Tyne Daly is currently on Broadway starring in a musical about a wedding. The wedding in It Shoulda Been You is that of a straight couple but the leading man, David Burtka, is gay, the show is directed by David Hyde Pierce and was written by Pierce’s husband, Brian Hargrove.
But last night, on a historic day for marriage equality in the US, it was leading lady Tyne Daly who spoke of the SCOTUS decision during the curtain call.
“Oh my God, I haven’t made a curtain speech since Gypsy,” said the Tony and six-time Emmy winner. “Our director, David Hyde Pearce called me today and asked me to say something tonight. You know, I married a man with black skin (actor-director George Stanford Brown) forty years ago, tonight, in a country where it was illegal in most states and I can’t tell you how proud I am of my country this day.”
This promo gives us a better idea about what we’ll see in the upcoming docu-series I Am Cait. Caitlyn Jenner is going shopping! And dirt biking!
‘We’re going to talk about everything, we’re going to do a lot of things for the first time/ It’s going to be quite a journey – we’re going to do some good,’ Caitlyn says. ‘This is about getting to be who you really are.’
Plenty of gay, lesbian and bisexual celebrities took to Twitter Friday morning after the US Supreme Court ruled that the constitution of the United States guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.
President Barack Obama described today’s US Supreme Court marriage equality victory to a ‘slow steady effort … rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.’
‘Today we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect,’ Obama said as he stood in the Rose Garden outside The White House.
Obama spoke of the historic significance of the high court’s 5-4 ruling which makes same-sex marriage legal across the US.
‘This ruling will strengthen all of our communities,’ Obama said. ‘Real change is possible. Shifts in hearts and minds is possible.’
He added: ‘For all our differences, we are one people – stronger together then we could ever be alone.’
The president noted that when it comes to LGBTI equality, the US has ‘made real progress … in ways that were unimaginable not too long ago.’
Obama acknowledged the long road to equality and recognized ‘countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, who came out to parents … who endured bulling and taunts and stayed strong and came to believe in themselves and who they are.
‘Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.’
Obama appeared somewhat somber during his remarks as he was about to depart Washington DC to fly to Charleston, South Carolina, where he was to deliver the eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney who was murdered with eight other people in a racial hate crime.
In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage legal across the United States.
The high court has voted 5-4 in favor of marriage equality with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion.
‘The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality,’ Kennedy wrote. ‘This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation.’
Kennedy also wrote that laws banning same-sex marriage are unfair to gay couples and to their children.
‘No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were,’ he wrote.
‘It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves … They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.’
President Barack Obama tweeted immediately after the ruling: ‘Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins’
The ruling comes in gay marriage cases from four states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee) that have been consolidated into Ohio case Obergefell v. Hodges.
In each of those cases, federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit which resulted in the Supreme Court taking the issue on.
The high court’s decision comes at a time that same-sex marriage is already legal in 37 US states plus the District of Columbia.
It was two years ago today that the court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act which resulted in same-sex marriages being recognized on a feeral level.
It was also on that day in 2013 that the justices allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California by upholding the striking down of Proposition 8.
In order, the other 20 countries where same-sex marriage is already legal: the Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Sweden (2009), Portugal (2010), Iceland (2010), Argentina (2010), Denmark (2012), Brazil (2013), France (2013), Uruguay (2013), New Zealand (2013), United Kingdom (2014), Luxembourg (2015), Finland (2015), Greenland (2015), and Ireland (2015).
Kris Jenner was interviewed extensively for the Vanity Fair cover story on Caitlyn Jenner out this month but insists she hasn’t read it.
But the woman who was married to the former Bruce Jenner for 25 years calls the cover image of her now transitioned ex-spouse ‘beautiful.’
‘I think it’s amazing,’ the force behind Keeping Up With the Kardashians told Extra this week.
Jenner, 59, added: ‘I think that someone following their dream is truly inspirational to a lot of people…. you have to do what makes you happy.’
But in the Vanity Fair article, she wondered how her ex and the father of her two youngest daughters was not more honest with her about gender identity.
‘He was married to me and he wasn’t who he wanted to be so he was miserable,’ she told the magazine. ‘Why would you want to be married and have kids if this is what you wanted since you were a little boy? Why would you not explain this all to me?’
Laverne Cox guested on Late Night With Seth Meyers and her being a transgender woman was not mentioned once. She’s come a long way from just a few days ago when she schooled Katie Couric about it being inappropriate to ask about genitalia. She and Seth talk about Orange is the New Black, Laverne trying to get into an exclusive club in Paris and about the unveiling this weekend of her wax figure at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco.
Long before he stripped in the Magic Mike movies, Matt Bomer was taking his clothes off for the women of Springfield on the CBS daytime soap opera Guiding Light.
Bomer had just a few TV credits when he took on the role of college student Ben Reade in 2002. Since he knew he’d only want to be on the show for about a year, he told the writers: ‘Just throw the kitchen sink at me, and they did!’
The actor told Seth Meyers on Late Night this week that things got complicated for his trust fund baby character from the start.
