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“Marriage is not a civil right – you’re not black!” – The ever-erudite Ann Coulter shared her views on gay marriage to a group of gay conservatives, GOProud, at their first “Homocon” gathering. I suspect they’d have no problem if she called them tea-baggers! 

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hollywood-1Marriage is not a civil right – you’re not black!” – The ever-erudite Ann Coulter shared her views on gay marriage to a group of gay conservatives, GOProud, at their first “Homocon” gathering. I suspect they’d have no problem if she called them tea-baggers!

 

A familiar face will be turning up on daytime television next year. Anderson Cooper has just signed a deal to launch his own daytime talk show in 2011. But don’t worry – he isn’t leaving CNN. This will be in addition to his existing commitments. It does mean, however, that he won’t be taking over a network anchor desk. Cooper has been long touted as a possible replacement for Katie Couric, who is expected to step down (voluntarily, of course) when her contract with CBS News expires in May. We hear that Katie has already put the feelers out and could possibly return to the Today Show! Rumor has it that Meredith Vieira could leave when her contract is up in September 2011 (she reportedly balked at the prospect of signing anything more than a one-year contract extension). Katie wants people to know she’d “consider it” – which I believe means, “Please, somebody hire me.”

 

On November 2nd, Ricky Martin will release his autobiography, “Me.” More interesting than the book is who will get the first interview with the now openly gay Ricky. Both Barbara Walters and Oprah are vying for this honor, with Babs having the edge given her history with Martin (which I suppose refers to when she famously pressed him on the subject of his homosexuality back in 2000). But Winfrey really wants this. Maybe she should offer him a trip to Australia!

 

We’ve been hearing numerous disturbing accounts of the bullying young gay people endure and how it often leads to suicide. It’s been a tragic wake-up call for people who think that perhaps we are immune to these pressures. But the truth of the matter is this is nothing new. You don’t have to look too far back in history to see every minority group has endured this. The Tyler Clementi episode particularly reminded me of how girls in a bygone era would commit suicide or at the very least be ostracized if someone started rumors that she was “loose.” It should remind us that no one is immune to bullying or being bullied.

 

Our biggest resource in the GLBT community is The Trevor Project (TheTrevorProject.org). This amazing organization works hard to tell gay and questioning teens that there is nothing wrong with them, that they are OK and they are not alone. Loads of celebs have joined Trevor to film PSAs letting kids know that it gets better. One of the most haunting was that of Tim Gunn, who revealed that he attempted suicide as a gay teen. Happily, he was unsuccessful – or we’d have been robbed of the phrase, “Make it work” (to say nothing of the dashing, silver fox himself). If you text the word “KIND” to 85944, you can make a donation of $5 to The Trevor Project. Do it today.

 

Kathy Griffin has always been a supporter of the gay community and always puts her money where her mouth is. In the past, she’s raised tens of thousands of dollars for the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. Now she’s helping Trevor. Every dollar that she would have made from her December 16th show at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City will be donated to The Trevor Project. Way to go, Kath!

 

Our straight allies are vital to spreading acceptance throughout the world. Pop star Robbie Williams made headlines last week when he was asked by a radio host if he and his wife want to start a family, and would they like to have a boy or a girl. He surprised the host by saying, “I want a gay one. We’ve talked about it and that’s what we want – whatever it is.” I suspect there are more than a few readers who would like to call Robbie their Daddy!

 

Then there’s James Franco. The sexy stud has played gay several times, but now he’s taken it a step further. He’s featured in full drag on the cover of Candy magazine – a publication described as “the first fashion magazine ever completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations.” I dunno about all that, but James looks hot in the pics by renowned fashion photographer Terry Richardson! Photos (and outtakes) can be found on BillyMasters.com.

 

Someone else who’s not gay (that we know of) is sexy Brando Eaton, who plays gay on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (and showed his ass on “Dexter” – which you can see on BillyMasters.com). Earlier this year, he was a guest star on the short-lived “Miami Medical.” His character needed to be revived with the aid of a defibrillator. In a shocking turn of events, the prop defibrillator ended up being real, giving Brando quite a jolt! He’s now suing the people responsible, claiming he needs “treatment and counseling for the anxiety, flashbacks and apprehension from this incident.” In other words, don’t go near him with a defibrillator – it could kill him!

 

Could it be that Josh Duhamel is one of our straight allies? Maybe. He’s never had a real public connection to the gay community, and yet… While promoting his film “Life as We Know It” he said something about his co-star Katherine Heigl that caught our eye. “Personally, I’m a big fan of Katherine’s husband, Josh Kelly. So kissing her was like indirectly getting to make out with him.” Uh huh.

 

When Franco’s hiding his candy, it’s definitely time to end yet another column. Let me take a second to remind you to check out BillyMasters.com, the website that puts out. Speaking of putting out, why hasn’t Anderson Cooper made a bid to interview Ricky Martin? It could be television riveting. Or it could be like two giddy girls having a slumber party. Either way, I’d watch. What about you? Drop a note to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com and I promise to get back to you before Anderson takes Ricky’s cherry (interview-wise). Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.


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Billy Masters was the first to syndicate a column solely to LGBT publications. He's been writing his popular entertainment news/gossip column for over two decades. In addition to writing, Billy is an actor and comedian who can regularly be found on TV, radio, and touring the country. Check out his website: www.BillyMasters.com.

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