Out US skater Rippon wants Pence spat to take backseat to games

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Adam Rippon doesn’t want his monthlong dispute with Mike Pence over the vice president’s record on gay rights to overshadow his long-awaited Olympic performance.

Or those of the rest of the American team.

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Gus Kenworthy gets candid about being out at the Olympics on ‘Ellen’

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Gus Kenworthy sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to discuss being out at this year’s Winter Olympics, the inspiration behind his Head & Shoulders ad and Vice President Mike Pence leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympics.

“It’s going to be a different experience than last time around because I’m not in the closet,” Kenworthy says of being out for the first time during the Olympic games. “I just want to meet as many athletes as I can, get to enjoy the opening and closing ceremonies, [and] hopefully ski the best I possibly can.”

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Megan Mullally didn’t know Ellen DeGeneres was gay when they first met

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Megan Mullally didn’t know Ellen DeGeneres was gay despite the comedian living with multiple female “roommates” over the years.

Mullally appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and revealed she and DeGeneres lived a block away from each other 30 years ago.

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Sean Hayes says his mother wanted him to go to therapy when he came out

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Sean Hayes is known for playing out and proud Jack McFarland on the hit sitcom “Will & Grace” but his real-life journey to being out was a difficult one.

Hayes, 47, told People that when he was younger he kept his sexuality a secret from his family as he started to understand it.

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2017 LGBTQ Pop Culture Alphabet

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It was the year of #MeToo, as this one story seemed to dominate the pop culture landscape of 2017. Victims came out saying “enough is enough” and called out their attackers and predators by name.

It was also a year of important stories being told on television and in films. We honored the voices of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community in movies like Moonlight and The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, and on shows like When We Rise and Master of None. Plus we got Will & Grace back!

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Eric Trump insinuates Ellen DeGeneres is part of the ‘Deep State’

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Eric Trump raised eyebrows on Twitter when he suggested that daytime television host Ellen DeGeneres is a part of the “Deep State” conspiracy.

President Donald Trump’s second youngest son tweeted a screenshot of Twitter follow suggestions which included Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and DeGeneres.

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Sam Smith and Brandon Flynn make their relationship Instagram official

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Sam Smith and Brandon Flynn have made their romance Instagram official.

Flynn, 24, posted a photo with Smith, 25, on Instagram featuring the pair sporting matching unicorn hats in an elevator.

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Alabama father who protested Roy Moore for lesbian daughter appears on ‘Ellen’

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Nathan Mathis, the Alabama farmer who protested Roy Moore’s Senate run in honor of his lesbian daughter, appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Friday.

His daughter Patti Sue came out as a lesbian when she was a senior in high school. She committed suicide in 1995.

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Ricky Martin pleads for Puerto Rico relief on ‘Ellen’

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Ricky Martin made a surprise appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to plead for relief efforts to aid the devastating Hurricane Maria aftermath in Puerto Rico.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am from Puerto Rico and right now Puerto Rico is suffering,” Martin, who was born in Puerto Rico, says. “We were destroyed by a hurricane and it’s been very difficult right now. There is no water, there is no electricity, there is no food. There is no medicine. There is no diesel for the generators that will make the hospital work. People are dying. So, as a Puerto Rican, as the American that I am, I’m here to ask for your help.”

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LGBT groups protest potential California textbooks

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gay rights groups told a California state commission Wednesday that they object to several of the textbooks that could be recommended for use in schools, saying the books don’t include enough information about the contributions of LGBT Americans.

The state Department of Education is preparing to update textbook recommendations for the first time since California became the first state to require teaching about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Ellen DeGeneres says she couldn’t welcome Trump on her show

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Ellen DeGeneres won’t be inviting President Donald Trump to be a guest on her show.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly, DeGeneres asked if she would be open to inviting Trump on her new talk show.

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Watch: Ellen DeGeneres freaks out Sarah Paulson with clown scare

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Sarah Paulson got a taste of what it’s like to be her “American Horror Story” character, Ally, while appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

DeGeneres went in for not one, but a triple whammy, of scares that terrified Paulson.

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