‘I bet my fraternity brothers that I could deflower the town virgin. I fell in love with her but she found out about the bet and dumped me.’
But that was only the beginning.
‘I met a new girlfriend, lost my trust fund and was embarrassed to tell her so I became a male prostitute – that what you do when you lose your trust fund,’ he recalled [laughs].
‘I had all these cougar clients. Then my girlfriend found out I was a male prostitute, dumped me of course, and then I went crazy, killed five people, kidnapped her to a remote cabin in the woods, confessed to her that I’d been molested by my middle school teacher and then committed suicide in front of her, her new boyfriend and her father.’
But Reade did not die on the cabin.
‘I hung on for one day in the hospital to confess my sins.’
The show was canceled in 2009 after a 72 year run. Had it not been and if things had not turned out so well for the Golden Globe Award and Emmy nominated Bomer, he might have been able to return to Springfield.
‘My favorite moment is when the writers came up to me at the end of it and they go, “Listen, if you ever want to come back, we’ve got it figured out.”‘
He played with David Beckham and against Robbie Rogers.
But the stress of being a closeted gay man led Matt Hatzke to walk away from pro soccer just as his career was getting started.
‘ … I felt I had to leave soccer to sort out my personal life and get things right in my head. I truly believed that I could never come out as gay while playing professional soccer,’ Hatzke wrote in a first-person account posted earlier today on Outsports.
Hatzke had been drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2008 then traded to the San Jose Earthquakes. That year, his team pulled an upset win over the eventual league champions Columbus Crew whose roster included a still-closeted Rogers.
‘What should have been a great night celebrating one of our rare wins that season turned out to be a depressing nightmare,’ Hatzke writes. ‘With teammates razzing me to talk to this woman and that woman, I turned to my drink and imbibed heavily to avoid confrontation.’
It’s a scenario similar to that experienced by Rogers, the first openly gay player in the history of Major League Soccer.
When Hatzke was let go by The Earthquakes, he had opportunities to play for teams in Vancouver or Portland but instead walked away from the game and enroll in dental school.
He continued to struggle personally but things began to turn around for Hatzke when Rogers came out two years ago, briefly retired, then returned to the sport and has since been a member of LA Galaxy.
‘The impact Rogers and the stories of other athletes had on me was profound,’ he writes. ‘Without them I may still be drowning my sorrows in the beer of straight bars. I know other athletes’ stories helped me immensely, so I am sharing mine here to help the next guy find acceptance and happiness.’
Hatzke has had a boyfriend for two years and is practicing as a dentist.
‘Life got so much better for me after I came out to myself, my friends and my family. If I have one regret it’s that I didn’t live my life and share the real me with my teammates when I had the chance.’
Hillary Clinton released a Pride month video earlier today celebrating same-sex love and marriage.
Speaking over footage of marriage proposals or of wedding ceremonies, Clinton says: ‘Being LGBT does not make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights. And human rights are gay rights.’
The former US Senator, Secretary of State and First Lady also points out that barriers to ‘the full measure of liberty, full experience of dignity and full benefits of humanity have fallen away.’
Clinton pays tribute to those who have worked so hard for equality.
‘New chapters are being written by men and women who believe that all of us – not just some of us – should have the chance to live up to our God given potential.’
But back in 2009, Lambert felt like he was in unchartered territory when he came out publicly shortly after competing on American Idol.
‘At that time, how many mainstream music artists did we have that were out? Elton John and George Michael – and his whole coming out was tabloid fun. There hadn’t been a blueprint to follow,’ Lambert tells Out Magazine.
Although there had been speculation and photos of him kissing another man had surfaced, Lambert did not officially confirm he was gay until appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
‘ … The one thing I wished I’d had: a little more guidance,’ he says. ‘There were definitely moments of frustration and pressure, but there’s been a lot of goodwill as well, a lot of support from fans and media people, and it’s balanced out. I don’t have any sort of bitterness about it.’
Caitlyn Jenner has gotten animated – Simpsons style.
Italian artist and activist aleXsandro Palombo has re-imagined Jenner as a potential love interest for the newly single Homer Simpson.
Although the recently transitioned 1976 Olympian isn’t set to appear on the long-running animated comedy, Palombo’s drawing have her spicing things up in Springfield.
Jenner’s recent Vanity Fair cover, which has become instantly iconic, is re-imagined in three of the drawings. In one, Homer reads the magazine while on the phone and the back cover reads: ‘Meet single transgender women looking for men!’
The cartoon Caitlyn is wearing a low cut evening gown in one drawing and in another is in a Wonder Woman costume touting trans rights on a poster with the caption ‘Call Me Wonder Caitlyn’
Palombo writes in a Facebook post: ‘Nowadays, transgender citizens are still marginalized and forced to live in a very difficult social situation. They are victims of prejudice, discrimination and in many cases criminalized and victims of violence.
‘Despite all of this, the policy of many countries continues to be deaf in front of their rights,’ the artist adds. ‘We must fight this medieval prejudice and intolerance because everyone deserves to live with dignity and lead a life that match their own sexual identity.’