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Holder: State AGs Needn't Defend Bans on Gay Marriage

Attorney general: It's up to them to 'make that determination'

(Newser) - As attorney general Eric Holder pushes for marriage equality, he's taking a controversial stance on the duties of his state counterparts: They don't need to defend laws they believe violate key constitutional values, he tells the New York Times . They shouldn't make their decisions based on politics,... More »

My Stint as a Transgender Bell-Ringer in Salvation Army

Jennifer Finney Boylan faces dilemma between group's work and values

(Newser) - The Salvation Army has, in recent years, made waves for anti-LGBT views, not least one rep's comment that gays "deserve death." Would the group tolerate a transgender woman taking up bell-ringing? Jennifer Finney Boylan tells her story in the New York Times . She opted to volunteer before... More »

'1M Anti-Gay Moms' Protest Ellen's Hiring by JC Penney

Group blasts chain's new spokeswoman

(Newser) - A group calling itself "One Million Moms" isn't happy about JC Penney's new spokeswoman, openly gay talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. "Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families,” the group says.... More »

Tracy Morgan: Retarded Boys 'Strong Like Chimps'

Comedian apparently ready for a whole new controversy

(Newser) - Maybe Tracy Morgan is pranking his publicist for a new bit on Scare Tactics. In his first live performance since his infamous anti-gay rant earlier this month, the comedian smoothed over the scandal, but instead took aim at the mentally disabled. "Don't ever mess with women who have... More »

Tracy Morgan: My Dad Died of AIDS

Apologetic comedian talks about bullying, losing father

(Newser) - After his homophobic stand-up rant made headlines, Tracy Morgan is taking things a step or two further than his original apology . He’ll work with GLAAD in Tennessee next week to protest the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill , will film a PSA, and will meet with gay... More »

Universal Pulls Trailer Over 'Gay' Joke

Anderson Cooper, gay groups speak out against The Dilemma

(Newser) - Universal Pictures is pulling a trailer for the new Vince Vaughn movie because of a scene that uses the word "gay" as a joke, TMZ reports. Anderson Cooper first expressed distaste for the preview of The Dilemma, in which Vaughn's character calls electric cars "gay"—then adds,... More »

View Blasted for Blaming HIV on Secretly Gay Blacks

Show refuses to correct 'dangerous' info

(Newser) - GLAAD is determined to get an apology from The View, saying one of its cohosts perpetuated a “dangerous myth” about HIV in the black community last month. On the June 22 show, guest host DL Hughley blamed “the prevalence of HIV in the African American community” on “... More »

Gay Couples Get Crack at Today Show Wedding

NBC agrees to open application under activist pressure

(Newser) - The Today show will open its annual “Modern Day Wedding” contest to gay couples, NBC has announced, bowing to activist pressure. The gay rights group GLAAD launched a campaign to change the contest last week, the New York Times explains, after discovering the application had options only for “... More »

Glee Grabs GLAAD Award

Sykes accepts honor from prom-banned lesbian

(Newser) - In real life, lesbian teens are banned from high school proms. But in the gay-friendly world of TV's Glee, male partners will be very "popular prom kings." That's the word from creator Ryan Murphy, who provided a sneak peak into the lives of Glee's exuburant singing high schoolers... More »

Rachel Maddow, Cynthia Nixon Win GLAAD Awards

Parks and Recreation, Joy Behar also among honorees

(Newser) - Joy Behar, Cynthia Nixon and the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters are among this year's recipients of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards. Presented yesterday in New York, winners also include NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, Lifetime network film Prayers for Bobby... More »

Stars on Ice: Skater Weir 'Not Family Friendly'

All-star tour doesn't want US Olympian

(Newser) - The outfit that trots out figure-skating notables for its regular Stars on Ice tour has proclaimed notably flamboyant American Olympic Johnny Weir “not family friendly” and refuse to have him along, sources tell a blogger for GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). Weir hasn’t publicly stated... More »

Lambert, GLAAD Cry Bias—About CBS and ABC

Early Show blurs same-sex kiss as singer makes his case

(Newser) - After being booted from a scheduled Good Morning America appearance because of his American Music Awards antics, Adam Lambert was snatched up by CBS’ Early Show, where he contended the controversy was motivated by his sexuality: “If it had been a female pop performer doing the moves that were... More »

Perez Sorry for Gay 'F Word'

(Newser) - Celeb blogger Perez Hilton has apologized for using the "F word" gay slur in his dust-up with the Black Eyed Peas. Band manager Polo Molino has been charged with assault for allegedly punching Hilton after the gossip maven dissed after a video awards show in Toronto.... More »

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