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January 2, 2015

'Your absence has broken our hearts. The love for you was in the world all along. It sat quiet, waiting'

I will never forget the stunning image of Matthew Shepard’s hate crime. A young beautiful human was beaten, tortured and left for dead in an unthinkable violation. It shocked me when I saw the images, and I was not alone. Matthew’s fate left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day.

January 2, 2015

‘Love your children’, says Deacon Ray Dever of St Paul Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida

The death last Sunday morning of Leelah Alcorn in Ohio has again led many to question the impact of religious doctrine upon the lives of LGBTI people.

‘We don't support that, religiously,’ said Carla Alcorn – Leelah’s mother – when asked by CNN reporter about her daughter’s desire to transition.

January 2, 2015

Carla Alcorn has given an interview in which she discusses her daughter’s suicide: ‘People need to know that I loved him. He was a good kid, a good boy’

The mother of Leelah Alcorn has given an interview to CNN in which she talks about Leelah’s death, her online suicide note, and some of the condemnation that she and her husband, Doug, have received.

January 1, 2015

Later tweets: 'Anyone know how to get red dye out of hair?'

Anderson Cooper never knows quite what to expect when he co-hosts CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from New York's Times Square with Kathy Griffin.

This year - their eighth together - was no exception. Among the more memorable moments came towards the end when Griffin brought some hair dye out.

'Just lean your head down a little bit, close your eyes, and we're gonna have a little bit of fun, shall we?' she said to her white=haired pal. 'Just trust me.'

December 31, 2014

But a pre-date phone call ended any romantic notions

Imagine what a power couple Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen could have been.

The dashing, silver-haired CNN anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent and the ever-smiling host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live (WWHL) and producer of the popular Housewives reality show franchise.

It turns out they were originally supposed to be a romantic pair and were once set up on a date by a mutual friend.

'When we were set up … we had a phone call to talk before we actually went out on a date,' Cooper said recently while guesting on WWHL.

December 30, 2014

War hero blasts her co-author and publisher in scathing Facebook post

Trans former Navy SEAL Kristin Beck survived wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia but wanted to end it all because of the book she co-wrote about her harrowing story.

December 29, 2014

As they prepare to co-host CNN coverage for eighth time he says: 'I’m genuine friends with Kathy. She’s funny as hell'

There are certain things you can count on when it comes to watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin co-hosting CNN's New Year's Eve coverage from Times Square in New York City.

Griffin will do something completely outrageous and Cooper will be mortified. Then he'll giggle - a lot.

December 28, 2014

He infamously told an alleged rape victim on air, 'You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it… Meaning the use of teeth, right?'

It's a dubious honor for CNN's Don Lemon, one of the news network's most recognizable anchors.

The highly regarded Columbia Journalism Review recapped the year's 'most cringe-worthy news blunders' which included the out 48-year-old co-host of CNN Tonight because of a series of controversial or inane questions and comments that made headlines this year.

David Uberti, the Review's fellow wrote in a post why Lemon deserves to be ranked along with other missteps in journalism this year.

December 28, 2014

He infamously told an alleged rape victim on air, 'You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it… Meaning the use of teeth, right?'

It's a dubious honor for CNN's Don Lemon, one of the news network's most recognizable anchors.

The highly regarded Columbia Journalism Review recapped the year's 'most cringe-worthy news blunders' which included the out 48-year-old co-host of CNN Tonight because of a series of controversial or inane questions and comments that made headlines this year.

David Uberti, the Review's fellow wrote in a post why Lemon deserves to be ranked along with other missteps in journalism this year.

December 14, 2014

‘The Olympic Committee had a huge responsibility in Sochi and they didn't stand up for human rights,’ says Anja Paerson

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been slammed for not supporting and defending LGBTI athletes.

Swedish skier Anja Paerson made the comments when reflecting on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in which many gay athletes and spectators did not feel safe in the wake of the Russian ‘gay propaganda’ law.

Paerson, who is now retired, felt the IOC did not do enough to stand up for gay athletes.

December 9, 2014

'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something'

Anderson Cooper had an unexpected brush with British royalty when he found himself on the same flight as Prince William.

After William met with President Obama at The White House Monday (8 Monday), the future King of England took an afternoon US air shuttle flight back to New York City.

'There was this kind of buzz and excitement to see this guy come on the aircraft,' Cooper said on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday. 'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something.'

December 9, 2014

'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something'

Anderson Cooper had an unexpected brush with British royalty when he found himself on the same flight as Prince William.

After William met with President Obama at The White House Monday (8 Monday), the future King of England took an afternoon US air shuttle flight back to New York City.

'There was this kind of buzz and excitement to see this guy come on the aircraft,' Cooper said on his show Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday. 'It's like seeing a rare gazelle or something.'

December 9, 2014

Trans woman and her wife want to change attitudes in Russia

A Russian gay couple who married in the fiercest way possible has reflected on their wedding and the consequences it could have the country.

