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LGBTQ: Transsexual, transgender and intersex community rights advocate Ashley Love confronts CNN Don Lemon over his use of the term 'gay community' at the recent NAACP convention.

PHOTOS WITHIN PHOTOS: 500 people hold more than 1500 photos, all around Israel.


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Jay Bakker, Son of Tammy Faye, Talks to Don Lemon About the Bible, Hell, and Accepting Homosexuality: VIDEO


Don Lemon talks to Pastor Jay Bakker about his mother Tammy Faye Bakker Messner and her acceptance of gay people, his gay-affirming church, the 'next generation' of Christians, understanding the Bible, and Hell.


(thanks to dave evans for the clips)

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Randy Roberts Potts, Gay Grandson of Televangelist Oral Roberts, Talks to Don Lemon About Sexuality, Family: VIDEO


In his first television appearance, Randy Roberts Potts, the gay grandson of televangelist Oral Roberts, appeared on The Joy Behar Show with host Don Lemon to discuss his grandfather, coming out, his marriage to a woman, his spirituality, his "It Gets Better" video, and how his family relates to his homosexuality now:

"They don't accept it. They strongly believe that I'm going to hell for being openly gay. I strongly believe I'm not. So it's hard to find a middle ground between us...I think they are really legitimately afraid that I am going to hell and they're too scared to look beyond that and so it hurts  me but I also feel badly for them to be trapped in a place like that.


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News: Maine, Katy Perry, The Situation, Bomb Plot

Asteroidbelt  road Openly gay CNN reporter Don Lemon discusses his college years: "I did crazy things. I drank a lot and didn't study. I wasn't a bad kid, but I had issues, including the fact that I was gay and didn't tell people."

 road This is good news: "A transgender woman who went to the Department of Motor Vehicles in San Francisco to record her sex change - and then got a letter from a DMV clerk saying homosexual acts were "an abomination that leads to hell" - will receive a $55,000 legal settlement..."

 road The European Space Agency may launch an "impactor" satellite to see if humans can destroy an asteroid headed toward earth. No word on whether Armageddon star Bruce Willis will be asked to participate.

 road Thoughts on The Help: "...The problem at the heart of works like The Help that blossoms into myriad other problems—the centering of white women in a story that is supposed to be about women of color, the positioning of white women as saviors who give WoC voice."

Hunkercise_cover  road Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus responds to CDC data that young men of color are contracting HIV at a higher rate than any other group.

 road Why is radio host Rush Limbaugh asking about President Obama's ex-girlfriends?

 road GOProud leader Chris Barron defends Michele Bachmann with vaguely homophobic tweet: "If Bachmann is responsible for bullying in her district, is Pelosi responsible for STDS in her district? Just wondering."

 road Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers signs off on signature-gathering campaign to put same-sex marriage vote on 2012 ballot.

 road Circa 1985, the Playgirl morning workout.

 road Newt Gingrich is taking his presidential campaign to Hawaii. Forget being king, it's good to be a candidate.

 road An anonymous "source" claims Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Russell Armstrong killed himself because his secret gay life was about to be exposed. Let's be clear about something here: while there may be many factors at play when people commit suicide, the one constant is treatable mental illness. Turning this tragedy into a scandal is not only repulsive, it's irresponsible.

 road North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis says he expects to see a gay marriage ban on the 2012 ballot there.

 road Abercrombie & Fitch would rather Jersey Shore star The Situation not wear their clothes: "We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans."

Katyperry5 road Florida teen arrested for allegedly plotting bomb attack at his school: "Police said Jared Cano, 17, planned to lay a device at Freedom High School in north Tampa and detonate it as students began the new school year. Fuel, shrapnel, plastic tubing and timing and fusing devices were found at his home, a police chief said."

 road Actress Zoe Saldana says she was a "feminine tomboy:" “I had my plastic swords, my ninja stars, but I still wore lipstick."

 road Wow. Just wow: Katy Perry has officially matched Michael Jackson's record by having five 'Billboard Hot 100' number one singles from the same album.

 road Anti-gay groups off the hook after the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board dismissed Common Cause Minnesota's complaint that National Organization for Marriage and the Minnesota Family Council failed to report collaborative ad buys last year.

 road Linda Hogan suggests ex-husband Hulk Hogan had an affair with fellow wrestler Brutus Beefcake.

