Category: LGBT

Kristy McNichol of 'Family,' 'Empty Nest' comes out as a lesbian

Kristy McNichol has come out as a lesbian
As Kristy McNichol looks at turning 50 this year, the Emmy-winning "Family" actress has come out publicly as a lesbian, in support of kids who are being bullied.

McNichol, who has been living with partner Martie Allen for 20 years, decided to share a picture of the two of them with People magazine.

"She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support," her publicist told the mag. "She would like to help others who feel different."

The "Empty Nest" costar -- who as a teen won Emmy Awards in 1977 and 1979 for supporting actress in a drama, for her work as "Buddy," the youngest child on "Family" --  has since left acting entirely. She told People in a 1989 interview that while working on a movie in 1982, she faced: "Nonstop crying. Nonstop anxiety. I was always shaking like a leaf. Freaking out, crying, confused."

Though rumors had swirled about drug abuse or bipolar disorder -- then called manic depression -- she said in 1989 that it was simply an emotional breakdown, a delayed reaction to life as a child star. "From the time I was very young," she said at the time, "I was a professional, making money and assuming responsibilities. I didn't live the life of a child. I was living the life of a 30-year-old."

In 1992, McNichol was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and left "Empty Nest" to attend to her health, according to Biography.

She decided to come out about her sexuality now because she was "very sad" about kids being bullied, and wanted to be open about who she is, she told People. Meredith Baxter, who played her older sister Nancy on "Family," came out as a lesbian in December 2009.

McNichol, her rep said, is healthy and enjoys living a very private life. She turns 50 in September.



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Photos: Kristy McNichol on "Family" in 1976, top right, on "Empty Nest" in 1989, bottom right, and celebrating a good play with Kari Michaelson in a 1995 celebrity softball game. Credits: ABC, top right; NBC, bottom right; Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times, left

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Chaz Bono is saving up to get his bottom-half surgery done

Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono, who has been relatively quiet about whether he had penis surgery in the process of changing from female to male, is finally speaking up about saving for that procedure.

It's another of many recent life changes for the "Dancing With the Stars" veteran, who broke off his engagement to Jennifer Elia in December after six years of dating, first as a lesbian couple, then as man and woman.

"I was in a fairly typical heterosexual relationship ... ," he told Rolling Stone. "Anyway, I think Jen wished I wouldn't get the bottom done, but she understood my need to." (Elia had described herself as bisexual.)

After going through the transgender process, Bono -- born Chastity, to Cher and Sonny Bono -- legally became a man in May 2010.

The surgical decision is more complex than some might think: Bono has to choose between a procedure that builds from scratch, or one that works with what's there -- a body part that's already enlarged thanks to male hormones. Then there are other options; Bono likened it to shopping for a car. For example, he  told the mag, he'd like to be able to stand up to urinate, because sitting down in a men's room can be a pretty gross experience. And that particular feature would need to be built in.

"You have to understand, though, for me the life transformation has already happened."

And what's the MSRP that Bono's saving up to cover?

"The doctor I want to use is in Belgrade. It's going to be a little cheaper there. Probably $25,000, maybe $45,000, I really don't know."


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Photo: Chaz Bono in October. Credit: Paul Zimmerman / Getty Images

Taylor Lautner 'out & proud' gay People cover is a fake

Taylor Lautner's "out & proud" People cover is a fakeTaylor Lautner has not come out as a gay man, despite an "out & proud" magazine cover making the post-Christmas rounds. Um, not that there's anything wrong with that.

The "exclusive" People cover, left, is a fake, a People rep confirmed to rumor-debunking celeb website Gossip Cop on Monday. Exclusively.

The clues are pretty obvious, even if you're not an expert at spotting Photoshop work. People publishes on Mondays; Jan. 7, the date on the alleged cover, is a Saturday. Also, People's special double issues happen twice a year, once in summer and once at year's end.

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The secondary stories on the right -- one of them, you guessed it, an exclusive! -- are lifted from a May 2006 cover of the mag, Gossip Cop noted. We're buying that one even without looking in our hoarder's pile of People magazines: Brad and Angelina were rumored to be spending this Christmas in Costa Rica, not Africa, and Carnie Wilson hasn't looked like that in a while.

