Massachusetts is suing the federal government because they think the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says this denies gay and lesbian couples federal income tax credits, employment and retirement benefits, health insurance coverage and Social Security payments
We love Michael Jackson...but the drama continues. New York Daily News has just reported that a new tell-all by In Touch Weekly celebrity biographer Ian Halperin reveals that Michael Jackson way gay, dressed like a woman to parade around for his lovers, and forced his secret construction worker lover in Las Vegas sign a contract to keep their affair under wraps. YourTango.com has the details.
It's a plot as old as the movies themselves: girl meets boy, boy needs to be married for some reason or another, girl agrees to marry boy as a business-only arrangement, wackiness (and maybe a bit of love) ensues. Indeed, it's a crowd-pleasing formula. Who doesn't like to see power dynamics turned on their ear and love blossom from unexpected arrangements? But one can't help but wonder when watching such movies, how many of us would do the same thing if faced with similar circumstances?
In many ways, 2009 might appear to be a red-letter year for supporters of gay rights. In addition to being the year in which Iowa, Vermont and Maine will begin (or have already started) to allow same-sex couples to marry, it is also the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots (which served as the birth of the modern gay rights movement), and the beginning of a new era in the White House— led by a young president who's promised to repeal the policy barring openly gay people from serving in the military. But in the midst of this past week's annual Gay Pride celebrations, and in light of all the recent pro-gay rights statements that have been made by political figures such as Connecticut's Chris Dodd, it's hard not to notice the fact that Barack Obama has, in fact, done very little to further the rights of gay people in America.
Oh, just another Friday night in San Francisco … wearing the cashmere "it" scarf at the start of summer, pairing wine with sopressata sausage,and debating being set up with one of the city's new power lesbians.Yes, you heard that right. I ate pork and debated dating women on the same night.
American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert confirms the rumors that he's gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone. "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," he said just a few weeks after coming in second to Kris Allen on the reality singing competition.
If you want to hit on Kelly Clarkson, go for it but she isn't gay. Kelly truly doesn't care. Except for one pesky little problem. It's ruining her game with guys. "The rumors are not helping me on the dating front," she says. "I prefer the boys. I'm extremely flattered when I do get hit on by girls, and I think it's hot but I'm not into it. I like boys." Her dating life isn't the only thing she's had to defend. She's also had to put up with a ton of scrutiny throughout the years for her fluctuating weight. In Hollywood where "too thin" seems to wrongly be the norm, Kelly spoke out on that too. Despite the naysayers who think she needs to drop a few pounds, Kelly loves every last pound on her frame. "I love my body," she said. "I'm very much OK with it. I don't think artists are ever the ones who have the problem with their weight. It is other people."
David Hyde Pierce, who played fussy psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on Frasier for eleven seasons and won four Emmys for his work, appeared on The View last Thursday to discuss his recent marriage, to TV producer Brian Hargrove, and last week's decision by the California Supreme Court to ban future gay marriages. "I was sitting in front of my television wondering, 'Gee, I hope it's okay the Supreme Court thinks I'm married.' Excuse me, it's none of your business," he said.
A week after losing the eighth-season American Idol title to Arkansan Kris Allen, Adam Lambert is proud of his work on the show. "It's a really, really cool thing," he told People, "to be able to show people that you can be yourself, and you should be proud of yourself, and you should own who you are and what you're about, and never make apologies for it." In the past week, Adam performed with the surviving members of Queen, who hope to speak to him about joining the band as lead singer, made an appearance at the Broadway musical Hair, and been the target of a catty attack from fellow AI runn
Sex and the City costars taking opposite view on marriage. Cynthia Nixon and her longtime girlfriend, Christine Marinoni, have gotten engaged, The Insider reports. The Sex and the City star announced their plans to marry at a rally for marriage equality on Sunday in New York. Nixon and Marinoni have been together since 2003, when Nixon and boyfriend Danny Mozes, the father of her two children, split up.
Wanda Sykes, who brought the house down at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, didn't show a bit of the exhaustion she must have been feeling. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star's wife of seven months, Alexandra, gave birth to fraternal twins on April 27, and we have heard that two-week-old babies can be a lot of work, so we now have even more respect for the splendid performance she turned in at the dinner.