Multiple Academy Award and Emmy winner Sally Field has been a fierce advocate for LGBTQ rights, especially since she spoke publicly about her gay son Sam Greisman at a Human Rights Campaign event in 2012. Now she and Greisman appearing in a video together extolling the virtues of the Equality Act and just why the country needs it.
In a video for HRC, Field and Greisman chat back and forth via a video call about his being gay and how the Equality Act could impact so many American lives if Congress were to pass it.
The legislation, introduced in Congress earlier this month, would amend federal law to provide a wide range of protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would ban discrimination not only in employment but in housing, credit, public accommodations, education, federal financial assistance, and federal jury service.
Country music legend Dolly Parton has supported LGBTQ issues for a long time. She was one of the first major country stars to publicly support marriage equality and regularly says that gay men are her biggest fans.
She’s even gone so far as to say if she were born male, she would have “been a drag queen because I love all the flamboyant stuff.”
With more entertainers and celebrities defining themselves as gender fluid or bisexual, including her own goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, Parton is finding it hard to come to terms with the uptick.’
“For me, I’m still an old timer. Sometimes I think it’s just become kind of fashionable to speak out like that. I think some of them even say more than who they really are,” Parton told the tabloid.
“I think they just want to be part of that whole movement to make people think that they’re so free and all that. But I don’t really know how they feel inside. I know how I feel inside,” she said. “Miley, she does a lot of stuff for effect, and I think a lot of them do.”
Dan Reynolds is not afraid of alienating some in his audience. The Imagine Dragons frontman has been a fierce and outspoken ally for the LGBTQ community for the last few years, and has seen his fair share of criticism for being so vocal.
Reynolds opened up about that criticism in a recent interview with Vulture. The artist said that many of his critics were conservative parents who didn’t agree with his message of equality. “Going into this, I knew there would be people on the far right who were going to be upset,” he said of his activism. “People tell me they won’t allow their kids to go to my concerts anymore; that when I get to heaven, God’s going to be upset with me because I made so many kids gay.”
Armed with an impassioned perspective and lyrics taking aim at Donald Trump, Barbra Streisand is scaling the political divide with her new single “Don’t Lie to Me.”
Released as the first official preview of her upcoming 11-track studio album Walls — her largest collection of predominantly original tunes since Guilty Pleasures, her 2005 collaborative LP with Barry Gibb — “Don’t Lie to Me” sees the Oscar- and Grammy-winning performer criticizing the president’s leadership over sprawling pop production.
Several men accused of sexual misconduct during the past year might be clamoring for their comebacks after mere months—but as far as Jane Fonda is concerned, they can keep on waiting. At an event in New York promoting a new HBO documentary about her life, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, the actress emphasized that while she does have compassion for men, she rejects the idea of letting anyone accused of sexual misconduct return to power before they’ve atoned.
Lady Gaga is bravely opening up about the lasting effects of rape trauma.
The singer and A Star Is Born actress, 32, revealed in the October cover story for Vogue that she still copes with the sexual assault she suffered at age 19.
“No one else knew. It was almost like I tried to erase it from my brain. And when it finally came out, it was like a big, ugly monster. And you have to face the monster to heal,” said Gaga, who first disclosed her rape during an interview with Howard Stern in 2014.
The Grammy winner also detailed how she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the symptoms she continues to combat.
The comedienne who was told she would never work again just played a sold-out show at the Dolby Theatre.
Kathy Griffin, who was dropped by her representation, fired by CNN and Squatty Potty alike, and put under a media blackout after she took part in a photo shoot that saw her holding a Donald Trump mask dripping in ketchup, implying the president had been beheaded, has been on a Laugh Your Head Off world tour to prove that just “because they tried to put [her] out to pasture” doesn’t mean she would moo, she said at her Los Angeles stop Thursday.
“It’s not all jokes tonight,” she said. “I’m also spilling piping hot tea.”
Tab Hunter, a former on-screen heartthrob and gay icon, has died. He was 86.
Hunter died Sunday night in Santa Barbara after a blood clot in his leg caused cardiac arrest, Allan Glaser, Hunter’s partner for more than three decades, confirmed to Variety.
With his All-American good looks, wavy blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, and toothy smile, Hunter rose to the top ranks of Hollywood leading men in the 1950’s and early ’60’s. He appeared in the likes of “Damn Yankees” and “Battle Cry,” and had chart-topping records such as “Young Love.” But at the height of his popularity, he was dogged by rumors that he was gay, a potentially career-ending rumor during that culturally conservative era. At one point, he was “outed” by the gossip rag, Confidential.
Yet again, Kathy Griffin takes over the lead of The Hollywood Reporter's Top Comedians chart from Roseanne Barr, rising 3-1 on the July 4-dated tally, while Barr falls 1-3.
The Top Comedians chart is a ranking of the most popular comedians on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, with global data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex. The chart's methodology blends social engagement on the platforms along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. The latest tracking week ended June 26.