She seems very over the moon about the 10 new episodes of Will & Grace and so are we. Megan Mullally chats with Jimmy Kimmel about that and dishes about some of the show’s past guest stars – most notably Madonna.
Ellen DeGeneres assembled a remarkable line-up of LGBT celebrities and allies to say thank you to President Barack Obama.
DeGeneres kicked things off by mentioning marriage equality, the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the passage of hate crime legislation.
‘President Obama, we are all so grateful for everything you’ve done in the name equality, kindness and love,’ she said.
DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi thanked Obama for her right to get married as did Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tig Notaro, Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris.
Tom Daley who is engaged to Dustin Lance Black said: ‘As a gay man who’s going to be getting married to one of your Americans, I just want to say thank you.’
Jim Parsons summed up Obama’s accomplishments by saying: ‘You presided over a period of time that turned out to be in many ways one of the most positive periods of time in the lives of gay Americans.’
Laverne Cox weighed in on behalf of transgender people by saying: ‘You had the first transgender presidential appointees. You were the first president who ever even uttered the word transgender and I certainly hope you won’t be the last.’
Rachel Evan Wood was emotional in her video.
‘I’m going to try and do this without crying,’ she said.
Wood thanked Obama ‘for changing the way people thought about us and honestly the way I thought about myself. That hope is going to stay with me. Thank you for everything.’
Also weighing in were Lily Tomlin, Colton Haynes, Jonathan Groff, Dan Bucatinsky, George Takei, Guillermo Diaz, Chris Colfer and Alan Cumming.
Joked Tomlin: ‘Too bad aliens didn’t come during your presidency. We would have been so proud to take them to our leader.’
Straight allies Sarah Silverman, Debra Messing, Kristen Bell, Eric Stonestreet and Drew Barrymore were among those who also had messages for Obama.
Want to pay tribute today to Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Secretary of Army in United States history. This was Eric’s last week on the job and he was given an emotional farewell ceremony at the Pentagon on Wednesday.
‘It’s been the honor of my lifetime to be your secretary,’ Fanning told the audience of top Army and Defense Department leaders in a packed Pentagon auditorium.
‘Day after day, you deliver’ and ‘I come away a little more in awe of you every time.’
Fanning’s partner, Benjamin Masri-Cohen, posted a photo on Facebook yesterday of he and Fanning exiting the Pentagon after ‘a very emotional farewell.’
‘While sad, I was so proud of what Eric and his team accomplished and honored to have been by his side for the adventure,’ Masri-Cohen wrote. ‘We are SO very proud of you Eric Fanning.’
When Billy Eichner played a game called ‘Queen Latifah or Brave Person’ in 2015 on an episode of Billy on the Street, he meant what you probably thought he meant.
He meant to imply that the Oscar-nominated actress is a lesbian who refuses to come out publicly.
‘It’s not like I was intending to completely obliterate Queen Latifah,’ Eichner says in an interview with Vulture.com this week.
‘I think Queen Latifah is very talented. I’m sure she’s lovely. But there is one aspect of her life I find frustrating and a tad backward. That was what that game was about, and I was more than happy to put that on the air because I think that is a statement that needs to be made.’
Eichner has been openly gay since the start of his career and says he realizes ‘everyone’s life experience is different.’
‘I do take for granted, probably, the fact that I grew up in New York City, one of the most liberal places on earth, with bleeding-heart, liberal parents who took me to see Rent and Terrence McNally plays from a very young age. So my view of this whole topic is skewed, because I am one of the lucky ones.
‘With that said, I do think that if you can come out, you should come out. I personally think it’s the right thing to do. And at this point, there’s really not much stopping you from coming out of the closet as an actor.’
He adds: ‘What does bother me is when you see a closeted celebrity say, “Oh, I just don’t talk about my personal life.” Okay, but what about your ten-page spread in Architectural Digest? Or your multiple profiles in People magazine about every other aspect in your life? I don’t buy that for a second. We’re all on our own journey, and I respect that. But maybe reconsider your journey? [Laughs.]‘
Latifah remains steadfastly private about her sexuality.
Some thought she might come out Last year when she won a GLAAD Media Award for the HBO film Bessie which she starred in as the bisexual singer Bessie Smith and also executive produced.
Instead, she dedicated the award to the LGBTI people in her family including ‘my cousins who are gay’ and her aunt, ‘a lesbian who raised me … my inspiration. (She) taught me how to be a loved person.’
It was 71 years ago today that Dolly Parton was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, as the fourth of 12 children.
It’s well known the family was quite poor in terms of material possessions but had strong values and a lot of love.
And out of that situation emerged a beloved star who has been making hits for nearly 50 years such as Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, Here You Come Again and Nine to Five, among others.
Dolly made a big splash in the movies in 1980s Nine to Five with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and had another big hit with 1989′s Steel Magnolias – both films are huge with us gays.
Of her longevity, Dolly says: ‘People feel like they’ve known me so long because I’ve been around a long time. I’m really like an aunt or a cousin or a person you’ve grown up with—like somebody in the family. So I think they feel comfortable with me. I really think that is Southern hospitality.”’
He’s National Hockey League pro Brad Marchant who is stepping up as a staunch LGBTI ally.
The league has never had an openly gay player but the high-profile member of the Boston Bruins makes clear it will not be a problem.
‘Guys would accept that, no question,’ the left winger tells ESPN.
‘We’re a team in the [dressing] room and a family. It doesn’t matter what different beliefs guys have, or where they come from, or whatever the case may be. Guys would accept it. Again, in the room we’re a family. That’s the way it is on a hockey team, and that’s the way it will always be.
‘It’s bound to happen at some point, and when it does, it will be accepted.’
Marchand, 28, stood up against an anti-gay slur recently on Twitter by writing: ‘This derogatory statement is offensive to so many people around the world, [you’re] the kind of kid parents are ashamed of.’
Marchand says if his reaction to the slur: ‘I want to stand up for what I believe in, and I don’t think it’s right when people say things or bash people because of their sexual orientation. I have friends who are in gay relationships, and I don’t think it’s right for people to be against that.
‘Everyone is allowed to find love whatever way that is, so I felt like that was a time to say something, especially nowadays. We’re in 2017, and things are a lot different than they were 100 years ago. We’re all evolving to be equal, and that’s the way things should be.’
Ellen DeGeneres Wins The Most People Choice…by videosuploadedJustin Timberlake could have been speaking for all of us at the People’s Choice Awards tonight when he said of Ellen DeGeneres: ‘She is one of the best people on this planet and no one is more deserving.’ Ellen won three awards – including for favorite daytime TV host – bringing her total number to an astounding 20. In her speech Ellen said of this milestone: ’17, I get it. 18, sure. 19, I can see that. But 20 is outrageous.’ She went on to say: ‘This is really something that means more to me because it comes from the people. You are the people who are responsible for me being up here.’
Can’t believe I’ve never seen this! I did know that for many years Carrie Fisher and Penny Marshall held joint birthday parties that were all the rage but didn’t know Carrie did this guest turn on Laverne & Shirley. We don’t have many performances of Carrie singing but I’m glad we have this one!