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Outspoken: Kathy Griffin, Sir Elton John, Natalie Portman and more…

Comedian Kathy Griffin sounds off on Bristol Palin

“In 2011 I want to offend a new Palin. [Willow Palin] called people a [faggot] on Facebook a couple of times. You don’t throw around the f-word without hearing from me about it.”

— Comedian and vocal gay rights supporter Kathy Griffin on her New Year’s resolution, which is to offend Sarah Palin’s 16-year-old daughter, Willow, who previously used anti-gay slurs on Facebook. (Hollywood Reporter, Jan. 1)

“Everyone was so worried about who was going to want to see this movie. I remember them being like, ‘How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller?’ And the answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that.”

— Actress Natalie Portman on the brief sex scene she shares with Mila Kunis in the film “Black Swan,” in theaters now. (Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 31)

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Outspoken: Johnny Depp, Mila Kunis and more…

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow

“When I sit here and I hear adulterers and womanizers and folks cheating on their wives and down-low brothers saying they are going to vote against this [civil unions] bill, it turns my stomach — the hypocrisy dripping in this chamber right now. We know what you do at night!”

— Illinois State Sen. Rickey Herndon (D-Chicago) as the Illinois Senate debated a bill to offer civil unions to gay couples, which passed Dec. 1. The governor has pledged to sign it into law. (Queerty.com, Dec. 1)

“That means the next TSA official that gives you an enhanced pat-down could be a practicing homosexual secretly getting pleasure from your submission.”

Eugene Delgaudio, a member of the Loudoun County (Va.) Board of Supervisors and president of the conservative group Public Advocate of the United States, in an email denouncing the TSA’s inclusive non-discrimination statement (WTOP, Nov. 30)

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Jim Carrey’s gay film finally comes out, while ‘Black Swan’ dances around lesbianism

Now that “Burlesque” is a Thanksgiving leftover, there are still cinematic holiday treats for LGBT audiences. As usual Santa has more for gay men than lesbians (Hey, y’all had “The Kids Are All Right” and “Chloe” this year!), but that’s just because he’s gay.

“Black Swan” raised gay women’s anticipation with its trailer showing groping and a liplock between Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, and Portman alone under the covers. Is she…?

Yes, she is, and yes, they are, but if context matters to you, “Black Swan” is not a lesbian movie. A paranoid thriller set in the ballet world (which makes it of interest to some gay men, although it’s even less gay than “Mao’s Last Dancer,” if that’s possible), it’s a mash-up of “The Red Shoes,” “The Turning Point” and “All about Eve,” but with a twist.