Ricky Martin on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 18

1. A new religious exemption rule the Trump administration is considering would allow healthcare workers the right to refuse to treat transgender patients, as well as refuse to perform abortion services for wom...
David Bowie

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 9

1. The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up a challenge to Mississippi's controversial HB 1523 law, which will go into effect in October. The Republican-backed law permits government employees and businesses to ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Feb. 24

1. Former Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship singer Grace Slick licensed one of her songs to Chick-fil-A, just so she could donate every ounce of profit to Lambda Legal. 2. "Big Mama" Thornton, Billy ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Nov. 16

1. “I will not forget what happened at Stonewall or what happened at Pulse — or any of the countless physical assaults, emotional taunts, and bullying endured by homosexual fellow citizens over the generations....

Celebs sport t-shirts protesting Russia’s anti-gay law

The Human Rights Campaign kicked off a popular campaign protesting Russia's anti-gay law with a Russian-language "Love Conquers Hate" t-shirt being sported by such gay celebs as Ricky Martin, Tim Gunn, NBA basketball player Jason Collins and soccer player Megan Rapinoe.

"We stand with Russia's LGBT community and their allies," HRC President Chad Griffin said. "We are committed to doing as much as we possibly can to support their efforts to repeal this heinous law."

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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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Outspoken: Ricky Martin, Carl Paladino, Chris Colfer and more…

Ricky Martin speaks at the HRC National Dinner

“It took me a while, but tonight I’m here and I want to say that I want to add my voice to yours. And I’m so happy to be part of this community.”

— Pop singer Ricky Martin, who recently came out after years of speculation, in remarks as the surprise opening speaker at the national Human Rights Campaign dinner. (Advocate.com, Oct. 10)

“I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”

Carl Paladino, Republican nominee for governor of New York, in an Oct. 9 campaign speech to Jewish constituents. (Politico.com, Oct. 10)

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Ricky Martin comes out

Pop singer Ricky Martin came out as gay on his website, RickyMartinMusic.com, on March 29, ending years of speculation about his sexual orientation.