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Two Public Figures Come Out, One Loses Job

WWE wrestler Darren Young gets friendly reception, but...

(Newser) - Two gay men came out publicly this week and received totally different reactions. With Russia's anti-gay law making headlines , Russian TV personality Anton Krasovsky made his declaration on air, the Independent reports. "I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as... More »

NBA's Jason Collins: I'm Gay

First active American pro athlete to come out

(Newser) - Free agent NBA center Jason Collins came out of the closet today, in a cover story op-ed for Sports Illustrated that makes him the first active NBA player—and the first active male athlete in a major American professional team sport—to do so. "I wish I wasn't... More »

Under Attack From Ex-Lover, GOP Sheriff Comes Out

Paul Babeu denies accusations he threatened to deport Mexican ex-lover

(Newser) - Arizona sheriff and congressional GOP candidate Paul Babeu denied charges yesterday that he threatened an ex-lover with deportation, claiming he was actually being attacked for being gay, reports the Phoenix New Times . Babeu claims that the New Times and his ex-lover only made up the charge to make his sexual... More »

Ignored, GOP's Gay Candidate Wants to Debate

Fred Karger wants to send a message to people still in the closet

(Newser) - Fred Karger huddled in the closet for his entire 30-year career as a political strategist, keeping his sexuality a secret as he worked on nine presidential campaigns, including those of Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush. The 61-year-old Republican—who came out five years ago and is the first openly... More »

Lay Off Marcus Bachmann

'Deeply closeted' or not, there's 'no evidence' he's a hypocrite: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - An “angry mob” of gay-rights supporters are slamming the anti-gay Marcus Bachmann, suggesting he’s a hypocrite who’s not as “straight an arrow as he purports to be.” Though Bachmann’s views on homosexuality are indefensible, the activists themselves may be the real hypocrites, writes Meghan... More »

48% of Gay Americans Work in the Closet

Many are out in their personal lives, but in at work

(Newser) - Nearly half of college-educated gay and lesbian Americans keep their rainbow flags furled at work, according to a new study. By the Center for Work-Life Policy’s count, 48% hide their orientation in the workplace, with about a third leading “double lives”—meaning they’re openly gay at... More »

Ex-Jersey Shore Cast Member: The Situation Is Gay

He's in the closet, says former housemate Angelina Pivarnick

(Newser) - "Boy code" on Jersey Shore has suddenly taken on an entirely new connotation. Sulky former clan member Angelina Pivarnick is claiming that Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is really gay, though he may not realize it. "I think he's gay because of the way he talks and the... More »

Boston Sports Writer Comes Out of the Closet

Reaction seems mostly positive

(Newser) - Sports columnist Steve Buckley came out of the closet today, in a heartfelt piece in the Boston Herald that’s garnering widespread praise. Buckley says his mother told him to write the piece seven years ago, but when she died mere months later, he lost his nerve. “I’ve... More »

Gay RNC Chief: Hero or Villain?

Pundits react to Ken Mehlman interview

(Newser) - Ken Mehlman sent pundits chattering when he came out of the closet to support gay marriage yesterday. Here's what they're saying:
  • “Honestly, I thought the guy came out years ago,” writes Hot Air blogger “Allahpundit,” recalling Bill Maher’s outing of him on Larry King in
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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 »

Tea Party Guy Calls Out 'Gay' Lindsey Graham

Gay, moderate, same difference, right?

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham is a noted moderate, and he's suspiciously single, so some genius speaking at a recent Tea Party rally came to the obvious conclusion: He must be gay! “I need to figure out why you're trying to sell out your own countrymen,” says the as-of-yet-unidentified speaker of... More »

Ricky Martin: Yes, I'm Gay

Truth 'too heavy for me to keep inside,' singer says

(Newser) - Ricky Martin is no longer denying the rumors: He's gay. In a statement posted via Twitter in both Spanish and English today, and later confirmed with his representative, Martin said: "I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who... More »

Closeted Gay Politicians a 'Sad Cliche'

Hypocrites like Roy Ashburn aren't truly serving the people

(Newser) - When California State Senator Roy Ashburn came out of the closet following a DUI arrest this week, he made a curious argument about his virulently anti-gay voting record: He justified it by saying that it “reflects the wishes of the people in my district.” Meghan McCain finds it... More »

Coming Out Killed My Career: Everett

British actor says his sexuality precludes roles as leading man

(Newser) - Rupert Everett has long railed against what he sees as Hollywood’s prejudice against gay actors, and says coming out killed his chances of landing roles as leading man. “It just doesn’t work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point,” Everett, 50, tells... More »

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