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July 17, 2014

Cooper: 'Believe me, there's nothing wrong with that, but I'm just saying I think that would surprise people'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, Bravo personality Andy Cohen and talk show host Kelly Ripa are real-life pals who got very personal with each other on Tuesday's (15 July) episode of Cohen's show Watch What Happens Live.

First off, Cooper and Ripa played a game to see who could fluster the first by asking questions.

Ripa quickly won when she asked: 'Are you circumcised?'

Cooper quickly conceded the game saying: 'You're flustering me! I'm flustered.'

July 10, 2014

Former co-host Joy Behar defends O'Donnell against blistering attack by nemesis Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Seven years after her fiery exit from The View, ABC officially confirmed today that Rosie O'Donnell is returning to the show - and the fireworks have already begun.

'ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18,' the network tweeted without further comment.

O'Donnell also has not yet commented on the news but two of her former co-hosts, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar are engaged in a war of words over her return.

June 8, 2014

'No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they're born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles'

The Republican Party of Texas advocates ex-gay therapy.

The convention for the southern US state's GOP ended yesterday, 7 June, and the 10,000 attendees gave their approval for the following platform language:

'We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.'

June 6, 2014

Pastor Carl Lentz of the New York branch of the global Pentecostal Hillsong megachurch says Jesus never condemned gay people so he’s not going to either

Carl Lentz, the tattooed pastor of the New York branch of the global Pentecostal Hillsong megachurch, has refused to condemn gays and lesbians in an interview with CNN in a sign of growing acceptance of LGBTI people among Pentecostal Christians.

June 5, 2014

Says person serving him 'looked at me like I was the loneliest, most pathetic person on the planet'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper may be rich and famous but he's still a hard-working journalist who was on the job on his 47th birthday this week.

After doing a broadcast from Boston, he did the five-hour drive back to New York City and decided to duck into a McDonald's for a late-night birthday meal.

He ordered a Big Mac meal and 'I super-sized it because it was my birthday,' the CNN anchor told David Letterman Wednesday (4 June).

Then things got a little sad.

June 5, 2014

Says person serving him 'looked at me like I was the loneliest, most pathetic person on the planet'

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper may be rich and famous but he's still a hard-working journalist who was on the job on his 47th birthday this week.

After doing a broadcast from Boston, he did the five-hour drive back to New York City and decided to duck into a McDonald's for a late-night birthday meal.

He ordered a Big Mac meal and 'I super-sized it because it was my birthday,' the CNN anchor told David Letterman Wednesday (4 June).

Then things got a little sad.

May 24, 2014

'There is so much work still to be done, but there's also so much potential'

Entertainer and AIDS activist Elton John is hoping the HBO drama The Normal Heart will serve as a reminder to people that AIDS has still not been cured.

'Today, we know how to protect everyone, and we have the ability to treat every single person living with HIV," he writes in a first-person column Friday for CNN.

May 19, 2014

'What was he supposed to do? Shake his hand?'

Robin Roberts, the out host of ABC's Good Morning America, doesn't know what the big deal is with Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being selected by the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

May 19, 2014

'What was he supposed to do? Shake his hand?'

Robin Roberts, the out host of ABC's Good Morning America, doesn't know what the big deal is with Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after being selected by the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

May 13, 2014

Former US Speaker of the House defends NFL player Derrick Ward’s Twitter meltdown over the Michael Sam kiss

Former US Speaker of the House defends NFL player Derrick Ward’s Twitter is accusing gays of intolerance when it comes to reacting to anti-gay views.

Gingrich, 70, appeared on CNN's Crossfire this week to discuss some of the negative reaction to the nationally-televised kiss between Michael Sam and his boyfriend after Sam was drafted by the NFL.

Ex-NFL player Derrick Ward had a Twitter meltdown over the kiss and suffered tremendous backlash because of it.

May 10, 2014

David and Jason Benham were fired by HGTV when David’s homophobic rants surfaced, but he has now changed his view saying he has nothing against gay people

May 9, 2014

Jokes CNN anchor: 'This is pretty much the platinum bomb heard round the world'

So why should Anderson Cooper care at all that Adam Levine has dyed his hair platinum blond?

Well, it seems The Voice mentor's new style has invited comparisons to the CNN anchor and they are not all flattering ones.

During his occasional segment The Ridiculist this week, Cooper pointed out that someone wrote to Levine on Twitter: 'Your hair makes you look like a much more attractive Anderson Cooper.'

Levine says he doesn't know why he changed his hair but said on The Voice this week that 'it just felt right.'

May 9, 2014

Jokes CNN anchor: 'This is pretty much the platinum bomb heard round the world'

So why should Anderson Cooper care at all that Adam Levine has dyed his hair platinum blond?

Well, it seems The Voice mentor's new style has invited comparisons to the CNN anchor and they are not all flattering ones.

During his occasional segment The Ridiculist this week, Cooper pointed out that someone wrote to Levine on Twitter: 'Your hair makes you look like a much more attractive Anderson Cooper.'

Levine says he doesn't know why he changed his hair but said on The Voice this week that 'it just felt right.'

