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May 7, 2015

'It was sort of like if you were gay then you were going to have AIDS ...  I internalized that fear for a long time’

Famed interior designer and television personality Nate Berkus is now one of the most famous gay men in America.

But there was a time when he was a kid with a big secret and terrified of dying of AIDS.

'I remember kind of equating the AIDS crisis to not wanting to come out because ... it was sort of like if you were gay then you were going to have AIDS,' Berkus says in this week's installment of the It Got Better series.

March 25, 2015

'We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!'

Celebrity interior designer Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent became parents with the birth of their daughter this week via surrogate.

Berkus, who gained fame through regular appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, made the announcement in a Facebook post: 'Jeremiah & I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, born via surrogate on March 23, 2015. We are so excited to finally be a family of 3!

February 20, 2015

This is the first Finnish bill petitioned by the public and approved as a law

Finland's president has signed the same-sex marriage bill into law today, but couples will have to wait until 2017 to get married.

President Sauli Niinistö confirmed the new law that will make marriage gender neutral will come into force on 1 March 2017.

This is the first piece of legislation that has been brought to Parliament by the public, under the citizens' initiative, and approved as the law of the land.

LGBTI rights activists have hailed the change as not only historic, but a symbolic, move to equality.

December 26, 2014

It was 10 years ago today that Berkus' partner was swept out to sea while they were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka

For the past 10 years, the day after Christmas has marked a sad anniversary for TV interior design guru Nate Berkus.

It was on 26 December in 2004 that Berkus was vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka with his his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, and the Indian Ocean tsunami hit.

Bengoechea was swept out to sea, his body never recovered.

'My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to all who lost someone in the tsunami 10 years ago today,' Berkus tweeted today.

September 25, 2014

Newlywed announces on Facebook: 'We have had the most special year and its JUST become even more beautiful'

Four months after their wedding, home design guru and TV personality Nate Berkus and his new husband Jeremiah Brent announced Wednesday (24 September) that they are going to become parents.

'We have had the most special year and its JUST become even more beautiful. We are happy to announce that we are expecting our first child!' the couple stated on Berkus's Facebook page.

May 5, 2014

US home design guru and Jeremiah Brent become first same-sex couple to be married at landmark location

With Oprah Winfrey among the celebrity guests, home decorating guru and TV host Nate Berkus married his fiance of one year, Jeremiah Brent, over the weekend.

And the couple made a little bit of history while doing so by becoming the first same-sex couple to be married at the New York Public Library.

April 10, 2013

Celebrated with fiance Jeremiah Brent in Peru atop Machu Picchu

Nate Berkus, who lost his partner in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has found love again and is getting married.

Berkus confirmed today that he is marrying Jeremiah Brent, his boyfriend of more than a year.

Berkus, 41, proposed to Brent on Monday (8 April). The couple then celebrated atop the famed Machu Picchu in Peru where they are vacationing with friends.

February 18, 2013

'It made me a better person, it made me a more compassionate person'

Nate Berkus became a familiar face to viewers of The Oprah Winfrey Show more than a decade ago as an interior designer who was a frequent guest on the show.

But it wasn't until December 2004 that his personal life became a lot more public. He and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea went missing and is presumed dead.

Berkus appeared on Winfrey's daytime show a month later to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his love.

February 7, 2013

'I said, 'Why would I choose to make my life more difficult?'

Design star Nate Berkus, who first came to fame on The Oprah Winfrey Show, has reunited with his television mentor for a candid conversation that includes how he came out to his father.

Berkus tells Winfrey in the first of a two-part interview that begins airing on her OWN Network on Sunday (3/10) about the first conversation he had with his father about his being a gay man.

Says Berkus: 'I asked my father: 'Do you trust me? Do you respect me? Do you think I'm smart?' He said, 'Yes.''

October 29, 2012

Tweaked format this fall did not help ratings

Anderson Cooper's foray into daytime television is shaping up to be more like the short run of Nate Berkus than the extended stay of Ellen DeGeneres.

The openly gay CNN newsman's show, Anderson Live, is still early in its second season but it was announced on Monday (29 October) that it will not be returning for a third year.

October 19, 2012

'I spent my allowance buying decorative boxes on my way home from the bus stop'

Home design guru Nate Berkus says his new book, The Things That Matter, was not supposed to be a memoir. But he couldn't help but share part about himself as he wrote about his and other people's homes.

May 10, 2012

'I chose to focus on the corporate character it took for Target to apologize for the effects of their decision'

Openly-gay daytime lifestyle show host Nate Berkus is defending a partnership he has entered in with the Target retail chain

Target ran afoul with the LGBT community for donating to the political group MN Forward, a Political Action Committee that supported anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer during the 2010 election season.