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Funny Or Die News Asks Bystanders 'When Did You Choose To Be Gay?' - WATCH

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GOP Presidential hopeful and noted anti-gay extremist Ben Carson is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. Since making his outlandish claims that homosexuality is a choice, Carson’s received nothing but 100% grade A backlash. Joe Biden pulled no punches while speaking about Carson at the Human Rights Campaign Spring Equality Convention. Then Dan Savage implored Carson to prove that being gay was a choice with an invitation to engage in some old-fashioned man-on-man fellatio.

But what if Ben Carson was right?

What if folks really did adopt a “when in Rome” mentality as they entered into prison? Never ones to shy away from a potential story, the good folks at Funny or Die News took to the streets to ask people: “when did you choose to be gay?” The answers may shock you. But they probably won’t.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Comes Out to Ellen: 'There's Never Been a Closet' - VIDEO

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After weeks of not commenting on the subject matter, 31-year-old Empire actor Jussie Smollett has publicly addressed his sexuality in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

Smollet, whose Empire character Jamal Lyons recently sang his way out of the closet, declined to address his personal life in the talk show portion of his interview with Ellen but arranged a follow up chat backstage to make it clear his reluctance to bring up the issue shouldn't be construed as living a closeted life.

Said Smollet:

EmpireIt was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet. There’s never been a closet that I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet. But I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home. So that’s why I choose not to talk bout my personal life. But there is without a doubt, no closet that I’ve ever been in, and I just wanted to make that clear, but it was most important for me to make that clear to you on your show at this time in the world. And that’s where I’m at...

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

And in case you missed our own Charles Pulliam-Moore's latest Interplay on Smollet, his sexuality, and whether you can "out" someone if the public already assumes that they're gay, check it out HERE

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There's Now An Official Song To Send People When You've Decided To Come Out: VIDEO

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In case you're reading this and are finding yourself at a loss for how to come out to those you love, adork-able out singer/songwriter Ally Hills has created a music video that will do the work for you. Says Hills,

People ask me all the time, "HOW DO I COME OUT!?" so to make it easy for everyone, I made this video! Just send your loved ones this and the song will do the work for you!

After all, "Life is better when you just remember that love is love."

Check out the official tune to tell people you're gay, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ireland's Former Equality Minister Pat Carey Comes Out As Gay

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Pat Carey, the former minister of Ireland’s center-right party Fianna Fáil has come at as gay. Carey was appointed as a parliamentary member and the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs in 1997. According to Carey his decision to reveal his sexuality to the public was inspired by Leo Varadkar who currently serves as Ireland’s health minister and came out earlier this year.

“When I look back it’s an awful pity I didn’t feel able to do that. Nobody stopped me, but I wasn’t sure how it would be received,” Carey told the Irish Times. “I never had the confidence or the courage to do it, and it gets to a stage where you probably say to yourself ‘it’s too late for me to start talking about it now.”

Carey’s is the latest in a series of high-profile Irish public figures coming out at a critical time for LGBT rights in Ireland. The country is set to vote on the future of marriage equality later on this year in a nationwide referendum. Despite the outpouring of support from Irish celebrities and clergy members alike, those in favor of gay marriage for Ireland are still concerned at the idea of the LGBT minority’s rights being put up for popular vote.


Lance Bass Says Perez Hilton Bullied Him Into Coming Out in 2006: VIDEO

In an interview with UK's Attitude, Lance Bass revealed that he was bullied into coming out by bloggers like Perez Hilton after he was given a 24-hour ultimatum back in July 2006.

The Independent reports:

BassThe singer, 35, told the Ricki Lake show in 2013 that he was frightened to come out in the early Ninetines and late Noughties, because he feared it would have “completely ruined" the hugely popular boyband.

He has since told Attitude that he was given a day to choose between coming out, or being outed.

"Two years before I came out I was really bullied on the internet by bloggers, that’s when Perez Hilton just started and was just really malicious against me," he said.

"So, because of the bloggers like him hounding me, all the other magazines started calling me and saying , ‘Look, we know you’re gay, you can write the story with or without us, but we have to write it,’ I decided to go with People [magazine] and I think they did a great job.

"I had 24 hours to decide if I was going to come out or not, and within 24 hours it was on the stands."

Check out a clip of Bass talking with childhood friends about living in the closet during his NSNYC days that aired on the Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding special earlier this week, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Villanova Swimmer Comes Out to Teammates In Emotional Speech: 'I Don't Want to be Ashamed Anymore'

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Ryan Murtha, a swimmer at Villanova University, is sharing the story of how he came out as gay to his teammates early last month in an article over at Outsports

Murtha, who spent years living with his secret, received a confidence boost after talking about the coming out processes with a guy he was secretly dating and other gay people. He decided to tell his fellow swimmers during a team meeting after the first practice of the new year - sharing his "coming out speech" that had been saved on his computer as a file called "Tax Returns 1994".

So this is tough for me and I apologize for taking so long to tell you guys this, but it took me forever to admit to myself and then it's been really hard to work up the courage to say it.

I'm gay. I've tried to bury this part of myself for a long time but slowly grew to accept it over the past year and a half. I want you guys to know that this isn't something that I chose. I was just born with it.

Anyway, I want you to know that I'm still the same person that I've been. I hope you guys don't see me any differently because of this. I don't think it should define me totally; it's just one of many parts that make up who I am.

But if for whatever reason you don't like me because of this, I guess I can't blame you because for a long time I hated myself for being gay, too. I made myself believe that living with this shame was worth not losing any of my friendships. But I don't want to be ashamed anymore. And I've kind of felt like I wouldn't be able to 100% accept myself and move on until I could be truthful with my friends. That's you guys. So if you're down to stick around and still be my friend, I can't even begin to say how grateful I would be.

If you have any questions or if you want to talk to me about it, feel free.

After a moment of silence, Murtha's teammates broke out into applause and rallied around him. They assured him they still loved him and that his declaration wouldn't change a thing.

A lifelong Boy Scout, Murtha realizes that his dream of becoming a Scout leader will sadly no longer be possible now that he's openly gay. In 2013, the organization chose to lift it's ban on gay Scouts but keep in place its prohibition on any gay person working with youth from a leadership position. 

Says Murtha:

Murtha1"It seems hypocritical not letting gay leaders into the Scouts. The Scout Law lays it out pretty clearly. 'A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.' The policy prohibiting gay people goes against a lot of those points...It sucks. I met my best friends in Boy Scouts. I have the best memories of it, and my brothers all went through it. It's been such a big part of my family and I learned so much of it. It shaped who I am today. I have a desire to give back to the next generation of Scouts, but I'm not allowed. It hurts. It feels like rejection."

Murtha adds that he has also come out to his Catholic parents, who are still struggling but have offered him love and support. 

Check out the full article over at Outsports here


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