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

Chris Colfer on

“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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Atlanta HRC Dinner tells ‘Our Stories’ to inspire fight for LGBT rights

Actress Mo'Nique was awarded the 'Ally for Equality' honor at the 2011 Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner

“Our Stories,” the theme for this year’s Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner, proved fitting May 14 as hundreds packed the ballroom at the Marriott Marquis for the annual black-tie fundraiser for the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group.

From national award winners to local honorees and HRC members, personal stories wove a compelling narrative of the power of coming out and the need for full equality for LGBT Americans.

Filmmaker Lee Daniels, who is gay and an adoptive father, summed up the evening succinctly when he told the cheering audience, “I am not asking for special rights, I am not asking for civil rights, I just want my fucking rights — my human rights.”

Daniels directed “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” and attended the Atlanta dinner to present HRC’s national Ally for Equality award to talk show host and actress Mo’Nique, who won an Academy Award for her role in the film.

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[Video] 2011 Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner

“Our Stories,” the theme for this year’s Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner, proved fitting May 14 as hundreds packed the ballroom at the Marriott Marquis for the annual black-tie fundraiser for the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group.

From national award winners to local honorees and HRC members, personal stories wove a compelling narrative of the power of coming out and the need for full equality for LGBT Americans.

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HRC Dinner features Mo’Nique, celebrates ‘Our Stories’

Atlanta HRC Gala and Dinner preview

Festive as it has been over the past two decades, the Atlanta Human Rights Campaign Dinner has not always been a celebration. Many years, it’s been a place where LGBT Georgians lick the wounds caused by legislative setbacks and vow to persevere through daunting challenges.

The 24th annual Atlanta HRC Dinner, which takes place May 14 at the Marriott Marquis, promises to be a party.

It’s hard to imagine not having an exceptionally good time in a room where actress, talk show host and comedian Mo’Nique is standing behind a microphone, as she will be when she accepts the Ally for Equality Award at the black-tie dinner. And for the second year in a row, LGBT activists and HRC supporters will celebrate a major federal victory for the movement: the recent repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.