Marcus Bachmann Shoves CNN Anchor Don Lemon

After giving a speech (and being heckled) at the Iowa State Fair, Michele and Marcus Bachmann and their security shoved the press, notably, CNN anchor Don Lemon as he was trying to interview the candidate, CNN reports:

Donlemon After talking for about three minutes, Bachmann waded into the crowd filled with adoring supporters. Moments later, as she tried to exit the area back to a waiting drive cart, Bachmann found herself in the middle of a mob of people: among them many supporters and members of the press including this reporter and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

Lemon says he was shoved by two Bachmann staffers, and by Marcus:

“She came out, after speaking for just a couple minutes,” Lemon said. “There were other reporters and cameras there. And I asked her very respectful questions: ‘How do you think you did in the debate last night?’ and ‘How do you think you’re going to end up in the Ames Straw Poll?’ And her two campaign aides started elbowing me.”

Lemon continued: “I told them, asked them not to elbow me. And then her husband Marcus started doing the same thing. And then he elbowed me into the cart.

And I said, ‘You just pushed me into the cart.’ And he goes, ‘No, you did it yourself.’
“It was just, I don’t know, why they would choose to do that. We weren’t asking any ‘gotcha’ questions,” Lemon added.


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CNN Anchor Don Lemon Gives Coming Out Advice


CNN anchor Don Lemon is doing an AMA (ask me anything) Q&A segment on Reddit today. He's touching on quite a number of subjects, including working at CNN and his recent coming out. Check it all out here.

Lemon On the segment Jon Stewart ran on him. Watch the segment HERE.

"I was totally stunned by the Jon Stewart segment. I was watching the show with a friend and was tweeting about the prior segments. Then mine came on and we both said in unison, "uh oh." Then I tweet 'OMG' and walked out of the room.. My friend said come back, watch it. I didn't for about an hour and after I had 2 beers. Then once I watched I thought it was funny and complimentary. I just didn't want to make my co-workers look like the brunt of the joke. But they understood and sent me nice emails. the truth is I love real news and my team knows it. We pride ourselves on gimmick-free news. In fact we ask ourselves when pitching ideas, 'is this too gimmicky?' And if the answer is yes, we drop it. I think the viewer may watch a gimmick for a while but then they catch on and tune out. It really is ok to be smart and present a smart newscast."

On FOX News:

Obviously I prefer CNN. But there are some really great journalists at fox, and you have to admit that their hosts do great TV. No comment on the fair and balanced part.

On wanting to be a journalist:

I’ve known since I was a kid, but I didn't really know what to call it. My mom says I asked A LOT of questions to anyone who would listen. I’d even go over to other people's tables at restaurants. Guess I was 'born this way' or at least born to be a journalist.

I’ve always wanted to be a reporter. But it didn't play out like I thought. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by my success but I thought I’d end up working for NBC for the rest of my life. When I was younger my goal was to anchor the today show. But as I matured that changed a bit and I ended up in a better place, at CNN. Honestly, I’m not sure if I can say there's a best story I ever covered. There are some very memorable ones like 9-11, Obama inauguration, Michael Jackson's death, Hurricane Katrina, the tornadoes in Alabama and on and on. I’m just lucky I get to work at a place where those stories come often. It keeps me passionate.

On what he'd put in an alcoholic beverage named after him:

Wow. That's an awesome question. A lil vodka, some lemonade, a splash of sparkling water for bubbles and I'd stir it with one of my fingers. Aaahhh refreshing!

As advice to a commenter, who asked, "I am just entering my late 20s and still struggling with my sexuality. I'm still closeted and find it really hard to related to gays in my community. Do you have any advice for me?"

That’s a really good personal question. Know that you're not alone. Come out of the closet when you feel comfortable and safe. But know that it's never an easy thing to do at first. Then when you do it you'll wonder why you hadn't sooner. Here’s the thing, you don't have to relate or like anyone just because they're gay. You should relate to or like them because they're a good person or you have something in common. You don't have to hang out or befriend gay people just because you're gay. I have a bunch of straight friends and some really gay ones too. It’s all good. Don’t be so hard on yourself. It all works itself out. Good luck.


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