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Clay Aiken Speaks Out Against North Carolina's Amendment One, Which Seeks to Ban Gay Marriage: VIDEO


In a new video, native North Carolinian Clay Aiken speaks out against Amendment One, the May 8 ballot measure that would ban all same-sex marriage-like institutions in that state including domestic partnerships and non-marriage partner benefits for gay and straight couples alike.

Aiken asks people to help Protect All NC Families, a group that is fighting it.


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Will George Takei and Clay Aiken Speak Out Against Homophobe Donald Trump as 'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast Members? VIDEO


NBC has confirmed the cast of Celebrity Apprentice, which premieres February 12, Reality Blurred reports. I mentioned back in October that Clay Aiken and George Takei were reportedly cast. That has now been confirmed.

“The men are: late-night legend Arsenio Hall, pop star Clay Aiken, radio host Adam Carolla, the ‘Incredible Hulk’ Lou Ferrigno, magician/comedian Penn Jillette, rock star Dee Snider, actor George Takei, IndyCar legend Michael Andretti, and star of ‘American Chopper,’ Paul Teutul, Sr.

The women are: supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop star Debbie Gibson, actress and multi-Grammy winner Tia Carrere, author and reality star Victoria Gotti, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, singer and actress Aubrey O’Day, actress and model Patricia Velasquez, and star of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ Teresa Giudice.”

Watch Trump and some of the cast members speak conference announcing the show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tonight In NYC: Cyndi Lauper's "Home For The Holidays" To Benefit Homeless LGBT Youth

LauperAndy announced it a month ago, but here's a reminder: Tonight at 8 p.m., Cyndi Lauper takes the stage at the Beacon Theatre in NYC with a whole laundry list of cool people to raise money for the True Colors Fund -- which benefits, among other things, the True Colors Residence, Lauper's uptown, 30-unit housing shelter for homeless LGBT youth.

All of the Fund's activities are devoted to benefiting the homeless LGBT youth population. As Lauper's press release has it:

It is estimated that 20 percent to 40 percent of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, yet of the general youth population, only 3 percent to 5 percent do the same. The True Colors Fund is committed to doing what it can to raise awareness about this issue and develop resources to help these young people, most of whom are homeless due to family conflict.

The Fund's mission resonates with all kinds of people, as evidenced by tonight's lineup. What else could convince Lou Reed and Vanessa Carlton to share a stage? Along with Lauper, Reed, and Carlton, tonight's "Home For The Holidays" concert features Norah Jones, Harvey Fierstein, Alan Cumming, Clay Aiken, Carson Kressley, and a whole mess of others. Tix run $30 - $500, and you can still get 'em.

... and if you don't, you can grab Lauper's new single on iTunes, which also benefits the Fund. The song, like the concert, is called "Home For The Holidays," and features Norah Jones.

Clay Aiken, George Takei to Compete on Homophobe Donald Trump's 'Celebrity Apprentice'

The cast of this year's Celebrity Apprentice has been announced and it includes two celebrities who have been fairly outspoken for LGBT rights in recent years, the AJC reports:

Takei"The fifth season of “Celebrity Apprentice” features no Atlantans for the first time since 2008 but will include  its very first ‘American Idol” alum: Clay Aiken, according to People magazine....But will he be able to get along with the likes of Adam Carolla (comic), Debbie Gibson (1980s pop star), Arsenio Hall (talk show host), Cheryl Tiegs (model/actress), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Therese Guidice (sic) (”Real Housewives of New Jersey”) and George Takei (”Star Trek”)? There are clearly some strong personalities there, which is what makes this show tick. Guidice, of course, is the NeNe Leakes of this year’s crew. Snider even showed up in the past “Apprentice” and looks to be this year’s Meat Loaf type. Hall will surely make his presence known, as will Carolla. Aiken will mix it up for sure, too."

Takei married Brad Altman in September 2008.

As you may recall, Trump has been loud about his opposition to same-sex marriage and partner benefits for same-sex couples.

TrumpThe Des Moines Register spoke with Trump in March:

"Asked whether he supports allowing same-sex couples to marry, Trump said no. Iowa conservatives have overwhelmingly opposed the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage."

“They should not be able to marry,” he said. But asked whether gay couples should be able access the same benefits as married couples, he said his “attitude on it has not been fully formed. Given a second to think, Trump said on marriage and civil benefits, “As of this moment, I would say no and no.”

You might also recall that he compared same-sex marriage to an ugly golf club.

“It’s like in golf,” he said. “A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive,” said Mr. Trump, a Republican. “It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”

Clay Aiken: I Was Always Out


Clay Aiken says he was never closeted.

Says Aiken to the Georgia Voice: “There was this misconception that I was not out. I was in ‘Spamalot’ and everyone knew, but I don’t necessarily want to sit at a table with strangers and tell them. When you come out, you do it with people you are comfortable with.”

Michael Jensen at AfterElton sees a trend, noting that Jonathan Knight, Sean Hayes, and Johnny Weir all make the same claim. 

He writes: "Regardless of the confusion (and the fact that, to us, these comments from these particular celebrities seem to be a tad self-serving), we're thrilled the ranks of indisputably 'out' celebrities continues to swell by the month."

Watch: Joy Behar Discusses the Increase in Anti-Gay Acts with Clay Aiken, and Caitlin Breedlove, Ejected from Mall for Kiss


Joy Behar did a lengthy segment last night on anti-gay discrimination, bullying, and a perceived rise in hateful attacks against LGBT people.

Behar spoke with Caitlin Breedlove, who was recently kicked out of a Raliegh, North Carolina mall for kissing her girlfriend. She also spoke with Clay Aiken about the mall incident, DADT, the Vince Vaughn gay joke, and the Cub Scout dad who was told he couldn't be a scout leader.


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