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Outspoken: Chris Colfer, k.d. lang, Conan O’Brien and more

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“A lot of gay kids are very promiscuous and non-exclusive with each other when they have relationships, which is really sad. But I think with Kurt and Blaine, I would hope would set an example of what something should be and could be. You know, two people finding each other and really loving each other and wanting to give the world to each other.”

— “Glee” actor Chris Colfer (Kurt) on his love scene this week with Darren Criss (Blaine), in which the two gay teens lose their virginity to each other. (E! Online, Nov. 7)

“Justin Bieber looks just like a lesbian, so I’m gonna say hot as shit.”

— Lesbian singer k.d. lang, asked on an Australian talk show to answer the random question, “Justin Bieber: hot or not?” (SheWired.com, Nov. 7)

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From Chaz to ‘Glee’ to ‘Modern Family,’ fall TV packed with LGBT

While gay and lesbian characters are increasingly visible on TV, the biggest news of upcoming fall fare is the rare addition of a transgender person — a household name, to boot — on one of the most mainstream programs of them all.

Chaz Bono competes in the new season of “Dancing With the Stars,” airing Mondays and Tuesdays starting Sept. 19 on ABC. Bono was known to millions as Chastity before undergoing surgery to become a man.

Matt Kane, associate director of entertainment media for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, says the inclusion of Bono is a tremendous step forward, especially since there tend to be few transgender characters on the tube.

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Fall TV preview

From Chaz to ‘Glee’ to ‘Modern Family,’ fall TV packed with LGBT