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Smithers' Coming Out Has a Sweet Backstory

'Simpsons' writer's gay son made him think to pen a cartoon to show his love

(Newser) - After nearly three decades of lusting after Mr. Burns, Waylon Smithers is coming out of the closet on Sunday night's episode of The Simpsons. But, as the Telegraph reports, there's something of a sweet backstory to the occasion, inspired by the coming out of the 21-year-old son of... More »

Chilean Sailor Comes Out, Makes History

Mauricio Ruiz is first openly gay member of Chilean Armed Forces

(Newser) - Chilean sailor Mauricio Ruiz is the first person enlisted in the Chilean Armed Forces to come out as homosexual, because, as he says, gays have "no reason to hide," the BBC reports. "We can do anything, be marines or in any branch (of the military). We deserve... More »

Robin Roberts Comes Out

Thanks girlfriend in Facebook post

(Newser) - Robin Roberts came out to colleagues and friends long ago, but in a Facebook post yesterday, she opened up to the public for the first time. In a post marking a year since the "critical milestone of 100 days post-transplant," she thanked all those who have helped her... More »

Maine Gubernatorial Candidate: I'm Gay, So What?

Mike Michaud comes out with op-ed, saying, 'Yes, I am. But why should it matter?'

(Newser) - A Democratic candidate for Maine governor came out today, and the announcement is rippling across state boundaries. US Rep. Mike Michaud sent an op-ed to the AP , Portland Press Herald , and Bangor Daily News today, saying that he was responding to "whisper campaigns, insinuations, and push-polls" from his political... More »

Stop Asking Gay People How They Came Out

For some, it's a topic they don't want to revisit: Mark Joseph Stern

(Newser) - It's National Coming Out Day, and Mark Joseph Stern marks it with a message for straight people: Please, don't ask your gay friends to tell you their coming out stories. "On television, coming out is usually greeted with celebratory affection at best, distressed confusion at worst,"... More »

Jason Collins' Ex-Fiancee Speaks

Carolyn Moos still 'deeply hurt' by athlete

(Newser) - When Jason Collins came out as gay in April , he mentioned having once been engaged to a woman . That woman is Carolyn Moos, herself a former pro basketball player, and today in Cosmopolitan she tells her side of the story. She recalls being immediately attracted to Collins when she met... More »

Openly Gay US Soccer Star Makes History

Robbie Rogers is first openly gay man to play in US pro league

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Rogers made history yesterday as the first openly gay man to play in a US professional league. The 26-year-old winger—who came out of the closet after retiring briefly in February, was cheered and the crowd chanted his name as he came on 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 »

Jodie Foster 'Comes Out' in Globes Speech

Star says she's keeping private life private

(Newser) - Jodie Foster is the talk of the entertainment world after an amazing Golden Globes speech in which she addressed rumors that she is a lesbian and poked fun at the media's need for a public declaration, Jezebel reports. "I already did my coming out about a thousand years... More »

Ellen Honored as Gay Trailblazer

DeGeneres receives top honor in humor

(Newser) - Some of the nation's top comedians hailed Ellen DeGeneres as a trailblazer at the Kennedy Center last night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the highest US humor prize:
  • "For a lot of people, Ellen is their only homosexual friend. She's there in
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Taylor Lautner Gay Cover Fakes Out Net

People says 'exclusive' on actor coming out is just a hoax

(Newser) - A phony People magazine on which Taylor Lautner supposedly comes out of the closet is a fake, but it fooled plenty of people as it spread around the Internet, Gossip Cop reports. "Tired of rumors, the Twilight star opens up about his decision to finally come out,” reads... More »

Come Out of Closet, Anchors: Maddow

'We have a responsibility,' says Rachel Maddow

(Newser) - Rachel Maddow has a message for gay news anchors: Come out of the closet. "I'm sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they're doing what they're doing" not revealing that they're homosexual, "but I do think that if you're gay... More »

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