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NBCJohnny Weir at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Here’s Johnny! Clothes make the man and vice versa

Sunday, February 16, 2014
SOCHI, Russia — He promised himself something the first time he ever laced up a pair of skates. It's the same thing Johnny Weir returns to in those quiet moments most evenings, just before the TV camera's "on-air" light flashes red. "I'm wearing makeup, a double necklace and a cream sweater," he said. "I don't feel an obligation to tone myself down. [ Read more → ]
Pavel Golovkin, APThe Olympic Cauldron, left, is lit during a test between the Bolshoy Ice Dome, top, and the Iceberg Skating Palace, foreground, early Thursday morning, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, prior to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Olympic viewing: Off-ice issues, terror threats, LGBT rights jump to forefront

Thursday, February 6, 2014
A day before athletes begin filing in to Sochi's Fisht Stadium for Friday's opening ceremony, NBC is already being tested on how it will cover the two biggest non-sports issues of the Winter Olympics. [ Read more → ]
Sami Isler and Sean Hayes in NBC's "Sean Saves the World."

NBC stops production on gay dad sitcom ‘Sean Saves the World’

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- NBC has stopped production on "Sean Saves the World," effectively canceling the freshman sitcom starring out actor Sean Hayes as a divorced gay father juggling a career, a 14-year-old daughter and an overbearing mother. [ Read more → ]
Johnny Weir

Weir caught in a crossfire of ‘hate and scrutiny’ for not boycotting Olympics

Friday, January 17, 2014
LYNDHURST, N.J. – Champion figure skater Johnny Weir said Thursday he has been caught up "in a crossfire" for not supporting a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympic games in the wake of Russia's anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
Queer Nation activists demonstrate outside NBC studios in New York on Thursday during a live broadcast of the Today show.

Activist group protests outside ‘Today’ show over NBC Olympic coverage

Thursday, January 16, 2014
NEW YORK -- A dozen members of the gay rights activist group Queer Nation demonstrated outside the broadcast of NBC’s Today Show on Thursday, demanding that NBC report on the Russian government’s ongoing attacks on LGBT people and its and other human rights violations. [ Read more → ]
APJohnny Weir

Johnny Weir apologizes after calling gay activists ‘idiots’ for anti-Russian protests

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
NEW YORK — Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir apologized Tuesday after lashing out at gay rights activists during a speech at Barnard College, calling them “idiots” for their anti-Russian protests, which he labeled “useless.” [ Read more → ]
Elaine Thompson, APIn this Jan. 24, 2010 file photo, Johnny Weir performs during an exhibition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.

Three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir retires, joins NBC for Sochi

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
NEW YORK -- Known as much for his outrageous costumes and comments as his intriguing skating, Johnny Weir is leaving the ice for the broadcast booth. [ Read more → ]

NBC tells LGBT employees it will keep them safe during Sochi Olympics

Friday, August 9, 2013
NEW YORK -- NBC is assuring its gay and lesbian employees who may cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi that it will do everything possible to keep them safe following Russia's passage of anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]

‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant disowned by family because he is gay

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Jonathan Allen, a 20-year-old aspiring singer from Lawrenceburg, Tenn., appearing Tuesday night on NBC's "America's Got Talent," captured the hearts of judges and viewers after learning that, at age 18, he was disowned by his family because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Justin BarthaPhoto: Matt Sayles, Invision/AP

‘The New Normal’ star Justin Bartha: An unexpected activist

Monday, April 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES — Justin Bartha never set out to make a political statement when signing on to play a gay, expectant father on NBC's "The New Normal." "It's interesting that television really has swayed the conversation," Bartha said of the same-sex marriage debate. "You're just trying to make entertainment." [ Read more → ]
FIle photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade.

Obama: Hagel’s 1998 anti-gay remarks don’t disqualify him for Cabinet role

Sunday, December 30, 2012
President Obama said over the weekend during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he won’t rule out the nomination of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary over anti-gay remarks he made in 1998. [ Read more → ]

Mormon-owned NBC affiliate refuses to air gay-themed sitcom

Sunday, August 26, 2012
The NBC television affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah -- which is owned by the Mormon Church -- said it will not air a new gay-themed sitcom, calling it "inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time." [ Read more → ]

One Million Mom’s last obsession: NBC’s ‘The New Normal’ is ‘not normal’

Friday, July 20, 2012
They're back. The latest target of the self-proclaimed "One Million Moms" -- whose supporters actually number around 48,000 -- is NBC's new fall series, "The New Normal," a comedy based on two gay dads and their surrogate mother. [ Read more → ]

Television: NBC, Ryan Murphy (‘Glee’) unveil ‘The New Normal’

Saturday, May 19, 2012
One of the most anticipated shows for the fall 2012 season will be The New Normal, from Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler. The show features Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon) and Justin Bartha (National Treasure) as a gay couple trying to have a child via surrogate. [ Read more → ]

‘Playboy Club’ star Sean Maher reveals he’s gay: ‘This is my coming out ball’

Monday, September 26, 2011
Actor Sean Maher, the 36-year-old star of "Playboy Club," on Monday revealed that his is gay, and with his partner of nine years, is the proud father of two children. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-gay rocker, radio host sues MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for $50 Million

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Anti-Gay, Anti-Muslim bigot, Christianist radio host and Michele Bachmann BFF is really upset that Rachel Maddow quoted him directly and played audio of an anti-gay, anti-muslim diatribe he went on. So he’s suing her for $50 million (but it’s not about the money). [ Read more → ]
Tina Fey

Tina Fey, NBC Chairman condemn Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant

Saturday, June 11, 2011
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt and “30 Rock” creator Tina Fey on Friday released statements condemning comedian Tracy Morgan’s homophobic rant at a recent concert in Nashville. [ Read more → ]

‘Today’ show opens annual wedding contest to gay couples

Friday, July 9, 2010
Just days after it was revealed that the Today Show‘s “Modern Day Wedding” contest excluded gay and lesbian couples, NBC — bowing to activist pressure — has opened the contest to same-sex couples, and is extending the entry deadline to allow gay couples time to participate. [ Read more → ]

GLAAD calls out ‘Today’ show wedding contest for excluding gay couples

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
NBC’s Today Show is taking applications for its “Modern Day Wedding Contest,” and will award the winning couple with a live wedding broadcast in October and an all-expense paid honeymoon -- but network rules deny gay and lesbian couples from participating. [ Read more → ]

‘Family Ties’ mom Meredith Baxter: ‘I am a lesbian’

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
For seven years, actress Meredith Baxter has been hiding a secret. Now Baxter, who played the devoted hippie mom constantly butting heads with her conservative kids on “Family Ties,” is making a public admission. “I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition,” she... [ Read more → ]
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