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5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 3

1. Two suspects have been arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder in the gruesome quadruple homicide of a lesbian couple and their two children in Troy, New York. Thirty-six-year-old Shanta My...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Nov. 14

1. U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas are apparently not happy that the court decided not to take up a same-sex marriage case last month. 2. The federal judge who threw out Kentuc...
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Reaction to Jodie Foster’s coming out speech

Jodie Foster

The internet was abuzz last night during the 70th annual Golden Globe awards after actress Jodie Foster accepted the Cecil B. Demille Award, a lifetime achievement for her nearly five decades in show business.

Foster acknowledged her sexuality and thanked her ex-partner and the couple's two children in her acceptance speech. While Foster had also thanked her then-partner, Cydney Bernard, at a Women in Entertainment event in 2007, last night’s more prominent event is being widely treated as her coming out speech.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) President Herndon Graddick called Foster's Golden Globes speech “a significant moment for LGBT visibility” in a statement released today.

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[Video] LGBT History Month Icon for Oct. 13: Jodie Foster

LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month. The month of observance was first organized in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson to coincide with National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11) and was meant to highlight the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement.

In 2006, the Equality Forum began promoting the annual commemoration by featuring a different LGBT icon each day.

“This is the 7th anniversary of LGBT History Month. There are a total of 217 Icons that inspire pride in our heroes and our impressive national and international accomplishments,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum executive director, in a statement.