One high-profile person who fell for the alleged cover? Russell Simmons, who tweeted "Proud of Taylor Lautner for his bravery and his courage" before nuking that message and replacing it with "Disappointed that people would joke about someone coming out about their sexuality. Let Taylor Lautner be whoever he wants to be." (And we suppose that we should let Simmons, famed Occupy Wall Street supporter, be wherever he wants to be, which this holiday season is apparently famed 1-percenter destination St. Barths.)

One story about Lautner that is true? His wax figure is expected to join Robert Pattinson's at Madame Tussauds in London this January, the museum announced earlier this month. And though it won't be an exclusive photo opportunity, we can't wait to see the pics.


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Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia have called off engagement, split up


Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia have called off their engagement -- in fact, after six years together, they've called off their whole relationship.

"Thanks for your concern about our separation," the "Dancing With the Stars" contestant and transgender activist wrote Monday on Twitter. "I'm doing fine, and we remain on good terms with nothing but respect and affection 4 each other."

The couple had been engaged for two years, but a spotlight was trained on them recently before the Nov. 28 air date of the documentary "Being Chaz," which included a scene in which Bono, 42, had finally presented Elia with a diamond ring.

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"Being Chaz" was a follow-up to "Becoming Chaz," the Emmy-nominated documentary that followed the transgender process of the former Chastity Bono. Bono and Elia -- who has said she's bisexual -- had previously put off getting married until Bono's transgender process was completed.

The only child of Sonny Bono and Cher, who was declared a man in May 2010, lasted six weeks on the most recent "DWTS" cycle.

Though Elia stayed with Bono through "DWTS" and through the "Being Chaz" air date, we can't help but think of Paris Hilton, who confirmed that her relationship with Cy Waits had been kaput for a while, with that detail being kept (strategically?) mum until right after a drama-queen episode of "The World According to Paris" in which she'd slapped her beloved in the face.

Waits was "not used to this lifestyle, the media and being on a show," an E! News source said in explaining the reportedly mutual and amicable split. Elia had to handle those pressures as well, with the added challenge of helping her girlfriend become her boyfriend along the way.

That said, in Waits' defense, Elia wasn't called upon to hold any knife-wielding "fans" at gunpoint until the cops showed up.


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Photo: Jennifer Elia and Chaz Bono in September. Credit: Noel Vasquez / Getty Images


Rosie O'Donnell engaged to girlfriend Michelle Rounds

Rosie O'Donnell is getting married again
Rosie O'Donnell is putting a ring on it -- or, to be precise, the finger of her girlfriend, New York businesswoman Michelle Rounds.

O'Donnell told the audience of her eponymous OWN talk show that she and Rounds will make the walk down the aisle come Christmas, Us Weekly confirmed. The couple have been dating since September.

Recently, O'Donnell opened up to her pal, Howard Stern, about the courtship, comparing Rounds to Julianne Moore and maintaining that her girlfriend was out of her league (we'd love to make an "A League of Their Own" joke, but we're telling you more about the engagement).

Clearly Rounds is satisfied with her funny gal. No location has been set for the nuptials, which will be a second altar visit for O'Donnell. She married Kelli Carpenter in 2007, and split three years later. O'Donnell and Carpenter share custody of four children.


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Photo: Rosie O'Donnell works a festive look at the 2000 Grammy Awards telecast. Credit: AP Photo

Sara Gilbert has a new girlfriend, wishes she'd told you herself

Sara Gilbert has a new girlfriend -- singer-songwriter Linda Perry -- and she's flattered that people are interested, but certainly wishes we'd all found out when she'd done her hair and makeup first.

She and Perry, a member of 4 Non Blondes in the early '90s and who now writes for folks such as Pink and James Blunt, were photographed by paparazzi on a recent Sunday morning, and next thing Gilbert knew, her relationship status had been officially changed online. According to fellow "The Talk" panelist Aisha Tyler, it was not exactly what the actress would have wanted.

"It's weird," Gilbert said. After their morning outing, "I go online and it's on, like, CNN, and I'm flattered, you know, and I can't believe that anyone cares."

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Despite her smile, however, and even though she said she expects in her current job to share personal details with the audience, "I kinda would rather do it on my terms" -- and here's where she got the laugh -- "in full hair and makeup."

