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December 31, 2014

Evelyn Ruark  has only once been briefly seenon sister Michelle Duggar's TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting

The Duggar family, the focus of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting, have proven themselves to be no friends of the LGBTI community.

This could be why viewers of the show are probably not aware that the sister of family matriarch Michelle Duggar is a lesbian.

Evelyn Ruark was only briefly seen in an early season of the show which debuted in 2008. She is also seen the family's website in a photo of Michelle Duggar and her siblings taken in spring 2011.

November 23, 2014

Activists want 19 Kids and Counting taken off the air, after the Duggar family have been accused of inciting hatred against gay and transgender people

158,000 people have signed an online petition called ‘End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars.’

The petition on is targeting the Duggar family of US TV show 19 Kids and Counting which has aired on the The Learning Channel (TLC) network since 2008.

The show follows the lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar from Tontitown, Arkansas. They are described as ‘devout Independent Baptists and adherents of the Christian patriarchy movement.’

November 13, 2014

Make like Rihanna and reside at the jewel in Ireland's hotel crown

An oasis of light, calm and five-star style – The Merrion Hotel is undoubtedly Dublin's leading blockbuster stopover.

This 142-room colossus (which, from the outside, resembles an unassuming townhouse) is a favourite of Diamonds singer Rihanna when she's touring the Green Isle.

It's also played host to the likes of US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who stayed here during their visit to the country in 2011. Rock god Bruce Springsteen is also known to drop by.

December 30, 2013

Tweets to Good Morning America anchor: 'You continue to make us all proud'

First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter today to publicly congratulate Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts for coming out publicly as a lesbian over the weekend.

'I'm so happy for you and Amber!' Obama tweeted, referring to Roberts' partner of 10 years Amber Laign.

'You continue to make us all proud,' Obama added.

When President Barack Obama decided to go public with his support of gay marriage last year after many years of 'evolving' on the issue, he gave the exclusive interview to Roberts.

October 1, 2013

'I've gone both ways. I do as I please ... Men are intriguing. So are chicks'

After years of speculation about her sexuality, actress Michelle Rodriguez says she has 'gone both ways' and is bisexual.

But instead of a big announcement, she casually mentions this in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.

'I do as I please,' she says. 'I am too f---ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.'

May 20, 2013

Morehouse College speech calls on grads to have empathy for all minority groups

During a commencement speech at the all-male Morehouse College on Sunday (19 May), President Barack Obama encouraged students - straight or gay - to be good spouses and parents.

'... That’s what I’m asking all of you to do: Keep setting an example for what it means to be a man. Be the best husband to your wife, or your boyfriend, or your partner. Be the best father you can be to your children. Because nothing is more important.'

March 29, 2013

Singer engages in silent protest outside nightclub in Santa Cruz

Singer Michelle Shocked showed up at the club Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, California, on Thursday (28 March) but instead of performing on stage, she sat outside with tape over her mouth.

Moe's was one of nearly a dozen USA venues that canceled Shocked's appearance after she shocked an audience at a club in San Francisco earlier this month by going on an anti-gay marriage rant.

January 7, 2013

'I love her as deeply as I love almost anyone. But we don’t do it'

When Michelle Williams attended last year's Academy Awards as a best actress nominee for My Week With Marilyn, her 'date' for the evening was her former Dawson's Creek co-star Busy Phillips.

In fact, Phillips was seen with Williams so much throughout awards season that some began speculating about whether or not the two women were more than friends.

December 6, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow and Janis Ian all nominated in Best Spoken Word Album category

R&B and Hip-Hop singer Frank Ocean may have got the most attention of the openly gay Grammy nominees announced on Thursday (5 November) evening.

But he's not the only LGBT nominee this year.

Gay musician Dave Koz was nominated in the Best Pop Instrumental Album for his Live at the Blue Note Tokyo album and bisexual actress and comedienne Margaret Cho is a nominee in the Best Comedy Album category for Cho Dependent: Live in Concert.

September 5, 2012

Anderson Coooper: 'I’ve never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever'

Michelle Obama made quite an impression on gay celebrities who were filled with praise for the US First Lady after her widely-praised speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday (4 September).

'I’ve never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever,' tweeted Anderson Cooper who is anchoring convention coverage for CNN.