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Gay Iconography: Lots of Love For Liza


In the pantheon on gay icons, there are a few that sit a wee bit higher atop the great gay Mount Olympus. Your Chers, Barbras, certain idols for whom there is a reverence that contemporary stars can only aspire to.

Liza Minnelli is one of those idols.

“I think probably Barbra and maybe even Cher and myself in school felt like outcasts because we didn’t have standard looks,” Minnelli told Newsweek in 2006. “Maybe what a gay icon is, is a person who is rooted for — in other words, cheered on — by people who feel different.”

The daughter of fellow beloved icon Judy Garland, Liza’s distinctive features, oversized stage persona and personal struggles have endeared her to the gay community for decades. Whether she was battling addiction, overcoming debilitating encephalitis or having her love life splashed across the tabloids, Liza’s persevered with the kind of resilience and old-school showbiz style that’s made her a legend.

Through it all, she’s also been an outspoken advocate of the LGBT community, particularly around HIV/AIDS awareness. She’s done lots of work with amfAR, which she told Palm Springs Life magazine is so important to her, “because I’ve lost so many friends that I knew [to AIDS].” She even told in 2006 that she was the one who first told amfAR co-founder Elizabeth Taylor about HIV/AIDS.

“I invited Rock Hudson to a concert with Elizabeth Taylor. I hadn't seen him in a long time. When I saw him he looked different. I thought that he looked like just a couple of friends that I had seen lately in New York, who had this new disease. I said to Elizabeth,’There is something called AIDS, and I don't know, but I think Rock may have it.’ She said, ‘He looks ghastly, what is it?’ I explained it to her as much as I knew. She said, ‘We have to do something. She stood up and said, ‘This is out of the question that people are being treated like this.’”

Get the dizzies over some of our favorite Minnelli moments, AFTER THE JUMP

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Liza Minnelli Reveals What She Really Thought of Ellen's Drag Queen Joke at the Oscars: VIDEO


TMZ caught up with Liza Minnelli as she arrived to a restaurant last night and asked her how she felt about Ellen DeGeneres's joke that she was a drag queen.

Said Liza:

"I think she thought it would be funny but she never stopped after she said it and said, 'my friend Liza Minnelli'. So I think it went a bit astray on her. I don't think she meant any harm at all and she's a wonderful lady."

Liza also reveals whether she was disappointed not to get in the group selfie and whether or not she had any pizza.


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Liza Minnelli's Best (and Worst) Moments from Last Night's Oscars: VIDEO, PHOTOS


Because the world always needs more Liza Minnelli!

Liza Minnelli came to the Oscars last night with Lorna and Joey Luft, Judy Garland's other children, to see their late mother honored in a tribute to the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.

She wore "classic Halston" with a matching blue streak in her hair. People noticed.

The night had a few (but not enough) Liza moments, beginning with the stunned reaction when Ellen DeGeneres compared her to a drag queen:

The WaPo reports:

“Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I’ve ever seen,” she said — to Minnelli herself. “Good job, sir.”

In the live audience: … crickets.

And on Twitter: raw outrage. Particularly among members of the LGBT community who considered DeGeneres’ joke “transphobic.”

Liza seemed a bit stunned, though apparently Lorna thought it was hilarious. Liza has no problem with drag queens, however.


Then Liza tried to get in on the record-breaking Twitter selfie. Didn't work.

As some Twitter users noted: "We Are All Liza Minnelli Getting Shut Out Of The Ellen Selfie."

Tweeted Harry Clayton-Wright: "POOR LIZA. It's just not her night. #Oscars2014"


No Liza. See the making of the selfie HERE.

She did get her own selfie though:

And when it was time for Liza, Lorna, and Joey to stand up and be recognized before the tribute to their mother, you could have blinked and missed it. Why they were not allowed to come out and introduce the segment is unclear.

Though she did get some respect from Piers Morgan out on the red carpet beforehand.


Liza needs to be a fixture at every Oscars.

Liza Minnelli Poses for 'NoH8' Campaign, Says 'Be Who You Are': VIDEO


Liza Minnelli spoke to Access Hollywood this week at the W Hotel in New York before posing for the NoH8 campaign.

Said the icon:

"Here's what I believe ... no shame, no blame, no guilt. Try and be happy. Be who you are."

Watch the behind-the-scenes and brief interview with Liza, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Sh*t Liza Minnelli Says: VIDEO


Just when I was through with this meme (and yes, I know a lot of you are sick of hearing sh*t various people say), here's Christine Pedi from the off-Broadway show Newsical the Musical as Liza Minnelli in this late addition.


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NEWS: Alternative Medicine Is Expensive, Rick Perry Gets Heckled, And Judy Garland Makes Breakfast

Fortuneteller Road Hundreds of millions of dollars spent testing efficacy of healing prayers, "energy" healing, and aromatherapy:

Thanks to a $374,000 taxpayer-funded grant, we now know that inhaling lemon and lavender scents doesn't do a lot for our ability to heal a wound. With $666,000 in federal research money, scientists examined whether distant prayer could heal AIDS. It could not.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, or NCCAM, also helped pay scientists to study whether squirting brewed coffee into someone's intestines can help treat pancreatic cancer (a $406,000 grant) and whether massage makes people with advanced cancer feel better ($1.25 million). The coffee enemas did not help. The massage did.

NCCAM has also invested in studies of various forms of energy healing, including one based on the ideas of a self-described "healer, clairvoyant and medicine woman" who says her children inspired her to learn to read auras. The cost for that was $104,000.

A small, little-known branch of the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM was launched a dozen years ago to study alternative treatments used by the public but not accepted by mainstream medicine. Since its birth, the center has spent $1.4 billion, most of it on research.

Road Rick Perry declines to take question: "Why do you hate gay people so much?"

Road Rick Santorum worries marriage equality might "normalize same-sex values." Quick! Name a same-sex value!

Road Jon Huntsman can't quite endorse Hillary Clinton's admonishments to countries that kill and imprison gays:

"I think we ought to focus on getting our own house in order here in terms of how we treat one another, the respect we feel for one another, getting our economy back on track and fixing our core," he said. "If we can do that, I think the rest of the world will pay us a little more attention."

Road Meanwhile, AFTAH totally endorses the very countries Hillary admonished:

With their new escalation of promoting homosexual behavior to other nations through U.S. foreign policy, President Barack Obama  and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have raised America’s defiance toward her Creator to a new level — while needlessly alienating nations less morally compromised than our own.  Not content to keep our decadence between our shores, the United States – through aggressively pro-“gay” Democratic administrations – now demands that other countries sink to our level by embracing homosexuality as a “human right.”

... There are many countries – including Muslim-dominated nations and major powers like Russia – that reject homosexuality.  By pushing sexual deviance on these nations, we only confirm their perception of America as a corrupt and declining – and very arrogant — superpower.

Road Careful! Facebook might be hiding your emails.

Road Standardized high school tests stymie reasonably successful adults. What's it mean?

JudyAndLiza Road Gay high school home-coming king has a message for occasionally bullied teen Jonah Lowry, whom we wrote about here. (In the future, do you suppose all teenagers will communicate with index cards?)

Road Paul Varnell has died.

Road What's Judy making for breakfast? Find out AFTER THE JUMP ...

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