Also, perhaps, not be photographed on a Sunday morning when she perhaps thought she could enjoy, as Sharon Osbourne put it, some "privacy," which out of her mouth rhymes with "give-a-see."

Gilbert and Allison Adler, who have two young children together, broke up in August after 10 years together; the two had gone public with their long-term relationship only a year earlier. Then the "Roseanne" veteran teared up a few months back when "The Talk" gang were chatting about marriage in September.

Gilbert, voice cracking, said on that that she wouldn't trade the time she'd had with Adler. "I think that's such a special time in my life. But then you see people in their 70s and you go like, 'How do people do it? How do they make it last?"

She may get to give it another shot.


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Chaz Bono puts a ring on it, icing engagement to Jennifer Elia

Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia

Chaz Bono and girlfriend Jennifer Elia have been engaged for a while now, but on a clear day recently in Seattle, the "Dancing With the Stars" contestant made it very official with the gift of a sparkling engagement ring.

The big moment will be shown Sunday night in the one-hour special "Being Chaz," a follow-up to "Becoming Chaz," the Emmy-nominated documentary that followed Bono's transgender process.

While calling the ring "gorgeous," "stunning" and "huge," a thankful Elia didn't have to say yes: The couple have been engaged for two years, but put off getting married until Bono's transgender process was complete.

Bono, who lasted six weeks on the most recent "Dancing With the Stars" cycle, revealed on the show's finale last week that since his elimination he'd been backstage each week cheering on the remaining contestants. On the finale, Bono did a number with partner Lacey Schwimmer and her father, Buddy Schwimmer, celebrating dancers of the not-so-slim variety; the routine was set to the tune "Big and Chunky" from "Madagascar 2."

Elia, who has said she's bisexual, told CNN's Piers Morgan in May that she finds her fiance more attractive as a man.

"Being Chaz" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on OWN. The former Chastity Bono, child of Cher and Sonny Bono, was legally declared a man in May 2010. 



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Photo: Jennifer Elia and Chaz Bono at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in L.A. on Sept. 10. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Taylor Lautner going indie for a Gus Van Sant film

Taylor Lautner will star in a new Gus Van Sant movie.

It looks as if the sun is setting on Taylor Lautner's frothy action flicks including "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" and "Abduction" -- at least for his next project.

The chiseled actor will star in an indie film under the direction of Gus Van Sant, and will also reportedly serve as a producer.

A script is being developed from an optioned nonfiction New Yorker article, THR reports, and will give Lautner a chance to show some range. 

While wrapping up the "Twilight" franchise and keeping an eye on a still-gestating "Stretch Armstrong" over at Universal will still occupy the youngster's time, this left turn seems like a priority for Team Taylor.

A screenwriter has yet to be announced for the possible paradigm shift, but we can only take a leap and guess it's the wonderfully, um, verbal Dustin Lance Black -- who recently grabbed some attention over an Australian GQ cover story about Lautner.

Bringing up a recent dinner outing that saw Taylor breaking bread with openly gay Black and Van Sant, the writer of the GQ piece had asked the young star if his gay friends ever tried to make a pass. Black didn't appreciate the predatory insinuation. 

"Really Mr. GQ writer? I’m curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well?" Black said in a blog post in reaction


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Photo: Taylor Lautner attends the September premiere of "Abduction" in Madrid. Credit: Carlos Alvarez / Getty Images

Jenna Lyons: J.Crew trendsetter's divorce gets dishy

Jenna Lyons with Solange Knowles at New York Fashion Week

Jenna Lyons, the J.Crew creative director and president who famously was shown painting her son's toenails pink in a company catalog earlier this year, is reportedly in the middle of a messy divorce from artist Vincent Mazeau after almost a decade of marriage. 

This according to the New York Post's Page Six, which cites "multiple sources" (all unnamed) in sketching out a battle over money and child custody. And what's not to be complicated: Lyons has 5-year-old son with Mazeau, earns around $5 million a year and even counts First Lady Michelle Obama as a fan.

Then, well, there's this one other detail that has people talking.