May 6, 2014

'I frankly did not think people would be that interested. I certainly didn’t think it was going to be on the CNN ticker'

When Matt Bomer publicly thanked husband Simon Halls and their three children while accepting an award at a 2012 Desert AIDS Project event in Palm Springs, he wasn't expecting headlines.

But he got them.

'I frankly did not think people would be that interested. I certainly didn’t think it was going to be on the CNN ticker,' the actor says in an Out Magazine cover story published today.

April 30, 2014

Asks female interviewer: 'Do you have a vagina?' 'What was the moment that you felt your breasts budding?' 'Did you use tampons?'

Transgender activist and author Janet Mock made former CNN host Piers Morgan look mild in a mock interview this week with AM Tonight host Alicia Menendez for Fusion.

'What's so amazing is if I were to look at you, I would not have known you weren't trans,' Mock said to Menendez as she questioned her about being cisgender which is a woman who self identifies with the sex and gender that was assigned to her at birth.

April 13, 2014

Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard attacked Cooper on Twitter for being gay, and said he was praying for him

Gay US TV anchor Anderson Cooper did not lose his cool when an anti-gay broadcaster hit out at him on Twitter, he simply put him in his place with a snappy response.

CNN anchor Cooper tweeted his support for the gay football player Derrick Gordon, who recently came out of the closet, but his message was quickly hijacked by anti-gay Canadian broadcaster Damian Goddard.

April 1, 2014

CNN anchor relaxed and candid in wide-ranging interview

Anderson Cooper gave a candid, wide-ranging interview to radio host Howard Stern this week during which the CNN anchor revealed more personal details about his life than ever before.

Cooper talked about his days as a child model - a profession he entered at the age of 10 because he was worried about an impending financial collapse.

Between the ages of 10 and 13, he modeled for such brands as Macy's and Calvin Klein.

But that early career ended abruptly when he got propositioned by a male photographer who offered him $2,500 for sex.

March 28, 2014

Veteran broadcaster also a staunch ally for LGBTI equality: 'What the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war'

At 80, US talk show host Larry King sides with the younger generation of Americans who generally support equality for LGBTI people.

'Gay is a civil rights issue,' King tells The Rubin Report. 'And what the people opposed to it have to face is, it's a losing war.'

King is confident that the US will one day be led by a chief executive with a same-sex partner in The White House.

March 26, 2014

Willie Robertson says the family patriarch 'just said what he thought, what was on his heart'

Duck Dynasty cast member Willie Robertson is defending the anti-gay statements made by his father that have tarnished the reality show and sent its ratings to a 16 month low.

'Phil just said what he thought, what was on his heart,' he said of family patriarch Phil Robertson in an interview with CNN.

The show is about about a family that has made a fortune from its duck hunting products.

March 18, 2014

'There weren't a lot of other reasons to be there'

Openly gay CNN anchor Anderson Cooper paid a visit to Seth Meyers' new NBC late night talk show on Monday and shared with viewers why he once thought the host was gay.

It seems Cooper, a well-known gym rat, once saw the former Saturday Night Live writer and news anchor at a gym in Manhattan and jumped to conclusions.

'It was pretty much the gayest gym on the planet,' Cooper said, 'And I assumed you were gay, ’cause… there weren’t a lot of other reasons to be there.'

March 18, 2014

Harry Belafonte, a long time straight ally of the LGBTI community, has called for the US to reconsider its aid to all countries that criminalize homosexuality after Uganda’s defiance in the face of looming sanctions

Award winning calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, best known for singing the Banana Boat Song (Day-O), has spoken out against the criminalization of LGBTI people around the world – calling for the US to reconsider the aid it sends to all governments of countries that criminalize homosexuality.

February 26, 2014

Al Melvin can't think of a single example of when SB 1062 has been needed

CNN's Anderson Cooper had asked a simple question of Arizona State Senator Al Melvin.

Could the Republican lawmaker, who is running for governor of his state, think of a single example where the controversial SB 1062 bill has been needed in  Arizona?

The bill, if signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, would make it legal for businesses to discriminate against anyone - including LGBTI people - if they say it is for religious reasons.

Melvin, who voted in favor of the anti-gay discrimination bill last week, came up empty.

February 26, 2014

Al Melvin can't think of a single example of when SB 1062 has been needed

CNN's Anderson Cooper had asked a simple question of Arizona State Senator Al Melvin.

Could the Republican lawmaker, who is running for governor of his state, think of a single example where the controversial SB 1062 bill has been needed in  Arizona?

The bill, if signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, would make it legal for businesses to discriminate against anyone - including LGBTI people - if they say it is for religious reasons.

Melvin, who voted in favor of the anti-gay discrimination bill last week, came up empty.

February 24, 2014

'Let us manage our society if we are wrong we will find out by ourselves'

On the day Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the country’s controversial anti-homosexuality bill into law, he called gays 'disgusting' in an interview with CNN.

Museveni was asked if he personally disliked homosexuals and he said: 'They are disgusting. What sort of people are they?’