubt Amber appreciated that. Check out all she said in the video below.
From The Grio
Good Morning America anchorwoman Robin Roberts ismaking headlines today after she acknowledged her longtime girlfriend in a special Facebook post.
Roberts had not previously confirmed or denied that she is a member of the LGBT community.
She has been in a relationship with Amber Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, for the last 10 years.
Read what the First Lady’s tweet, at TheGrio.com
I guess when you’ve endured all of the health challenges that Robin Roberts has over the past few years, you start to understand what’s really important in life and feel more comfortable and confident in being your true self. Perhaps that’s why, for the first time, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts stepped out of the closet–as far as the public is concerned– and acknowledged her “longtime girlfriend.” There was no huge announcement on GMA, no declaration at a parade and no blog post. Instead, in a letter, under a picture of she and her dog KJ, she expressed her gratitude for all she’d overcome the past two years and thanked her girlfriend Amber in addition to other family members, doctors, friends and fans. Here’s what she had to say:
And there you have it. Good for Robin. I remember, before last year I had never even thought about her sexuality. (As it should be.) But when rumors started to swirl that she might be gay, it wasn’t something I had a hard time believing. At the end of the day, it certainly doesn’t change anything. She’s a skilled journalist, she’s a fighter and a survivor. The things we’ve always loved about Robin have not changed and I’m glad she’s now feeling comfortable enough to share another part of who she is with the world.
Did you have any idea Robin was gay? Are you surprised she finally decided to come out and in this way?
Good Morning America fans rejoice! Robin Roberts, the most trusted news personality in the US, has reportedly signed a deal to continue co-hosting the morning news program “for years to come” at a reported $14 million per year. A source tells Shadow and Act that the deal was signed last month, extending Roberts’ 20-year tenure with ABC.
GMA will now have to negotiate with other hosts of the show — Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer — who will likely want a pay raise. (LOL… you think?) The show has overtaken Today as the ratings leader for morning television. However, that Shadow and Act insider says that doesn’t mean everyone will be getting a bump.
Yesterday, Roberts was in Vatican City with Elliott, attending Pope Francis’ weekly address. They waited in line to touch the Pope just like all the other attendees.
Meanwhile, on a less happy note (or maybe not!), Ann Curry’s time with NBC is said to be coming to an end. Her contract is up in 2014. She was given a $12 million salary and her own news team after being demoted from Today show host, but if you ask most people, they’ll probably say they haven’t hear too much from her since she was pushed out of the former morning news leader. A media analyst tells The Hollywood Reporter that she might want to follow in Soledad O’Brien’s footsteps and start her own production company. That would give her the flexibility to take her talents elsewhere. (She’s a widely respected journalist with amazing broadcast experience, after all.)
Separately, if you’re still angry/interested in that whole Today show saga, they’re going to make a Lifetime movie about it, based on the book Top of the Morning by Brian Stelter. Who do you think should star? Will you watch?
Last year, Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts inspired us all when she emerged with great vitality from a bone-marrow transplant she received from her sister. Today, Roberts is celebrating the gift-of-life — one year since the risky surgery.
“I’m going to beat this,” Roberts said when she first learned about her myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis, a disease of the blood and bone marrow. She was given a second chance at life, thanks to her sister Sally Ann; Roberts touchingly calls the one-year anniversary since the transplant her “First Birthday”:
“Unlike my first first birthday — which of course I don’t remember — this time around I know I will never forget all the people who have reached out to me over the past year. Your words of encouragement, smiling faces, and prayers have carried me through the toughest times. I know that I would not have made it to this milestone without you.”
In a PSA (below), Roberts pushes for more bone marrow donors as a way of increasing the chances of finding a match. According to Be A Match’s official website, 70 percent of “people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life,” it said. “Be A Match offers people the unique opportunity to help a patient by donating bone marrow or umbilical cord blood. ”
Roberts says she felt so blessed by the renewal of her life that it is her mission to inspire others to give people with life-threatening blood cancers a second-chance as well. “That is my birthday wish… that you all find the strength within yourselves to push forward and have people in your lives who will be there to love you through it,” Roberts said.
Click here for more information about the quick and easy steps in joining Be A Match.
TV journalist Robin Roberts is back! The New York Times reports that one year after leaving ABC’s Good Morning America for a bone marrow transplant, and six months after returning part-time, she has returned full-time as the show’s co-host.
She returned to a five-day-a-week schedule yesterday morning. Roberts made the announcement at an event recently celebrating the US Open tennis tournament.