 It's not Lyons' reputation for easy style, taste and lifestyle, all of which remain a branding element for the J.Crew catalog. (A recent New York magazine article only added to the legend, down to the description of her trendy Park Slope townhouse as "a merry [but careful] assemblage of fur throws, drooping roses, and worn staircases." That after the couple's "black-tie barbecue" wedding in 2002, which sublimely featured the bride in a simple white gown she designed herself, the bridesmaids in black and the groom and groomsmen in kilts.)

It's not even the adorable fact that a powerful woman like Lyons still gets starstruck. (When a pregnant Beyonce showed up at J.Crew's New York Fashion Week show in September, the company honcho reportedly whispered to a staffer, "Ohmygod, I think I'm going to pass out," before making her way over to greet Jay-Z's wife.)

The dishy part: Post sources said that after she and Mazeau broke up this summer, Lyons fell for a woman, Courtney Crangi, who also works in the fashion industry. The two women have known each other for years, the Post said, citing unnamed friends who described the the new couple as "quietly open about their relationship," having been photographed together at fashion events and spotted out for "romantic dinners" in New York's West Village.

There's a bit of irony, perhaps, in a female same-sex relationship in the fashion industry drawing headlines. After all, male same-sex relationships in the biz aren't exactly head-turners.

Predictably, the alleged relationship has some tongues wagging again over a photo montage in a spring J.Crew catalog showing the company president spending a Saturday with son Beckett -- painting his toenails pink. All the Rage explained why it caused such an uproar: Although some saw it as harmless fun, others saw it as rattling the cages of the status quo and endorsing transgender or gender-neutral children.

Maybe it's just a high-profile New York divorce thing? Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner's split from his wife of 43 years was recently finalized after 16 years in the works. Jann and wife Jane separated in 1995 after Wenner became involved with Calvin Klein designer and model Matt Nye.

A J.Crew company spokeswoman told The Times on Wednesday there would be no comment.


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Photo: Jenna Lyons, left, with Solange Knowles at the J.Crew runway show in New York in September. Solange attended with her sister, Beyonce. Credit: Cindy Ord / Getty Images

Ministry Q&A: Riding in cars with Adam Shankman

Adam Shankman will accept the Outfest Legacy Award

So fine, we weren't in the car with Adam Shankman, but the Ministry caught up with the multi-talented director and choreographer this week while he was on the road, to chat about awards, childhood inspiration and Alec Baldwin's wig.

Shankman has directed musicals including "Hairspray" and the upcoming Tom Cruise starrer "Rock of Ages." He's also the recipient this year of one of Outfest's Legacy Awards.

Ministry of Gossip: Does it feel odd to get a Legacy Award in the middle of your career?

Adam Shankman: I know, right? I swear I'm not that old [laughs]. What Outfest Legacy is about is the preservation of film, of that sort of journey in LGBT film, so that, yeah, is what the honor is and I'm thrilled.

MoG: You've been a choreographer, a television director for shows like "Glee," and obviously your film work from "A Walk to Remember" to "Rock of Ages." What were you inspirations as a kid?

AS: Well, the through-line of all that is song and dance. I'm from L.A. and some of my earliest memories were loving song and dance, stuff like "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "The Sound of Music." 

MoG: "Rock of Ages" seems to be the perfect storm of all that, with such a huge cast. Was there any trepidation at all in working with Tom Cruise?

AS: No, and in a strange way, it was a near perfect experience. His level of commitment and enthusiasm, I mean, he becomes this incredible partner for you.... I learned that he has two things in life that he loves: his family and his work. 

MoG: What about the risk of casting him as an iconic rock star, something we've never seen from him before? 

AS: He and I agreed a long time ago that we would never expose him if he wasn't going to be great. And he threw himself in 2 million percent. 

MoG: This is also a major step for Alec Baldwin. From all of his "30 Rock" success it's clear that his film career could be viable again, but let's start first with his hair.

AS: I mean, when we put that wig on him, we giggled for hours.

MoG: Is he ready for film again?

AS: Well, the thing is -- every time he's in a movie he's spectacular. The greatest thing, that I am so happy for and happy for the entire world, really, is the moment he discovered comedy. It doesn't just have to be in the ["30 Rock" character] Jack Donaghy suit.  

Shankman will accept Outfest Legacy's Visionary Award on Thursday at the Directors Guild America. The organization will also honor Lifetime Networks.


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Photo: Adam Shankman in Burbank in 2010. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times



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