Alyona Furvosa and Irina Shumilova married, both in stunning white gowns, in front of family and friends at a St Petersburg registry office last month.

The trans woman and her cisgender bride were allowed to marry through a loophole, with the city technically viewing the union as a heterosexual marriage.

December 3, 2014

CNN anchor missed just one day of work on Anderson Cooper 360

Two days after having an emergency appendectomy, Anderson Cooper returned to the air on CNN Tuesday not looking any worse for the wear.

Cooper, 47, did not mention his health scare at the top of Anderson Cooper 360 as he immediately jumped into a story on the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

December 3, 2014

CNN anchor missed just one day of work on Anderson Cooper 360

Two days after having an emergency appendectomy, Anderson Cooper returned to the air on CNN Tuesday not looking any worse for the wear.

Cooper, 47, did not mention his health scare at the top of Anderson Cooper 360 as he immediately jumped into a story on the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

December 2, 2014

CNN anchor tweets to concerned viewers that he was struck with 'appendicitis'

Anderson Cooper had a very good excuse for being absent from his nightly CNN show on Monday (1 December): He was in the hospital.

Cooper casually tweeted to his followers in Twitter: 'I'll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.'

He was replaced on Anderson Cooper 360 for the night by John Berman.

December 2, 2014

CNN anchor tweets to concerned viewers that he was struck with 'appendicitis'

Anderson Cooper had a very good excuse for being absent from his nightly CNN show on Monday (1 December): He was in the hospital.

Cooper casually tweeted to his followers in Twitter: 'I'll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.'

He was replaced on Anderson Cooper 360 for the night by John Berman.

November 20, 2014

Don Lemon: 'As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape'

Don Lemon, an openly gay anchor for CNN, came under fire this week for his line of questioning to a woman who is accusing Bill Cosby of rape.

Joan Tarshis said she faked having an infection to avoid intercourse with Cosby but did other acts. Lemon said that 'there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.'

He mentioned that one of the ways was 'the using of the teeth.'

Tarshis, who was 19 at the time of the alleged attack, remained composed during the interview and said it hadn't occurred to her to retaliate in that way.

November 20, 2014

Don Lemon: 'As a victim myself I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape'

Don Lemon, an openly gay anchor for CNN, came under fire this week for his line of questioning to a woman who is accusing Bill Cosby of rape.

Joan Tarshis said she faked having an infection to avoid intercourse with Cosby but did other acts. Lemon said that 'there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.'

He mentioned that one of the ways was 'the using of the teeth.'

Tarshis, who was 19 at the time of the alleged attack, remained composed during the interview and said it hadn't occurred to her to retaliate in that way.

October 31, 2014

'I was always afraid of that reporter asking me the question outright - are you gay?'

Finance guru Suze Orman says she's happy to see Apple CEO Tim Cook come out on his own terms this week.

'Tim Cook's coming out publicly will be the door opener for a lot of other people that so want to come out but they're just afraid to do so,' Orman tells CNN.

October 15, 2014

'To just hear his voice, to see his smile ... For me, that would be an extraordinary thing'

While Anderson Cooper's famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, remains active at 90, the CNN anchor lost his father when he was only 10.

Author Wyatt Cooper died of a heart attack in 1978 at the age of 50.

During a conversation on CNN this week with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. about family genealogy, Cooper was asked which of his ancestors would he want to meet with today if he could.

October 15, 2014

'To just hear his voice, to see his smile ... For me, that would be an extraordinary thing'

While Anderson Cooper's famous mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, remains active at 90, the CNN anchor lost his father when he was only 10.

Author Wyatt Cooper died of a heart attack in 1978 at the age of 50.

During a conversation on CNN this week with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. about family genealogy, Cooper was asked which of his ancestors would he want to meet with today if he could.

October 14, 2014

Is first major talent to get pink slip - nearly 1,500 expected to lose jobs

Jane Velez-Mitchell may not be as famous as Anderson Cooper, but she was getting about as much airtime each night as the host of her own show on CNN’s sister network, HLN.

That was until today when amid massive layoffs at CNN and HLN by Turner Broadcasting, Velez-Mitchell was the first prominent on-air talent to lose her job.

Her self-titled show, which aired five nights a week, has been canceled and her entire staff let go, according to TheWrap.

October 14, 2014

Is first major talent to get pink slip - nearly 1,500 expected to lose jobs

Jane Velez-Mitchell may not be as famous as Anderson Cooper, but she was getting about as much airtime each night as the host of her own show on CNN’s sister network, HLN.

That was until today when amid massive layoffs at CNN and HLN by Turner Broadcasting, Velez-Mitchell was the first prominent on-air talent to lose her job.

Her self-titled show, which aired five nights a week, has been canceled and her entire staff let go, according to TheWrap.