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Gay ‘Survivor’ contestant dies in Alabama railway accident

| Saturday, June 28, 2014
Caleb Bankston (right)  with his fiance
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Caleb Bankston, a former contestant on the "Survivor" reality show, has died in a railway accident in Alabama. He was 27. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Bill Yates says Bankston, who was working at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham, was thrown from a train in a partial derailment on June 24.

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Ellen DeGeneres, Chandler Massey are Daytime Emmy Awards winners

| Monday, June 23, 2014
Chandler Massey
LOS ANGELES -- Ellen DeGeneres captured another Emmy for best entertainment talk show at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and Chandler Massey took home his third consecutive Emmy for his portrayal of a gay character on a daytime soap opera. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" received its eighth trophy as outstanding entertainment ...

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Judge dismisses last sex abuse lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
Kevin Clash
PHILADELPHIA -- A judge in Pennsylvania dismissed the last of five sex-abuse lawsuits filed against the Emmy-winning puppeteer who voiced the "Sesame Street" character Elmo. The ruling did not weigh the merits of the claims but said 25-year-old accuser Sheldon Stephens filed suit too late against actor Kevin Clash.

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‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell headlines same-sex marriage fundraiser in Utah

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Modern Family's Ty Burrell, left, and co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson laugh during an interview Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Burrell is headlining a fundraiser in Salt Lake City on Thursday, an event staged by an organization that Ferguson and his real-life husband created to help pay for the legal costs of challenging same-sex marriage bans.
SALT LAKE CITY -- "Modern Family" actor Ty Burrell says he sees same-sex marriage in the United States is a "tide that can't be turned." Burrell headlined a fundraiser Thursday evening in Salt Lake City to help cover legal costs for couples fighting Utah's ban on same-sex marriage, lending his celebrity to help a group backed by sitcom co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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Michael Stipe to honor Ugandan gay rights activist at Logo event

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Michael Stipe
NEW YORK — Michael Stipe will honor Ugandan gay rights activist John Abdallah Wambere at the Logo network's "Trailblazers" event this month. The former R.E.M. frontman will appear at the June 23 event in New York. Wambere is the leader of the gay rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives.

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John & Andrew: Same-sex salsa couple sizzle on ‘America’s Got Talent’

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Two men, one gay and one straight, teamed up Tuesday night to perform a fast and fierce salsa dance on "America's Got Talent." John Narvaes, who is straight, and Andrew Cervantes, who is gay, showed judges they didn’t need an opposite-sex partner to give a sizzling performance.

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A few ‘inmates’ from ‘Orange Is The New Black’ discuss prison life

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
[cap]This image released by Netflix shows Yael Stone, left, and Uzo Aduba in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.” The second season of the prison series will be available on Friday, June 6, on Netflix. (K.C. Bailey, Netflix / AP)
NEW YORK — An upper-middle class blonde from Brooklyn goes to jail for a drug-related screw-up years before. The women's federal prison of "Orange Is the New Black" is a different world than Piper Chapman had known, populated with a wildly varied group of characters played (alongside series star Taylor Schilling) by TV's most diverse cast of actors.

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Nathan Lane in ‘The Nance’ to be broadcast on movie screens and PBS

| Saturday, May 31, 2014
Nathan Lane in "The Nance," at the Lyceum Theatre in New York. A recording of Douglas Carter Beane’s play will be broadcast to more than 300 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning June 23. The play will also be featured on “Live From Lincoln Center” this fall on PBS.
NEW YORK -- "The Nance" starring Nathan Lane has already been on Broadway. Now get ready for its appearance on movie screens and TV. A recording of Douglas Carter Beane's play will be broadcast to more than 300 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada beginning June 23. The play will also be featured on "Live From Lincoln Center" this fall on PBS.

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Fox News contributor says ‘homosexual impulses’ remark was ‘misunderstood’

| Monday, May 26, 2014
Robi Ludwig
A Fox News contributor says she was "misunderstood" when she suggested that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger -- who killed six people and wounded 13 others in an Isla Vista, Calif., massacre on Friday -- may have been triggered because he could not cope with his “homosexual impulses."

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Mario and Luigi’s Big Announcement

| Sunday, May 25, 2014
You've known them for so long, but there's something you may not have realized about this duo, and Ellen has the scoop.

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