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National Coming Out Day: Key Moments in Fight For Equal Rights

National Coming Out Day: Key Moments in Fight For Equal Rights

Twenty-five years ago today, half a million people participated in a historic march on Washington, D.C., for gay rights.

Fired up from the march, organizers found a way to keep the march alive. The first National Coming Out Day was celebrated on Oct. 11, 1988.

The goal of the day is for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies to celebrate coming out and encourage those who haven't to make their voices heard.

"It's a day to be visible," said Candace Gingrich-Jones, associate director of youth and campus outreach with the Human Rights Campaign. Read more »

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JC Penney stands by Ellen DeGeneres as spokeswoman

JC Penney stands by Ellen DeGeneres as spokeswoman

J.C. Penney Co Inc said on Friday said it fully backs its partnership with chat show host Ellen DeGeneres after a conservative group urged the retailer to reconsider hiring DeGeneres as a spokeswoman because she is a lesbian.

A spokeswoman for the retailer declined further comment on the issue but did say in an e-mail to Reuters, "jcpenney stands behind its partnership with Ellen DeGeneres" and added that its announcement of the agreement last week sums up the company's view of the popular TV personality.

In that statement on January 25, company president Michael Francis called DeGeneres "one of the most fun and vibrant people in entertainment today, with great warmth and a down-to-earth attitude." Read more »

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Group wants JC Penney to dump Ellen DeGeneres because she's gay

Group wants JC Penney to dump Ellen DeGeneres because she's gay

One Million Moms -- a project of the American Family Association -- is very angry at JC Penney.

No, not because it sells sweater vests (heck, Rick Santorum is a fan of those), but because the Texas-based department store has hired Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman.

And DeGeneres is -- cue the scary music -- gay, and open about it.

"Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families," the million (or so) moms write on their website. "DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there." Read more »

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Rosie O'Donnell Recalls Hollywood's 'Secret Lesbian Parties' (VIDEO)

From The Huffington Post:

Rosie O'Donnell paid a visit to Andy Cohen on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" and reminisced about a time not that long ago when both she and Ellen DeGeneres were still in the closet.

Cohen takes us down memory with a clip from Rosie's old daytime talk show, where she asks her guest, a young Ellen DeGeneres, what is going to happen on her sitcom this season.

"We do find out that the character is Lebanese," Ellen told Rosie. "There have been clues, you see her eating baba ghanoush."

To which Rosie replies, "Maybe I'm Lebanese. I could be Lebanese myself." Read more »

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