“I’m looking forward to it,” she said, according to People magazine. “I want to get back to my full life.”
Her comments came almost a year to the day when Roberts signed off from the show, after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, known as M.D.S., a rare and debilitating blood disorder. She had a bone marrow transplant that saved in September.
During Roberts’ medical leave, ABC anchors Amy Robach and Elizabeth Vargas were her main substitutes. And they continued to fill in after Roberts came back to the morning program part-time in February. Roberts typically worked three or four days a week, adhering to her doctors’ advice about a gradual comeback, reports The Times.
Good Morning America has been pulling in good ratings. The program just celebrated a full year at number one, marking a generational change in morning television, a category that had been led by NBC’s Today show for 16 years, reports the newspaper.
Will you watch Roberts on Good Morning America?
We all sucked our teeth and rolled our eyes at Juror B-37 when she appeared on Anderson Cooper not even a week after the George Zimmerman verdict had been delivered. It was clear, with the announcement of her pending book deal, that she was trying to find a way to make a quick buck off of this highly charged case.
Even though it was despicable, there’s nothing new about people selling their souls for a dollar. What infuriated me about Juror B29, “Maddy” was that I can’t understand her purpose… Not that’s entirely true. It’s very clear that she was trying to absolve herself of the guilt she felt.
Throughout her interview with Robin Roberts, she tried to explain away her responsibility for letting Zimmerman walk.
“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end.”
“I felt like I let a lot of people down, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Did I go the right way? Did I go the wrong way?”
“It’s hard for me to sleep, it’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death. And as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting as much Trayvon’s Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain.”
all sound like someone soliciting sympathy for effing up. Which is exactly what she did. Now, I know legal analysts will argue that Florida’s self defense/Stand Your Ground laws are very clear and can’t be refuted but as a juror I have the opportunity to interpret the law in a manner that will ensure that justice is served. So if you truly believed George murdered Trayvon, it should have been a hung jury. Sure, a hung jury might have meant that Zimmerman would have been acquitted in another trial but then you wouldn’t have had any part in letting Zimmerman walk away free.
She punked out.
And I’m going to be real- as the lone minority on the jury, she didn’t do her job. It was clear that a minority on the jury was needed and required to bring balance to the jury, to insure fairness, to make sure that racism didn’t ultimately determine the verdict. But instead she allowed her fellow jurors to convince her that a man she believed and still believes to be guilty of murder, to walk away free.
If her intent was to solicit sympathy or provide clarity as to how they reached their verdict, her interview with ABC didn’t accomplish any of that. Instead, she’s riled me up all over again. To think there was a juror who could have served justice but was swayed by popular opinion is not just disheartening, it’s disgusting and tragic. One of our Facebook friends called it yesterday when she said, “In the words of Rasheeda [of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta] So, you got peer pressured wit your grown A$$.”
And then to add insult to injury “Maddy” claims that she’s hurting as much as Trayvon’s mother Sybrina. Baby, bye! How disrespectful. B29′s children, all 8 of them, are still living. There is no.way. you could understand what Sybrina is going through right now. And being one of the people who could have provided a modicum of solace by sending her son’s killer to jail, it’s even more insulting to claim you identify with her plight. If you truly identified with her, if you truly felt her pain you would have never acquitted her son’s killer. Never.
Trayvon Martin, Florida’s shortcomings and the racial injustices that are all too common in this country are still on my mind. But I will admit the raw emotions, the hurt and anger that I initially felt when I heard the verdict had subsided. Then when B29 came forward this week, all of those feelings came bubbling back up to the surface. I honestly wish she’d stayed in the shadows.
What do you think about B29′s account of being on the jury? Did you feel sympathy for her?
It’s one thing to be smart, but it’s a whole other to be the top of the class. Before these famous folks were topping charts, television ratings, or setting other records, it was their grades that brought them recognition. Check out these surprising salutatorians and valedictorians.
White coat anxiety is real. If you’ve ever gone to the doctor for a followup after tests, only to be diagnosed with a serious illness like diabetes or cancer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It can be devastating when you don’t have a clean bill of health. That’s why eating healthily and exercising is so important. But sometimes illnesses just can’t be prevented, no matter how much money or power you have.
We know all too well celebs aren’t immune to illness either. They battle breast cancer, diabetes, and a host of other diseases the same as the rest of us. Perhaps it makes it that much easier to cope with an illness knowing that our fav celeb has had to manage their illness as well. Check out the following stars who are living with serious medical conditions on a daily basis.